Middle East Studies: Book Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.

  • Ethnicity and Party Politics in Turkey

    The Rise of the Kurdish Party during the Kurdish Opening Process, 1st Edition

    By Berna Öney

    Delving into Turkey’s political playing field, this book examines how an ethnic party increased its vote shares. The case study looks at the rise of the Kurdish party in Turkey’s 2011 national elections, in relation to the mainstream political parties‘ strategies. The research explores the…

    Hardback – 2019-07-29 
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  • The Decline of Democracy in Turkey

    A Comparative Study of Hegemonic Party Rule, 1st Edition

    By Kürşat Çınar

    This book explores the roots of the decline of democracy and the rise of hegemonic parties in Turkey, by comparing the Justice and Development Party (AKP) with other comparable cases throughout the world. Offering a novel analysis in the rise of hegemonic parties, this book incorporates the…

    Hardback – 2019-06-12 
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  • Women in Turkey

    Silent Consensus in the Age of Neoliberalism and Islamic Conservatism, 1st Edition

    By Gamze Çavdar, Yavuz Yaşar

    This book provides a socio-economic examination of the status of women in contemporary Turkey, assessing how policies have combined elements of neoliberalism and Islamic conservatism. Using rich qualitative and quantitative analyses, Women in Turkey analyses the policies concerning women in the…

    Hardback – 2019-06-06 
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  • Israel in a Turbulent Region

    Security and Foreign Policy, 1st Edition

    Edited by Tore T. Petersen

    This anthology examines and deconstructs what Israeli security looks like and how its various security identities have evolved both before the establishment of the state and in the years and decades since 1948. It casts light on how aspects of Israel’s foreign relations have been shaped as much by…

    Hardback – 2019-02-28
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  • Patterns of Nationhood and Saving the State in Turkey

    Ottomanism, Nationalism and Multiculturalism, 1st Edition

    By Serhun Al

    Patterns of Nationhood and Saving the State in Turkey tackles a theoretical puzzle in understanding the state policy changes toward minorities and nationhood, first by placing the state in the historical context of the international system and second by unpacking the state through analysis of …

    Hardback – 2019-01-22
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  • Power Sharing in Lebanon

    Consociationalism Since 1820, 1st Edition

    By Eduardo Wassim Aboultaif

    This book studies the origins and evolution of power sharing in Lebanon. The author has established a relationship between mobilization, ethnurgy (ethnic identification), memory and trauma, and how they impact power sharing provisions. The book starts with the events in the 1820s, when…

    Hardback – 2019-01-10
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  • Participation Culture in the Gulf

    Networks, Politics and Identity, 1st Edition

    Edited by Nele Lenze, Charlotte Schriwer

    This book examines the civil–social interactions which have shaped and continue to influence the political and social development of modern Gulf societies. It analyses the influence of public and private social spaces, such as sports arenas and dawawin as well as developments in the legal and…

    Hardback – 2018-08-23
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  • The Religionization of Israeli Society

    1st Edition

    By Yoav Peled, Horit Herman Peled

    During Israel's military operation in Gaza in the summer of 2014 the commanding officer of the Givati infantry brigade, Colonel Ofer Vinter, called upon his troops to fight "the terrorists who defame the God of Israel." This unprecedented call for religious war by a senior IDF commander caused an…

    Hardback – 2018-08-02
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  • Democratic Consolidation in Turkey

    Micro and macro challenges, 1st Edition

    Edited by Cengiz Erisen, Paul Kubicek

    While Turkey has made major strides in democratic reforms in the late 1990s and early 2000s, progress has, in many ways, stalled. Turkey remains "democratic" in the sense that attaining political power depends upon winning votes, but in recent years its leadership has taken a majoritarian view of…

    Paperback – 2018-06-28
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  • Party Politics in Turkey

    A Comparative Perspective, 1st Edition

    Edited by Sabri Sayarı, Pelin Ayan Musil, Özhan Demirkol

    Although the literature on party politics has significantly advanced both methodologically and theoretically in recent years, the study of political parties in Turkey has been noticeably disconnected and lacking from such conversations. This book evaluates well-established theories and trends in…

    Hardback – 2018-02-05
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  • The Turkish Deep State

    State Consolidation, Civil-Military Relations and Democracy, 1st Edition

    By Mehtap Sooyler

    The deep state ranks among the most critical issues in Turkish politics. This book traces its origins and offers an explanation of the emergence and trajectory of the deep state; the meaning and function of informal and authoritarian institutions in the formal security sector of a democratic regime…

    Paperback – 2017-12-13
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  • The Golan Heights

    Political History, Settlement and Geography since 1949, 1st Edition

    By Yigal Kipnis

    Presenting the settlement landscape of the Golan before and after June 1967, The Golan Heights deals with the issue of the border between Israel and Syria, and with the Israeli settlement process in the area following the Six Day War. The story of the Golan Heights and its position between Syria…

    Paperback – 2017-12-08
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  • The Making of Lebanese Foreign Policy

    Understanding the 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli War, 1st Edition

    By Henrietta Wilkins

    Seeking to explain Lebanon’s behavior in the international arena during the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, this book offers a critique of both systemic and sub state factors in determining foreign policy decisions. The Making of Lebanese Foreign Policy illustrates how systemic theories are…

    Paperback – 2017-12-08
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  • Iranian Foreign Policy Since 2001

    Alone in the World, 1st Edition

    Edited by Thomas Juneau, Sam Razavi

    Examining Iranian foreign policy, with a focus on the years since 2001, this book analyses the defining feature of Iran’s international and regional posture, its strategic loneliness, and the implications of this for the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy. Iranian Foreign Policy since 2001 offers…

    Paperback – 2017-12-08
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  • Israel’s Foreign Policy Beyond the Arab World

    Engaging the Periphery, 1st Edition

    By Jean-Loup Samaan

    For over 60 years, Israel’s foreign policy establishment has looked at its regional policy through the lens of a geopolitical concept named "the periphery doctrine." The idea posited that due to the fundamental hostility of neighboring Arab countries, Israel ought to counterbalance this threat…

    Hardback – 2017-12-04
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  • Politics and Gender Identity in Turkey

    Centralised Islam for Socio-Economic Control, 1st Edition

    By Umut Korkut, Hande Eslen-Ziya

    The creation of Turkish nationhood, citizenship, economic transformation, the forceful removal of minorities and national homogenisation, gender rights, the position of armed forces in politics, and the political and economic integration of Kurdish minority in Turkish polity have all received major…

    Hardback – 2017-10-30
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  • Turkey's Kurdish Question

    Discourse & Politics Since 1990, 1st Edition

    By Hamid Akin Unver

    The Kurdish question is one of the most complicated and protracted conflicts of the Middle East and will never be resolved unless it is finally defined. The majority of the Kurdish people live in Turkey, which gives the country a unique position in the larger Kurdish conundrum. Society in Turkey…

    Paperback – 2017-10-13
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  • Municipal Politics in Turkey

    Local Government and Party Organisation, 1st Edition

    By Charlotte Joppien

    There is a large and growing literature on Turkish politics in general, and the AKP in particular. However, local government and party organization, although very important topics, are strikingly understudied. This book compares local politics in two Central Anatolian cities, Konya and Eskişehir,…

    Hardback – 2017-09-21
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  • Sectarian Conflict in Egypt

    Coptic Media, Identity and Representation, 1st Edition

    By Elizabeth Iskander

    In light of the Egyptian uprising in early 2011, understanding the dynamics that are shaping Egyptian politics and society is more crucial than ever as Egypt seeks to re-define itself after the Mubarak era. One of the most controversial debates concerns the place of religion in Egypt’s political…

    Paperback – 2017-06-16
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  • Political Regimes in the Arab World

    Society and the Exercise of Power, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ferran Izquierdo Brichs

    One of the implications of Orientalism is that the Arab world, as a homogenous entity, is often analysed as an anomaly within the international system. This book argues that, despite their differences, societies across the globe ultimately construct their own history according to very similar…

    Paperback – 2017-06-16
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  • EU-Turkey Relations in the 21st Century

    1st Edition

    By Birol Yesilada

    The possibility of Turkey’s accession to the European Union has been problematic. Initially, the EU’s pursuit of regional economic integration and enlargement of membership, at the exclusion of Turkey, strained relations between the two. It was not until 1999, and under pressure from the US, that…

    Paperback – 2017-06-16
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  • Contemporary Morocco

    State, Politics and Society under Mohammed VI, 1st Edition

    Edited by Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, Daniel Zisenwine

    Discussions of the unsettled political and social landscapes in the Middle East and North Africa frequently point to Morocco as an exception. An Arab League member-state, Morocco enjoys a favorable image in the West, seemingly combining a healthy and balanced mix of tradition and modernity,…

    Paperback – 2017-06-16
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  • Human Rights in Libya

    The Impact of International Society Since 1969, 1st Edition

    By Giacomina De Bona

    Since the end of the Cold War a democratic wave has swept through large parts of the world, propagating liberal values and giving impetus to the case for human rights in an international society. To date however, the promotion of human rights has presented a mixed account with some countries…

    Paperback – 2017-06-16
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  • Arms Control and Iranian Foreign Policy

    Diplomacy of Discontent, 1st Edition

    By Bobi Pirseyedi

    Since 2003, when the world learned that the Islamic Republic of Iran had succeeded in secretly developing a capability to enrich uranium and separate plutonium, the question of Iran’s nuclear program has ranked high on the international political and arms control agenda. This book studies the IRI’s…

    Paperback – 2017-05-31
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  • Patronage Politics in Egypt

    The National Democratic Party and Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, 1st Edition

    By Mohamed Fahmy Menza

    Between the military takeover of 1952 and the collapse of the Mubarak regime in 2011, the political system of Egypt depended upon a variety of mechanisms and structures to establish and consolidate its powerbase. Among those, an intricate web of what could be described as ‘patronage politics’…

    Paperback – 2017-05-31
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  • The UN and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    American Hegemony and UN Intervention since 1947, 1st Edition

    By Danilo Di Mauro

    This book provides a comprehensive empirical analysis of the United Nations intervention in the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1947. In his structured and exhaustive analysis, the author presents a long term perspective on the UN intervention in the conflict and explains its evolution during the…

    Paperback – 2017-05-31
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  • Sacred Space in Israel and Palestine

    Religion and Politics, 1st Edition

    Edited by Marshall J. Breger, Yitzhak Reiter, Leonard Hammer

    Religion and religious nationalism have long played a central role in many ethnic and national conflicts, and the importance of religion to national identity means that territorial disputes can often focus on the contestation of holy places and sacred territory. Looking at the case of Israel and…

    Paperback – 2017-05-24
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  • Minority Rights in Turkey

    A Battlefield for Europeanization, 1st Edition

    By Gözde Yilmaz

    The issue of minority rights is highly contested in both member and candidate states of the European Union. Compared with other policy areas, the Europeanization process in minority rights is much slower and more problematic. Turkey, though, differs from the majority of the member states by showing…

    Hardback – 2017-02-08
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  • Multiculturalism and Democracy in North Africa

    Aftermath of the Arab Spring, 1st Edition

    Edited by Moha Ennaji

    Investigating the connections between multiculturalism, minorities, citizenship, and democracy in North Africa, this book argues that multiculturalism in this region– and in the Arab world at large – has reached a significant level in terms of scale and importance. In the rest of the world, there…

    Paperback – 2016-12-14
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  • Contemporary Kemalism

    From Universal Secular-Humanism to Extreme Turkish Nationalism, 1st Edition

    By Toni Alaranta

    The nature and content of Kemalist ideology in Turkey during the last twenty years is analysed in this book. In order to place the current manifestations of this Turkish official modernising ideology in the two-part context of globalisation and the re-sacralisation of the world, Contemporary…

    Paperback – 2016-11-30
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  • Arab Regionalism

    A Post-Structural Perspective, 1st Edition

    By Silvia Ferabolli

    Arab regionalism details and examines the power relations involved in the making of an Arab region. On an empirical level, this book concentrates on the drawing of topographic and ideational boundaries in the Arab region, on Arab regional organizations, on the functional cooperation among Arab…

    Paperback – 2016-11-03
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  • Kurdish Politics in Turkey

    From the PKK to the KCK, 1st Edition

    By Seevan Saeed

    In the aftermath of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the Kurds were promised their own state. However, several factors meant that this dream never became a reality, and the land of the Kurds was divided. Amid a sense of a loss of identity, the Kurds started to fight for their social and…

    Hardback – 2016-09-19
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  • Everyday Arab Identity

    The Daily Reproduction of the Arab World, 1st Edition

    By Christopher Phillips

    Whether through government propaganda or popular transnational satellite television channels, Arab citizens encounter a discourse that reinforces a sense of belonging to their own state and a broader Arab world on a daily basis. Looking through the lens of nationalism theory, this book examines how…

    Paperback – 2016-08-26
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  • Saudi Arabian Foreign Relations

    Diplomacy and Mediation in Conflict Resolution, 1st Edition

    By René Rieger

    In recent decades, Saudi Arabia has committed itself to playing the part of mediator in intra-national and international conflicts in the greater Middle East region. Examples include the two Saudi-introduced Arab Peace Initiatives of 1982 and 2002, mediation attempts between Algeria and Morocco in…

    Hardback – 2016-08-15
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  • The Turkish AK Party and its Leader

    Criticism, opposition and dissent, 1st Edition

    Edited by Umit Cizre

    After landslide electoral victories, two referenda and a presidential election, thirteen years of AK Party rule have shattered many myths regarding Turkey’s politics and the nature of the party itself. This book argues that the last thirteen years are best understood via the AK party’s interaction…

    Hardback – 2016-05-12
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  • Israel's Military Operations in Gaza

    Telegenic Lawfare and Warfare, 1st Edition

    By Marouf Hasian Jr

    Civilians in Gaza and Israel are caught up in complex, violent situations that have overstepped conventional battle lines. Both sides of the conflict have found ways to legitimate the use of violence, and continually swap accusations of violations of domestic and international humanitarian laws.…

    Hardback – 2016-03-31
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  • Diasporic Activism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    1st Edition

    By Svenja Gertheiss

    With their homelands at war, can Diasporas lead the way to peace, or do they present an obstacle to conflict resolution, nurturing hate far away from those who actually fall victim to violence? And which of these roles do the Jewish and Palestinian diaspora communities play in the…

    Hardback – 2015-12-17
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  • Political Violence and Kurds in Turkey

    Fragmentations, Mobilizations, Participations & Repertoires, 1st Edition

    By Mehmet Orhan

    The Kurdish conflict is an acknowledged long-standing issue in the Middle East, and the emergence of radical Kurdish nationalist movements in the 20th century played a decisive role in the evolution of political violence. Political Violence and Kurds in Turkey examines how this political violence…

    Hardback – 2015-10-19
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  • The Europeanization of Turkish Public Policies

    A Scorecard, 1st Edition

    Edited by Aylin Güney, Ali Tekin

    Turkey’s candidacy for membership of the European Union has had mixed effects on its public policies. The initial degree of cohesion between EU and Turkish national policies, practices and institutions has varied by the policy field in question, leading to a complex amalgam of fit and misfit…

    Hardback – 2015-10-01
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  • The Israeli Conflict System

    Analytic Approaches, 1st Edition

    Edited by Harvey Starr, Stanley Dubinsky

    The Middle East conflict system is perhaps the world’s most important and intractable problem area, whose developments carry global consequences. An effective investigation of the context and change in the region calls for a melding of academic approaches, methods and findings with policy oriented…

    Hardback – 2015-08-20
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  • Modern Middle East Authoritarianism

    Roots, Ramifications, and Crisis, 1st Edition

    Edited by Noureddine Jebnoun, Mehrdad Kia, Mimi Kirk

    While the Arab uprisings have overturned the idea of Arab "exceptionalism," or the acceptance of authoritarianism, better analysis of authoritarianism’s resilience in pre- and post-uprising scenarios is still needed. Modern Middle East Authoritarianism: Roots, Ramifications, and Crisis undertakes…

    Paperback – 2015-06-09
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  • The Europeanization of Turkey

    Polity and Politics, 1st Edition

    By Ali Tekin, Aylin Güney

    Given the recent inertia in EU-Turkey relations in the midst of regional economic and political upheavals, Europeanization of Turkey takes a step back from the latest headlines to provide a comprehensive stocktaking of EU-inspired reform efforts in Turkey with an eye to understanding how effective…

    Hardback – 2015-04-24
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  • The Kurdish Issue in Turkey

    A Spatial Perspective, 1st Edition

    Edited by Zeynep Gambetti, Joost Jongerden

    This volume gives a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the Kurdish issue in Turkey from a spatial perspective that takes into account geographical variations in identity formation, exclusion and political mobilisation. Although analysis of Turkey’s Kurdish issue from a spatial perspective is…

    Hardback – 2015-04-21
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  • Nationalisms and Politics in Turkey

    Political Islam, Kemalism and the Kurdish Issue, 1st Edition

    Edited by Marlies Casier, Joost Jongerden

    This book examines some of the most pressing issues facing the Turkish political establishment, in particular the issues of political Islam, and Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms. The authors explore the rationales of the main political actors in Turkey in order to increase our understanding of the…

    Paperback – 2015-04-07
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  • Koreans in the Persian Gulf

    Policies and International Relations, 1st Edition

    By Shirzad Azad

    Analyzing the Korean Peninsula’s contemporary engagement with the Persian Gulf region from the 1950s to the present day, the book begins by asking the following question: What drew Koreans to the region in the first place and under what circumstances were they drawn there? While taking into…

    Hardback – 2015-02-19
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  • Ethnicity and Elections in Turkey

    Party Politics and the Mobilization of Swing Voters, 1st Edition

    By Gul Akdag

    Ethnicity and Elections in Turkey attempts to understand the mobilization strategies of incumbent parties to consolidate and increase their support among swing voters of an ethnic group. By analyzing the strategy of AKP on voters of Kurdish origin, it investigates the conditions under which it can…

    Hardback – 2014-09-15
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  • Environmental Politics in Egypt

    Activists, Experts and the State, 1st Edition

    By Jeannie Sowers

    Drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted in Egypt from the late 1990s to 2011, this book shows how experts and activists used distinctive approaches to influence state and firm decision-making in three important environmental policy domains. These include; industrial pollution from large-scale…

    Paperback – 2014-09-12
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  • The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq

    From Insurgency to Statehood, 1st Edition

    By Yaniv Voller

    Investigating the transformation of the Kurdish liberation movement in Iraq this book explores its development from an armed guerrilla movement, engaged in a war for liberation with the government in Baghdad, into the government of a de facto Kurdish state known as the Kurdistan Regional Government…

    Hardback – 2014-09-09
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  • Politics in Morocco

    Executive Monarchy and Enlightened Authoritarianism, 1st Edition

    By Anouar Boukhars

    Democratization and the process of political reform is a critical issue in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. This book looks at the situation in Morocco and examines the role of the monarchy and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Islamic and secular/liberal groupings…

    Paperback – 2014-08-15
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  • Strategic Relations Between the US and Turkey 1979-2000

    Sleeping with a Tiger, 1st Edition

    By Ekavi Athanassopoulou

    Taking the period from the end of the 1970s to the end of the 1990s, this book critically examines the evolution of the strategic relationship between the US and Turkey during this period, with a particular focus on the Middle Eastern context. Strategic Relations Between the US and Turkey employs…

    Hardback – 2014-06-26
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