The Middle East Today: Political, Geographical and Cultural Perspectives

Front Cover
Routledge, 2013 - Political Science - 280 pages

The new edition of The Middle East Today provides an accessible and comprehensive introductory textbook for undergraduate students of Middle East Studies, Middle East politics and geography. This updated and revised edition features a host of pedagogical features to assist students with their learning, including; detailed maps and images, case studies on key issues, boxed sections and suggestions for further reading.

The book highlights the current issues facing the Middle East, linking them to the rich political, geographical and cultural history of the region. The author examines the crises and conflicts, both current and potential, likely to dominate the region in coming years.

The second edition has been fully updated and revised to include discussion of such recent events as:

  • the effects of the Arab Spring
  • Turkey's growing influence in the region
  • the dramatic increase in Iran's nuclear capabilities
  • Usama bin Laden's death and declining support for violent extremist movements in the Middle East.

Further supplemented by a companion website containing sample chapters, a selection of maps formatted for use in presentations, and annotated links to online resources and websites, The Middle East Today is an essential resource for all students of Middle East Studies, Middle East politics and geography.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Part II Emergence and Evolution of the Region
Part III Contemporary Issues and Chalenges

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2013)

Dr. Dona J. Stewart is adjunct professor at the National Defense University's Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. Formerly she directed the Middle East Institute, at Georgia State University (US). She was a Fulbright scholar in Jordan and student at the American University in Cairo.

Bibliographic information