Book Notes

Israeli Peacemaking since 1967: Factors behind the Breakthroughs and Failures

Israeli Peacemaking since 1967: Factors behind the Breakthroughs and Failures by Galia Golan   (New York: Routledge, 2014) 246 pp. Reviewed by: Raphael BenLevi, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science Department, Bar-Ilan University   Galia Golan is a veteran of the Israeli academia known for connecting her scholarship to real-world action. Gola...    read more 

Iran in World History

Iran in World History  by Richard Foltz (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016), 151 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College Historically, particular countries often played a significant role within their geographical regions; in the Middle East, the 20th-century several countries such ...    read more 

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa Edited by Mark Gasiorowski and Sean L. Yom (Boulder: Westview Press, 2017) Eighth Edition, 578 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Shaul Bartal, Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University  This book sums up Middle Eastern politics, serves as an introduction for beginners on the government and [&...    read more 

The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz

The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz by Mostafa Minawi (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016), p. 213. Reviewed by Wyndham Whynot, Ph.D., Professor of History, Livingstone College Major European participants of the 1884-1885 Berlin Conference signed a treaty establishing “ownership” of colonies curren...    read more 

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