Over-Stating the Arab State: Politics and Society in the Middle East

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I.B.Tauris, 1995 - Political Science - 514 pages
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This study of politics and the role of the state in the Arab world is aimed at students of Middle East politics, political theory and political economy. Ayubi's main objective is to place the Arab world within a theoretical framework that avoids both "orientalist" and "fundamentalist" insistence on the utter peculiarity and uniqueness of the region. He focuses on eight countries, and deals with such issues as the emergence of social classes, corporatism, economic liberalization and the relationship between state and civil society.
  

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Contents

a Conceptual
1
The state in comparative perspective
10
The Arabs and the issue of the state
21
Modes of Production and the Origins of the AraboTslamic
38
Early Islamic Arabia and the nomadicconquestal mode
49
The Umayyads and the lineageiqtai symbiosis
61
The articulation of modes of production in the historical
72
Politics and ideology in the historical AraboTslamic state
82
Community Class
164
the Radical
196
the Conservative
224
CivilMilitary Relations
256
Development Versus Control
289
Is the Arab
329
Domestic versus international stimuli
335
Arab liberalisations in comparative perspective
382

A colonial mode of production?
91
State formation in Egypt
99
State formation in the Levant
108
Territorial or PanArabist?
135
The politics of economic adjustment
389
Is the Civil Society Striking Back?
396
theStrong theHardand theFierce
447
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