Archives for 2013

For Better, For Worse: The Marriage Crisis That Made Modern Egypt

For Better, For Worse offers a thorough examination of the marriage crisis in early twentieth-century (1898-1936) Egypt and is a welcome contribution to gender studies and Middle East studies. As Kholoussy argues in her book, marriage is a quintessential part of Egyptian society, especially in the vast rural portion of Egypt. Therefore, when middle c...    read more 

Libya: The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi

In Plato’s classic work Republic, his protagonist Socrates delineates five types of political regimes, and assigns a different kind of person to each to illustrate what it represents. “Democratic man,” one of the five typologies of man, is “gorgeous” in his diverse passions, yet flighty and inconstant. Socrates explains that democratic man “indul...    read more 

Israel: A History

Since the Jewish Diaspora of the first and second centuries spread them throughout Europe, Asia, and elsewhere, the Jewish people have often hoped for a land where they could practice their beliefs, traditions, and customs for centuries. Anita Shapira’s book not only provides an analysis of the historical process leading up to the foundation of the modern ...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa Vol 4, Issue 2

Below is a full table of contents for Volume 4, Issue 2: Articles Baluchi Identity and Culture (Behnaz Mirzai) The Baluchi of East Africa: Dynamics of Assimilation and Integration (Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi) The Baloch in Islamic Civilization, Western Ethnography, and World History (Brian Spooner) The Balochi Language and Languages in Iranian Balochistan (Carina Ja...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa Vol 4, Issue 1

Below is a full table of contents for Volume 4, Issue 1: Articles Indian Morale in the Mesopotamia Campaign (1914-1917) (Nikolas Gardner: Royal Military College of Canada) The Genesis of the Modern Eritrean Struggle (1942-1961) (Nikolaos Biziouras: U.S. Naval Academy) How Did Arab Leaders Shape their Post-defeat Domestic Propaganda Campaigns? Insights and Le...    read more 

Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State

Why should one care about events in Somalia? Outside of the people who reside in the place, that is, Somalis themselves, why would anyone trouble oneself with this, seemingly intractable, problem on the Horn of Africa? International politics, particularly strategy in international politics, encourages one to consider problems in different regions of the worl...    read more 

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President Obama and Iran: Engagement, Isolation, and Regime Change

Dr. Tanter delineates four schools of approach to unraveling the Gordian Knot of America’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. First, he describes the Engagement Option, favored by those who proffer a “Grand Bargain Approach.” Presumably, advocates of this option would recognize Iran’s sovereign right to enrich uranium and offer Tehran a sec...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa Vol 3, Issue 2

Below is a full table of contents for Volume 3, Issue 2: Articles “Arabization and Its Discontents: The Rise of the Amazigh Movement in North Africa” (Bruce Maddy-Weitzman) “Building Peace and the State in Somaliland: The Factors of Success” (Timothy A. Ridout) “Responding to the Zimbabwe Crisis: Examining the Role of Preventi...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa Vol 3, Issue 1

Below is a full table of contents for Volume 3, Issue 1: Articles “Background to the North African Revolutions” (Ricardo René Larémont and J. Peter Pham) “Tunisia: The Revolution of Dignity” (Amira Aleya-Sghaier) “Egypt: The Power of Mass Mobilization and the Spirit of Tahrir Square” (Emad El-Din Shahin) “Libya: T...    read more