Combining elements of comparative politics with a country-by-country analysis, author David S. Sorenson provides a complete and accessible introduction to the modern Middle East. With an emphasis on the politics of the region, the text also dedicates chapters specifically to the history, religions, and economies of countries in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa. In each country chapter, a brief political history is followed by discussions of democratization, religious politics, women's issues, civil society, economic development, privatization, and foreign relations.
In this updated and revised second edition, An Introduction to the Modern Middle East includes new material on the Arab Spring, the changes in Turkish politics, the Iranian nuclear issues, and the latest efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma. Introductory chapters provide an important thematic overview for each of the book's individual country chapters and short vignettes throughout the book offer readers a chance for personal reflection.
Section I: The Historical, Religious, Economic, and Political Foundations of the Middle East 1. The Modern History of the Middle East 2. Religion in the Middle East 3. The Political Economy of the Middle East 4. Politics in the Middle East Section II: The Countries of the Arabian Peninsula and Arabian Gulf Area 5. Saudi Arabia 6. The Persian Gulf Emirates 7. Yemen 8. Iran 9. Iraq Section III: The Countries of the Eastern Mediterranean 10. Egypt 11. Turkey 12. Syria 13. Lebanon 14. Israel 15. Jordan 16. Palestine Section IV: The Countries of North Africa 17. Tunisia 18. Libya 19. Morocco 20. Algeria