The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East: Regional Politics and External Policies

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-20
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Many residents of the Middle East - and more recently, Western powers - have placed great hope in democratization in the region. Bringing together a number of experts on the region to provide a broad ranging survey of individual countries, this book examines the experiences of activists, parties, religious groups and governments, the influences exerted on them and the difficulties involved in bringing democracy to the Middle East.

Author Biography

Nathan J. Brown is a professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, where he is the director of the institute for Middle East Studies. He also serves as a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Emad El-Din Shahin is the Luce Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peace building at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University. He was a visiting associate professor at the department of government at Harvard University (2006-2009), and associate professor in the political science department at the American University in Cairo. He specializes in Islam and politics, Arab and Muslim political thought, and political reform in the Middle East.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of contributorsp. viii
Prefacep. x
The view from outside: external efforts at democracy promotionp. 11
New wine in old bottles? American efforts to promote democracy in the Arab worldp. 11
Democracy and security in the Middle Eastp. 29
The fantasy of Arab democracy without a constituencyp. 42
Democracy and faith: the continuum of political Islamp. 62
Country studiesp. 85
Transformations in Eastern Europe and lessons for the Middle Eastp. 87
Democratic transformation in Egypt: controlled reforms frustrated hopesp. 102
Jordan: the myth of the democratizing monarchyp. 123
Democracy in Lebanon: the primacy of the sectarian systemp. 136
Democracy, Islam, and secularism in Turkeyp. 153
Conclusionp. 187
Bibliographyp. 193
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