Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age

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University of California Press, Nov 16, 2005 - History - 328 pages
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Middle Easterners today struggle to find solutions to crises of economic stagnation, political gridlock, and cultural identity. In recent decades Islam has become central to this struggle, and almost every issue involves fierce, sometimes violent debates over the role of religion in public life. In this post-9/11 updated edition R. Stephen Humphreys presents a thoughtful analysis of Islam's place in today's Middle East and integrates the medieval and modern history of the region to show how the sacred and secular are tightly interwoven in its political and intellectual life.
 

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Islam has long been a major force in shaping the contours of sociopolitical and cultural debate in much of the Middle East. With the apparent failure of Pan-Arabism, Westernism, and other secular ... Read full review

Contents

Hard Realities Population Growth and Economic Stagnation
1
From Imperialism to the New World Order The Middle East in Search of a Future
23
The Strange Career of PanArabism
60
The Shaping of Foreign Policy The Myth of the Middle East Madman
83
Military Dictatorship and Political Tradition in the Middle East
113
Profane and Sacred Politics The Ends of Power in the Middle East
131
Islam as a Political System
148
Jihad and the Politics of Salvation
174
Women in Public Life Islamic Perspectives Middle Eastern Realities
204
Islam and Human Rights
227
Towards a ConclusionBetween Memory and Desire
261
Notes
273
A Bibliographic Note
289
Index
293
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R. Stephen Humphreys is Professor of History and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of Islamic History: A Framework for Inquiry (second edition, 1991) among other works.

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