2nd Edition

The Societies of the Middle East and North Africa Structures, Vulnerabilities, and Forces

Edited By Sean Yom Copyright 2022
    440 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    440 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The second edition of this well-regarded volume explores the societies of the Middle East and North Africa. Presenting original studies written by the world’s leading MENA scholars, it sheds light upon the organizing structures, human vulnerabilities, and dynamic forces that propel social change among the peoples of the Arab world, as well as Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The volume can be used in conjunction with The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa textbook for a comprehensive overview of the region.

    Carrying over from the previous edition, among the rich topics covered are agriculture, urbanization, development, identity, citizenship, gender, religion, civil society, the environment, and youths. This second edition adds two new chapters on refugees and public opinion, as each constitutes a crucial part of the region’s social and cultural context. This edition also updates existing chapters to account for the latest events and trends, including the COVID-19 pandemic, popular protests, and demographic growth.

    Written in an accessible way, the chapters are clearly structured and contain insightful analysis, memorable case studies, illustrative photographs, and visualized data that illuminate the contours of social life across this diverse region. Each chapter also ends with curated questions for discussion, followed by annotated bibliographies to help spark further research to encourage seamless adoption into classrooms.

    1. Bringing Society Back In
    Sean Yom

    Part I: Societal Structures

    2. Social Life, from Rural to Urban
    Rachel Bahn, Tariq Tell, and Rami Zurayk

    3. Social Mobilization and Civil Society
    Vincent Durac

    4. Identities, Their Power and Pull
    P.R. Kumaraswamy

    Part II: Societal Vulnerabilities

    5. Economic Development: Bread, Jobs, and Beyond
    Bessma Momani

    6. Social and Cultural Legacies of Rentierism
    Hae Won Jeong

    7. The Nexus of Environment, Climate, Conflict, and Security
    Mohamad Behnassi

    8. Understanding Refugees
    Rawan Arar

    Part III: Societal Forces

    9. Religion and Faith
    Ramazan Kilinc

    10. Women and Gender
    Lindsay J. Benstead

    11. The Youth Generation
    Sean Yom

    12. Public Opinion and Attitudes
    Bethany Shockley


    Sean Yom is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University, USA and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, USA. He is a widely published expert on regimes and development in the Middle East and North Africa and regularly travels to the region for research.