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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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EU Foreign Policy and Hamas: Inconsistencies and Paradoxes

EU Foreign Policy and Hamas: Inconsistencies and Paradoxes

1st Edition

Adeeb Ziadeh
October 17, 2017

Shortly after the overwhelming victory of Hamas in the 2006 parliamentary and municipal elections, civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between members of the two factions, Hamas and Fatah. The EU, along with the US, UN and Russia, not only gave its support to Fatah against Hamas, but also imposed...

Tunisia's International Relations since the 'Arab Spring': Transition Inside and Out

Tunisia's International Relations since the 'Arab Spring': Transition Inside and Out

1st Edition

Tasnim Abderrahim, Laura-Theresa Krüger, Salma Besbes, Katharina McLarren
September 20, 2017

When popular protests started in Tunisia in late 2010, few anticipated the implications these events would have for the entire Arab region. In the following years, this region witnessed deep changes, increased divisions, and even failing states. Meanwhile, Tunisia managed to assert itself as a new...

Oil States in the New Middle East: Uprisings and stability

Oil States in the New Middle East: Uprisings and stability

1st Edition

Kjetil Selvik, Bjørn Olav Utvik
June 16, 2017

Oil has been central to regime survival for oil states across the Arabian Peninsula and has been at the heart of their attempts to defuse the wave of Arab revolutions. However, in 2011 revolution hit Libya, the most oil dependent regime in the Middle East. The political storm winds that have swept...

Sufism and Politics in Morocco: Activism and Dissent

Sufism and Politics in Morocco: Activism and Dissent

1st Edition

Abdelilah Bouasria
May 24, 2017

Presenting a political history and sociology of Moroccan Sufism from colonialism to the modern day, this book studies the Sufi model of Master and Disciple in relation to social and political life, comparing the different eras of acquiescent versus dissident Sufism. This comparative fieldwork...

Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles

Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles

1st Edition

Reem Abou-El-Fadl
February 03, 2017

In 2011 the world watched as Egyptians rose up against a dictator. Observers marveled at this sudden rupture, and honed in on the heroes of Tahrir Square. Revolutionary Egypt analyzes this tumultuous period from multiple perspectives, bringing together experts on the Middle East from disciplines as...

Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria and Libya

Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria and Libya

1st Edition

Andrea Khalil
February 01, 2017

This book  takes predominant crowd theory to task, questioning received ideas about ‘mob psychology’ that remain prevalent today. It is a synchronic study of crowds, crowd dynamics and the relationships of crowds to political power in Tunisia, Libya and Algeria (2011-2013) that has far...

Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies

Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies

1st Edition

Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, Andrea Teti
December 09, 2016

Over the last decade or so, academic and non-academic observers have focussed mainly, if not exclusively on the institutions and places of formal power in the Greater Middle East, depicting politics in the region as a small area limited to local authoritarian rulers. In contrast, this book aims to...

Palestine in EU and Russian Foreign Policy: Statehood and the Peace Process

Palestine in EU and Russian Foreign Policy: Statehood and the Peace Process

1st Edition

Malath Alagha
October 06, 2016

The establishment of a Palestinian state has long been a strategic objective of EU and Russian foreign policy in the Middle East. However, over a decade after the creation of the road-map, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state has still not been achieved. Palestine in EU and...

Egypt's Long Revolution: Protest Movements and Uprisings

Egypt's Long Revolution: Protest Movements and Uprisings

1st Edition

Maha Abdelrahman
August 04, 2016

Hamas and the Media: Politics and strategy

Hamas and the Media: Politics and strategy

1st Edition

Wael Abdelal
June 13, 2016

The Islamic resistance movement ‘Hamas’ is, arguably, one of the most important Palestinian organizations in recent decades. Since Hamas' establishment, it has extensively utilized media as a means of mobilization for its political and ideological agendas, and its tactics have undergone a...

The Arab Lobby and the US: Factors for Success and Failure

The Arab Lobby and the US: Factors for Success and Failure

1st Edition

Dania Koleilat Khatib
October 29, 2015

All the components needed to construct an Arab lobby exist; the significant Arab Diaspora in the US, the historic strategic relationship between Arab Gulf States and the US, and the Gulf’s economic wealth. However, lobbying is alien to Arab culture and largely absent from its political landscape....

Sectarianism in Iraq: The Making of State and Nation Since 1920

Sectarianism in Iraq: The Making of State and Nation Since 1920

1st Edition

Khalil Osman
October 13, 2014

This book links sectarianism in Iraq to the failure of the modern nation-state to resolve tensions between sectarian identities and concepts of unified statehood and uniform citizenry. After a theoretical excursus that recasts the notion of primordial identity as a socially constructed reality,...

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