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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. 61, No. 2, Spring

ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: Co-Opting the PLO: A Critical Reconstruction of the Oslo Accords, 1993-1995
Co-opting the PLO: A Critical Reconstruction of the Oslo Accords, 1993-1995, by Peter Ezra Weinberger. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006. xv + 157 pages. Bibl to p. 165. Index to p. 170. About the author.Reviewed by Gerald SteinbergClaiming to examine...
ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: Peace Not Apartheid
ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT Peace Not Apartheid, by Jimmy Carter. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006. 250 pages. Index to p. 264. $27.Reviewed by Richard B. ParkerThis book is both a memoir of President Carter's involvement with the Palestine problem and a...
ARMENIANS: The Armenian Rebellion at Van
ARMENIANS The Armenian Rebellion at Van, by Justin McCarthy, Esat Arslan, Cemalettin Takiran, and Omer Turan. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2006. vii + 266 pages. 11 Maps. Notes. Appends, to p. 285. Bibl. to p. 291. Index to p. 296. $25.Reviewed...
BEDOUINS: Nomadic Societies in the Middle East and North Africa Entering the 21st Century
BEDOUINS Nomadic Societies in the Middle East and North Africa Entering the 21st Century, ed. by Dawn Chatty. Leiden and Boston, MA: Brill, 2006. xlii + 1060 pages. Photos. Gloss, to p. xlii. Index to p. 1060. $399.Reviewed by Sebastian MaiselDawn Chatty...
Can Conservative Arab Gulf Monarchies Endure a Fourth War in the Persian Gulf?
The existing regional balance of power in the Persian Gulf is likely to shift after Iran becomes a nuclear state. Conservative Arab Gulf monarchies, which emerged relatively unscathed from previous tectonic changes, are poised to mimic the Iranian program...
CENTRAL ASIA: For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia
CENTRAL ASIA For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia, by Robert D. Crews. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. viii + 370 pages. $29.95.Reviewed by Edward SchatzIn the current global climate, one might be forgiven...
Change amid Constants and Constants amid Change
Change amid Constants and Constants amid ChangeReview Article by John Duke AnthonyArabs, by Mark Alien. London, UK and New York: Continuum Books, 2006. 142 pages. Bibl. top. 145. $21.95.The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences, ed. by Rick Fawn and Raymond...
China, Global Energy, and the Middle East
China has significantly enhanced its position and interest in the Persian Gulf region over the past 25 years, making it an important newcomer in regional dynamics. Evidence clearly shows that it has expanded, in some cases dramatically, its diplomatic...
Chronology: Afghanistan
See also Pakistan, Regional AffairsOct. 17: A suicide car bomber injured three Afghan civilians in an attempted attack on NATO troops in southern Afghanistan, for which the Taliban took responsibility. NATO had taken over command of previously US-led...
Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict
ABBREVIATIONSAl-Jazeera, Aljazeera.netAP, Associated PressAN, ArabicNews.comBG, The Boston GlobeBBC, bbc.co.ukCNN, cnn.comDS, The Daily StarDT, Daily TimesThe GuardianGN, Gulf NewsHaaretzJP, The Jerusalem PostKT, Kuwait TimesMEO, Middle East OnlinePan-Africa...
Chronology: Bahrain
Oct. 16: Latifa al-Gaoud became Bahrain's first female MP and the only parliamentary candidate to win unopposed as registration for the November 25 parliamentary race closed. Gaoud would be the first woman elected as a MP in a Gulf state. Of the 199...
Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus
See also Afghanistan, Regional AffairsOct. 17: President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan announced that his government would release 10,000 prisoners, including eight people who had "repented" after their conviction for allegedly plotting to assassinate...
Chronology: Egypt
See also Arab-Israeli ConflictOct. 20: Egyptian police arrested three Bedouin for attempting to smuggle almost 200 crates of weapons and ammunition from Egypt into Gaza. The smugglers admitted to police that they were headed for underground tunnels in...
Chronology: Iran
See also Afghanistan, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Iraq, Petroleum AffairsOct. 26: An Argentinean court officially charged the Iranian government and Hizbullah in connection with the 1994 bombing of the Jewish-Argentine Mutual Association community center...
Chronology: Iraq
See also Afghanistan, Israel, Jordan, Petroleum Affairs, Regional Affairs, Saudi ArabiaOct. 18: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met with influential Shi'ite clerics Muqtada al-Sadr and Grand Ayatollah 'Ali al-Sistani in Najaf to discuss bringing...
Chronology: Israel
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Regional AffairsOct. 16: A two month police investigation of Israeli President Moshe Katsav found evidence indicating that President Katsav had committed rape and engaged in illegal wiretapping and money laundering. Attorney...
Chronology: Jordan
See also Regional AffairsNov. 18: Eight Islamist militants were convicted by a Jordanian military court of plotting to kill US troops in Iraq as well as Americans and Jews in Jordan. The militants, three of whom were still fugitives during trial, were...
Chronology: Lebanon
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Petroleum Affairs, Qatar, SyriaOct. 20: Approximately 100 soldiers from the Turkish army, the first Muslim forces to join the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, arrived in Beirut. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan...
Chronology: Pakistan
See also Afghanistan, Regional AffairsOct. 21: Pakistani state television reported a bomb explosion in a northwestern Peshawar market, which wounded 33 and killed five people. According to local police, the bomb was homemade and had been hidden under...
Chronology: Palestinian Affairs
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Israel, Libya, Qatar, Regional AffairsOct. 20: Hours after Fatah and Hamas committed to an end of the factional violence that had been dividing Palestinian society over the previous few weeks, gunmen opened fire on a convoy...
Chronology: Sudan
Oct. 22: For the first time in two years, rebels launched widespread and successful attacks on the Sudanese army, flouting the May 2006 peace agreement. The rebel alliance - known as the National Redemption Front - had acquired arms from raids on the...
Chronology: Syria
See also Lebanon, Regional AffairsOct. 19: Syrian authorities announced that they would release the ninth of ten political dissidents who were arrested in May for signing a petition that demanded the normalization of relations with Lebanon. Upon writer...
Communications
The JOURNAL welcomes comments from its readers. All communications should be addressed to the Editor and bear the full name and address of the writer. A selection of those received will be published periodically in these columns. When a comment is received...
Editor's Note
As I noted in the last issue in my reflections on our 60th Anniversary, throughout the history of The Middle East Journal, there has been some debate over the precise mix of academic research and policy-relevant material that should make up each issue....
EDUCATION AND MEDIA: "Evil" Arabs in American Popular Film: Orientalist Fear
EDUCATION AND MEDIA "Evil" Arabs in American Popular Film: Orientalist Fear, by Tim Jon Semmerling. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2006. viii + 255 pages. Bibl. to p. 285. Index to p. 303. $55 cloth; $22.95 paper.Reviewed by Evelyn AlsultanyTim...
EGYPT: Nurturing the Nation: The Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing and Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923
EGYPT Nurturing the Nation: The Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing and Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923, by Lisa Pollard. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 2005. xviii + 211 pages. Notes to p. 255. Bibl. to p. 276. Index...
IRAN: At the Dawn of the Cold War: The Soviet-American Crisis over Iranian Azerbaijan, 1941-1946
IRAN At the Dawn of the Cold War: The Soviet-American Crisis over Iranian Azerbaijan, 1941-1946, by Jamil Hasanli. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. xiii + 395 pages. Index to p. 408. $75.Reviewed by Mark N. KatzIn At the Dawn of...
IRAN: Culture and Customs of Iran
Culture and Customs of Iran, by Elton L. Daniel and Ali Akbar Mahdi. Westport, CT and London, UK: Greenwood Press, 2006. xv + 210 pages. Chron. Map. Gloss, to p. 213. Bibl. to p. 222. Index to p. 231. $49.95.Reviewed by Afshin MarashiAs the nuclear issue...
ISRAEL: Ethnocracy: Land and Identity Politics in Israel/Palestine
ISRAEL Ethnocracy: Land and Identity Politics in Israel/Palestine, by Oren Yiftachel. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006, xi + 294 pages. Appendix to p. 300. Notes to p. 309. Refs. to p. 334. Index to p. 350. $69.95.Reviewed by...
JORDAN: King Hussein and the Evolution of Jordan's Perception of a Political Settlement with Israel, 1967-1988
JORDAN King Hussein and the Evolution of Jordan's Perception of a Political Settlement with Israel, 1967-1988, by Joseph Nevo. Brighton, UK and Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, 2006. vii + 170. Notes to p. 199. Bibl. to p. 204. Index to p. 209. $67.50.Reviewed...
MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS: Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices
MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices, ed. by Anthony Chase and Amr Hamzawy. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006. 199 pages. Appends, to p. 282. Notes to p. 309. Contribs. to p. 313. Index...
MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS: La Politique Dans le Monde Arabe [Politics in the Arab World]
La politique dans le monde arabe [Politics in the Arab World], ed. by Elizabeth Picard. Paris: Armand Colin, 2006. 284 pages. Bibl. to p. 326. Index to p. 331. 28 euros.Reviewed by Clement M. HenryElizabeth Picard has directed a remarkable collection...
MODERN HISTORY AND POLITICS: Road to Suez: The Battle of the Canal Zone
Road to Suez: The Battle of the Canal Zone, by Michael T. Thornhill. Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 2006. xvi + 270 pages. Notes to p. 253. Bibl. p. 261. Index to p. 270. $34.95.Reviewed by Spencer MawbyThose wishing to commemorate last year's 50th anniversary...
OMAN: The Emergence of States in a Tribal Society: Oman under Sa'id Bin Taymur, 1932-1970
OMAN The Emergence of States in a Tribal Society: Oman under Sa'id bin Taymur, 1932-1970, by Uzi Rabi. Brighton, UK and Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, 2006. xviii + 218 pages. Gloss. Abbrevs. to Maps. Notes to p. 269. Bibl. to p. 276. Index to...
SAUDI ARABIA: America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier
America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier, by Robert Vitalis. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006. xxvii + 276 pages. Map. Photos. Acknowledgments to p. 278. Notes to p. 328. Bibl. to p. 338. Index to p. 353. $29.95.Reviewed by...
SAUDI ARABIA: The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia, by David Commins. London, UK and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2006. xi + 209 pages. Chron. to p. 212. Gloss, to p. 214. Notes to p. 258. Bibl. to p. 269. Index to p. 276. $74.95.Reviewed by Paul AartsAfter...
The Arab World's Uncomfortable Experience with Globalization
The Arab World's Uncomfortable Experience with GlobalizationReview Article by Robert LooneyGlobalization and the Gulf, by John Fox, Nada Mourtada-Sabbah, and Mohammed alMutawa. London, UK: Routledge, 2006. 287 pages. Index to p. 298. $35.95.Islam and...
The High Water Mark of Islamist Politics? the Case of Yemen
In Yemen, Islamists seem to have lost their edge in an area formerly considered their strength: grassroots politics. In the 2006 local council elections the Islamist party Islah suffered a resounding defeat at the hands of the ruling General People's...
The Notion of a "Pre-Emptive War:" the Six Day War Revisited
The article presents a critical assessment of the widespread conceptualization of the June 1967 War between Israel and its neighboring Arab states as a pre-emptive war both in academic and non-academic writing. Tracing the origins of the notion of pre-emptive...
The Salih Regime and the Need for a Credible Opposition
Analyses indicate that the Republic of Yemen (ROY) needs to effect major reforms in the next several years if Yemeni society is to again become viable; and that, given the re-election of President Salih in 2006, the best hope for this coming about depends...
TURKEY: Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey
TURKEY Nostalgia for the Modern: State secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey, by Esra Ozyiirek. Durham, NC and London, UK: Duke University Press, 2006. xi + 182 pages. Notes to p. 198. Bibl. to p. 216. Index to p. 227. $74.95 cloth; $21.95 paper.Reviewed...
TURKEY: Turkey and the EU: An Awkward Candidate for EU Membership?/The EU & Turkey: A Glittering Prize or a Millstone?
Turkey and the EU: An Awkward Candidate for EU Membership? by Harun Arikan. Aldershot, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2003. xiii + 222 pages. Table. Bibl. to p. 236. Index to p. 256. $99.The EU & Turkey: A Glittering Prize or a Millstone?...
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