Middle East Research

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Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

  1. Islamism and Cultural Expression in the Arab World

    Edited by Abir Hamdar, Lindsey Moore

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    Whereas most studies of Islamism focus on politics and religious ideology, this book analyses the ways in which Islamism in the Arab world has been defined, reflected, transmitted and contested in a range of creative and other cultural forms. It covers a range of contexts of production and...

    To Be Published October 30th 2014 by Routledge

  2. China-Saudi Arabia Relations, 1990-2012

    Marriage of Convenience or Strategic Alliance?

    By Naser M. Al-Tamimi

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    This book focuses on the relationship established between China, the world’s second largest economy, and Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter. Due to Saudi Arabia’s dominance of the world oil market, China is increasingly focusing its attention on the Saudi Arabia as a reliable oil supplier...

    Published August 28th 2013 by Routledge

  3. American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East

    From Bush to Obama

    Edited by Shahram Akbarzadeh, James Piscatori, Benjamin MacQueen, Amin Saikal

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    The recent "Arab spring", with its popular uprisings in many Arab countries, has exposed the ambiguity at the heart of American promotion of democracy in the Middle East. The US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were packaged as democracy promotion, as heralding the beginning of a new phase in the...

    Published October 31st 2012 by Routledge

  4. Social and Gender Inequality in Oman

    The Power of Religious and Political Tradition

    By Khalid M. Al-Azri

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    Looking at the social, political and legal changes in Oman since 1970, this book challenges the Islamic and tribal traditional cultural norms relating to marriage, divorce and women’s rights which guide social and legal practice in the modern Omani state. The book argues that despite the...

    Published October 18th 2012 by Routledge

  5. The Sudanese Communist Party

    Ideology and Party Politics

    By Tareq Y. Ismael

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    This book serves as a case study of the Sudanese Communist Party and its impact as a grassroots movement that championed the Sudanese people. It accomplishes this by providing a rich narrative that details the SCP's inception, main players, important milestones and values of the Party. In this...

    Published July 22nd 2012 by Routledge

  6. The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt

    Democracy Redefined or Confined?

    By Mariz Tadros

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the oldest and most influential Islamist movements. As the party ascends to power in Egypt, it is poised to adopt a new system of governance and state–society relations, the effects of which are likely to extend well beyond Egypt’s national borders. This book...

    Published April 30th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Iran-Turkey Relations, 1979-2011

    Conceptualising the Dynamics of Politics, Religion and Security in Middle-Power States

    By Suleyman Elik

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    Both Turkey and Iran are large and important countries in the Middle East; how these two countries relate to each other is of crucial importance both for the region and for the wider world. This book explores the diplomatic, security and energy relations of these two middle power states since 1979,...

    Published October 9th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Iran and the International System

    Edited by Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Reza Molavi

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    Much attention in the West has focused on Iran as a problem country. This book challenges the representations of Iran as a hostile regional power led by ideologues, and goes further by discussing how international relations are viewed from inside Iran itself, outlining the factors which underpin...

    Published July 27th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Palestinian Christians in Israel

    State Attitudes towards Non-Muslims in a Jewish State

    By Una McGahern

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    Although Christians form a significant proportion of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel, very little research has, until now, been undertaken to examine their complicated position within Israel. This book demonstrates the limits of analyses which characterise state-minority relations in Israel...

    Published July 26th 2011 by Routledge

  10. The International Politics of the Red Sea

    By Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Emma C. Murphy

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    This pioneering book is the first comprehensive study of the Red Sea as a sub-region of the international system in its own right. Examining the international politics of the Red Sea region from the Cold War to the present day, it argues that the Red Sea area demonstrates the characteristics of a...

    Published July 7th 2011 by Routledge

  11. Islamic Entrepreneurship

    By Rasem N. Kayed, M. Kabir Hassan

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    This book discusses the idea that there is a specific Islamic form of entrepreneurship. Based on extensive original research amongst small and medium sized enterprises in Saudi Arabia, it shows how businesses are started and how they grow in the context of an Islamic economy and society. It argues...

    Published December 6th 2010 by Routledge

  12. Islam in the Eyes of the West

    Images and Realities in an Age of Terror

    Edited by Tareq Y. Ismael, Andrew Rippin

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    From the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York to the Madrid and London bombings of 2004 and 2005, the presence of Muslim communities in the West has generated security issues and major political concern. The government, the media, and the general public have raised questions...

    Published June 27th 2010 by Routledge

  13. Iraq, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World

    Edited by Ali Paya, John L Esposito

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    Iraq, democracy and Islam are powerful global forces which shape not only many aspects of the lives of Muslims, but the lives of other citizens of the world as well. This book explores many of the challenging questions posed by the interconnections between these three forces, concentrating on...

    Published June 23rd 2010 by Routledge

  14. Islamic Extremism in Kuwait

    From the Muslim Brotherhood to Al-Qaeda and other Islamic Political Groups

    By Falah Abdullah al-Mdaires

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    This book is the first to provide a complete overview of Islamic extremism in Kuwait. It traces the development of Islamist fundamentalist groups in Kuwait, both Shiite and Sunni, from the beginning of the twentieth century. It outlines the nature and origins of the many different groups, considers...

    Published April 29th 2010 by Routledge

  15. Palestinian Politics and the Middle East Peace Process

    Consensus and Competition in the Palestinian Negotiating Team

    By Ghassan Khatib

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    Eight years after the second Palestinian uprising, the Oslo accords signed in 1993 seem to have failed. The reasons for the failure continue to fascinate students, politicians, researchers and policymakers alike. This book explores one of the major aspects of the bilateral peace process – the...

    Published December 20th 2009 by Routledge

  16. Contested Sudan

    The Political Economy of War and Reconstruction

    By Ibrahim Elnur

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    Since gaining independence in 1956, Sudan has endured a troubled history, including the longest civil war in African history in Southern Sudan and more recent conflicts such as the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. This book explores this history of ensuing conflict, examining why Sudan failed to...

    Published December 17th 2008 by Routledge

  17. Monetary Union in the Gulf

    Prospects for a Single Currency in the Arabian Peninsula

    By Emilie Rutledge

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    At a time of momentous shifts in the balance of world economic forces epitomized by the current oil price boom, the weakening US dollar and the global credit crunch; the meteoric rise of the Arabian peninsula cannot be understated. Neither, therefore, can their planned monetary union. As key...

    Published July 29th 2008 by Routledge

  18. Iran-Europe Relations

    Challenges and Opportunities

    By Seyyed Hossein Mousavian

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    This book provides an assessment of relations between Iran and Europe, identifying the areas of common interest as well as the issues of conflict, whilst putting contemporary relations into their proper context with an account of their development since the early years of the twentieth century....

    Published May 21st 2008 by Routledge

  19. Islands and International Politics in the Persian Gulf

    The Abu Musa and Tunbs in Strategic Context

    By Kourosh Ahmadi

    Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

    The position of the Persian Gulf as the main highway between East and West has long given this region special significance both within the Middle East and in global affairs more generally. This book examines the history of international relations in the Gulf since the 1820s as great powers such as...

    Published May 1st 2008 by Routledge