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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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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

Forthcoming

By Omer Tekdemir
April 21, 2021

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 ...

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
October 09, 2020

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 ...

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
October 06, 2020

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 ...

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 ...

China's Presence in the Middle East The Implications of the One Belt, One Road Initiative

China's Presence in the Middle East: The Implications of the One Belt, One Road Initiative

1st Edition

Edited By Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Niv Horesh
December 12, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) vision, heralded as an attempt to revive the pre-modern Silk Route, is intended to strengthen West Asia’s economic links with China through ambitious infrastructural projects. Central to this are fast-track rail links, funded by the ...

How China's Rise is Changing the Middle East

How China's Rise is Changing the Middle East

1st Edition

By Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Niv Horesh
July 11, 2019

This book explores the extent to which China’s rise is changing the economic, security, political, and social-cultural aspects of the Middle East – a region of significant strategic importance to the West and of increasing importance to the East. With its growing dependence on Middle East oil and ...

Iran's Foreign Policy in the South Caucasus Relations with Azerbaijan and Armenia

Iran's Foreign Policy in the South Caucasus: Relations with Azerbaijan and Armenia

1st Edition

By Marzieh Kouhi-Esfahani
January 23, 2019

Iran’s role as a regional power is more significant than many in the West may realise. The country lies between Central Asia/the Caucasus and the Gulf region on the one hand, and, on the other, between the Mediterranean/Levant region and South Asia. Many of these areas are of increasing strategic ...

The Erasure of Arab Political Identity Colonialism and Violence

The Erasure of Arab Political Identity: Colonialism and Violence

1st Edition

By Salam Hawa
January 03, 2019

This book explores the long history of the evolution of Arab political identity, which predates the time of the Prophet Muhammad and is characterized by tolerance, compassion, generosity, hospitality, self-control, correct behaviour, equality and consensus. The author argues that present-day ...

Economic Development in Saudi Arabia

Economic Development in Saudi Arabia

1st Edition

By Ahmed Al Rajhi, Abdullah Al Salamah, Monica Malik, Rodney Wilson
August 14, 2018

The changing political situation in the Middle East poses challenges for the economies of the region, and some see none more vulnerable to collapse than Saudi Arabia's. Yet as this study demonstrates, the fundamentals of the Kingdom's economy are relatively robust, as over three quarters of GDP is ...

Good Governance in the Middle East Oil Monarchies

Good Governance in the Middle East Oil Monarchies

1st Edition

Edited By Martin Hetherington, Tom Pierre Najem
August 14, 2018

The concept of 'good governance' is of increasing importance, and is used by international organizations to ensure reasonable conformity to high standards in states which participate in the global trading regime and other international activities. This book examines the concept of good governance ...

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
April 16, 2018

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 ...

Russia's Middle East Policy From Lenin to Putin

Russia's Middle East Policy: From Lenin to Putin

1st Edition

By Alexey Vasiliev
March 21, 2018

This extraordinary book charts the development of Russia’s relations with the Middle East from the Russian Revolution of 1917 to the present. It covers both high and low points – the closeness to Nasser’s Egypt, followed by reversal; the successful invasion of Afghanistan which later turned into a ...

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