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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. 58, No. 1, Winter

ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight?
ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICTIsraelis and Palestinians: Why do They Fight? by Bernard Wasserstein. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003. x + 176 pages. Maps. Chron. to p. 192. Notes to p. 207. Sel. bibl. to p. 214. Index to p. 226. $25.Professor Bernard...
Chronology: Afghanistan
AfghanistanJuly 18: Eight soldiers in Afghanistan's nascent national army were attacked and killed in the southeastern province of Khost. The attackers were suspected to be Taliban members. [FT 7/19]July 19: Following an attack on a US special forces...
Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict
Arab-Israeli ConflictSee also, Israel, Palestinian AffairsJuly 19: Palestinian militants from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade beat and held Haydar Irshayd, the governor of the West Bank town of Jenin, for five hours, increasing tensions with Palestinian...
Chronology: Iran
IranJuly 16: Iranian authorities confirmed that Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi died following a "brain hemorrhage caused by a blow." The 54 year-old Kazemi was arrested on June 23 and later died while in custody. Iranian officials first cited a stroke...
Chronology: Iraq
IraqSee also Jordan, Petroleum Affairs, Information Technology, Regional AffairsJuly 17: US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz arrived in Iraq to evaluate the reconstruction process. The five-day tour allowed Wolfowitz to determine the efficacy...
Chronology: Israel
IsraelSee also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Palestinian Affairs, Regional AffairsJuly 21: Israeli Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu signed an agreement allowing Israeli companies to conduct business with Iraq. [NYT, 7/22]July 22: The Knesset voted in favor...
Chronology: Palestinian Affairs
Palestinian AffairsSee also Arab-Israeli conflictAug. 8: The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, DC was allowed to remain open for another six months following President Bush's decision to waive a law that would have forced...
Chronology: Regional Affairs
Regional AffairsJuly 17: The US government launched an Arabic-language lifestyle magazine designed to provide a window on American culture for 18 to 35 year-olds across the Arab world. The magazine, known as Hi Magazine, is privately produced but funded...
EGYPT: Religion and Folk Cosmology: Scenarios of the Visible and Invisible in Rural Egypt
Religion and Folk Cosmology: scenarios of the visible and invisible in rural Egypt, by El-Sayed el-Aswad. Westport, CT and London, UK: Praeger, 2003. xii +177 pages. Maps. Tables. Bibl. to p. 195. Index to p. 206. $63.95.El-Aswad's book is an expedition...
EGYPT: The Quest for Modernity: Secular and Left-Wing Political Thought in Egypt, 1945-1958
EGYPTThe Quest for Modernity: Secular and Left-Wing Political Thought in Egypt, 1945-1958, by Role Meijer. London, UK and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2002. x + 254 pages. Bibl. to p. 268. Index to p. 278. $79.95.Why Egyptian intellectuals were willing...
IRAN: Society, Politics and Economics in Mazandaran, Iran, 1848-1914
IRANSociety, Politics and Economics in Mazandaran, Iran, 1848-1914, by Mohammad Ali Kazembeyki. London, UK and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. xix + 210 pages. Maps. Appends, to p. 227. Notes to p. 303. Index to p. 328. $85.In six chapters, Mohammad...
Jordan and the Palestinian Authority: Did Better Fences Make Better Neighbors?
The following article explores whether the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994 led to an improvement in relations between the Palestine Liberation Organization/Palestinian Authority (PLO/PA) and Jordan since 1994. The issue is important...
Jordan: The Death of Normalization with Israel
Many would count Jordanian-Israeli normalization among the victims of the new intifada. Three factors, however, had brought about the death of normalization in Jordan well before October 2000: Israeli intransigence, a regime crackdown on the opposition,...
LAW: Women of Jordan: Islam, Labor, and the Law
LAWWomen of Jordan: Islam, Labor, and the Law, by Amira El-Azhary Sonbol. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2002. xi + 262 pages. Notes to p. 274. Gloss, to p. 280. Bibl. to p. 286. Index to p. 300. $45 cloth; $24.95 paper.It is a striking fact...
MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS: American Oil Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea
American Oil Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea, by Gawdat Bahgat. Gainesville, FL: xiii + 173 pages. Gloss, to p. 178. Notes to p. 192. Bibl. to p. 206. Index to p. 213. $39.95.American Oil Diplomacy by Professor Gawdat Bahgat of Indiana...
MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS: Kazan and Moscow: Five Centuries of Crippling Coexistence under Russian Imperialism (1552-2002)
MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICSKazan and Moscow: Five Centuries of Crippling Coexistence under Russian Imperialism (1552-2002), by Shafiga Daulet. Hudson, NH: Kase Press, 2003. xvi + 544. Notes to p. 577. Bibl. to p. 622. Appends. to p. 826. $55 paper.When...
MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS: Possessors and Possessed: Museums, Archaeology, and the Visualization of History in the Late Ottoman Empire
MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICSPossessors and Possessed: Museums, Archaeology, and the Visualization of History in the Late Ottoman Empire, by Wendy M.K. Shaw. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA and London, UK: University of California Press, 2003. xi + 225 pages....
Oman's Diverse Society: Northern Oman
Although the majority of Oman's population is Arab and either Ibadi or Sunni Muslim, the country exhibits a wealth of diversity in ethnic groups and native languages. While these other groups are often small in total size, they are represented in such...
PALESTINE AND PALESTINIANS: The Nation and Its "New" Women: The Palestinian Women's Movement 1920-1948
PALESTINE AND PALESTINIANSThe Nation and Its "New" Women: The Palestinian Women's Movement 1920-1948, by Ellen L. Fleischmann. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 2003. xv + 210 pages. Abbrevs. Appends. to p. 217. Notes to p....
PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION, AND SCIENCE: Islam under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World
PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION, AND SCIENCEIslam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World, by Akbar S. Ahmed. Oxford, UK: Polity, 2003. ix + 172 pages. Notes to p. 184. Refs. to p. 196. Index to p. 213. BP 45 cloth; 12.95 paper.Akbar S. Ahmed's provocative...
PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION, AND SCIENCE: Progressive Muslims
Progressive Muslims, ed. by Omid Safi. Oxford, UK: Oneworld Publications, 2003. xi + 332 pages. Further reading to p. 340. Index to p. 351. $25.95 paper.Will Islam's "silenced majority"1 reclaim its voice or will the extremists continue to set the agenda?...
The Iranian Revolution: An Oral History with Henry Precht, Then State Department Desk Officer
Henry Precht, Country Director for Iran in the State Department, 1978-80, held a key position during the Iranian Revolution. Previously, he had served in Embassy Tehran, 1972-76, as political-military officer. Here follow relevant excerpts from his interview...
"The Islam Industry" and Scholarship: The Future of Political Islam/Face to Face with Political Islam/The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror/What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response/Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions about the World's Fastest-Growing Faith/Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West/What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text, and Commentary/The Quest for the Historical Muhammad/Terror and Liberalism
"The Islam Industry" and ScholarshipThe Future of Political Islam, by Graham E. Fuller. New York: Palgrave, 2003. xix + 213 pages. Notes to p. 220. Index to p. 227. $29.95.Face to Face with Political Islam, by Francois Burgat. New York: I.B. Tauris,...
The Palestinian-Transjordanian Rift: Economic Might and Political Power in Jordan
The political developments in Jordan since the events of 1970-71 shaped the Palestinian community and Transjordanian society (mostly tribal) into two conflicting ethnic groups. The Jordanian Palestinians are a political minority, while simultaneously...
TUNISIA: Liberalization against Democracy: The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia
TUNISIALiberalization Against Democracy: The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia, by Stephen J. King. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2003. xii + 140 pages. Bibl. to p. 154. Index to p. 161. $21.95 paper.Stephen King argues against...
TURKEY: Ittihat-Terakki Ve Cihan Harbi [the Committee of Union]
TURKEYIttihat-Terakki ve Cihan Harbi [The Committee of Union], by Zafer Toprak. Istanbul: Homer Kitabevi, 2003. 268 pages. Bibl. to p. 484. Index to p. 502. $16 paper.The Turkish Republic was a product of a society continuously at war between 1911 and...
TURKEY: Oteki Turkiye'de Din Ve Modernlesme [Religion and Modernization in "Other" Turkey]
TURKEYOteki Turkiye'de Din ve Modernlesme [Religion and Modernization in "Other" Turkey], by Necdet Subasi. Ankara: Vadi Yayinlari, 2003. 184 pages.In his new book Oteki Turkiye'de Din ve Modernlesme, Necdet Subasi examines the sources and implications...
WOMEN: The Idea of Women under Fundamentalist Islam
The Idea of Women under Fundamentalist Islam, by Lamia Rustum Shehadeh. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2003. xiii + 249 pages. Notes to p. 275. Gloss, to p. 281. Sel. Bibl. to p. 314. Index top. 321. $55.Lamia Rustum Shehadeh surveys writings...
WOMEN: Voices from Iran: The Changing Lives of Iranian Women
WOMENVoices from Iran: The Changing Lives of Iranian Women, by Mahnaz Kousha. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2002. 228 pages. Notes to p. 238. Bibl. to p. 244. $19.95 paper.The most appealing aspects of the book under review are the author's...
WOMEN: Women and Gender in Early Jewish and Palestinian Nationalism
Women and Gender in Early Jewish and Palestinian Nationalism, by Sheila H. Katz. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2003. xvi + 179 pages. Notes to p. 196. Bibl. to p. 207. Index to p. 224. $55.Sheila Katz structures her study on the premise...

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