The Middle East Journal

The Middle East Institute has published The Middle East Journal quarterly since 1947. The Journal provides original and objective research and analysis, as well as source material, on the area from Morocco to Pakistan and including Central Asia. The Journal provides the background necessary for an understanding and appreciation of the region's political and economic development, cultural heritage, ethnic and religious diversity. Become a member and receive a complimentary individual subscription. Or subscribe to the MEJ for your institution. Each issue of The Middle East Journal includes: * Articles written by renowned scholars, foreign policy analysts and area experts. Each article offers unique insights invaluable to the scholar and lay reader alike. * A Chronology maintained continuously since 1947. Organized by subject and country, the chronology is a reference source without rival. * Book Reviews that are among the most respected, comprehensive, and up-to-date in the field of Middle Eastern studies. Full-length reviews, as well as annotations of recent publications, permit the serious reader to keep abreast of current literature on the area. Every subscriber to the Journal receives complimentary access to the electronic version of the Journal. This fully searchable, downloadable version includes access back through 2004

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, Spring

Afghanistan: Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism
Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism, by John K. Cooley. London and Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 1999. Index. 276 pages. $29.95. Reviewed by Ralph Magnus John K. Cooley has been a distinguished correspondent for major news organizations,...
Art and Architecture: Beauty in Arabic Culture
Beauty in Arabic Culture, by Doris Behrens-- Abouseif. Princeton. NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1999. Princeton Series on the Middle East. 185 pages. Notes to p. 196. Bibl. and Notes to p. 207. Index to p.219. 26 Black-and-white photographs. $49.95 cloth;...
Chronology: Afghanistan
1999 Oct. 20: Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's representative to Afghanistan, announced that he would no longer play an active role in peace efforts because the Taliban and Afghanistan's neighboring countries were not cooperating with...
Chronology: Algeria
1999 Oct. 20: The daily Le Matin reported that on 18 October, near Tissemsilt, located 120 miles southwest of Algiers, authorities had killed four Armed Islamic Group (GIA) members. [10/21 FBIS] Oct. 22: The Algerian press reported that the army had...
Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict
See also, Palestinian Affairs, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon 1999 Oct. 17: In Jerusalem, thousands of Jewish settlers demonstrated outside of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's home to protest his plan to dismantle 12 of the 42 illegal settlements...
Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus
Central Asia and the Caucasus See also, Petroleum Affairs, Afghanistan 1999 Oct. 18: Uzbek gunmen, who had occupied southern Kyrgyzstan and then withdrew to Tajikistan, released two Kyrgyz hostages. In August, the gunmen had taken hostages, demanding...
Chronology: Iran
Iran See also, Petroleum Affairs, Regional Affairs 1999 Oct. 27: In Paris, President Muhammad Khatami met with French President Jacques Chirac to discuss bilateral relations and humanitarian issues. [10/28 NYT, FT] Oct. 29: President Khatami addressed...
Chronology: Iraq
1999 Oct. 16: US and British aircraft attacked an Iraqi missile battery, in the southern "no-fly" zone, near Al-Kut, after it had threatened US and British aircraft. [10/117 WP] Oct. 17: The Iraqi military reported that US and British air strikes had...
Chronology: Israel
See also, Arab-Israel Conflict, Regional Affairs, Lebanon Oct. 18: Hanan Porat, a member of Binyamin Begins National Unity Party, resigned, stating that the Knesset was no longer an effective base for a pro-settlement advocate. [10/19 NYT] Oct. 20: After...
Chronology: Lebanon
1999 Oct. 29: A military court sentenced to death in absentia Fatah leader Sultan Abu al-'Aynayn for violating state security. Speaking from his home in the Al-Rashidiyah refugee camp near Tyre, Abu al-'Aynayn said that he would not surrender to Lebanese...
Chronology: Pakistan
Pakistan See also, Regional Affairs, Afghanistan 1999 Oct. 16: The European Union condemned Pakistan's military coup and threatened to suspend development aid if, within one month's time, General Pervez Musharraf's government did not create a framework...
Chronology: Palestinian Affairs
1999 Nov. 3: Nabil Sha'th, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation for the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), met with Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, to discuss ways to strengthen Palestinian civil institutions and...
Chronology: Regional Affairs
1999 Oct. 25: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak traveled to Turkey-the first visit by an Israeli prime minister in 40 years-and pledged to increase military and economic ties. [10/26 WP] Nov. 3: The Mujahedin-a Khalq, based 30 miles north of Basra, reported...
Chronology: Turkey
1999 Oct. 19: Supporters of Merve Kavakci prevented a prosecutor from arresting her late in the night. Kavakci was stripped of her citizenship and her seat in Parliament when she wore a Muslim headscarf to the swearing-in ceremony. [10/20 NYT] Oct. 20:...
Cyprus: Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus 1954-1959
Britain and the Revolt in Cyprus 19541959, by Robert Holland. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. xi + 336 pages. Sources to p. 338. Bibl. to p. 340. Index to p. 347. $85. Reviewed by Alan James The ending of colonialism has for so long been an established...
Dissent in Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent
Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent, by Mamoun Fandy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. vii + 248 pages. Notes to p. 265. Index to p. 272. $45. This study is the best analysis of the thinking and ideas of Saudi Islamist activists that has appeared...
Economic Conditions: A History of Middle East Economies in the Twentieth Century
A History of Middle East Economies in the Twentieth Century, by Roger Owen and Sevket Pamuk. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999. $60 cloth; $24.95 paper. Owen and Pamuk's book is a valuable addition to the growing literature documenting the...
Egypt: A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey through the World of Militant Islam
A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam, by Mary Anne Weaver. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Girous, 1999. viii + 280 pages. $24. Reviewed by Fawaz A. Gerges This is neither a history book nor a sociological analysis of the...
Egypt: Pan-Arabism before Nasser: Egyptian Power Politics and the Palestine Question
Pan-Arabism Before Nasser: Egyptian Power Politics and the Palestine Question, by Michael Doran. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. x + 196 pages. Notes to p. 220. Bibl. to p. 226. Index to p. 230. $35. Reviewed by James Jankowski Pan-Arabism...
Environmental Conditions: Rivers of Fire: The Conflict over Water in the Middle East
Rivers of Fire: The Conflict Over Water in the Middle East, by Arnon Soffer. Tr. by Murray Rosovsky and Nina Copaken. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 1999. xiii + 271 pages. Append. to p. 273. Refs. to p. 291. Index to p. 302. $69...
Iran: Behind the Tall Walls
Behind the Tall Walls, by Azar Aryanpour. Danbury, CT: Routledge Books, 1998. xi + 448 pages. $24.95. Behind the Tall Walls, by Azar Aryanpour, portrays the Iranian pre-revolutionary elite's verkiginous fall during the period leading to the establishment...
Iran: Iran's Military Forces in Transition: Conventional Threats and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Iran's Military Forces in Transition: Conventional Threats and Weapons of Mass Destruction, by Anthony H. Cordesman. Westport, CT: Praeger Press, 1999. x + 419 pages. Bibl. to p. 426. Index to p. 432. $69.50. Iran's Military Forces in Transition is a...
Iran: Qajar Iran and the Rise of Reza Khan, 1796-1925
Qajar Iran and the Rise of Reza Khan, 1796-1925, by Nikki R. Keddie. With an Essay on "Theatrical Buildings and Performances in Tehran" by Farrokh Ghaffary. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 1999. viii + 102 pages. Illus. to p. 122. Bibl. to p. 126....
Iraq: The Kurdish Predicament in Iraq: A Political Analysis
The Kurdish Predicament in Iraq: A Political Analysis, by Michael M. Gunter. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. x +136 pages. Notes to p. 163.Bibl. to p. 175. Index to p. 181. $39.95. This book, the author's fourth on the Kurds since 1990, is a well-documented,...
Iraq: The Revolt of African Slaves in Iraq in the 3rd/9th Century
The Revolt of African Slaves in Iraq in the 3rd/9th Century, by Alexandre Popovic. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1999. xiv + 157 pages. Bibl. to p. 188. Maps to p. 192. Appends. to p. 203. Index to p. 207. $39.95 cloth; $18.95 paper. The revolt...
Iraq: The Scourging of Iraq: Sanctions, Law and Natural Justice
The Scourging of Iraq: Sanctions, Law and Natural Justice, by Geoff Simons. London and New York: Macmillan and St. Martin's Press, 1998. xxii + 250 pages. Appends. to p. 327. Notes to p. 345. Bibl. to p. 347. Index to p. 363. $18.95 paper. This is the...
Israel: Fertility Policy in Israel: The Politics of Religion, Gender, and Nation
Fertility Policy in Israel: The Politics of Religion, Gender, and Nation, by Jacqueline Portugese. Westport, CT and London: Praeger Publishers, 1998. xv + 212 pages. Bibl. to p. 197. Index to p. 209. $59.95. This book gives a comprehensive picture of...
Jordan: Jordanians, Palestinians & the Hashemite Kingdom in the Middle East Peace Process
Jordanians, Palestinians & The Hashemite Kingdom in the Middle East Peace Process, by Adnan Abu-Odeh. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 1999. xviii + 282 pages. Notes to p. 294. Index to p. 322. n.p. Jordanian-Palestinian relations...
Kuwait: Kuwait 1945-1996: An Anglo-American Perspective
Kuwait 1945-1996: An Anglo-American Perspective, by Miriam Joyce. London and Portland, OR: Frank Cass Press, 1998. xxiii + 182 pages. Index to p. 177. $22.50. In this book, Miriam Joyce reflects on Kuwait's political history through the eyes of British...
Language and Literature: The Arabian Nights II: Sindbad and Other Popular Stories
The Arabian Nights II: Sindbad and Other Popular Stories. Tr. by Husain Haddawy. New York: W.W. Norton, 1995. xx + 266 pages. $27.50. Husain Haddawy is surely correct to preface his presentation of these additional stories from the tradition of the Arabian...
Modern History and Politics: Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age
Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age, by R. Stephen Humphreys. Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 1999. xxii + 272 pages. Notes to p. 288. Bibl, to p. 292. Index to p. 297. $29.95. Everyone who...
Modern History and Politics: Legislative Politics in the Arab World: The Resurgence of Democratic Institutions
Legislative Politics in the Arab World: The Resurgence of Democratic Institutions, by Abdo Baaklini, Guilain Denoeux, and Robert Springborg. London and Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999. ix + 254 pages. Acronyms to p. 256. Refs. to p. 267....
Palestine and Palestinians: Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy
Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy, by Kathleen Christison. Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 1999. ix + 293 pages. Notes to p. 338. Bibl. to 349. Index to 370. $40. Until recently, most...
Philsophy, Religion, and Science: Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism
Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism, by Vincent J. Cornell. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1998. xliv + 285. Notes to p. 361. Bibl. to 383. Index to p. 398. $50 cloth; $19.95 paper. Walaya and wilaya are central to Vincent...
Philsophy, Religion, and Science: Sufis and Anti-Sufis: The Defense, Re-Thinking and Rejection of Sufism in the Modern World
Sufis and Anti-Sufis: The Defense, Rethinking and Rejection of Sufism in the Modern World, by Elizabeth Sirriyeh, Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press, 1999. xiii + 188 pages. Bibl. to p. 182. Index to p. 188. $14.99 paper. This book provides a lively account...
Pipelines or Pipe Dreams? Lessons from the History of Arab Transit Pipelines
The article outlines a history of transit oil and gas pipelines in the Arab world over the last 70 years. In particular, it seeks to understand the causes behind the generally poor performance of the pipelines and tries to examine the economic basis...
Sectarian Politics and the Peace Process: The 1999 Israel Elections
The election for Israel's fifteenth Knesset in May 1999 was one of the most tumultuous ever, resulting in a major defeat for the incumbent Prime Minister, Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu and a sweeping victory for Labor/One Israel's Ehud Barak. Balloting...
The Challenges Facing Kuwaiti Democracy
The 1999 Kuwaiti elections marked the ninth parliamentary elections since 1963. Parliament was dissolved extra-constitutionally in 1976 and 1986, but the dissolution of 1999 was carried out in accordance with the constitution. Although Kuwaiti democracy...
The Challenges for Middle Eastern Women in the 21st Century
Women in the Middle East constitute an important group whose presence in national and regional affairs is growing rapidly, thanks to education and economic change. Although the area's patriarchal ideology is still in place, social practices are contesting...
The Effect of Iraqi Sanctions: Statistical Pitfalls and Responsibility
"Let the enemies...cut medicine supplies so that children, pregnant women and the elderly die. God willing, Iraq will continue to be the leader of the continuous March." Saddam Husayn's speech to military personnel September 6, 1999 INTRODUCTION1 Whether...
Tunisia: Economic and Political Change in Tunisia: From Bourguiba to Ben Ali
Economic and Political Change in Tunisia: From Bourguiba to Ben Ali, by Emma C. Murphy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. xii + 244 pages. Notes to p. 266. Index to p. 285. $79.95. Serious works on Tunisia rarely receive the attention they deserve...
Turkey: Ottoman Warfare, 1560-1700
Ottoman Warfare, 1560-1700, by Rhoads Murphey. Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999. xxii + 278 pages. Appends. to p. 193. Notes to p. 212. Bibl. to p. 259. Index to p. 267. $55 cloth; $25 paper. Reviewed by John F. Guilmartin, Jr. The importance...
Women: Nadia: Captive of Hope. Memoir of an Arab Woman
Nadia: Captive of Hope. Memoir of an Arab Woman, by Fay Afaf Kanafani. London and Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1999. xxii + 334 pages. Intro. by Lisa Suhair Majaj. Afterword to p. 338 by Geraldine Forbes. Gloss. to p. 340. Index to p. 346. $59.95 cloth;...
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