The Foundations of the Arab State deals with the conceptual, historical, and cultural environment in which the contemporary Arab state system was established and has evolved.
With contributions from established scholars in the field, this volume addresses the major issues posed by the emergence of contemporary Arab states, by their consolidation, the role played by foreign powers in their creation, and their future within the region.
Introduction Ghassan Salame Part 1 1. The Origins of the Arab State System Iliya Harik 2. Alien and Besieged Yet Here to Stay: The Contradictions of the Arab Territorial State Bahgat Korany 3. State-building and Regime Performance in the Greater Maghreb Elbaki Hermassi Part 2 4. State and Authority in Arabic Political Thought Charles E. Butterworth 5. Notions of the State in Contemporary Arab-Islamic Writings Fahmi Jadaane 6. Al-Watan and Al-Umma in Contemporary Arab Use Said Bensaid Part 3 7. Changing Perceptions of State Authority: Morocco, Egypt and Oman Dale F. Eickelman 8. 'Strong' and 'Weak' States, a Qualified Return to the Muqaddimah Ghassan Salame