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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics

Edited By

Larbi Sadiki

ISBN 9781138047631
Published April 15, 2020 by Routledge
684 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on various perspectives and analysis, the Handbook problematizes Middle East politics through an interdisciplinary prism, seeking a melioristic account of the field. Thematically organized, the chapters address political, social, and historical questions by showcasing both theoretical and empirical insights, all of which are represented in a style that ease readers into sophisticated induction in the Middle East.

It positions the didactic at the centre of inquiry. Contributions by forty-four scholars, both veterans and newcomers, rethink knowledge frames, conceptual categories, and fieldwork praxis. Substantive themes include secularity and religion, gender, democracy, authoritarianism, and new "borderline" politics of the Middle East. Like any field of knowledge, the Middle East is constituted by texts, authors, and readers, but also by the cultural, spatial, and temporal contexts within which diverse intellectual inflections help construct (write–speak) academic meaning, knowing, and practice. By denaturalizing notions of singularity of authorship or scholarship, the Handbook plants a dialogic interplay animated by multi-vocality, multi-modality, and multi-disciplinarity.

Targeting graduate students and young scholars of political and social sciences, the Handbook is significant for understanding how the Middle East is written and re-written, read and re-read (epistemology, methodology), and for how it comes to exist (ontology).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Middle East Politics: A Field in Transit Larbi Sadiki

I. Knowledge Frames and Horizons

2. Middle of Where? East of What? Simulated Postcoloniality’s Assemblages, Rhizomes and Simulacra Larbi Sadiki

3. Traveling the Middle East without a Map: Three Main Debates Bahgat Korany

4. Literature in the Arab Postcolony Miriam Cooke

5. The Primacy of Fieldwork: Inductive Explorations of the MENA State Laurie A. Brand

6. Nationalism in the Arab Middle East: Resolving Some Problems James Gelvin

7. Studying the International Relations of the Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf: A Personal Account and a Theoretical Overview F. Gregory Gause III

8. Committed History: Sticking to Facts and Adhering to Principles Ilan Pappe

9. Reimagining the Middle East and Its Place in the World Robert Bianchi

II. Towards Re-conceptualizations of the Democratic and the Authoritarian

10. Survey Research and the Study of Politics in the Arab World Mark Tessler

11. Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa: the trajectories of the MENA republics Raymond Hinnebusch

12. Economic Reform’ Since the 1980s: The Political Corollaries of a Political Project Eberhard Kienle

13. Overcoming Exceptionalism-Party Politics and Voting Behavior in the Middle East and North Africa Francesco Cavatorta

14. Elections in authoritarian contexts: The case of Algeria Youcef Bouandel

III. The Secular and the Religious: Questions and Contests

15. The Challenges of Researching Political Islam Beverly Milton-Edwards

16. The Other Side of Middle Eastern Studies: On Democracy, Violence and Islam Abdelwahab El-Affendi

17. Sectarian fault lines in the Middle East: sources of conflicts or communal bonds? Keiko Sakai and Kota Suechika

18. The Unseen in the Islamic Awakening: Walking with the Muslim Jesus Raymond William Baker

19. Re-thinking Shi¿i political theology Naser Ghobadzadeh

20. Patronage in Reverse and the Secular State in Egypt Mohammed Moussa

IV. Gendered Relations and Realities: Critical Interpretations

21. Gender and Politics in the Middle East Nicola Pratt

22. Islam and Resistance in the Middle East: A Methodology of Muslim Struggle and the Impact on Women Maria Holt

23. Gender, Religion, and Politics in Jewish and Muslim Contexts: The Case of Israel Lihi Ben Shitrit

24. Gender: Still a Useful Category to Analyze Middle East History? A View from Egypt (1919-2019) Lucia Sorbera

V. Borderline Politics: Claims and Counter-claims

25. Social Movements and the Middle East Anne Marie Baylouny

26. Sports and politics: The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer James M. Dorsey

27. Various Faces of Violent Radicalisation in the Syrian Crisis: the Case of Tripoli Marie Kortam

28. Non-state actors and ‘the international’: counterinsurgency and empire in the Middle East Marina Calculli

29. Start with the Art: New Ways of Understanding the Political in the Middle East Kirsten Scheid

30. Truth to Power: On Digital Scene-Making Tarek El-Ariss

31. Bread and its Subsidy: Some Reflections Jose Ciro Martinez

VI. Conceptual Categories: Reflexive Notes

32. Distributive Politics in the Middle East Lisa Blaydes

33. The Rule of Law in the Contemporary Arab Middle East David Mednicoff

34. The Politics of Identity in the Middle East: Rereading Arab Nationalism Youssef M. Choueiri

35. On the Intertwinement of the Political and the Intellectual in Modern Arab History Elizabeth Kassab

36. Studying the Middle East Security Sector: A Conceptual Framework Oren Barak

37. Reflections on Doing Digital Humanities in the Context of the Middle East Minoo Moallem

38. The Theoretical and Methodological Traps in Studying Sectarianism in the Middle East: Neo-Primordialism and ‘Clichéd Constructivism’ Rima Majed

39. Tentative Notes on Syria’s Uprising: Researching Protest Politics in the Diaspora Layla Saleh

VII. Navigating The Field: Notes And Outlooks

40. Researching Iranian history and politics: a guide for the perplexed Ali M. Ansari

41. Investigating Tribalism and Civil Society in Qatar Ali A. Hadi Alshawi

42. Yemen: The Case of Politics, Tribes and Instability Bakeel Alzandani

43. Is Sustainable Development Possible Under Occupation? The Case of Palestine Basem Ezbidi

44. Palestinian Politics in One Century, from Sykes-Picot to Post Oslo Agreement - A Time for a Re-Evaluation As’ad Ghanem

45. Concluding Remarks: Quandaries of Researching Middle East Politics Sheila Carapico

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Larbi Sadiki is Professor of Arab Democratization at Qatar University. His blogs have appeared in Aljazeera, and his publications have been translated into Arabic, Turkish, and Portuguese. He is editor of the Routledge Series on Middle Eastern Democratization and Government, and has been a Non-resident Fellow at Carnegie Middle East Center (Beirut), Senior Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, and an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney’s Department of Arabic Languages and Cultures.