Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

The current issue of The Middle East Journal offers a range of rather different articles dealing with aspects of the region, some of them much in the news these days, and all relevant to current policy debates.

Toby Matthiesen of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) offers us a case study of a modern opposition group that has resorted to terror in the past through his history of the Saudi Shi'ite group known as Hizbullah al-Hijaz. It contains considerable background and detail not previously available in English to general readers.

Stacey Philbrick Yadav looks at two countries where Islamist political movements have been particularly active: Lebanon with Hizbullah and Yemen with the important Islah Party, in order to determine "what Islamists want" and how such parties function in political life.

Ilan Peleg and Paul Scham address the current attempts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by focusing on the lessons to be learned from previous episodes in the long struggle for peace.

Yesim Arat offers us a case study: the revision of the Turkish Civil Code to enlarge women's rights, and an examination of the interplay between Islamic politics and Turkish secularism.

Nimah Mazaheri offers us a detailed examination of Iraq's experience with sanctions during the 1990s as an object lesson in the problems involved in using international sanctions to influence domestic political events.

This quarter, instead of the usual book review article featuring several books on a related theme, we lead the Book Review section with a feature review by Kenneth Stein of Neil Caplan's book, The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories. …

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