Affluence and Poverty in the Middle East is an introduction to the political economy of the Middle East, focusing on its most salient features - persistent poverty and extreme inequality. El-Ghonemy analyses the factors influencing the region, including its unique historical, religious and cultural mix, as well as its economic foundations and forms of corruption. For each factor he employs case-studies drawn from throughout the region, from Turkey to Sudan and Morocco to Iran. In the final section El-Ghomeny discusses possible solutions to the challenges facing the region, including possible uses of a peace dividend, and the role of democracy.
'An analytical and comprehensive view of Middle Eastern development problems. What is new in this comprehensive work is the author's ability to use several analytical tools from the social sciences that have previously been neglected in other studies.' - The Cambridge Books Review
'It is likely to become, and remain, the standard chronicle of economic inequity in the modern Middle East.' - Charles Foster, Contemporary Review
'Many readers will be especially interested in El-Ghonemy's account of the impact of economic policy reforms on income distribution.' - Middle Eastern Studies Review Vol 35, No.1 Jan 99
'This extended essay and analysis ends on a passionate call for peace, a drastic reduction of military spending, and renewed efforts to educate the younger generation.' - International Review of Biblical Studies