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The Middle East: A Guide to Politics, Economics, Society, and Culture
Edited by: Barry Rubin
 




Cloth ISBN: 978-0-7656-8094-5 Paper ISBN: Not Available
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Information: 704pp. Two volumes; bibliographies; index.
Publication Date: December 2011.  

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Description: The Middle East remains an area of surpassing interest and importance in global affairs today, resulting in a constant flow of media attention and in-depth academic scrutiny. Unfortunately, this has lead to many misperceptions about the area, its people, and their ways of life.

This unique two-volume set helps clarify the region's complex history and ongoing problems--and corrects some of the misperceptions--by exploring seven areas of overarching significance. Rather than focusing on specific conflicts, this work deals specifically with the broader issues of culture, religion, women, economics, governance, and media, as well as the role that the region's modern history has played in shaping the ways of life, values, and worldviews of its peoples.


Selected Contents:

Editor and Contributors
Preface

PART I: POLITICS OF GOVERNING IN THE MIDDLE EAST Brent E. Sasley

Middle Eastern Governance: An Introduction
Monarchies in the Middle East
The Rise of the Radical Nationalist Regimes
The Decline of Radicalism and the Institutionalization of the Nationalist States
Instruments of Governance Among the Arab Regimes
Syria
Lebanon
Iran
Israel
Iraq
Postscript

PART II. MIDDLE EAST ECONOMICS Patrick Clawson

Economics in the Middle East: An Introduction
Section 1. Common Issues
Oil
Water
Demography
Governance
Section 2. Societies
Gulf Monarchies
Iraq
Arab Levant
Nile Valley
Maghreb
Iran
Israel
Conclusion: Great Opportunities, Unimpressive Results, Modest Prospects

PART III. MIDDLE EAST MEDIA

The Middle East Media: An Introduction Haim Koren
The Syrian Media Kathleen Ridolfo
The Egyptian Media Barry Rubin
Iraq: From Captive to Relatively Free Media Kathleen Ridolfo
Iraqi Politics and Control of the Media Ibrahim al-Marashi
The Iranian Media Under President Muhammed Khatami Barry Rubin
The Israeli Media Eytan Gilboa
The Palestinian Media and Anti-Americanism Hillel Frisch
The Virtual Frontiers of the Iranian Blogistan Liora Hendelman-Ba'avur
How Satellite TV Challenges State Media Monopoly: Al-Jazeera's Coverage of Syria Najib Ghadbian
European-Based and Satellite Arabic-Language Media Barry Rubin

PART IV: RELIGION IN THE MIDDLE EAST Judith Colp Rubin

Religion in the Middle East: An Introduction
Islam and Christianity in the Middle East
Homogeneity and Diversity
Protectors of the Faith
The Republic of Islam
The Republic of Religions
Islam in Conflict
The Jewish State
Conclusion

PART V. MIDDLE EAST CULTURES

Section 1. Arab Culture
Middle Eastern Culture: An Introduction Barry Rubin
Naguib Mahfouz's Children of the Alley Peter Theroux
Culture in Post-Saddam Iraq Nimrod Raphaeli
Popular Music, Popular Culture, and Social Change in Arabic-Speaking Societies Charles Freund

Section 2. Iranian Culture
The Post-Revolutionary Culture of Iran: Transformation and Islamization Rasool Nafisi

"Cultura Oficial" in Post-Revolutionary Iran: The Case of State Sponsored Political Wall Murals Liora Hendelman-Ba'avur

Section 3. Israeli Culture
Israel, Tel Aviv, and the Mediterranean Cultural Theme Alexandra Nocke
Contemporary Israeli Art Nissim Gal
Israeli Cinema Shmuel Duvdevani
Israeli Popular Music Keren Ribo

PART VI: PEOPLE OF THE MIDDLE EAST

The People of the Middle East: An Introduction Barry Rubin
The Arabs Barry Rubin
The Persians Barry Rubin
Iranian Tribal and Other Minorities Barry Rubin
Turkic Minorities Anna Melman
The Jews Barry Rubin
The Kurds Barry Rubin
The Berbers Yeru Aharoni and Anna Melman
Middle Eastern Peoples and Their Cultures in Flux Barry Rubin

PART VII. WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST Judith Colp Rubin

Women's Status in the Middle East: An Introduction
A Short History of Women in the Middle East
Women in Egypt
Women in Iran
Women in Afghanistan
Women in Saudi Arabia
Women in Iraq
Jewish Women in Israel
Middle Eastern Women: Patterns and Trends

Conclusion Barry Rubin

Index


Review(s): "In his preface, Rubin indicates that this work does not aim to provide a 'comprehensive portrayal of the region but to explore some specific, often neglected topics.' His approach is effective. The work's straightforward essays include 'The Egyptian Media,' 'Islam and Christianity in the Middle East,' and 'Popular Music, Popular Culture, and Social Change in Arabic-Speaking Societies,' each followed by references and suggestions for further reading. They tackle subjects that are at the best of times complex and present them with a remarkable clarity that will result in easy comprehension. This eye-opening look at a region with a long and complicated history offers objective coverage and is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a greater understanding of this important part of the world." -- Library Journal

"A strength... is that different authors have contributed to the various sections, thus providing readers with a broader and less biased perspective of the topic. The work serves as a good starting point for those interested in the contemporary Middle East--especially in indigenous cultures and religions. It is well suited for high-school and undergraduate introductory courses." -- Booklist

"Rubin has put together an interesting assemblage of pieces that provides an excellent overview for those seeking to understand the various dynamics that underlie the Middle East's unique position in world and regional politics. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." -- Choice


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