This work, first published in 1972, is an objective introduction to the social, political, and cultural changes that took place in the Middle East in the years after the Second World War. It includes papers by some of the most distinguished scholars in the field as well as personal accounts by insightful observers living in the area. It includes articles on such topics as Arab socialism and nationalism, religious communities, ethnic minorities, women in Arab society, education, and many more.
Part 1. State and Politics 1. An Arab Nationalist Edward Atiyah 2. This Is Our Nationalism Abd al-Rahman al-Bazzaz 3. The Egyptian Revolution Abd al-Nasir (Gamal Abdel Nasser) 4. Egypt: Military Rule in a Rapidly Changing Society J.C. Hurewitz 5. Politics in Kuwait Naseer H. Aruri 6. The Jordanian Parliament Kamel S. Abu Jaber 7. Religion in Israeli Politics Emanuel Gutmann 8. The Role of Parties in Political Development in the Arab Middle East Scott D. Johnston 9. Qasim and the Iraqi Communist Party: a Study in Arab Politics Oles M. Smolansky 10. Political Tenets of the Liberation Party in Jordan 11. The Multiparty Democracy of Israel Moshe Sharett 12. Al-Ard Group Jacob M. Landau 13. The Middle East, 1968: Impressions and Conclusions The Mission of the American Professors for Peace in the Middle East 14. Forward to Peace Abba Eban Part 2. Views of Society and Man 15. Religious and Ethnic Groups Gabriel Baer 16. Minorities in the Arab Orient Today Pierre Rondot 17. The Quest for a Arab Future Ibrahim Abu Lughod 18. Change and Continuity in Israeli Society S.N. Eisenstadt 19. Arab Education Fahim I. Qubain 20. Reading and Education in a Lebanese Village Toufic Toma 21. The Dilemma of the Arabic Language Mahmud Taymur 22. Youth and Women’s Emancipation in Egypt Peter C. Dodd 23. Syria: the Lure of Extremism Daniel Lerner 24. The Idea of Progress in an Iraqi Village Malcolm N. Quint 25. The Finding of the Water Musa ‘Alami 26. A Day in Sana Claudie Fayein 27. Homemaking Marie Karam Khayat and Margaret Clark Keatinge 28. Work and Commerce in Tripoli John Gulick 29. The Kibbutz Utopia Materializing Ze’ev Goldberg 30. Bridging Two Worlds Aliza Löwenberg 31. Camps and Movements of the Bedouin Emanuel Marx