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The Contemporary Middle East

About the Series

The Contemporary Middle East Series provides the first systematic attempt at studying the key actors of the dynamic, complex and strategically important MENA region, employing an innovative common format which in each case study provides an easily-digestible analysis of the origins of the state, its contemporary politics, economics and international relations.

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Egypt A Fragile Power

Egypt: A Fragile Power

1st Edition


By Eberhard Kienle
November 19, 2021

Focusing on authoritarian rule, unresolved economic challenges, and external dependency, the volume explains the salient political and economic features of contemporary Egypt against the backdrop of its history since the beginning of the 19th century. Presenting a comprehensive account of ...

Afghanistan Politics and Economics in a Globalising State

Afghanistan: Politics and Economics in a Globalising State

1st Edition

By Niamatullah Ibrahimi, William Maley
December 05, 2019

This book offers an overview of the formation of the Afghan state and of the politics, economic challenges and international relations of contemporary Afghanistan. It opens with an account of some of the key features that make Afghanistan unique and proceeds to discuss how the Afghan state ...



1st Edition

By Ilan Pappé
April 30, 2018

Israel is not the only ‘new’ state around, but it is one of the few states whose legitimacy is still questioned, and its future affects the future of the Middle East as a whole and probably the stability of the international system. The reasons for this unique reality lie in its past and the ...

Iran Stuck in Transition

Iran: Stuck in Transition

1st Edition

By Anoushiravan Ehteshami
February 16, 2017

Having been ruled, more or less continuously, by a range of monarchical dynasties for three millennia, the end of the monarchy in Iran was relatively sudden, taking place in two short years. Since then, Iran has gone through tumultuous change, yet is still apparently caught in a cycle of transition...

The United Arab Emirates Power, Politics and Policy-Making

The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics and Policy-Making

1st Edition

By Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
December 13, 2016

Led by Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the UAE has become deeply embedded in the contemporary system of international power, politics, and policy-making. Only an independent state since 1971, the seven emirates that constitute the UAE represent not only the most successful Arab federal experiment but also the...

Morocco Challenges to tradition and modernity

Morocco: Challenges to tradition and modernity

2nd Edition

By James N. Sater
June 02, 2016

The first edition of Morocco was published one year before the mass protests of the Arab Spring rocked the Moroccan state. Post-Arab Spring, the country has a new constitution and government, but the state remains uncompromising on any true reform of the monarchy’s claims to power. This new edition...

Tunisia From stability to revolution in the Maghreb

Tunisia: From stability to revolution in the Maghreb

2nd Edition

By Christopher Alexander
May 23, 2016

The first edition of Tunisia was released just nine months before the eruption of the Arab Spring. The most substantial period of political unrest felt by the Arab world in a half century originated in Tunisia, a fact that confounded expectations about Tunisian politics. This new edition builds ...

Libya Continuity and Change

Libya: Continuity and Change

2nd Edition

By Ronald Bruce St John, Ronald Bruce St John
May 13, 2015

Retaining the conceptual framework of the first edition through emphasis on the dual themes of continuity and change, the second edition of Libya is revised and updated to include discussion of key developments since 2010, including: The February 17 Revolution and the death of Muammar al-Qaddafi....

Lebanon The Politics of a Penetrated Society

Lebanon: The Politics of a Penetrated Society

1st Edition

By Tom Najem
February 10, 2012

In a time of great political change and unrest in the Middle East, this highly topical text offers a succinct account of the contemporary political environment in Lebanon. Tom Najem provides both a developed understanding of the pre-civil war system and an analysis of how circumstances resulting ...



1st Edition

By Abdel Salam Sidahmed, Alsir Sidahmed
December 08, 2011

Stretching between the savannah and the equator, Sudan is a microcosm of Africa, with one leg in the Arab world and the other in Africa. Sudan's development, however, has failed to address the differences within the country between its diverse ethnic communities. This has resulted in political ...

Jordan A Hashemite Legacy

Jordan: A Hashemite Legacy

2nd Edition

By Beverley Milton-Edwards, Peter Hinchcliffe
July 13, 2009

Created as a mechanism for maintaining British influence through a local patron, Jordan’s future never looked certain. Nevertheless, under the leadership of the Hashemite monarchy led by Abdullah and then his grandson Hussein, the Kingdom of Jordan became a permanent feature on the map of the ...

Saudi Arabia Power, Legitimacy and Survival

Saudi Arabia: Power, Legitimacy and Survival

1st Edition

By Tim Niblock
April 12, 2006

Saudi Arabia provides a clear, concise yet analytical account of the development of the Saudi state. It details the country’s historical and religious background, its oil rentier economy and its international role, showing how they interact to create the dynamics of the contemporary Saudi state. ...

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