This book focuses on range and intensity of social changes that have occurred in the Middle East, examining specific issues important to an understanding of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, up to and including events in the twenty-first century.
Table of Contents
1. Traditional Cultures of the Middle East: The Cradle of Civilization and Politics 2. The Foundations of Islam 3. The Political Legacy of Islam, 632—1800 C.E. 4. Western Imperialism, 1800—1914 C.E. 5. The Rise of the State System, 1914—1950 6. The Drive for Self-Determination, 1950—1990 7. Turning Points 8. The Politics of Religion, Culture, and Social Life 9. Political Elites 10. Political Leadership in the Contemporary Middle East 11. The Economic Setting 12. International Relations in the Middle East, 1945—1990 13. International Relations in the Middle East,1945—1990: The Regional Actors 14. The Middle East and the Changing International Order: 1991—2001 15. Did 9/11 Change Everything?