Middle East Quarterly

A quarterly journal dedicated to contemporary Middle Eastern affairs, published by the Middle East Forum. Contains studies, interviews, commentary, and reviews covering a broad range of political, economic, social and cultural concerns. The scope includes

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 4, Fall

Al Qaeda in Its Own Words
Al Qaeda in Its Own Words. Edited by Gilles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2008. 363 pp., $27.95 ($17.95, paper).Al Qaeda in Its Own Words provides the translated writings of four jihadis - Abdullah Azzam, Osama bin Laden, Ayman...
Architects of Delusion: Europe, America, and the Iraq War
Architects of Delusion: Europe, America, and the Iraq War. By Simon Serfaty. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. 170 pp. $45.Serfaty, a professor of U.S. foreign policy at Old Dominion University, asks why in 2003, the United States...
A Saudi View of Orientalism
Islam and the WestMazin S. Motabbagani (or, in accurate transcription, al-Mutabaqani) is assistant professor of Orientalism at King Saud University in Riyadh, and head of the Occidental Studies Unit in the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic...
Cyprus at a Crossroads
Cyprus is an island boxed in on three sides by Turkey and the countries of the Levant. On the streets of its divided capital Nicosia, silence prevails, except for the tick-tack sounds coming from the tables of the city's backgammon players, who gather...
In Search of the Moderate Muslim
In Search of the Moderate Muslim. By Jon Gower Davies. London: TheSocialAffairs Unit, 2009. 192 pp. £10.Some analysts divide the Muslim population into two camps, extremists and moderates. That moderates make up the vast majority has become a linchpin...
Israel's Right to Exist
Israel's Right to Exist Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights. By Alexander Yakobson and Amnon Rubinstein. London and New York: Routledge, 2008. 256 pp. $140.It is one of the great shames of the modern world that...
Nagorno-Karabakh in Limbo
Nagorno-Karabakh is an almost forgotten land in the South Caucasus. Little known outside its region, it languishes as an unrecognized state. For fifteen years it has hovered on the margins of the state system fulfilling the empirical criteria of statehood...
Peace Process or War Process?
When Barack Obama announced in June 2009 about Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, "I'm confident that if we stick with it, having started early, that we can make some serious progress this year," he displayed a touching, if na?ve optimism.Indeed, his detemiination...
Persian Dreams: Moscow and Tehran since the Fall of the Shah
Persian Dreams: Moscow and Tehran since the Fall of the Shah. By John W Parker. Washington, D.C.: PotomacBooks, 2009. 423 pp. $34.95.Each of us looks at the world through our own glasses. The same developments can appear quite differently when examined...
Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies
Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies. Edited by Anoushiravan Ehteshami and Steven Wright. Reading, U.K.: Ithaca Press, 2008. 309 pp. $54.50.The six Persian Gulf monarchies - Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman...
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury's struggle in Bangladesh has played out dramatically: his 2003 arrest; his 2005 release;1 middle of the night battles to prevent his re-incarceration; accolades for his stance as a "Muslim Zionist";2 and resolutions from...
Still Broken: A Recruit's Inside Account of Intelligence Failures, from Baghdad to the Pentagon
Still Broken: ARecruit's Inside Account of Intelligence Failures, from Baghdad to the Pentagon. ByAJ. Rossmiller. New York: Presidio Press, 2008. 236 pp. $24.95.Rossmiller joined the Defense Intelligence Agency a month out of college and, almost immediately,...
Suicide Bombing as Worship
Many motives are cited for suicide bombings, from religious sanctification to revenge for Western foreign policy to hatred of Israel, but one thing ties them together: the boast that Muslims love death, whereas their enemies love life. From killing the...
Targeting Israelis Via International Law
Based on principles derived from the Hague and Geneva conventions, individuals have been brought to trial for war crimes, crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity. The outstanding examples of such trials were those held at Nuremberg after World...
The ACLU Takes a Muslim School to Court
Islam and the WestEditors 'preface: With some 150 Muslim schools, the United Kingdom leads the non-Muslim world in its provision for education within the confines of traditional and sometimes radical Islamic thought.1 Other European countries have only...
The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace
The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace. By Aaron David Miller. New York: Bantam, 2008. 416 pp. $26 ($16, paper).A key player on the U.S. "peace team" during three administrations, Miller is well-placed to compare...
The Palestinian Military: Between Militias and Armies
The Palestinian Military: Between Militias and Armies. By Hillel Frisch. New York: Routledge, 2008.218pp. $140.Frisch, a senior research fellow at Israel's BESA Center for Strategic Studies and senior lecturer at the department of political studies at...
The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule
The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule. By Fakhreddin Azimi. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2008. 491 pp. $35.The Western picture of Iran is of authoritarianism with clerical rule following centuries...
The Qur'an: Israel Is Not for the Jews
Editors' preface: Who has rights to the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River? Zionists cite biblical passages in which God awarded them Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, in perpetuity in his covenant with the children of Israel. Muslims...
The Qur'an's Covenant with the Jewish People
Jewish claims to the Holy Land rest in passages of the Torah, in which the land is given to the Children of Israel in fulfillment of God's promise to them. In the book of Genesis, God promises the Holy Land to Abraham and his descendants unequivocally....
The Strategic Challenge of Somalia's Al-Shabaab
Since emerging from an era of colonialism under Italy and Britain, Somalia has passed through military dictatorship, famine, and civil war to regional fragmentation. In the modern period, Americans best remember the loss of U.S. military personnel that...