The Politics of the Middle East

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Thomson, Wadsworth, 2007 - History - 394 pages
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THE POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST is so highly regarded in the field of Mid-East study because it strikes a unique balance between an historical approach and the analysis of country case studies. This blended approach gives students a fuller picture of the region, including the influences of tribalism, kinship, and the Islamic faith as well as an understanding of the region's political uprisings, religious significance, and petroleum resources that make it crucially important to the rest of the world. In the introduction, key aspects of Middle Eastern politics are explored on a regional level, setting up the chapters that follow, which focus on country studies (including new studies of Palestine and Turkey). The influence of America's war on terror in the Middle East also receives extensive coverage. Each country study begins with an exploration of the country's history and an overview of the major political institutions and groups that shape current events. Particular attention is paid to the influence of elite groups and individuals. Next, the discussion examines the context of the country's politics: political culture, political economy, and international influence. Each chapter concludes with a look at the probable course of the country's politics over the next decade and beyond.

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Monte Palmer received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and is currently Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. He had previously taught political science at Western Illinois University, Iowa State University, Florida State University and the American University of Beirut. He served as the chair of the Department of Political Science at the Florida State University and as the director of the Middle East Centers at the Florida State University and the American University of Beirut. He as also a senior fellow at the Al-Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies and has been a consultant to Bir Ziet University and the Arab Development Institute (Libya). He remains an advisor to the Middle East Center at FSU. His recent books include AT THE HEART OF TERROR (Rowman & Littlefield,2004), COMPARATIVE POLITICS: POLITICAL ECONOMY, POLITICAL CULTURE, AND POLITICAL INTERDEPENDENCE (2006) and POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT (1997).

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