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Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies


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Egypt's Culture Wars: Politics and Practice

Egypt's Culture Wars: Politics and Practice

1st Edition

Samia Mehrez
March 14, 2011

This ground-breaking work presents original research on cultural politics and battles in Egypt at the turn of the twenty first century. It deconstructs the boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture drawing on conceptual tools in cultural studies, translation studies and gender studies to analyze...

Syria's Kurds: History, Politics and Society

Syria's Kurds: History, Politics and Society

1st Edition

Jordi Tejel
February 07, 2011

This book is a decisive contribution to the study of Kurdish history in Syria since the mandatory period (1920-1946) up to nowadays. Avoiding an essentialist approach, Jordi Tejel provides fine, complex and sometimes paradoxical analysis about the articulation between tribal, local, regional, and...

Nietzsche and Islam

Nietzsche and Islam

1st Edition

Roy Jackson
January 12, 2011

In the light of current events, particularly the ‘post September 11th’ debates with much focus on aspects of the ‘clash of civilisation’ thesis, the issue of Islamic identity is a crucial one. Whilst Friedrich Nietzsche was addressing an audience of a different culture and age, his own originality,...

Family in the Middle East: Ideational Change in Egypt, Iran and Tunisia

Family in the Middle East: Ideational Change in Egypt, Iran and Tunisia

1st Edition

Kathryn M. Yount, Hoda Rashad
January 12, 2011

This book examines, in comparative perspective, the different ideals about family and society and how they have impacted on real family life across a number of countries in the Middle East....

Political Thought in Islam: A Study in Intellectual Boundaries

Political Thought in Islam: A Study in Intellectual Boundaries

1st Edition

Nelly Lahoud
January 06, 2011

This book is a study of political thought in Islam from the viewpoint of the history of ideas and the relevance of these ideas to contemporary Arabic political discourse. The author examines the use of the classical Islamic tradition (turath) and its religious and philosophical components by the...

The Arab Diaspora: Voices of an Anguished Scream

The Arab Diaspora: Voices of an Anguished Scream

1st Edition

Zahia Smail Salhi, Ian Richard Netton
December 14, 2010

The Arab Diaspora examines the range of roles the Arab world has played to various audiences on the modern and postmodern stage and the issues which have arisen as a result. The variety of roles explored reflects the diversity of Arab culture. With particular focus placed on political,...

Islam and Human Rights in Practice: Perspectives Across the Ummah

Islam and Human Rights in Practice: Perspectives Across the Ummah

1st Edition

Shahram Akbarzadeh, Benjamin MacQueen
December 14, 2010

Questions over the compatibility of Islam and Human Rights have become a key area of debate in the perceived tensions between ‘Islam and the West’. In many ways, discussion over the stance of Islam in relation to such factors as gender rights, religious freedom, social and political freedoms, and...

Iraqi Kurdistan: Political Development and Emergent Democracy

Iraqi Kurdistan: Political Development and Emergent Democracy

1st Edition

Gareth R. V. Stansfield
November 29, 2010

The Iraqi Kurds have enjoyed de facto statehood in the north of Iraq for over a decade but Intra-Kurdish fighting, military incursions by Turkey and Iran and the constant threat posed by Saddam Hussein have plagued this 'democratic experiment'. In this book, Stansfield explores the development of...

Egypt in the Twenty First Century: Challenges for Development

Egypt in the Twenty First Century: Challenges for Development

1st Edition

M. Riad El-Ghonemy
November 29, 2010

The book focuses on three main themes: overpopulation associated with low productivity, unemployment, persistent poverty and weak savings and investment capacity the post-1950 development strategies and their outcomes the institutional structures that are constraining economic and political...

The Christian-Muslim Frontier: A Zone of Contact, Conflict or Co-operation

The Christian-Muslim Frontier: A Zone of Contact, Conflict or Co-operation

1st Edition

Mario Apostolov
November 29, 2010

The Christian-Muslim Frontier describes the historical formation of this zone, and its contemporary dimensions: geopolitical, psychological, economic and security. Special attention is given to the concept of state-frontiers, to the effects of the uneven development of nation states and the...

Turkey's Kurds: A Theoretical Analysis of the PKK and Abdullah Ocalan

Turkey's Kurds: A Theoretical Analysis of the PKK and Abdullah Ocalan

1st Edition

Ali Kemal Özcan
November 29, 2010

The Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) is examined here in this text on Kurdish nationalism. Incorporating recent field-based research results and newly translated material on Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK's long-time leader; it explores the nature and the organizational working of the party, from its...

The Baha'is of Iran: Socio-Historical Studies

The Baha'is of Iran: Socio-Historical Studies

1st Edition

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Seena B. Fazel
September 06, 2010

The Baha’i community of Iran is the country’s largest non-Muslim religious minority. This collection of essays presents a comprehensive study of the social and historical development of the Baha’i community, and its role in shaping modern Iran. Central to this study is the pioneering character of...

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