1st Edition

Arab-Iranian Relations Since the Arab Uprisings

By Mahjoob Zweiri Copyright 2024
    178 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Unlike most writing on Arab-Iran relations, which looks at specific episodes and specific countries, this book, taking a long term view, assesses the overall dynamics of the relationship, discussing in particular how far religion or politics drives the relationship. It argues that although Iran asserts that religion is a key factor underpinning a coherent approach to international relations, in fact what turns out to be the key factor is the politics of particular circumstances and Iran’s specific interests. The book considers Iran’s differing reactions to the Arab uprisings of 2011 onwards, showing that while Iran supported the uprisings in some countries it sided with repressive governments in other countries. The book also examines Iran’s reaction to its own outbreak of popular discontent in 2009 which was controlled by what has been considered as severe repression and explores how Iran is viewed by ordinary people in different Arab countries.

    Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

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    Author’s Note


    Chapter 1: Why Studying Arab-Iranian relations matters.

    Chapter 2: Iran and the Arab Uprising: The Immediate Reaction

    Chapter 3: The People over the Power: The Cases of Bahrain, Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt

    Chapter 4: Friends over Freedom: The Cases of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon

    Chapter 5: Iran in the Eyes of the Arabs





    Mahjoob Zweiri is a Professor in Contemporary History and Politics of the Middle East and Director of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University, Qatar