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This long-time best-seller uses a thematic, rather than country-by-country, approach to the region in an analysis that is at once comprehensive and, at the same time, does not underestimate the intelligence of the college audience. The authors wrote this book because there were no introductory texts taking a holistic perspective on the region. This book employs a multidisciplinary approach (political science, economics, history, anthropology) to explain the current political dynamics of the region. It avoids a country-by-country approach in favor of a thematic approach that integrates regional experiences into a whole. Major themes include political development, economic development, international relations, Islam - mainstream and jihadist, colonialism and post-colonialism; and recent political changes, with particular emphasis on the U.S. intervention in Iraq and the rising interest in democracy regionally.
Table of Contents
|Traditional Cultures of the Middle East: The Cradle of Civilization and Politics|
|The Foundations of Islam|
|The Political Legacy of Islam, A.D. 632-1800|
|Western Imperialism, 1800-1914|
|The Rise of the State System, 1914-1950|
|The Drive for Self-Determination, 1950-1990|
|The Politics of Religion, Culture, and Social Life|
|Political Leadership in the Contemporary Middle East|
|The Economic Setting|
|International Relations in the Contemporary Middle East: 1945-1990|
|International Relations in the Contemporary Middle East, 1945-1990: The Regional Actors|
|The Middle East and the Changing International Order|
|International Relations in the 21st Century|
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