What does revolution mean in the Middle East? Can the Middle East experience be compared with revolution in China, Latin America and East Europe? These questions are the focus of this book, first published in 1972, which examines the revolutionary significance of the major economic, social and political changes in the Middle East over the last fifty years. The special feature is the consideration of the changing connotation of the word ‘revolution’ and a recognition of a certain continuity in the political style of Middle Eastern societies which limits the use of the term in analysing the political change.
Part 1. Semantic Considerations 1. The Semantics of ‘Revolution’ A.T. Hatto 2. Islamic Concepts of Revolution Bernard Lewis Part 2. Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa 3. The Economic Aspects of Revolution in the Middle East E.R.J. Owen 4. Revolution in the Arab Middle East Albert Hourani 5. Revolution in the Maghreb R. Le Tourneau, M. Flory and R. Duchac 6. Patterns of Tribal Rebellion in Morocco Ernest Gellner 7. Law Reform in Egypt, 1850-1950 J.N.D Anderson 8. The Persian Constitutional Revolution of 1905-6 A.K.S Lambton Part 3. Other Case Studies: Eastern Europe, Latin America, China 9. Revolution in Eastern Europe Hugh Seton-Watson 10. Revolution in Latin America Harold Blakemore 11. Revolution in China John Gardner