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Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government


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This series examines new ways of understanding democratization and government in the Middle East. The varied and uneven processes of change, occurring in the Middle Eastern region, can no longer be read and interpreted solely through the prism of Euro-American transitology. Seeking to frame critical parameters in light of these new horizons, this series instigates reinterpretations of democracy and propagates formerly ‘subaltern,’ narratives of democratization. Reinvigorating discussion on how Arab and Middle Eastern peoples and societies seek good government, Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government provides tests and contests of old and new assumptions.

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Islam as Power Shi‛i Revivalism in the Oeuvre of Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah

Islam as Power Shi‛i Revivalism in the Oeuvre of Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Bianka Speidl
December 04, 2020

Providing an in-depth and extensive analysis of the concept of power as articulated by Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah (1935-2010), this case study analyses the systemic conceptualization of power and his argumentation of sacralizing Islamised power. The volume also offers a quick overview of how the ...

Good Governance and Civil-Security Relations A Comparative Study of Turkey and Egypt

Good Governance and Civil-Security Relations A Comparative Study of Turkey and Egypt

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Ahmed Abd Rabou
September 25, 2020

Developing the traditional civil-military relations approach to include security actors, the book compares the style of civil-security relations in both Egypt and Turkey. The volume comprehends the competition between civilian actors and military and security actors to impose control over the ...

Elites and Arab Politics New Perspectives on Popular Protest

Elites and Arab Politics New Perspectives on Popular Protest

1st Edition

Ian Kelly
July 10, 2020

This work explains elite behaviour in authoritarian systems and proposes why elites withdraw their support for the incumbent when faced with popular uprisings. Building upon foundations drawn from institutional authoritarianism and synthesised with local context from the substantial scholarship on ...

Tunisian Civil Society Political Culture and Democratic Function Since 2011

Tunisian Civil Society Political Culture and Democratic Function Since 2011

1st Edition

Alexander P. Martin
April 24, 2020

Investigating the political transition after the 2011 Tunisian revolution, this book explores whether civil society is fulfilling its democratic functions. Examining the existence of a civil political culture, that is identified through the presence of the six criteria of Freedom, Equality, ...

US Hard Power in the Arab World Resistance, the Syrian Uprising and the War on Terror

US Hard Power in the Arab World Resistance, the Syrian Uprising and the War on Terror

1st Edition

Layla Saleh
May 07, 2019

Neither stability nor change in the post-colonial Arab world can be fully understood without considering the international context, and American Foreign policy in particular. However, the exact nature of America’s presence in the Arab world, and the scope and modes of its influence, all appear to ...

The Failure of Democracy in Iraq Religion, Ideology and Sectarianism

The Failure of Democracy in Iraq Religion, Ideology and Sectarianism

1st Edition

Hamid Alkifaey
January 15, 2019

The Failure of Democracy in Iraq studies democratization in post-2003 Iraq, which has so far failed, due mainly to cultural and religious reasons. There are other factors, such as the legacy of the dictatorial regime, exclusionary policies, the problem of stateness, interference by regional powers,...

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft

1st Edition

Michelle Pace, Somdeep Sen
January 10, 2019

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank explores the manner in which the Palestinian Authority’s performative acts affect and shape the lives and subjective identities of those in its vicinity in the occupied West Bank. The nature of Palestinians’ statelessness has to contend with the rituals of...

Hamas and Palestine The Contested Road to Statehood

Hamas and Palestine The Contested Road to Statehood

1st Edition

Martin Kear
October 31, 2018

Hamas and Palestine: The Contested Road to Statehood analyses the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, between 2005 and 2017.  The book expounds how Hamas has employed a dual resistance strategy, consisting of political and armed resistance, as a mechanism to achieve, maintain, and defend its ...

Politics of the Islamic Tradition The Thought of Muhammad Al-Ghazali

Politics of the Islamic Tradition The Thought of Muhammad Al-Ghazali

1st Edition

Mohammed Moussa
September 27, 2018

Over the last two centuries the Muslim world has undergone dramatic transformations, impacting the Islamic tradition and throwing into question our understanding of tradition. The notion of tradition as an unmoving edifice is contradicted by the very process of its transmission, and the complex ...

Egyptians in Revolt The Political Economy of Labor and Student Mobilizations 1919–2011

Egyptians in Revolt The Political Economy of Labor and Student Mobilizations 1919–2011

1st Edition

Adel Abdel Ghafar
August 14, 2018

Egyptians in Revolt investigates the political economy of the Egyptian labor and student movements. Using elements of social movement theory within a broad political economy framework, it assesses labor and student mobilizations in four eras of contemporary Egyptian history: the pre-1952 era, the ...

Clientelism and Patronage in the Middle East and North Africa Networks of Dependency

Clientelism and Patronage in the Middle East and North Africa Networks of Dependency

1st Edition

Laura Ruiz de Elvira, Christoph H. Schwarz, Irene Weipert-Fenner
July 30, 2018

One common demand in the 2011 uprisings in the MENA region was the call for ‘freedom, dignity, and social justice.’ Citizens rallied against corruption and clientelism, which for many protesters were deeply linked to political tyranny. This book takes the phenomenon of the 2011 uprisings as a ...

Political and Institutional Transition in North Africa Egypt and Tunisia in Comparative Perspective

Political and Institutional Transition in North Africa Egypt and Tunisia in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Silvia Colombo
June 18, 2018

The year 2011 will go down in history as a turning point for the Arab world. The popular unrest that swept across the region and led to the toppling of the Ben Ali, Mubarak, and Qaddhafi regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya has fundamentally altered the social, economic, and political outlooks of ...

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