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. 18, No. 4, Fall

Azzam's Genocidal Threat
Of the countless threats of violence made by Arab and Palestinian leaders in the run up to and in the wake of the November 29, 1947, partition resolution, none has resonated more widely than the warning by Abdul Rahman Azzam, the Arab League's first...
Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East
Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East. By David Hirst. New York: NationBooks, 2010. 428pp. $29.95 ($19.99, paper).Embracing Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin's dictum that small states are the victims of greater states, yet...
Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism
Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism. Edited by HolgerAlbrecht. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010. 252 pp. $69.95The timing of the publication of this book, just before the outbreak of the...
Does Anyone Speak Arabic?
In August 2010, Associated Press staffer Zeina Karam wrote an article, picked up by The Washington Post and other news outlets, that tackled a cultural, and arguably political, issue that had been making headlines for quite some time in the Middle East:...
Early Warnings Ignored
September 11: A Decade LaterIn its final report of July 22, 2004, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (commonly known as the 9/11 Commission) charged that Congress had failed America. In the commissioners' judgment, Congress...
Europe's Underestimated Islamists
I nearly 1959, a small West German intelligence operation stumbled over a sensational find: U.S. collusion with the Muslim Brotherhood. According to the West German sources - two ex- Wehrmacht soldiers who were in Washington's pay but still felt loyalty...
Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior and His Legacy
Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior and his Legacy. By Michael Darlow and Barbara Bray. London: Quartet, 20 10. 598 pp. $30.Saudi Arabia's founding monarch 'Abd al'Aziz Ibn Sa'ud (c. 1 876- 1 95 3) had a remarkable life. Already the subject of a slew of biographies,...
Israel's Tenured Extremists
Israel is under assault from within and not just from the usual suspects. Its legitimacy and, in many cases, its very existence are being attacked by a domestic academic fifth column. Hundreds of professors and lecturers, employed by Israel's state-financed...
"New Age" Islam
"New Age" Islam Sufis in Western Society: Global Networking and Locality. Edited by Ron Geaves, Markus Dressler, and Gritt KJinkhammer. London and New York: Routledge Sufi Series, 2009. 224 pp. $150. We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against...
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. By Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole. New York: Schocken, 2011. 386 pages. $26.95.With the skill of historians and the style of novelists, Hoffman and Cole tell the remarkable story of the medieval...
Sudan's Ticking Time Bombs
The referendum held on January 9, 201 1, was a milestone for Sudan. With an overwhelming majority of 98.3 percent, southerners decided to secede from the north and to create Africa's youngest state - the Republic of South Sudan. While this momentous...
Talking to Terrorists. Why America Must Engage with Its Enemies
Talking to Terrorists. Why America Must Engage with Its Enemies. By Mark Perry. New York: Basic Books, 2010. 253 pp. $26.95.Should the U.S. government talk to terrorist groups? Freelance foreign affairs analyst Perry offers a resounding "yes." His argument,...
The Iran-Iraq War (Twentieth-Century Wars)
The Iran-Iraq War (Twentieth-Century Wars). By Rob Johnson. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.192 pp. $88 ($29, paper).Perhaps the most vicious war of the late twentieth century, the 1980-88 conflict between Iran and Iraq deserves a fresh appraisal. In The IranIraq...
The Iraq Effect. the Middle East after the Iraq War
The Iraq Effect. The Middle East After the Iraq War. By Frederic Wehrey, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Jessica Watkins, et al. Santa Monica: RAND, 2010. 187 pp. $40.The Iraq Effect is a thought-provoking but flawed study commissioned by the U.S. Air Force on the...
The Muhammad Al-Dura Hoax and Other Myths Revived
On September 30, 2000, a day after Yasser Arafat launched his war of terror, euphemized as the al-Aqsa intifada, state-owned France 2 Television broadcast a news report, filmed by a Palestinian cameraman, of the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old Palestinian...
Toward a Nonviolent, Pluralistic Middle East
September 11: A Decade LaterThe 2001 attacks on the United States have intensified the debate that has existed since the dawn of Islam: How is the West to respond to the followers of Muhammad? Some-most famously Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington-held...
What 9/11 Has Wrought
September 11: A Decade LaterEveryday American images of the war on terror - the legacy of 9/11: Government buildings surrounded by ugly concrete blocks. Pennsylvania Avenue, the street that the White House - once known as the "people's house" - faces,...