In the early 1960s the Middle East suffered from political instability, inefficiency of government, widespread poverty and inequality, low productivity, and a mounting population pressure on the region’s resources. With the exception of some of the oil-exporting countries, the entire region still suffers from these same burdens. There have been many studies in the economic development and industrialization of the region in recent years. This study is different, motivated by scepticism and a sense of intellectual frustration and apprehension because of the apparent inadequacy of socioeconomic and political development in the Middle East.
First published in 1987.
1. Middle East Economic Development: Problems and Methodology 2. The Sociopolitical Context 3. The Demographic Scene 4. The Infrastructure 5. Science, Technology and Education 6. Agriculture 7. The Magic of Industrialization 8. International Trade and Development 9. Development Effects and the Future 10. The Oil Factor