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The Middle East has undergone enormous change since 9/11, from the invasion and occupation of Iraq to the events of the 'Arab Spring'. Here, attention is focussed on questions of democratisation and political reform. An Introduction to Middle East Politics addresses these issues in an engaging and accessible way, covering: - Historical Legacies; The Ottoman Empire, WWI, Colonialism and the Cold War; Nationalism and Islamist Politics - Authoritarianism in Egypt, Algeria and Syria; political changes in Iran; the politics of oil in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States; Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab States - Intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq - The recent uprisings in the Arab World, human rights, social movements and social media Each chapter opens with helpful learning objectives and concludes with study questions. Annotated bibliographies aid further reading, whilst the companion website provides links to useful online journal articles. An Introduction to Middle East Politics will prove a fascinating read for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of Middle East Politics and related courses across Politics and International Relations.