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. 17, No. 4, Fall

Ali Allawi: "Iraq Got the Worst of All Worlds"
Ali Allawi, Iraq 's first post-Saddam civilian minister of defense, was born in Baghdad in 1947. He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the London School of Economics, and Harvard University. On top of a long and successful career...
Anwar Al-Bunni
In April 2007, Anwar al-Bunni, a top Syrian human rights activist and attorney, was sentenced to five years imprisonment for "disseminating false information likely to undermine the morale of the nation ... slandering and insulting state institutions,"...
Clash of Identities: Explorations in Israeli and Palestinian Societies
Clash of Identities: Explorations in Israeli and Palestinian Societies. By Baruch Kimmerling. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. 429 pp. $55 ($27.50, paper).If you are looking for a numbingly unreadable book of anti-Israel diatribes written by...
Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978
Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978. By Kai Bird. New York: Scribner, 2010. 448 pp. $30 ($10, paper).Bird, a Pulitzer-prize winning biographer, has written a semi-autobiographical and semi-historical account...
Decoding the New Taliban, Insights from the Afghan Field
Decoding the New Taliban, Insights from the Afghan Field . Edited by Antonio Giustozzi. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. 420 pp. $32.In his edited volume, Giustozzi, a fellow at the London School of Economics, has put together a timely and...
Egypt after Mubarak
The Middle East Quarterly is pleased to inaugurate a new section dedicated to the region 's current affairs. Written by scholars, journalists, and practitioners, Dateline offers succinct analyses of recent trends. Its main focus will be capitals and...
France Votes Yes
On July 13, 2010, France's lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, approved a bill outlawing the wearing of "clothing intended to hide the face" in public spaces and slapping a fine and possible jail time on offenders;1 on September 14, the...
How the "Sons of Iraq" Stabilized Iraq
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 8, 2008, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. and coalition forces commander in Iraq, reported a dramatic reduction in violence levels and civilian deaths from fifteen months before when...
Images of Muhammad: Narratives of the Prophet in Islam across the Centuries
Images of Muhammad: Narratives of the Prophet in Islam across the Centuries. By Tarif Khalidi. New York: Doubleday, 2009. 327 pp. $26.True to its title, this study by a professor of Islamic studies at the American University of Beirut chronicles the...
Immortal: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces
Immortal: A Military History of Iran and its Armed Forces. By Steven R. Ward. Washington, D.C: Georgetown University Press, 2009. 361 pp. $27.95.Iran has had more than its share of wars; its history can, to a large extent, be understood by studying the...
Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution
Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution. John R. Bradley. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 256 pp. $24.95 ($ 1 6.95, paper).To the general reader, Inside Egypt is a good introduction to some of the problems rife in the...
Iran with Nuclear Weapons: Anticipating the Consequences for U.S. Policy
Iran with Nuclear Weapons: Anticipating the Consequences for U.S. Policy. By Jacquelyn K. Davis and Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. Cambridge: Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, 2008. Ill pp. Free download.Iran with Nuclear Weapons is an indispensable...
Muslim Communities of Grace: The Sufi Brotherhoods in Islamic Religious Life
Muslim Communities of Grace: The Sufi Brotherhoods in Islamic Religious Life. By Jamil M. Abun-Nasr. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.280 pp. $30.Abun-Nasr, emeritus professor of Islamic studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, has produced...
Qaddafi's Libya in World Politics
Qaddafi's Libya in World Politics. By Yehudit Ronen. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008. 243 pp. $55.Ronen of the Moshe Dayan Center has produced an ambitious though incomplete review of Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and the Libya government's conduct in...
The American Component
"That is the best-organized lobby; you shouldn't underestimate the grip it has on American politics - no matter whether it's Republicans or Democrats."1 This recent comment by the European Union trade commissioner and former Belgian foreign minister,...
The Argument in Favor
Should other Western states follow the Belgian and French examples and ban the full Islamic body and face-covering veil - or more specifically, the burqa and the niqabl In other words, should the West ban any and all clothing which obliterates one's...
The European Component
In the early 1980s, there was a palpable concern among staffers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of the looming rise of an Arab-American lobby aimed at challenging the pro-Israel community. The National Association of Arab- Americans...
The Mind of Jihad
The Mind of Jihad. By Laurent Murawiec. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 342 pp. $83.99 ($25.99, paper).Murawiec (1 95 1-2009), who at his death was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, was praised by his colleagues as a "big thinker."...
The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power
The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power. By Melanie Phillips. New York: Encounter Books, 2010. 280 pp. $23.95.Phillips, author of Londonistan,3 has produced another book that underscores the threat that aggressive,...
What Makes Terrorists Tick?
What Makes Terrorists Tick? How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns. By Audrey Kurth Cronin. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. 330 pp. $29.95.A battle is raging in terrorism studies. Proponents of the...