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The Modern Muslim World

The Levant in Turmoil

Syria, Palestine, and the Transformation of Middle Eastern Politics

Editors: Beck, Martin, Jung, Dietrich, Seeberg, Peter (Eds.)

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About this book

Since the early weeks of the so-called Arab Spring, high hopes for democratic, social, and political change in the Middle East have been met with varying degrees of frustration. In the sub-region of the Levant, regional uprisings have turned to violent conflict in places such as Syria, Iraq, and the Gaza Strip. In Syria, popular unrest has caused enormous human suffering in one of the most brutal civil wars the region ever has witnessed, yet the international community has shown an appalling inability to act. Taking the war in Syria as its central point of reference, this book raises the question of whether the developments in the Levant might lead not only to processes of regime change, but also to a fundamental alteration of its entire state system.

About the authors

Martin Beck is Chair of Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. He has published extensively on Middle Eastern affairs.

Dietrich Jung is Professor and Head of Department at the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark. He has published widely on wars and conflicts in the Middle East, as well as on modern Islam.

Peter Seeberg is Associate Professor and Director of the DJUCO-project, an academic cooperation project in Amman, Jordan, since 2009 funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.djuco.org).

Reviews

“A collection of nine scholarly essays by prominent experts, The Levant in Turmoil: Syria, Palestine, and the Transformation of Middle Eastern Politics is a multidisciplinary work about how the ongoing Syrian civil war is transforming the geography, history, and culture of the Levant. … The Levant in Turmoil: Syria, Palestine, and the Transformation of Middle Eastern Politics will be of interest to both students and scholars alike whose scholarship focuses on the broader Middle East.” (ASQ – Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol. 39 (1), 2017) 



"This excellent volume brings together a multiplicity of experts offering diverse perspectives on the crisis which has engulfed the Levant in the post-2011 period. The Syrian civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are meticulously examined and placed in their regional and international contexts. Contemporary developments are analysed in light of their historical antecedents and sectarianism interpreted within its proper political and socio-economic framework. The book offers an informative and measured assessment of the current political transformations of the state system in the Levant and the broader Middle East region and will make a distinct contribution to debate among specialists and the general public alike." - Katerina Dalacoura, Associate Professor in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

 

"[This book], edited and written by a group of prominent Middle East experts, is an outstanding contribution to the still very small market of serious and meaningful publications on current developments in Syria and the Levant. Although scholarly in style and content, I am sure that it will also attract a much broader non-academic audience." - Henner Fürtig, Director, GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies, Hamburg, Germany

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Beck, Martin (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Syria’s Civil War and the Reconfiguration of Regional Politics

    Lawson, Fred H.

    Pages 13-37

  • Deadly Implications: The Rise of Sectarianism in Syria

    Sluglett, Peter

    Pages 39-55

  • Conflict, Governance, and Decentralized Authority in Syria

    Abboud, Samer N.

    Pages 57-77

  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Its Impact on Jordan: In Reference to the Regime’s Structural Deficits

    Hüser, Simone

    Pages 79-99

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Hardcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Levant in Turmoil
Book Subtitle
Syria, Palestine, and the Transformation of Middle Eastern Politics
Editors
  • Martin Beck
  • Dietrich Jung
  • Peter Seeberg
Series Title
The Modern Muslim World
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52602-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137526021
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53722-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 226
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