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. 2, Spring

Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence?
On February 12, 2009, Muzzammil Hassan informed police that he had beheaded his wife. Hassan had emigrated to the United States 30 years ago and, after a successful banking career, had founded Bridges TV, a Muslim-interest network which aims, according...
Baghdad at Sunrise
Baghdad at Sunrise. By Peter R. Mansoor. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 376 pp. $28.Few soldiers who write narratives of war attain a perspective that transcends their own area of operation. Conversely, historians who write of battle seldom...
British Policy in Mesopotamia, 1903-1914
British Policy in Mesopotamia, 1903-1914. By Stuart A. Cohen. Reading, U.K.: Ithaca Press, 2008. 265 pp. $34.50.As U.S. forces occupied Iraq in 2003, numerous historians scrambled to elucidate lessons from the British occupation of Mesopotamia during...
Circle in the Sand. the Bush Dynasty in Iraq
Circle in the Sand. The Bush Dynasty in Iraq. By Christian Alfonsi. New York: Vintage, 2007. 470 pp. $15.95."Bush derangement syndrome" - the irrational hatred of George W. Bush and the embrace of conspiracy theories about him - has moved from fringe...
Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation
Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation. By Madawi alRasheed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 332 pp. $30.Rasheed, professor of social anthropology at King's College London, notes that much of the scholarly literature...
Correspondence
Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 8 1 .The Jewel of MedinaTo the Editor:I greatly enjoyed Robert Spencer's analysis of Sherry Jones's The Jewel of Medina ("Muhammad and Aisha, a Love Story," Winter 2009), and I agree that Jones...
Dissident Watch: Mithal Al-Alusi
Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 96.Amid growing conservatism and ethnic and sectarian populism in Iraq, parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi, a Sunni Arab, has become the country's chief advocate for liberal values including a free...
Europe's Shifting Immigration Dynamic
Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 15-24.Western Europe has gone through two major stages in its recent immigration history. In the first stage, European leaders misjudged the effects of immigration and, in the second, they miscalculated...
Faith, Reason, and the War against Jihadism. A Call to Action
Faith, Reason, and the War against Jihadism. A Call to Action. By George Weigel. New York: Doubleday, 2007. 208 pp. $19.Weigel, a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, ably skewers numerous widely held assumptions about...
Foxbats over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War
Foxbats over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War. By Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. 304 pp. $26.Foxbats over Dimona is a welcome addition to the history of the Soviet role in the 1967 Six-Day...
George W. Bush: "America Reshaped Our Approach to the Middle East"
Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 75-80.On December 5, 2008, President George W. Bush delivered his valedictory Middle East policy speech (excerpted below) before the Brookings Institution 's Saban Forum in Washington, D. C" ? a...
Israel and Palestine: Peace Plans from Oslo to Disengagement
Israel and Palestine: Peace Plans from Oslo to Disengagement. By GaMa Golan. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2007. 240 pp. $68.95 ($24.95, paper).Golan, a professor of government at Haifa University, provides a detailed dissection of the various...
Israel's Foreign Policy
Israel's Foreign Policy Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 82-83.by Efraim InbarDefending the Holy Land. A Critical Analysis of Israel's Security and Foreign Policy. By Zeev Maoz. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2006....
Muslim Strategies to Convert Western Christians
Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 3-14.The conversion of Christians in Europe and the United States to Islam has become a matter of debate in some Western countries. Muslim scholars have called on immigrant Muslims to become involved...
Nights in the Pink Motel. an American Strategist's Pursuit of Peace in Iraq
Nights in the Pink Motel. An American Strategist's Pursuit of Peace in Iraq. By Robert Earle. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2008. 256 pp. $34.95.Hundreds of U.S. diplomats and officials have served in Iraq, and scores have written books about their...
Pakistan and Iran's Dysfunctional Relationship
Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 43-50.In April 2008, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Pakistan as part of a whistlestop tour of South Asia. The meeting was cordial but tense. While the two neighbors were once staunch...
Situating Islam: The Past and Future of an Academic Discipline
Situating Islam: The Past and Future of an Academic Discipline. By Aaron W. Hughes. London and Oakville, Conn.: Equinox Publishing, 2007. 132 pp. $22, paper.Hughes, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary in Alberta,...
"The American Military Advisor"
Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 70-74.In August 2008, the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, jointly published a manual entitled,...
The Crescent and the Eagle: Ottoman Rule, Islam, and the Albanians, 1874-1913
The Crescent and the Eagle: Ottoman Rule, Islam, and the Albanians, 1874-1913. By George Gawrych. London and New York: LB. Tauris, 2006. 260 pp. $74.95.Albanian studies have been neglected outside Albania and other countries where Albanian is spoken,...
The Israel/Palestine Question: A Reader
The Israel/Palestine Question: A Reader, 2nd ed. Edited by Ilan Pappe. Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge, 2007. 292 pp. $39.95.Pappe, currently at the University of Exeter, having left the University of Haifa under pressure,3 has devoted his career almost exclusively...
The Politics of Palestinian Demography
Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 51-59.With every generation, it seems, a new demographic panic strikes Israel. Opening the Israeli Knesset (parliament) on October 8, 2007, after the Jewish New Year, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert...
The War over Israel's Settlements
The War over Israel's Settlements Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 84-85.by Moshe DannLords of the Land: The War over Israel's Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 19672007. By Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar. New York: Nation...
Turkey, Present and Past: Turkey at the Energy Crossroads
Turkey, Present and Past: Turkey at the Energy Crossroads Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 25-33.Turkey is increasingly at the crossroads of the world energy trade. Because of tanker traffic through the Bosporus and Dardanelles...
Turkey, Present and Past: Will Untapped Ottoman Archives Reshape the Armenian Debate?
Turkey, Present and Past: Will Untapped Ottoman Archives Reshape the Armenian Debate? Published in the Spring 2009 Middle East Quarterly, pp. 35-42.The debate over what happened to Armenians in World War I-era Ottoman Anatolia continues to polarize historians...