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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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Anti-Veiling Campaigns in the Muslim World Gender, Modernism and the Politics of Dress

Anti-Veiling Campaigns in the Muslim World: Gender, Modernism and the Politics of Dress

1st Edition

Stephanie Cronin
April 24, 2016

In recent years bitter controversies have erupted across Europe and the Middle East about women’s veiling, and especially their wearing of the face-veil or niqab. Yet the deeper issues contained within these controversies – secularism versus religious belief, individual freedom versus social or ...

China-Saudi Arabia Relations, 1990-2012 Marriage of Convenience or Strategic Alliance?

China-Saudi Arabia Relations, 1990-2012: Marriage of Convenience or Strategic Alliance?

1st Edition

Naser M. Al-Tamimi
January 21, 2016

This book focuses on the relationship established between China, the world’s second largest economy, and Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter. Due to Saudi Arabia’s dominance of the world oil market, China is increasingly focusing its attention on the Saudi Arabia as a reliable oil supplier ...

Oman - The Islamic Democratic Tradition

Oman - The Islamic Democratic Tradition

1st Edition

Hussein Ghubash
August 31, 2008

Oman is the inheritor of a unique political tradition, the imama (imamate), and has a special place in the Arab Islamic world. From the eighth century and for more than a thousand years, the story of Oman was essentially a story of an original, minority, movement: the Ibadi. This long period was ...

Islamic Extremism in Kuwait From the Muslim Brotherhood to Al-Qaeda and other Islamic Political Groups

Islamic Extremism in Kuwait: From the Muslim Brotherhood to Al-Qaeda and other Islamic Political Groups

1st Edition

Falah Abdullah al-Mdaires
March 04, 2015

This book is the first to provide a complete overview of Islamic extremism in Kuwait. It traces the development of Islamist fundamentalist groups in Kuwait, both Shiite and Sunni, from the beginning of the twentieth century. It outlines the nature and origins of the many different groups, considers...

Israeli Politics and the Middle East Peace Process, 1988-2002

Israeli Politics and the Middle East Peace Process, 1988-2002

1st Edition

Hassan A. Barari
September 12, 2014

The book is a fresh interpretation of Israeli foreign policy vis-à-vis the peace process, one that deems domestic political factors as the key to explain the shift within Israel from war to peace. The main assumption is that peacemaking that entails territorial compromise is an issue that can only ...

Social and Gender Inequality in Oman The Power of Religious and Political Tradition

Social and Gender Inequality in Oman: The Power of Religious and Political Tradition

1st Edition

Khalid M. Al-Azri
August 15, 2014

Looking at the social, political and legal changes in Oman since 1970, this book challenges the Islamic and tribal traditional cultural norms relating to marriage, divorce and women’s rights which guide social and legal practice in the modern Omani state. The book argues that despite the ...

The Middle East's Relations with Asia and Russia

The Middle East's Relations with Asia and Russia

1st Edition

Hannah Carter, Anoushiravan Ehteshami
August 15, 2014

Carter and Ehteshami consider the significant geopolitical, economic and security links between the Middle East and the wider Asian world - links which are often overlooked when the Middle East is considered in isolation or in terms of its relations with the West, but which are of growing ...

American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East From Bush to Obama

American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East: From Bush to Obama

1st Edition

Shahram Akbarzadeh, James Piscatori, Benjamin MacQueen, Amin Saikal
June 23, 2014

The recent "Arab spring", with its popular uprisings in many Arab countries, has exposed the ambiguity at the heart of American promotion of democracy in the Middle East. The US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were packaged as democracy promotion, as heralding the beginning of a new phase in the ...

The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt Democracy Redefined or Confined?

The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy Redefined or Confined?

1st Edition

Mariz Tadros
June 23, 2014

The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the oldest and most influential Islamist movements. As the party ascends to power in Egypt, it is poised to adopt a new system of governance and state–society relations, the effects of which are likely to extend well beyond Egypt’s national borders. This book ...

Islamic Entrepreneurship

Islamic Entrepreneurship

1st Edition

Rasem N. Kayed, M. Kabir Hassan
February 14, 2013

This book discusses the idea that there is a specific Islamic form of entrepreneurship. Based on extensive original research amongst small and medium sized enterprises in Saudi Arabia, it shows how businesses are started and how they grow in the context of an Islamic economy and society. It argues ...

The Secret Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations in Oslo Their Success and Why the Process Ultimately Failed

The Secret Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations in Oslo: Their Success and Why the Process Ultimately Failed

1st Edition

Sven Behrendt
October 25, 2013

The Oslo secret negotiations from 1992 to 1993 were some of the most astonishing and also successful negotiations in the Middle East, leading to the mutual recognition between the PLO and Israel. Through an in-depth examination of the Oslo negotiations, this book argues that at the core of the ...

Iran-Turkey Relations, 1979-2011 Conceptualising the Dynamics of Politics, Religion and Security in Middle-Power States

Iran-Turkey Relations, 1979-2011: Conceptualising the Dynamics of Politics, Religion and Security in Middle-Power States

1st Edition

Suleyman Elik
October 07, 2013

Both Turkey and Iran are large and important countries in the Middle East; how these two countries relate to each other is of crucial importance both for the region and for the wider world. This book explores the diplomatic, security and energy relations of these two middle power states since 1979,...

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