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. 19, No. 3, Summer

Are Iraq and Turkey Models for Democratization?
In the wake of the upheavals that have shaken the Arab world since December 20 1 0, activists, politicians, and analysts have all been searching for new democratic models of governance that could come into force in these lands. The cases of Iraq and...
Are the Negev Bedouin an Indigenous People?
Fabricating Palestinian HistoryIn the last two decades, there has been widespread application of the term "indigenous" in relation to various groups worldwide. However, the meaning of this term and its uses tend to be inconsistent and variable. The expression...
Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing the War on Terror
Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing the War on Terror. By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross. Hobokcn, N.J.: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2012. 266 pp. $25.95.On the demise of Osama bin Laden, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced that victory over...
Founding National Myths
Fabricating Palestinian HistoryThe vast literature proving the historic Jewish connection to the Land of Israel has been extensively manipulated and distorted as part of the Palestinian politics of nationalism. Propaganda, indoctrination, and socialization,...
Hindu vs. Muslim Honor Killings
Although the overwhelming majority of honor killings worldwide occur within Muslim communities,1 one would not know this by reading the mainstream media. Fearful ofbeing labeled "Islamophobic," the American press has given only glancing attention to...
Iran Courts Latin America
In October 2011 , U. S . attorney general Eric Holder and FBI director Robert Mueller revealed the thwarting of an elaborate plot by elements in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington at a posh D.C....
Lebanon's Shiite-Maronite Alliance of Hypocrisy
On February 6, 2006, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and leader of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) Michel Aoun signed a memorandum of understanding, ostensibly to build a consensual Lebanese democracy on the basis of transparency, justice, and equality.1...
Political Islam, Citizenship, and Minorities: The Future of Arab Christians in the Islamic Middle East
Political Islam, Citizenship, and Minorities: The Future of Arab Christians in the Islamic Middle East. By Andrea Zaki Stephanous. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2010. 243 pp. $37.50, paper.As the Middle East smolders under the threat of an...
Power and Politics in the Persian Gulf Monarchies
Power and Politics in the Persian Gulf Monarchies. Edited by Christopher Davidson. London: Hurst and Co., 2012. 203 pp. £17.99, paper.Recent Middle Eastern upheavals have centered on the Mediterranean littoral, not the Persian Gulf - and with them the...
Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908-1918
Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908-1918. By Michael A. Reynolds. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 324 pp. $90 ($31.99, paper).Shattering Empires traces the course of foreign relations between...
The Arab League Comes Alive
One unexpected result of the Arab upheavals has been the renewed relevance of the 22-member League of Arab States. Long denigrated as a largely toothless organization, "a cross between the forces of fiction and futility,"1 the league became an integral...
The Battle over Silwan
Fabricating Palestinian HistoryOn August 26, 2010, a violent clash broke out between Jewish and Arab residents of Silwan, a predominantly Muslim village outside the southern end of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The name derives from the biblical...
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined/Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. By Steven Pinker. New York: Viking, 2011. 832 pp. $40. Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. By Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan. New York: Columbia Press,...
The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism's Prison Connection
The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism's Prison Connection. By Patrick T. Dunleavy. Dulles, Va.: Potomac, 2011. 192 pp. $27.50.Islamist terror networks have made recruitment of disenfranchised individuals such as prison inmates a top priority, former New...
The Green Movement in Iran
The Green Movement in Iran. By Hamid Dabashi. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2011. 174 pp. $34.95.On June 12, 2009, Iranians went to the polls to choose a president from among a handful of candidates approved by clerics who are not elected but...
The Politics of Change in Palestine: State-Building and Non-Violent Resistance
The Politics of Change in Palestine: State-Building and Non-Violent Resistance. By Michael Bröning. New York and London: Pluto Press, 2011. 247 pp. $30, paper.Regurgitating the Palestinian même that Israeli intransigence has made a two-state solution...
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. By Daniel Yergin. New York: Penguin Press, 2011. 816pp. $37.95.No other public policy issue is so critical yet as nuanced and poorly understood as energy. This makes Yergin's attempt...
The Rhetoric of Nonsense
Fabricating Palestinian HistoryFor nearly two decades the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been denying Israel's right to exist, and a recent "Nakba Day" was no exception. In a Gaza speech on behalf ofMahmoud Abbas, his personal representative made the...
The Unmaking of Israel. by Gershom Gorenberg/The Anatomy of Israel's Survival
The Unmaking of Israel. By Gershom Gorenberg. New York: HarperCollins, 201 1. 336 pp. $25.99 ($14.99, paper). The Anatomy of Israel's Survival. By Hirsh Goodman. New York: Public Affairs, 201 1.288 pp. $26.99.These two books offer well- written examples...
Undercover Muslim: A Journey into Yemen
Undercover Muslim: A Journey into Yemen. By Theo Padnos. London: Bodley Head, 2011. 293 pp. £12.99.Every year, hundreds of Westerners abandon life in affluent societies in favor of a sojourn in austere piety in Yemen. Undercover Muslim examines those...