An Introduction to the Modern Middle East: History, Religion, Political Economy, Politics

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Westview Press, Apr 24, 2009 - Religion - 534 pages
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Combining essential themes in the discipline of comparative politics with a country-by-country analysis, author David S. Sorenson provides a complete and accessible introduction to the modern Middle East. While emphasizing politics, the text dedicates separate chapters specifically to the history, religions, and political economy of the region. These introductory chapters together constitute an important thematic overview and orientation for each of the bookOCOs individual country chapters, including countries of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa. In each country chapter, a brief political history is followed by discussions of democratization, religious politics, womenOCOs issues, civil society, economic development, privatization, and foreign relations. Throughout the book, ?ImagesOCO-short vignettes based on the authorOCOs personal observations during his extensive travels in the Middle East-offer readers a chance for personal reflection on the topics discussed in each chapter."

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About the author (2009)

Dr. David S. Sorenson is professor of national security studies at the US Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Professor Sorenson formerly served on the faculties of Denison University and the University of Colorado at Denver, and was a fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Ohio State University. The author or editor of numerous works on Middle East politics, defense budget politics, and national security affairs, Professor Sorenson has also served as Chair of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association, and Chair of the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association.

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