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The Middle East Todayis an accessible and comprehensive introductory textbook for undergraduate students of Middle East Studies, Middle East politics and geography. This updated and revised edition features a host of pedagogical features to assist students with their learning, including detailed maps, case studies on key issues, boxed sections and suggestions for further reading. In addition, the book is further supplemented by a companion website that contains sample chapters, a selection of maps formatted for use in presentations, annotated links to online resources and websites, hints and pointers for answering the end of chapter questions. The book highlights a host of current issues facing the Middle East, linking them to the rich political, geographical and cultural history of the region. The author examines the crises and conflicts, both current and potential, likely to dominate the region in coming years. Key chapters focus on: stereotypes of the region the making of the modern state system contemporary Islamist thought the Arab-Israeli conflicts the struggle for economic and social development democracy and political transformation in the region. Designed to both introduce and develop a deeper understanding of this rapidly changing region, The Middle East Todayis an essential text for all students of Middle East Studies, Middle East politics and geography.