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  1. LibGuides: online library support and resources for your subject 2 items
  2. Journals 9 items
    Some of the main journals relevant to this module are:
    1. Arab studies quarterly - Association of Arab-American University Graduates 1979-

      Journal  [a vehicle for more critical work in the field, often by younger scholars]

    2. Comparative politics 1968-

      Journal  [an important disciplinary journal]

    3. International journal of Middle East studies - Middle East Studies Association of North America 1970-

      Journal  [the best-established journal for ME area studies]

    4. Journal of Palestine studies: a quarterly on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict - Muʼassasat al-Dirāsāt al-Filasṭīnīyah, Jāmiʻat al-Kuwayt 1971-

      Journal  [academic but sympathetic to the Palestinian cause].

    5. The Middle East journal - Middle East Institute (Washington, D.C.) 1949-

      Journal  [practical, often policy-orientated research]

    6. Middle East report - Middle East Research and Information Project 1988-

      Journal  [concise articles on contemporary issues by scholars]

    7. Middle eastern studies 1964-

      Journal  [mostly social and political history, though still useful]

    8. Political science quarterly - Academy of Political Science 1886-

      Journal  [an important disciplinary journal]

    9. Third world quarterly - Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies 1979-2001

      Journal  [the leading journal for comparative political sociology and development issues relating to Africa, Asia and the Middle East]

  3. Media and Electronic Resources 8 items
    The internet contains a range of resources which may be useful in the preparation of essays and presentations. Some useful portals with extensive links to pages on the Middle East include:
  4. Maps and Statistics 6 items
    For maps and statistics on the region, you might consult:
    1. The Cambridge atlas of the Middle East and North Africa - Gerald H. Blake, John Christopher Dewdney, Jonathan Mitchell 1987

      Book 

    2. An atlas of Middle Eastern affairs - Ewan W. Anderson, Liam D. Anderson, Ian M. Cool 2010

      Book 

    3. Dictionary of the Middle East - Dilip Hiro 1996

      Book 

    4. The Economist pocket Middle East and North Africa - Roland Dallas, Economist Newspaper Limited 1995

      Book 

    5. The military balance - International Institute for Strategic Studies 1966-2007

      Journal 

  5. Key Introductory Reading and Key Texts 16 items
    1. Middle East Politics 10 items
      1. A companion to the history of the Middle East - Youssef M. Choueiri 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book  [Despite the name, the second half of this collection of essays provides a thematic overview of modern Middle East politics].

      2. Muslim politics: with a new preface by the authors - Dale F. Eickelman, James Piscatori 2004

        Book  [Accessible introduction to studying the role of Islam in political life].

      3. The Middle East in international relations: power, politics and ideology - Fred Halliday 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book  [The first chapter is heavy on IR theory, but Halliday goes on to provide a solid historical-sociological account of 20th century politics in the Middle East].

      4. Contending visions of the Middle East: the history and politics of Orientalism - Zachary Lockman 2010

        Book Recommended [Fascinating account of how the West has studied the Middle East from the ancient Greeks to the age of colonialism to the Cold War to the US war on terror. Highly recommended].

      5. State, power and politics in the making of the modern Middle East - Roger Owen 2004 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended [Classic introduction to Middle East politics. Essential reading for those new to the subject. Highly recommended].

      6. International relations of the Middle East - Louise Fawcett 2016

        Book 

      7. A history of the modern Middle East - William L. Cleveland, Martin P. Bunton 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book  [Clear exposition of the political history of the region on a country-by-country basis. Recommended – but make sure you get the third, fourth [or fifth] edition].

      8. Informal power in the greater Middle East: hidden geographies - Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, Andrea Teti, Taylor & Francis 2014

        Book 

      9. Political participation in the Middle East - Ellen Lust-Okar, Saloua Zerhouni 2008

        Book 

    2. Disciplinary Perspectives on State & Society 3 items
      1. The sociological imagination - C. Wright Mills 2000 (electronic resource)

        Book  [Classic mission statement for political sociology from an early master in the field].

      2. Contemporary political sociology: globalization, politics, and power - Kate Nash c2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended [Chapter 1 provides a very useful introduction to the study of state and society. Highly recommended].

      3. The Wiley-Blackwell companion to political sociology - Edwin Amenta, Kate Nash, Alan Scott, Wiley InterScience (Online service) 2012

        Book  [Collection of essays dealing with recent trends in the discipline].

    3. State & Society beyond the West 3 items
      1. Third world politics: a comparative introduction - Paul A. Cammack, David Pool, William Tordoff 1993

        Book 

      2. Third world politics: an introduction - Christopher Clapham 1988

        Book Recommended [Good overview of state-society relations outside the West. Recommended].

      3. Understanding Third World politics: theories of political change and development - Brian C. Smith 2003

        Book Recommended [Recommended].

  6. (Seminar 2) Culture, Orientalism and post-colonialism: Knowledge and power 28 items
    To what extent is Edward Said's 'Orientalism' still relevant for the study of the contemporary Middle East?
    1. Required Reading 4 items
    2. Further Reading 24 items
      1. Orientalism: a reader - A.L. Macfie 2000

        Book 

      2. Islamic studies: a tradition and its problems - Malcolm H. Kerr, Giorgio Levi della Vida Biennial Conference 1980

        Book  Read Edmund Burke III, “The Sociology of Islam: the French Tradition”

      3. Ornamentalism: how the British saw their empire - David Cannadine 2002

        Book 

      4. Islam and the myth of confrontation: religion and politics in the Middle East - Fred Halliday 1996 [i.e.1995

        Book  See above, also pp. 195-217

      5. Colonial effects [electronic book] : the making of national identity in Jordan 2001.

        Book  esp. pp.101-162 (Ch.3. “Cultural Syncretism or Colonial Mimic Men)

      6. Orientalism - Edward W. Said 2003

        Book 

      7. The great social laboratory: subjects of knowledge in colonial and postcolonial Egypt - Omnia S. El Shakry c2007 (electronic resource)

        Book  esp. pp.1-19, 23-54 (Introduction and Ch.1 “The Ethnographic Moment”).

  7. ( Seminar 3) Authoritarianism: Violence, discourse, and symbolic power 51 items
    Case Studies: Syria (1970-2000) and Iraq (1979-2003) How do you explain the persistence of authoritarian rule in Syria under Hafiz al-Asad and in Iraq under Saddam Hussein?
    1. Required Reading 6 items
      1. Historical Background (Optional)

      2. A history of the modern Middle East - William L. Cleveland, Martin P. Bunton 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book  chapter 21, pp 398

    2. Further General Reading 13 items
      1. Discourses of power: from Hobbes to Foucault - Barry Hindess 1995

        Book 

      2. Power: a radical view - Steven Lukes, British Sociological Association 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      3. Transitions from authoritarian rule: Tentative conclusions about uncertain democracies - Guillermo A. O'Donnell, Philippe C. Schmitter, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Latin American Program 2013

        Book 

      4. Authoritarianism in the Middle East: regimes and resistance - Marsha Pripstein Posusney, Michele Penner Angrist 2005

        Book 

    3. Further Reading on Iraq and Syria 4 items
      1. Baʻth v. Baʻth: the conflict between Syria and Iraq, 1968-1989 - Eberhard Kienle 1990

        Book 

    4. Further Reading on Iraq 14 items
      1. Iran and Iraq at war - Shahram Chubin, Charles Tripp 1988

        Book 

      2. Saddam's Iraq: revolution or reaction? - Committee Against Repression and for Democratic Rights in Iraq 1989

        Book 

      3. Memories of state: politics, history, and collective identity in modern Iraq - Eric Davis 2005

        Book 

      4. Iraq since the Gulf War: prospects for democracy - Fran Hazelton, Committee against repression and for democratic rights in Iraq 1993

        Book 

      5. Iraq: power and society - Derek Hopwood, Habib Ishow, Thomas Koszinowski 1993

        Book 

      6. Iraq since 1958: from revolution to dictatorship - Marion Farouk-Sluglett, Peter Sluglett 1990

        Book 

    5. Further Reading on Syria 14 items
      1. Syria: revolution from above - Raymond A. Hinnebusch 2001

        Book 

      2. The political economy of Syria under Asad - Volker Perthes 1995

        Book 

      3. The Baʻth and the creation of modern Syria - David Roberts 1987

        Book 

      4. Asad of Syria: the struggle for the Middle East - Patrick Seale, Maureen McConville 1990

        Book 

  8. (Seminar 4) Informal politics: Poverty, power, and resistance 28 items
    Case Studies: Cairo and Tehran. What do ethnographic approaches to “everyday politics” add to our understanding of statesociety relations in the poorest quarters of Middle Eastern cities?
    1. Required Reading 4 items
    2. Further General Reading 12 items
      1. Interpretation and method: empirical research methods and the interpretive turn - Dvora Yanow, Peregrine Schwartz-Shea 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book  esp ch's 1, 4, 6, 7, 13

    3. Further Reading on the Middle East 12 items
      1. Life as politics: how ordinary people change the Middle East - Asef Bayat, ProQuest (Firm) 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      2. Street politics: poor people's movements in Iran - Assef Bayat 1997

        Book 

      3. Rule of experts: Egypt, techno-politics, modernity - Timothy Mitchell ©2002

        Book  Ch. 5 'Nobody Listens to a Poor Man'

  9. (Seminar 5) Political Economy and Class 31 items
    Case Studies: Egypt, Syria To what extent does class as a 'category of analysis' help explain the Arab uprisings of 2011?
    1. Required Reading 3 items
    2. Recommended Readings on Class 16 items
      1. Workers and working classes in the Middle East: struggles, histories, historiographies - Zachary Lockman ©1994

        Book  Read Beinin, Joel 'Will the Real Egyptian Working Class Please Stand Up? ' and Davis, Eric. “History for the Many or History for the Few: The Historiography of the Iraqi Working Class

      2. Peasants and politics in the modern Middle East - Farhad Kazemi, John Waterbury 1991

        Book 

    3. Recommended readings on Neo-liberalism 12 items
      1. Passive revolution: absorbing the Islamic challenge to capitalism - Cihan Tuğal, ProQuest (Firm) 2009 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      2. The Algerian civil war - Luis Martinez 2000

        Book 

      3. The political economy of Syria under Asad - Volker Perthes 1995

        Book 

  10. (Seminar 6): Nationalism, theory, ideology, and practice 31 items
    Case Study: Arab Nationalism How - if at all - does nationalism in the Middle East differ from nationalism in the rest of the world?
    1. Required Reading 6 items
      1. Arab nationalism: between Islam and the nation-state - Bassam Tibi 1997 (electronic resource)

        Book  pp. 201-217

      2. Nation and religion in the Middle East - Fred Halliday 2000

        Book  pp.31-54 (Ch.2 “The Middle East and the Nationalism Debate”)

      3. Nationalism: theory, ideology, history - Anthony D. Smith 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book  pp.5-20, 43-61 (Ch. 1 and 3)

      4. Historical Background (Optional)

      5. A history of the modern Middle East - William L. Cleveland, Martin P. Bunton 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book  Chapter 7, pp.119-148

    2. Further General Reading 7 items
      1. Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism - Benedict R. O'G. Anderson, American Council of Learned Societies 2006

        Book 

      2. Banal Nationalism - Michael Billig 1995 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      3. Nationalist thought and the colonial world: a derivative discourse - Partha Chatterjee, American Council of Learned Societies 1993, c1986

        Book 

      4. Nations and nationalism - Ernest Gellner 2006

        Book 

    3. Further Reading on the Middle East 18 items
      1. The making of modern Zionism: the intellectual origins of the Jewish state - Shlomo Avineri 1981

        Book 

      2. Arab nationalism : a history: nation and state in the Arab world - Youssef M. Choueiri 2000

        Book 

      3. The invention of a nation: Zionist thought and the making of modern Israel - Alain Dieckhoff 2003

        Book 

      4. Arab nationalism: an anthology - Sylvia G. Haim 1976

        Book 

      5. Social constructions of nationalism in the Middle East - Fatma Müge Göçek 2002

        Book 

      6. Rethinking nationalism in the Arab Middle East - James P. Jankowski, Israel Gershoni 1997

        Book 

      7. Palestinian identity: the construction of modern national consciousness - Rashid I. Khalidi, American Council of Learned Societies 1997

        Book 

      8. Colonial effects: the making of national identity in Jordan - Joseph Andoni Massad 2001

        Book 

  11. (Seminar 7) Zionism 46 items
    Case Study: Israel To what extent does Israel qualify as a democracy or ethnocracy? Discuss How do you explain the relationship between the state of Israel and its Palestinian Arab minority?
    1. Required Reading 4 items
      1. The Jewish state: a century later - Alan Dowty 2001

        Book  print copy

    2. Further Reading on Israel 10 items
      1. Israel and the politics of Jewish identity: the secular-religious impasse - Asher Cohen, Bernard Susser 2000

        Book 

      2. A history of Zionism - Walter Laqueur 1989

        Book 

      3. Remaking Israeli Judaism: the challenge of Shas - David Lehmann, Batia B. Siebzehner 2006

        Book 

      4. Religion, democracy and Israeli society - Charles S. Liebman 1996

        Book 

      5. Through the lens of Israel: explorations in state and society - Joel S. Migdal, ProQuest (Firm) c2001 (electronic resource)

        Book 

    3. Further reading on 'minority' rights in Israel 32 items
      1. Access denied: Palestinian land rights in Israel - Ḥusayn Abū Ḥusayn, Fiona McKay 2003

        Book 

      2. To be an Arab in Israel - Laurence Louër 2007

        Book 

      3. The future of indigenous peoples: strategies for survival and development - Duane Champagne, Ismael Abu-Saad, Future of Indigenous Peoples : Strategies for Survival and Development, University of California, Los Angeles. American Indian Studies Center 2003

        Book 

      4. The Arabs in Israel - Ṣabrī Jiryis, Inea Bushnaq 1976

        Book 

      5. The Beduin of the Negev - Penny Maddrell, Yunis Grinawi, Minority Rights Group 1990

        Book 

      6. The Arabs in Israel - Ori Stendel 1996

        Book 

      7. Epilogue: Studying Naqab/Negev Bedouins—Toward a colonial paradigm? [in] HAGAR: Studies in Culture, Polity & Identities - O Yiftachel 2008

        Article  Not available online. Print journal in Arab World Documentation Unit,Old Library

  12. (Seminar 8) Ethnicity: Primordial ties and imagined communities 37 items
    Case Studies: The Kurds and the Palestinians To what extent does a political project based on ethnic identity differ from one based on national identity? Discuss with reference to the Kurds (with a focus on Iraq and Turkey) and the Palestinians.
    1. Required Reading 5 items
      1. The Kurds in Turkey: EU accession and human rights - Kerim Yildiz, Kurdish Human Rights Project 2005

        Book  pp. 104-117

    2. Historical Background (Optional) 2 items
      1. A history of the modern Middle East - William L. Cleveland, Martin P. Bunton 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book  Chapter 23

    3. Further General Reading 12 items
      1. Minorities and the state in the Arab world - Ofra Bengio, Gabriel Ben-Dor 1999.

        Book 

      2. Ethnicity, pluralism, and the state in the Middle East - Milton Jacob Esman, Itamar Rabinovich 1988

        Book 

      3. The politics of nationalism and ethnicity - 1936- Kellas, James G. (James Grant) 1998

        Book 

      4. The ethnic origins of nations - Anthony D Smith 1986

        Book 

      5. Ethnicity - John Hutchinson, Anthony D. Smith 1996

        Book 

      6. Theories of ethnicity: a critical appraisal - Richard H. Thompson 1989

        Book  on order

    4. Further Reading on the Kurds 10 items
      1. Kurdish ethnonationalism - Nader Entessar 1992

        Book 

      2. The Kurds: nationalism and politics - Fāliḥ ʻAbd al-Jabbār, Hosham Dawod 2006

        Book 

      3. The Kurds: a contemporary overview - Philip G. Kreyenbroek, Stefan Sperl 1991

        Book 

      4. A modern history of the Kurds - David McDowall 2004 (electronic resource)

        Book 

    5. Further Reading on the Palestinians 8 items
      1. Palestinian identity: the construction of modern national consciousness - Rashid I. Khalidi, American Council of Learned Societies 1997

        Book 

      2. The origins of Palestinian nationalism - Muhammad Y. Muslih, American Council of Learned Societies 1988

        Book 

      3. Armed struggle and the search for state: the Palestinian national movement, 1949-1993 - Yazīd Ṣāyigh, Institute for Palestine Studies (Washington, D.C.) 1997 (electronic resource)

        Book 

  13. (Seminar 9) Religion and the state: Islamism and Post-Islamist in Iran 27 items
    Case Study: Iran To what extent should Iran be considered an 'Islamic state'?
    1. Required Reading 2 items
    2. Historical Background (Optional) 1 item
      1. A history of the modern Middle East - William L. Cleveland, Martin P. Bunton 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book 

    3. Further Reading on Religion, Secularism and the State 8 items
      1. Face to face with political Islam - François Burgat 2003

        Book 

      2. Public religions in the modern world - José Casanova 1994

        Book 

      3. Secularism confronts Islam - Olivier Roy 2007

        Book 

      4. The failure of political Islam - Olivier Roy 1994

        Book 

    4. Further Reading on Iran 16 items
      1. Iran, Islam, and democracy: the politics of managing change - Ali M. Ansari, Royal Institute of International Affairs. Middle East Programme 2006

        Book 

      2. After Khomeini: the Iranian Second Republic - Anoushiravan Ehteshami 1995

        Book 

      3. Islam and democracy - John L. Esposito, John Obert Voll 1996 (electronic resource)

        Book  pp.52-77 (Ch.3 “Iran: Revolutionary Islam in Power”).

      4. Factional politics in post-Khomeini Iran - Mehdi Moslem 2002

        Book 

      5. The secular miracle: religion, politics and economic policy in Iran - Ali Rahnema, Farhad Nomani 1990

        Book 

      6. Iran after the revolution: crisis of an Islamic state - Saeed Rahnema, Sohrab Behdad 1995

        Book 

  14. (Seminar 10) Civil Society and the Political Community 35 items
    Case Studies: Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine To what extent should the Muslim Brotherhood be considered part of ‘civil society’ in Egypt prior to the 2011 uprising?
    1. Required Reading 3 items
    2. Historical Background (Optional) 1 item
    3. Further General Reading 23 items
      1. Political liberalization and democratization in the Arab world: Vol.1: Theoretical perspectives - Rex Brynen, Bahgat Korany, Paul Noble 1995

        Book 

      2. Rethinking Islamist politics: culture, the state and Islam - Salwa Ismail 2000

        Book 

      3. Civil society: history and possibilities - Sudipta Kaviraj, Sunil Khilnani 2001

        Book 

      4. Civil society in the Middle East - Augustus R. Norton 1995

        Book 

      5. Toward civil society in the Middle East?: a primer - Jillian Schwedler 1995

        Book 

      6. The charitable crescent: politics of aid in the Muslim world - Jonathan Benthall, Jérôme Bellion-Jourdan 2003

        Book 

    4. Further Reading on Egypt 8 items
      1. Civil society exposed: the politics of NGOs in Egypt - Maha M. Abdelrahman 2004

        Book 

      2. Islam and democracy - John L. Esposito, John Obert Voll 1996 (electronic resource)

        Book  pp.173-191 (Ch.8 “Egypt: Governmental, Populist and Extremist Islam in Conflict”).

      3. Islam in contemporary Egypt: civil society vs the state - Denis J. Sullivan, Sana Abed-Kotob 1999

        Book 

  15. (Seminar 11) The Politics of Gender and Sexuality 34 items
    Case Studies: Egypt, Lebanon, Iran How can feminist methodologies help us understand politics in the Middle East? What are some of the ways in which gender relation shape politics? How are we to read the internal politics of the Queen Boat incident in Egypt?
    1. Required Reading 4 items
    2. Recommended Readings 25 items
      1. Muslim women and the politics of participation: implementing the Beijing platform - Mahnaz Afkhami, Erika Friedl 1997

        Book 

      2. Unheroic conduct: the rise of heterosexuality and the invention of the Jewish man - Daniel Boyarin ©1997

        Book 

      3. Resistance, repression, and gender politics in occupied Palestine and Jordan - Frances Susan Hasso, American Council of Learned Societies 2005

        Book 

      4. Birthing the nation: strategies of Palestinian women in Israel - Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh, American Council of Learned Societies 2002

        Book 

      5. Modernizing women: gender and social change in the Middle East - Valentine M. Moghadam 2013

        Book 

      6. Gender in crisis: women and the Palestinian resistance movement - Julie Marie Peteet, American Council of Learned Societies 1991

        Book 

      7. Money makes us relatives: women's labor in urban Turkey - Jenny B. White 1994

        Book 

      8. Gender & nation - Nira Yuval-Davis 1997 (electronic resource)

        Book 

    3. Recommended Readings on sexuality 5 items
      1. Bareed mista3jil: true stories 2009

        Book  pp. 1-29

      2. Passionate uprisings: Iran's sexual revolution - Pardis Mahdavi 2008

        Book 

      3. Desiring Arabs - Joseph Andoni Massad 2007

        Book 

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