The Arab State

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Giacomo Luciani
University of California Press, Jan 1, 1990 - History - 454 pages
In its analysis of the process of state formation, this essay collection breaks new ground. Scholars from the Arab countries, Europe, and the United States present historical, economic, philosophical, and sociological perspectives on the Arab states today and offer new paradigms for understanding the region.
These sixteen essays examine the roots of the contemporary Arab state system, the durability of that system, and the impact of its economic bases on its strengths and weaknesses. The influence of the various social classes and of key social groupings such as the military is also shown, and dispassionate, non-ideological views on the question of Arab integration are presented.
This timely collection, interdisciplinary in its approach, brings new and insightful material to the area of Middle Eastern studies. It will be important reading for those seeking an understanding of this rapidly changing area, as well as for students of comparative political systems. In its analysis of the process of state formation, this essay collection breaks new ground. Scholars from the Arab countries, Europe, and the United States present historical, economic, philosophical, and sociological perspectives on the Arab states today and offer new paradigms for understanding the region.
These sixteen essays examine the roots of the contemporary Arab state system, the durability of that system, and the impact of its economic bases on its strengths and weaknesses. The influence of the various social classes and of key social groupings such as the military is also shown, and dispassionate, non-ideological views on the question of Arab integration are presented.
This timely collection, interdisciplinary in its approach, brings new and insightful material to the area of Middle Eastern studies. It will be important reading for those seeking an understanding of this rapidly changing area, as well as for students of comparative political systems.
 

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Contents

The Origins of the Arab State System
1
The Rentier State in the Arab World
85
Opposition as Support of the State
220
Notions of the State in Contemporary
247
The Impact of Palestine on Arab Politics
300
Samir Makdisi
319
Migration and Political Integration in
373
The Politics of Arab Integration
394
References
421
Index
443
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Giacomo Luciani is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of The Oil Companies and the Arab World: The Structure of the International Oil Industry in the 1980s.

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