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Politics of the Modern Arab World

1st Edition

Edited by Laleh Khalili


2,128 pages

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This new four-volume collection of cutting-edge and canonical scholarship counters the oft-cited opinion that studies of Middle Eastern politics are devoid of social scientific theory and method by providing an overview of the state of the scholarship in the field, innovations therein, and the debates that have advanced knowledge in the field.

The collection covers the Arab world, from Morocco to the borders of Iran, with the focus primarily on the twentieth century, and especially the post-Second World War era. By choosing a wide array of authors, many of whom are from the region or from the non-Anglophone world, the full breadth of worldwide scholarship on the modern Arab world is on display. The collection defines politics broadly—in line with the most innovative current works in the field of political studies—to include not only politics at the state level, but also the public, social, and popular domains that define and shape (and are in turn defined and shaped by) politics.

Table of Contents


1. Lisa Anderson (1987), ‘The State in the Middle East and North Africa’, Comparative Politics, 20, 1, 1–18.

2. Timothy Mitchell (1991), ‘The Limits of the State: Beyond Statist Approaches and Their Critics’, American Political Science Review, 85, 1, 77–94.

3. Lisa Wedeen (2003), ‘Seeing Like a Citizen Acting Like a State: Exemplary Events in Unified Yemen’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 45, 4, 680–713.

4. Lisa Anderson (1991), ‘Absolutism and the Resilience of Monarchy in the Middle East’, Political Science Quarterly, 106, 1, 1–15.

5. Madawi Al-Rasheed and Loulouwa Al-Rasheed (1996), ‘The Politics of Encapsulation: Saudi Policy Towards Tribal and Religious Opposition’, Middle Eastern Studies, 32, 1, 96–120.

6. Yahya Sadowski (1993), ‘The New Orientalism and the Democracy Debate’, Middle East Report, 183, 14–21.

7. Holger Albrecht and Oliver Schlumberger (2004), ‘"Waiting for Godot": Regime Change Without Democratization in the Middle East’, International Political Science Review, 25, 4, 371–92.

8. Eva Rana Bellin (2000), ‘Contingent Democrats: Industrialists, Labor, and Democratization in Late-Developing Countries’, World Politics, 52, 2, 175–205.

9. Nathan J. Brown (2003), ‘Regimes Reinventing Themselves: Constitutional Development in the Arab World’, International Sociology, 18, 1, 33–52.

10. Glenn Robinson (1998), ‘Defensive Democratization in Jordan’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 30, 3, 387–409.

11. Ellen Lust-Okar and Amaney Jamal (2002), ‘Regimes and Rules: Reassessing the Influence of Regime Type on Electoral Law Formation’, Comparative Political Studies, 35, 3, 337–66.

12. Charles Tripp (1997), ‘An "Islamic Economics"? Problems in the Imagined Reappropriation of Economic Life’, in K. Dean (ed.), Politics and the Ends of Identity (Ashgate), pp. 155–76.

13. Samer Shehata (2003), ‘In the Basha’s House: The Organizational Culture of Egyptian Public-Sector Enterprise’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 37, 1, 103–32.

14. John Chalcraft (2007), ‘Labour in the Levant: Syrian Migrants in Lebanon’, New Left Review, 45, 27–47.

15. Marsha Pripstein-Posusney (1993), ‘Irrational Workers: The Moral Economy of Labor Protest in Egypt’, World Politics, 46, 1, 83–120.

16. Mike Davis (2006), ‘Fear and Money in Dubai’, New Left Review, 41, 47–68.

17. Mary-Ann Tetreault (1999), ‘Sex and Violence: Social Reactions to Economic Restructuring in Kuwait’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 1, 2, 237–55.

18. Kiren Aziz Chaudhry (1994), ‘Economic Liberalization and the Lineages of the Rentier State’, Comparative Politics, 27, 1, 1–25.

19. Gwenn Okruhlik (1999), ‘Rentier Wealth, Unruly Law, and the Rise of Opposition: The Political Economy of Oil States’, Comparative Politics, 31, 3, 295–315.

20. Michael Herb (2005), ‘No Representation without Taxation? Rents, Development and Democracy’, Comparative Politics, 37, 3, 297–317.


21. Maha Abdel Rahman (2002), ‘The Politics of "Uncivil" Society in Egypt’, Review of African Political Economy, 29, 91, 21–35.

22. Salwa Ismail (2004), ‘Being Muslim: Islam, Islamism and Identity Politics’, Government and Opposition, 39, 4, 614–31.

23. Marc Lynch (2003), ‘Beyond the Arab Street: Iraq and the Arab Public Sphere’, Politics and Society, 31, 1, 55–91.

24. Charles Hirschkind (2001), ‘Religious Reason and Civic Virtue: An Islamic Counter-Public’, Cultural Anthropology, 16, 1, 3–34.

25. Diane Singerman (2006), ‘Restoring the Family to Civil Society: Lessons from Egypt’, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 2, 1, 1–32.

26. Edward Said (1984), ‘Permission to Narrate’, Journal of Palestine Studies, 13, 3, 27–48.

27. Nadia Abou El-Haj (2005), ‘Edward Said and the Political Present’, American Ethnologist, 32, 4, 538–55.

28. Ella Shohat (2002), ‘Area Studies, Gender Studies, and the Cartographies of Knowledge’, Social Text, 20, 3, 67–78.

29. Paul A. Silverstein (2002), ‘An Excess of Truth: Violence, Conspiracy Theorizing and the Algerian Civil War’, Anthropological Quarterly, 75, 4, 643–74.

30. Lila Abu-Lughod (1995), ‘Movie Stars and Islamic Moralism in Egypt’, Social Text, 42, 53–67.

31. Lara Deeb (2005), ‘Living Ashura in Lebanon: Mourning Transformed to Sacrifice’, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 25, 1, 122–37.

32. Gregory Starrett (1995), ‘The Political Economy of Religious Commodities in Cairo’, American Anthropologist, 97, 1, 51–68.

33. Lisa Wedeen (1998), ‘Acting As If: Symbolic Politics and Social Control in Syria’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 40, 503–23.

34. As’ad Abu Khalil (1997), ‘Gender Boundaries and Sexual Categories in the Arab World’, Feminist Issues, 14, 1 & 2, 91–104.

35. Saba Mahmood (2001), ‘Feminist Theory, Embodiment, and the Docile Agent: Some Reflections on the Egyptian Islamic Revival’, Cultural Anthropology, 16, 2, 202–36.

36. Julie Peteet (1994), ‘Male Gender and Rituals of Resistance in the Palestinian "Intifada": A Cultural Politics of Violence’, American Ethnologist, 21, 1, 31–49.

37. Kamran Asdar Ali (2002), ‘Faulty Deployments: Persuading Women and Constructing Choice in Egypt’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 44, 2, 370–94.

38. Lila Abu-Lughod (2002), ‘Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?’, American Anthropologist, 104, 3, 783–90.


39. James Gelvin (1999), ‘Modernity and its Discontents: On the Durability of Nationalism in the Arab Middle East’, Nations and Nationalism, 5, 1, 71–89.

40. Joseph Massad (1995), ‘Conceiving the Masculine: Gender and Palestinian Nationalism’, Middle East Journal, 49, 3, 467–83.

41. Ted Swedenburg (1990), ‘The Palestinian Peasant as National Signifier’, Anthropological Quarterly, 63, 1, 18–30.

42. Sami Zubaida (2004), ‘Islam and Nationalism: Continuities and Contradictions’, Nations and Nationalism, 10, 4, 407–20.

43. Christopher Alexander (2000), ‘Opportunities, Organizations and Ideas: Islamists and Workers in Tunisian and Algeria’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 32, 4, 465–90.

44. Joel Beinin (2005), ‘Political Islam and the New Global Economy: The Political Economy of an Egyptian Social Movement’, CR: The New Centennial Review, 5, 1, 111–39.

45. Janine A. Clark and Jillian Schwedler (2003), ‘Who Opened the Window? Women’s Struggle for Voice within Islamist Political Parties’, Comparative Politics, 35, 3, 293–312.

46. Mona El-Ghobashy (2005), ‘The Metamorphosis of Egyptian Muslim Brothers’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 37, 3, 373–95.

47. Asef Bayat (1997), ‘Revolution Without Movement, Movement Without Revolution: Comparing Islamist Activism in Iran and Egypt’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 40, 1, 136–69.

48. Michaelle Browers (2004), ‘The Civil Society Debate and New Trends on the Arab Left’, Theory and Event, 7, 2.

49. Toby Craig Jones (2006), ‘Rebellion on the Saudi Periphery: Modernity, Marginalization and the Shi'a Uprising of 1979’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 38, 2, 213–33.

50. Larbi Sadiki (2000), ‘Popular Uprisings and Arab Democratization’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 32, 1, 71–95.

51. Jillian Schwedler (2005), ‘Cop Rock: Protest, Identity, and Dancing Riot Police in Jordan’, Social Movement Studies, 4, 2, 155–75.

52. Roxanne L. Euben (2002), ‘Killing (For) Politics: Jihad, Martyrdom, and Political Action’, Political Theory, 30, 1, 4–35.

53. Stathis N. Kalyvas (1999), ‘Wanton And Senseless? The Logic of Massacres in Algeria’, Rationality and Society, 11, 3, 243–85.

54. James McDougall (2005), ‘Savage Wars? Codes of Violence in Algeria, 1830s–1990s’, Third World Quarterly, 26, 1, 117–31.

55. Glenn Bowman (2003), ‘Constitutive Violence and the Nationalist Imaginary: Antagonism and Defensive Solidarity in "Palestine" and "former Yugoslavia"’, Social Anthropology, 11, 3, 319–40.

56. Shira Robinson (2003), ‘Local Struggle National Struggle: Palestinian Responses to the Kafr Qasim Massacre and its Aftermath 1956–66’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 35, 3, 393–416.

57. James Ron (2000), ‘Savage Restraint: Israel, Palestine and the Dialectics of Legal Repression’, Social Problems, 47, 4, 445–72.

58. Frances Hasso (2005), ‘Discursive and Political Deployments by/of the 2002 Palestinian Women Suicide Bombers/Martyrs’, Feminist Review, 81, 23–51.


59. Michael Barnett (1995), ‘Sovereignty, Nationalism, and Regional Order in the Arab States System’, International Organization, 49, 3, 479–510.

60. Ian S. Lustick (1997), ‘The Absence of Middle Eastern Great Powers: Political "Backwardness" in Historical Perspective’, International Organization, 51, 4, 653–83.

61. Bob Vitalis (2002), ‘Black Gold, White Crude: An Essay on American Exceptionalism, Hierarchy, and Hegemony in the Gulf’, Diplomatic History, 26, 2, 185–213.

62. Timothy Mitchell (2002), ‘McJihad: Islam in the US Global Order’, Social Text, 20, 4, 1–18.

63. Toby Dodge (2006), ‘The Sardinian, the Texan and the Tikriti: Gramsci, the Comparative Autonomy of the Middle Eastern State and Regime Change in Iraq’, International Politics, 43, 453–73.

64. Mary-Ann Tetreault (2006), ‘The Sexual Politics of Abu Ghraib: Hegemony, Spectacle, and the Global War on Terror’, National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 18, 3, 33–50.

65. Joel Beinin (2003), ‘Is Terrorism a Useful Term in Understanding the Middle East and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?’, Radical History Review, 85, 12–23.

66. Abudllahi A. An-Naim (2001), ‘Human Rights in the Arab World: A Regional Perspective’, Human Rights Quarterly, 23, 3, 701–32.

67. Ilana Feldman (2007), ‘Difficult Distinctions: Refugee Law, Humanitarian Practice, and Political Identification in Gaza’, Cultural Anthropology, 22, 1, 129–69.

68. Timothy Mitchell (1991), ‘America’s Egypt: Discourse of the Development Industry’, Middle East Report, 169, 18–36.

69. Marsha Pripstein-Posusney (2003), ‘Globalization and Labor Protection in Oil-Poor Arab Countries: Racing to the Bottom?’, Global Social Policy, 3, 3, 267–97.

70. Julia Elyachar (2002), ‘Empowerment Money: The World Bank, Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Value of Culture in Egypt’, Public Culture, 14, 3, 493–513.

71. Joseph A. Massad (2002), ‘Re-Orienting Desire: The Gay International and the Arab World’, Public Culture, 14, 2, 361–85.

72. Nicola Pratt (2007), ‘The Queen Boat Case in Egypt: Sexuality National Security and State Sovereignty’, Review of International Studies, 33, 1, 129–44.

73. Laleh Khalili (2007), ‘"Standing with My Brother": Hizbullah, Palestinians and the Limits of Solidarity’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 49, 2, 276–303.

74. Paulo G. Pinto (2007), ‘Pilgrimage, Commodities, and Religious Objectification: The Making of Transnational Shiism between Iran and Syria’, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 27, 1, 109–25.

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Critical Issues in Modern Politics

The Critical Issues in Modern Politics series considers key areas of recent politics. The series includes collections which examine the modern politics of countries around the globe, often contending with controversial and highly contested areas of politics. Titles within the series include the likes of Politics of the Modern Arab World, Politics of Modern Southeast Asia and Politics of Modern Iran. The latest addition to the series examines the politics of one of the most controversial counties in the modern word: The Politics and International Relations of Modern Korea.

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