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  • Early Islamic Institutionsby Abd Al-Aziz Duri

    I.B.Tauris 2011; US$ 29.00

    The rapid expansion of the early Islamic world is conventionally ascribed to a combination of brilliant military leadership and religious fervour. In this book, Abd al-Aziz Duri demonstrates how the growth, development and durability of early Islamic governance derived from highly sophisticated systems of administration (in which the idea of a Muslim... more...

  • Using Social Media to Gauge Iranian Public Opinion and Mood After the 2009 Electionby Sara Beth Elson; Douglas Yeung; Parisa Roshan; S. R. Bohandy; Alireza Nader

    RAND Corporation 2012; US$ 9.95

    In the months after the contested Iranian presidential election in June 2009, Iranians spoke out about the election using Twitter--a social media service that allows users to send short text messages, called tweets, with relative anonymity. This research analyzed more than 2.5 million tweets discussing the Iran election that were sent in the nine... more...

  • Voices of the New Arab Publicby Marc Lynch

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 31.99

    Marc Lynch draws on interviews conducted in the Middle East and analyses of Arab satellite television programs, op-ed pages, and public opinion polls to examine the nature, evolution, and influence of the new Arab public sphere. According to Lynch, the days of monolithic Arab opinion are over, and the way in which Arab governments and the United... more...

  • The Arab Stateby Adham Saouli

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 48.95

    This book explores the conditions of state formation and survival in the Middle East. Based on Historical Sociology, it provides a model for study of the state in the Arab world and a theory to explain its survival. Examining states as a ?process?, the author argues that what emerged in the Middle East in the beginning of the twentieth century... more...

  • The Arab Springby David W. Lesch; Mark L. Haas

    Westview Press 2012; US$ 19.99

    An illuminating volume by noted experts on the Arab Spring revolutions and their impacts, both in the Middle East and around the world more...

  • Democratization in the Arab Worldby Laurel E. Miller; Jeffrey Martini; F. Stephen Larrabee; Angel Rabasa; Stephanie Pezard

    RAND Corporation 2012; US$ 9.95

    Daunting challenges lie ahead for Arab countries where revolutions have upended longstanding authoritarian regimes. This monograph aims to help policymakers understand the challenges ahead, form well-founded expectations, shape diplomatic approaches, and take practical steps to foster positive change. more...

  • Rethinking Hizballahby Samer N. Abboud; Benjamin J. Muller

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 104.95

    Framing and analysing Hizballah through the perspective of the 'resistance society'; an articulation of identity politics that informs the violent and non-violent political strategies of the movement, Abboud and Muller demonstrate how Hizballah poses a challenge to the Lebanese state through its acquisition and exercise of private authority,... more...

  • Middle East Authoritarianismsby Steven Heydemann; Reinoud Leenders

    Stanford University Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    The developments of early 2011 changes the political landscape of the Middle East. But even as urgent struggles continue, it remains clear that authoritarianism will survive this transformational moment. The study of authoritarian governance, therefore, remains essential for our understanding of the political dynamics and inner workings of regimes... more...

  • Freedom's Unsteady Marchby Tamara Cofman Wittes

    Brookings Institution Press 2008; US$ 28.95

    President Bush promised to democratize the Middle East, but the results so far have dispirited democracy advocates and brought their project into disrepute. After the debacle in Iraq and the electoral success of Hamas, the pursuit of Arab democracy seems to many observers a fool’s errand, an unfortunate combination of ideology and wishful thinking.In... more...

  • Getting to Pluralismby Marina Ottaway; Amr Hamzawy

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2012; US$ 15.99

    Pluralism in the Arab world has not yet matured into functional democratic politics. While ruling establishments, Islamist movements, and secular parties have introduced a much greater degree of pluralism into Arab societies, the imbalance of power and interdependence among these actors limits both the degree of political diversity and its effectiveness... more...