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Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government


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This series examines new ways of understanding democratization and government in the Middle East. The varied and uneven processes of change, occurring in the Middle Eastern region, can no longer be read and interpreted solely through the prism of Euro-American transitology. Seeking to frame critical parameters in light of these new horizons, this series instigates reinterpretations of democracy and propagates formerly ‘subaltern,’ narratives of democratization. Reinvigorating discussion on how Arab and Middle Eastern peoples and societies seek good government, Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government provides tests and contests of old and new assumptions.

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US Hard Power in the Arab World: Resistance, the Syrian Uprising and the War on Terror

US Hard Power in the Arab World: Resistance, the Syrian Uprising and the War on Terror

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Layla Saleh
May 15, 2019

Neither stability nor change in the post-colonial Arab world can be fully understood without considering the international context, and American Foreign policy in particular. However, the exact nature of America’s presence in the Arab world, and the scope and modes of its influence, all appear to...

The Failure of Democracy in Iraq: Religion, Ideology and Sectarianism

The Failure of Democracy in Iraq: Religion, Ideology and Sectarianism

1st Edition

Hamid Alkifaey
January 15, 2019

The Failure of Democracy in Iraq studies democratization in post-2003 Iraq, which has so far failed, due mainly to cultural and religious reasons. There are other factors, such as the legacy of the dictatorial regime, exclusionary policies, the problem of stateness, interference by regional powers,...

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank: The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank: The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft

1st Edition

Michelle Pace, Somdeep Sen
January 10, 2019

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank explores the manner in which the Palestinian Authority’s performative acts affect and shape the lives and subjective identities of those in its vicinity in the occupied West Bank. The nature of Palestinians’ statelessness has to contend with the rituals of...

Hamas and Palestine: The Contested Road to Statehood

Hamas and Palestine: The Contested Road to Statehood

1st Edition

Martin Kear
October 31, 2018

Hamas and Palestine: The Contested Road to Statehood analyses the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, between 2005 and 2017.  The book expounds how Hamas has employed a dual resistance strategy, consisting of political and armed resistance, as a mechanism to achieve, maintain, and defend its...

Politics of the Islamic Tradition: The Thought of Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Politics of the Islamic Tradition: The Thought of Muhammad Al-Ghazali

1st Edition

Mohammed Moussa
September 27, 2018

Over the last two centuries the Muslim world has undergone dramatic transformations, impacting the Islamic tradition and throwing into question our understanding of tradition. The notion of tradition as an unmoving edifice is contradicted by the very process of its transmission, and the complex...

Egyptians in Revolt: The Political Economy of Labor and Student Mobilizations 1919–2011

Egyptians in Revolt: The Political Economy of Labor and Student Mobilizations 1919–2011

1st Edition

Adel Abdel Ghafar
August 14, 2018

Egyptians in Revolt investigates the political economy of the Egyptian labor and student movements. Using elements of social movement theory within a broad political economy framework, it assesses labor and student mobilizations in four eras of contemporary Egyptian history: the pre-1952 era, the...

Clientelism and Patronage in the Middle East and North Africa: Networks of Dependency

Clientelism and Patronage in the Middle East and North Africa: Networks of Dependency

1st Edition

Laura Ruiz de Elvira, Christoph H. Schwarz, Irene Weipert-Fenner
July 30, 2018

One common demand in the 2011 uprisings in the MENA region was the call for ‘freedom, dignity, and social justice.’ Citizens rallied against corruption and clientelism, which for many protesters were deeply linked to political tyranny. This book takes the phenomenon of the 2011 uprisings as a...

Political and Institutional Transition in North Africa: Egypt and Tunisia in Comparative Perspective

Political and Institutional Transition in North Africa: Egypt and Tunisia in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Silvia Colombo
June 18, 2018

The year 2011 will go down in history as a turning point for the Arab world. The popular unrest that swept across the region and led to the toppling of the Ben Ali, Mubarak, and Qaddhafi regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya has fundamentally altered the social, economic, and political outlooks of...

Kurdistan in Iraq: The Evolution of a Quasi-State

Kurdistan in Iraq: The Evolution of a Quasi-State

1st Edition

Aram Rafaat
May 10, 2018

The Kurdish-Iraqi conflict lies in the fact that Kurdistan is a nation-without-a-state and Iraq is a non-nation state, each possessing a nationhood project differing from and opposing the other. Iraqi-Kurdistan is an outward looking entity seeking external patronage. Though external patronage has...

Politics and Revolution in Egypt: Rise and Fall of the Youth Activists

Politics and Revolution in Egypt: Rise and Fall of the Youth Activists

1st Edition

Sarah Anne Rennick
January 29, 2018

In the years since the 2011 revolutions, Egypt and the Arab countries in general have moved from a profound moment of hope and democratic potential to deepened authoritarianism and outright war. Among the many political actors who have seen their political prospects rise and fall are youth...

Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors

Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors

1st Edition

Justin Frosini, Francesco Biagi
December 13, 2017

The transformations which are taking place in the Arab world are dynamic processes characterised by a number of variables that one can refer to as actors and factors. The implications of the Arab uprisings are important for the world at large; the Arab world’s successes, and failures, at this...

Al Jazeera and Democratization: The Rise of the Arab Public Sphere

Al Jazeera and Democratization: The Rise of the Arab Public Sphere

1st Edition

Ezzeddine Abdelmoula
December 13, 2017

Al Jazeera and Democratization analyses the increasing role of the media in political transformations with a special emphasis on the Arab world. Taking the Al Jazeera media network as a case study, the author explains how engaging the public and providing platforms for open debate and free...

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