Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

Our autumn issue ranges from timely studies of Iran and of Shi'ite politicization to a historical survey of Palestinians in Lebanon and a discussion of the role of the Israeli Druze.

One of the more distinctive developments since the Iranian Revolution has been the rise of politicized Shi'ism in other countries with substantial Shi'ite populations. Yusri Hazran of Harvard Unversity examines this phenomenon in "The Rise of Politicized Shi'ite Religiosity and the Territorial State in Iraq and Lebanon."

Two articles examine domestic and international aspects of Iran. Roozbeh Safshekan and Farzan Sabet offer "The Ayatollah's Praetorians," dealing with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the 2009 elections, and what the authors characterize as a fundamental shift in Iranian politics. Ali Rahigh-Aghsan and Peter Viggo Jakobsen (Roskilde and Copenhagen Universities) bring us "The Rise of Iran: How Durable, How Dangerous?" on the regional implications of Iranian policy.

Mordechai Nisan of Hebrew University describes "The Druze in Israel: Questions of Identity, Citizenship, and Patriotism." It offers an examination of many aspects of the relationship the Israeli Druze have with the state. …

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