Middle East Today

The Arab World and Iran

A Turbulent Region in Transition

Editors: Saikal, Amin (Ed.)

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This volume focuses on interpreting the changing domestic and regional dynamics in the Arab world and Iran. Its chapters discuss an array of countries, events, actors, and issues - from an examination of the Arab Spring and the Tunisian democratic transition, to an exploration of the role of Saudi-Iranian geostrategic rivalry, to the impact of ethnic and sectarian politics in Syria, Iraq, and across the region. Chapters from expert contributors are organized into three parts. The first section of the volume covers the aspects and dynamics of change in the Arab world. The second examines the role of Islam, Islamism, Islamic governance, and sectarian and ethnic politics in the region. The third section focuses on Iranian domestic and regional politics. Yet the theme of transition is constant throughout as this multidisciplinary book draws connections across countries and events to not only inform about the prevailing regional situation, but also to invite readers to draw their own conclusions as to the future of the Middle East. Collectively the volume provides a fresh interpretation of the changing dynamics of the Arab world and Iran, unpacking the complexities of the disputes, conflicts, rivalries, failed goals, and processes of change and development that have made the Muslim Middle East so turbulent, directionless, and perpetually contested by both regional and international actors.

About the authors

Amin Saikal is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Public Policy Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. He has published numerous books as author and editor; his work has also appeared in major journals and dailies, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. He is a frequent commentator on TV and radio networks on issues pertinent to his field of specialty.

Reviews

“Presenting a balanced assessment of the geopolitical, internal, and religious challenges to political and social order of Arab counties as well as Iran, this volume of discerning analyses explains both the often unsettling fissures that have opened and underlying continuities.  The Middle East may not be ‘broken’ but, as is persuasively argued here, the transformations it is undergoing are bound to be defining. With a fortuitous combination of expertise and timeliness, the astute insights that this book presents are of urgent relevance to policymakers and the public alike.” (James Piscatori, Professor and Member of the Centre for the History of Political Thought, Durham University, UK)

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“This book is a timely, extremely important contribution to the contemporary debate on the rapid social and political changes in the Middle East. Original in its theme and approach, the book focuses on the complex relationships between Iran and the Arabic speaking world as it explores the recent resurgence of regional sectarian conflict as well as the role of diverse Islamist political ideologies in the region. The focus on Iran and its complex foreign policy in relation to neighboring Arab countries including Saudi Arabia is an important aspect of this book as it contributes to widening the discussion on Iranian politics and on the country’s strategic role in the region beyond the stereotypical perception of Iran as a ‘radical’ and rogue state.” (Karima Laachir, SOAS, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Middle East and North Africa: An Arena of Change and Transition?

    Saikal, Amin

    Pages 1-6

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  • Prospects for Democratization in the Middle East Post-Arab Spring

    Mansouri, Fethi

    Pages 9-28

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  • The Post-uprising Arab World and the West: Mythology and Cultural Challenges

    Bowker, Robert

    Pages 29-44

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  • Political Economy Dynamics in the Arab Gulf States: Implications for Political Transition

    Gray, Matthew

    Pages 45-65

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  • Islam, Islamism, Muslims, and Governance: Beyond “Islam and Democracy”

    Hellyer, Hisham

    Pages 69-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Arab World and Iran
Book Subtitle
A Turbulent Region in Transition
Editors
  • Amin Saikal
Series Title
Middle East Today
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55966-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55966-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56124-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 220
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