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Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics

Interdisciplinary Inscriptions

Edited by: Larbi Sadiki

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138047631
eBook ISBN: 9781315170688
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315170688
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Book description

Drawing on various perspectives and analysis, the Handbook problematizes Middle East politics through an interdisciplinary prism, seeking a melioristic account of the field. Thematically organized, the chapters address political, social, and historical questions by showcasing both theoretical and empirical insights, all of which are represented in a style that ease readers into sophisticated induction in the Middle East.

It positions the didactic at the centre of inquiry. Contributions by forty-four scholars, both veterans and newcomers, rethink knowledge frames, conceptual categories, and fieldwork praxis. Substantive themes include secularity and religion, gender, democracy, authoritarianism, and new "borderline" politics of the Middle East.?Like any field of knowledge, the Middle East is constituted by texts, authors, and readers, but also by the cultural, spatial, and temporal contexts within which diverse intellectual inflections help construct (write?speak) academic meaning, knowing, and practice. By denaturalizing notions of singularity of authorship or scholarship, the Handbook plants a dialogic interplay animated by multi-vocality, multi-modality, and multi-disciplinarity.

Targeting graduate students and young scholars of political and social sciences, the Handbook is significant for understanding how the Middle East is written and re-written, read and re-read (epistemology, methodology), and for how it comes to exist (ontology).

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Writing Middle East politics Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Middle of where? East of what? Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Travelling the Middle East without a map Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Literature in the Arab postcolony  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The primacy of fieldwork Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Nationalism in the Arab Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Studying the international relations of the Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Committed history Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Reimagining the Middle East and its place in the world Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Survey research and the study of politics in the Arab world Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa Download PDF
Chapter  12:  ‘Economic reform’ since the 1980s Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Overcoming exceptionalism Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Elections in authoritarian contexts  Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The challenges of researching political Islam Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The other side of Middle Eastern studies Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Sectarian fault lines in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The unseen in the Islamic awakening Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Re-thinking shīʿī political theology Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Patronage in reverse and the secular state in Egypt  Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Gender and politics in the Middle East  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Islam and resistance in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Gender, religion, and politics in Jewish and Muslim contexts Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Gender Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Social movement studies and the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Sports and politics Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Various faces of violent radicalisation in the Syrian crisis Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Reconceiving the struggle between non-state armed organizations, the state and ‘the international’ in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Start with the art Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Truth to power Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Bread and its subsidy Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Distributive politics in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  33:  The rule of law in the contemporary Arab Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The politics of identity in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  35:  On the intertwinement of the political and the intellectual in modern Arab history  Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Studying the Middle East security sector Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Reflections on doing digital humanities in the context of the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  38:  The theoretical and methodological traps in studying sectarianism in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Tentative notes on Syria’s uprising Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Researching Iranian history and politics Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Investigating tribalism and civil society in Qatar Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Yemen Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Is sustainable development possible under occupation? Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Palestinian politics in one century, from Sykes-Picot to post-Oslo Accords Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Concluding remarks Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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