A longtime bestseller, Politics and Change in the Middle East employs a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensively and evenhandedly study the region’s past, present, and future. Through politics, economics, culture, and history, this text offers a rugged analytical framework that familiarizes students with the Middle East and helps them to critically evaluate contemporary developments. Thematically organized, Politics and Change in the Middle East introduces students to the primary actors and issues that define the region and its role in world politics.
“This exceptional text, which is popular amongst instructors and students alike, contains reliable and well-presented information about the Middle East. Its excellent framework will help undergraduates better understand contemporary developments in the region by examining its history and culture, as well as the impact of Islam, colonialism, and globalization.”–Anca Turcu, University of Central Florida
Chapter 1: Traditional Cultures of the Middle East: The Cradle of Civilization and Politics Chapter 2: The Foundations of Islam Chapter 3: The Political Legacy of Islam, 632–1800 C.E. Chapter 4: Western Imperialism 1800–1914 C.E. Chapter 5: The Rise of the State System, 1914–1950 Chapter 6: The Drive or Self Determination, 1950–1990 Chapter 7: Turning Points Chapter 8: The Politics of Religion, Culture, and Social Life Chapter 9: Political Elites Chapter 10: Political Leadership in the Contemporary Middle East Chapter 11: The Economic Setting Chapter 12: International Relations in the Contemporary Middle East, 1945-1990 Chapter 13: International Relations in the Contemporary Middle East, 1945-1990: The Regional Actors Chapter 14: The Middle East and the Changing International Order: 1991-2001 Chapter 15: Did 9/11 Change Everything?