Book Notes

A Political Economy of the Middle East

The fourth edition of A Political Economy of the Middle East serves as an updated volume of a modern take on political economy in the Middle East. The book tackles the explanation of modern political and economic phenomenon in the Middle East; such as, as the chapter titles indicate, the impacts of demographic change, the role of human capital, the dire conc...    read more 

Egypt and the Second Palestinian Intifada: Policymaking with Multifaceted Commitments

This book seeks to study the policy of Mubarak's Egypt regarding the second Palestinian Intifada during the years 2000-2005, encompassing its military facets and political implications. In the first part, Ginat and Noema briefly outline Mubarak's foreign policy formulated from the beginning of his rule (in 1981) in four different contexts: Domestic, Inter...    read more 

Languages in Africa – Multilingualism, Language Policy, and Education

Languages in Africa – Multilingualism, Language Policy, and Education Edited by Elizabeth C. Zsiga, One Tlale Boyer, and Ruth Kramer (Washington DC, Georgetown University Press, 2014) 207 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Karen Ferreira-Meyers, University of Swaziland, Institute of Distance Education, Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg   The volu...    read more 

From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy

From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy by Jean-Pierre Filiu (Oxford University Press, New York, 2015) 311 pp. Reviewed by Z. Asli Elitsoy, Ph.D. Student, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey Global jihadist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are a post-Cold War phenomenon that scholars have examined from [&h...    read more 

Upheavals in the Middle East: The Theory and Practice of a Revolution

Upheavals in the Middle East: The Theory and Practice of a Revolution by Ronen A. Cohen (Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2014) 318 pp. Reviewed by Gianni Del Panta, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Siena, Siena, Italy The uprisings that swept through the Arab world in 2010 — Eleven have triggered an endless cascade of studies on the [&hellip...    read more 

Women in the Islamic World from Earliest Times to the Arab Spring

Women in the Islamic World from Earliest Times to the Arab Spring by Irene Schneider, translated from the German by Steven Rendall (Markus Wiener Publishers Princeton, 2014) 279 pp. Reviewed by Miyase Yavuz, PhD Candidate, SOAS, University of London Women in the Islamic World from Earliest Times to the Arab Spring is a welcome contribution [&hellip...    read more 

The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy: Ensuring Access and Promoting Security

The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy: Ensuring Access and Promoting Security By Peter Dombrowski and Andrew C. Winner, Editors (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2014) 232 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Kevin E. Grimm, Assistant Professor of History, Regent University In The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy, the authors assembled by Peter Dombrowski an...    read more 

The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant

The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant By Michael Kerr and Craig Larkin (editors) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) 384pp. Reviewed by Mr. Carl Yonker, Junior Research Fellow, MDC-Tel Aviv University, & Ph.D. Candidate, Tel Aviv University The renewed focus on, and interest in, the region’s ethnic and religious minorities, [...    read more 

The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins

The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins By Johannes J. G. Jansen (New York: RVP Press, reprint 2013) 270 pp. Reviewed by Norvell B. DeAtkine, Colonel (USA Retired), Consultant This book is an important one for those interested in the intellectual mind-set of the Jihadi mentality and their method of arriving at a comfort [&hellip...    read more 

A Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq

A Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq by Liora Lukitz (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014 [2006]) 320 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Justin Fantauzzo, Assistant Professor, History Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland Gertrude Bell, a young, affluent, Oxford-educated Briton, was at the center of the diplomatic discussions and occasion...    read more