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Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series


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The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work, by both new and established scholars, on all aspects of the modern Middle East and Islamic world. Works of synthesis, reference books and edited collections will also be considered. Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor.

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The Abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate, 1924 Debates and Implications

The Abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate, 1924: Debates and Implications

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Elisa Giunchi, Nicola Melis
August 01, 2024

This book explores the decision by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1924 to abolish the caliphate. The Ottoman sultans had long borne the title of caliphs of Islam, with all the prestigious authority throughout the Muslim world which went with it, and even after the demise of the sultanate ...

The Making of Contemporary Kuwait Identity, Politics, and its Survival Strategy

The Making of Contemporary Kuwait: Identity, Politics, and its Survival Strategy

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Mahjoob Zweiri, Sinem Cengiz
June 03, 2024

This book explores the contemporary history, governance, foreign policy, political economy, culture and society of Kuwait. It highlights the dynamics of the country, putting forward both an overview of each subject covered and also new research findings. It begins by providing an historical ...

Israel-Asia Relations in the Twenty-First Century The Search for Partners in a Changing World

Israel-Asia Relations in the Twenty-First Century: The Search for Partners in a Changing World

1st Edition

Edited By Yoram Evron, Rotem Kowner
September 25, 2023

This book examines Israel's growing interaction with Asia's sub-regions and countries since the 1990s. It shows how these interactions have increased in recent years, both at government level and for companies, entrepreneurs, academic institutions, religious groups, tourists, and NGOs. Likewise, it...

Arab-Iranian Relations Since the Arab Uprisings

Arab-Iranian Relations Since the Arab Uprisings

1st Edition

By Mahjoob Zweiri
September 01, 2023

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 ...

Reimagining Arab Political Identity Justice, Women's Rights and the Arab State

Reimagining Arab Political Identity: Justice, Women's Rights and the Arab State

1st Edition

By Salam Hawa
May 31, 2023

This book discusses the idea that Arab cultural and political identity has been suppressed by centuries of dominance by imperial outsiders and by religious and nationalist ideologies with the result that present day Arab societies are characterised by a crisis of identity where fundamentalism or ...

Power and Paranoia in Syria-Iraq Relations The Impact of Hafez Assad and Saddam Hussain

Power and Paranoia in Syria-Iraq Relations: The Impact of Hafez Assad and Saddam Hussain

1st Edition

By Amjed Rasheed
March 02, 2023

This book examines the perplexing twists and turns in Syria-Iraq relations which since the establishment of modern Syria and Iraq after World War I have zigzagged between cooperation and hostility countless times. It questions why both countries switched regional and international alliances, but ...

Constituting the Political Economy of the Kurds Social Embeddedness, Hegemony, and Identity

Constituting the Political Economy of the Kurds: Social Embeddedness, Hegemony, and Identity

1st Edition

By Omer Tekdemir
January 09, 2023

This book examines the development of Kurdish political economy and the emergence of collective Kurdish identity within a historical context through three main periods: the late-Ottoman Empire, the initial Republican Turkey era, and then the post-1990s period. It relates historical developments to ...

China's Economic and Political Presence in the Middle East and South Asia

China's Economic and Political Presence in the Middle East and South Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Mehran Haghirian, Luciano Zaccara
September 21, 2022

This book explores a range of key issues connected to China’s relations with countries in the Middle East and South Asia. It discusses economic and political connections, and projects which have arisen as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It covers both important countries in the Middle ...

Iran's Regional Relations A History from Antiquity to the Islamic Republic

Iran's Regional Relations: A History from Antiquity to the Islamic Republic

1st Edition

By Seyed Mohammad Houshisadat
April 29, 2022

Focusing on the interplay between domestic-level changes and region-wide interaction, this book provides a comprehensive analytical and theoretical survey of Iranian foreign relations in the Middle East from Antiquity until the Islamic Republic. It charts developments from the earliest regimes in ...

Limited Statehood and Informal Governance in the Middle East and Africa

Limited Statehood and Informal Governance in the Middle East and Africa

1st Edition

Edited By Ruth Hanau Santini, Abel Polese, Rob Kevlihan
April 29, 2022

Hybrid forms of governance – where the central state authority does not possess a monopoly of violence and fails to exercise control – are not only an epiphenomena, but a reality likely to persist. This book explores this phenomenon drawing on examples from the Middle East and Africa. It considers ...

Transition in Afghanistan Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding

Transition in Afghanistan: Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding

1st Edition

By William Maley
September 30, 2021

This book, by one of the most experienced authorities on the subject, presents a deep analysis of the very difficult current situation in Afghanistan. Covering a wide range of important subjects including state-building, democracy, war, the rule of law, and international relations, the book draws ...

Afghanistan � Challenges and Prospects

Afghanistan � Challenges and Prospects

1st Edition

Edited By Srinjoy Bose, Nishank Motwani, William Maley
December 12, 2019

After decades of turmoil a new phase is opening up for Afghanistan, in which a new generation comes to the fore as many of the key players from earlier phases, including foreign interventionist powers, leave the scene. Although this new phase offers new possibilities and increased hope for ...

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