Politics and Change in the Middle East

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  • Copyright: 2/27/2011
  • Publisher: Routledge
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A longtime bestseller, Politics and Change in the Middle East employs a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensively and evenhandedly examining the region’s past, present, and future. Through politics, economics, culture, and history, this book offers a rugged analytical framework that familiarizes readers with the Middle East and helps them to critically evaluate contemporary developments.

Thematically organized, Politics and Change in the Middle East introduces students to the primary actors and issues that define the region and its role in world politics.

“This exceptional text, which is popular amongst instructors and students alike, contains reliable and well-presented information about the Middle East. Its excellent framework will help undergraduates better understand contemporary developments in the region by examining its history and culture, as well as the impact of Islam, colonialism, and globalization.”-Anca Turcu, University of Central Florida

Author Biography

Roy R. Andersen is Charles W. and Arvilla S. Timme Professor of Economics at Knox College.


Robert F. Seibert is Robert W. Murphy Professor Political Science at Knox College.


Jon G. Wagner is Professor of Anthropology at Knox College.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Traditional Cultures of the Middle East: The Cradle of Civilization and Politics

Chapter 2. The Foundations of Islam

Chapter 3. The Political Legacy of Islam, 632–1800 C.E.

Chapter 4. Western Imperialism 1800–1914 C.E.

Chapter 5. The Rise of the State System, 1914–1950

Chapter 6. The Drive or Self Determination, 1950–1990

Chapter 7. Turning Points

Chapter 8. The Politics of Religion, Culture, and Social Life

Chapter 9. Political Elites

Chapter 10. Political Leadership in the Contemporary Middle East

Chapter 11. The Economic Setting

Chapter 12. International Relations in the Contemporary Middle East, 1945-1990

Chapter 13. International Relations in the Contemporary Middle East, 1945-1990: The Regional Actors

Chapter 14. The Middle East and the Changing International Order: 1991-2001

Chapter 15. Did 9/11 Change Everything?

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Interesting May 6, 2011
This rental textbook gives an accurate walkthrough to the history of Middle East Politics. It stays clear of any bias while trying to examine and integrate economic, social and political factors together. Although this is only an introductory text, it makes a serious attempt at providing a holistic view of the Middle East and its often insoluble-appearing problems. Highly recommended.
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