Book Notes

Citizen Hariri: Lebanon’s Neoliberal Reconstruction

Citizen Hariri: Lebanon’s Neoliberal Reconstruction By Hannes Baumann (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) 251 pp. Reviewed by: Natalie Ghosn, Esq., Attorney at Law, Ph.D. Candidate, International Studies, University of Miami On February 14, 2005, then Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafiq Hariri was assassinated when the motorcade he was travelling in was ...    read more 

Jihadism Transformed, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s Global Battle of Ideas

Jihadism Transformed, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s Global Battle of Ideas By Simon Staffell and Akil N. Awan (Editors) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 273 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Christine Sixta Rinehart, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina Palmetto College Jihadism Transformed is a collection of essays that elu...    read more 

Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa

After decades spent researching a wide range of African religious movements, Paul Gifford is uniquely positioned to offer a salient meta-level analysis of not only the types of religion currently practiced on the continent, but also of the ways in which academics have tended to discuss and dissect them. His recent volume titled Christianity, Development and ...    read more 

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