The Contemporary Middle East

Series Editor: Anoushiravan Ehteshami

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.

  • Iran

    Stuck in Transition

    By Anoushiravan Ehteshami

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-02-09 
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  • Turkey

    Challenges of Continuity and Change 2nd edition

    By Meliha Benli Altunisik, Ozlem Tur

    The authors put issues relevant to Turkey today – such as consolidating democracy, dealing with economic development issues, improving its human rights record and its foreign policy – in an historical context, allowing comparisons with other late developers in the world and reflecting the…

    Paperback – 2017-01-31 
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  • The United Arab Emirates

    Power, Politics and Policy-Making

    By Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-12-16 
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  • Morocco

    Challenges to tradition and modernity, 2nd Edition

    By James N. Sater

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-05-27
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  • Tunisia

    From stability to revolution in the Maghreb, 2nd Edition

    By Christopher Alexander

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-05-27
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  • Libya

    Continuity and Change, 2nd Edition

    By Ronald Bruce St John, Ronald Bruce St John

    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.…

    Paperback – 2015-05-08
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  • Lebanon

    The Politics of a Penetrated Society

    By Tom Najem

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-12-20
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  • Sudan

    By Abdel Salam Sidahmed, Alsir Sidahmed

    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…

    Paperback – 2011-12-13
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  • Jordan

    A Hashemite Legacy, 2nd Edition

    By Beverley Milton-Edwards, Peter Hinchcliffe

    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…

    Paperback – 2009-06-02
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  • Saudi Arabia

    Power, Legitimacy and Survival

    By Tim Niblock

    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.…

    Paperback – 2006-03-01
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  • Turkey

    Challenges of Continuity and Change

    By Meliha Altunisik, Özlem Tür

    The authors put issues relevant to Turkey today – such as consolidating democracy, dealing with economic development issues, improving its human rights record and its foreign policy – in an historical context, allowing comparisons with other late developers in the world and reflecting the…

    Paperback – 2004-10-28
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  • Jordan

    A Hashemite Legacy

    By Peter Hinchcliffe, Beverley Milton Edwards

    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 by his grandson Hussein, the Kingdom of Jordan has become a permanent feature of the modern…

    Hardback – 2002-12-19
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  • Syria

    Revolution From Above

    By Raymond Hinnebusch

    This study examines the development of the Syrian state as it has emerged under thirty-five years of military-Ba'thist rule and, particularly, under President Hafiz al-Asad. It analyzes the way in which the fragility of the post-independence state, unable to contain rising nationalist struggle and…

    Paperback – 2002-08-01
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  • Israel

    Challenges to Identity, Democracy and the State

    By Clive Jones, Emma C. Murphy

    Often regarded as the only true manifestation of political pluralism in the contemporary Middle East, the state of Israel has dominated the history and politics of the region for over fifty years. Yet despite its position as a regional superpower, Israel continues to struggle with the whole issue…

    Paperback – 2001-11-22
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