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. 65, No. 3, Summer

ARMENIA-Armenia, the Regional Powers, and the West: Between History and Geopolitics
ARMENIA Armenia, the Regional Powers, and the West: Between History and Geopolitics, by Alla Mirzoyan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. $85.Reviewed by Michael B. BishkuThis book, which evolved from a doctoral dissertation, provides an overview and...
AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIRS-Jerusalemites: A Living Memory
AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIRS Jerusalemites: A Living Memory, by Hazem Zaki Nusseibeh. Nicosia, Cyprus: Rimal Publications, 2009. $25 paper.Reviewed by Issa J. BoullattaLove for Jerusalem and devotion to the cause of justice and the human rights of the Palestinians...
AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIRS-Yawmiyyat Khalil Al-Sakakini, Vol. 8, 1942-1952: Al-Khuruj Min Al-Qatamon [Diaries of Khalil Al-Sakakini, Vol. 8, 1942-1952: The Exodus from Qatamon]
Yawmiyyat Khalil al-Sakakini, Vol. 8, 1942-1952: al-Khuruj min al-Qatamon [Diaries of Khalil al-Sakakini, Vol. 8, 1942-1952: The Exodus from Qatamon], by Khalil al-Sakakini. ed. by Akram Musallam. Ramallah and Jerusalem: The Khalil Sakakini Cultural...
Chronology-Afghanistan
Jan. 19: President Hamid Karzai ordered a month's delay in seating a new Parliament after hearing complaints that fraud and insecurity left large parts of the population excluded from the vote. The controversial move left Afghanistan without a Parliament...
Chronology-Algeria
Jan. 17. In the past week, four men in Algeria set themselves ablaze to protest the government, rising prices, and unemployment. The public suicide attempts were similar to the self-immolation act conducted by a Tunisian man on December 17 which sparked...
Chronology-Arab-Israeli Conflict
January 16, 2011 - April 15, 2011See also Israel, Palestinian Affairs, TurkeyJan. 19: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) discharged a solider for "acting unprofessionally" during a January 7 raid that killed an unarmed 65-year-old Palestinian man. 'Amr...
Chronology-Bahrain
See also Saudi ArabiaFeb. 2: Over 100 people, mainly homosexuals, were arrested for holding a "depraved and decadent" party in a conservative village on Muharraq Island in northern Bahrain. As in the other five Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries,...
Chronology-Central Asia and the Caucasus
Jan. 19: A representative from the National Bank of Uzbekistan responsible for international transactions revealed that all Uzbek banks suspended transactions with Kyrgyzstan after violence erupted in June 2010 between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. It was...
Chronology-Egypt
Jan. 16: An Egyptian court sentenced Hammam el-Kammuni, the primary defendant behind a shooting spree that killed six Coptic Christians in 2010, to death. It is speculated that the sentence was most likely influenced by a January 1 church bombing and...
Chronology-Iran
See also Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Egypt, Kuwait, OmanJan. 15: A New York Times article alleged that the US and Israel collaborated on the development and deployment of the Stuxnet computer worm against the Iranian nuclear program....
Chronology-Iraq
Jan. 18: A suicide bomber struck in the midst of a crowd of prospective police recruits in Baghdad. At least 49 people were killed and 119 wounded. It was the worst single attack in Iraq in nearly three months. [NYT, 1/17]Jan. 20: Three car bombs exploded...
Chronology-Israel
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Iran, Palestinian AffairsJan. 17: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak quit his leadership role in the Labour Party to form a breakaway faction called Atzmaut. Three Labor cabinet ministers resigned almost immediately following...
Chronology-Jordan
See also TurkeyJan. 28: Three thousand people gathered in Amman to demand political reform and wider freedoms. The protestors, organized by the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, called for free elections,...
Chronology-Kuwait
Feb. 7: Interior Minister Shaykh Jaber al- Khaled Al Sabah resigned over the death of a man allegedly tortured by police. The emir replaced him with a close relative. Shaykh Jaber was due to appear in Parliament for questioning after a Kuwaiti man arrested...
Chronology-Lebanon
Jan. 20: Qatar and Turkey ended efforts intended to mediate the political crisis following the collapse of Prime Minister Sa'd Hariri's government at the hands of Hizbullah, after two days of intensive talks with the rival political groups failed to...
Chronology-Libya
See also TurkeyFeb. 3: The Libyan government freed ten political prisoners that were jailed in the early 1990s for participation in banned political groups. Their release was reportedly negotiated by the Human Rights Association, a Libyan organization...
Chronology-Oman
See also Tunisia, YemenJan. 17: Two hundred peaceful protestors demonstrated against corruption and rising food prices. They carried banners claiming that "Rising prices have destroyed the dreams of ordinary citizens." [Arabian Business, 1/18]Jan. 23:...
Chronology-Pakistan
Jan. 18: A major earthquake in southern Pakistan caused relatively little damage despite its 7.4 magnitude, as its epicenter was in the sparsely populated Baluchistan Province. Despite the destruction of some buildings, several affected areas reported...
Chronology-Palestinian Affairs
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, IsraelJan. 23: The "Palestine Papers," some 1,600 documents regarding Palestian-Israeli negotiations leaked by Al-Jazeera, showed that Palestinian negotiators agreed to major concessions with regard to land and refugees....
Chronology-Saudi Arabia
Jan. 22: A man died after setting himself on fire in the Jizan region. Early reports claimed that the Saudi Arabian man was angered by how difficult it was to gain Saudi nationality. [BBC, 1/22]Jan. 26: Torrential rains and floods claimed ten lives in...
Chronology-Sudan
Jan. 21: More than 99% of South Sudanese voted to secede from the north, preliminary referendum results showed. Pending confirmation of poll results, the new country would declare its formal independence on July 9. The people of South Sudan still faced...
Chronology-Syria
Jan. 16: Robert Ford, the first US ambassador to Syria since the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, arrived in Damascus amidst political tumult in neighboring Lebanon over the murder's investigation. The step signified an attempt...
Chronology-Tunisia
See also LibyaJan. 17: Prime Minister Muhammad Ghannouchi announced the new "national unity government" in which the former Defense, Foreign, Interior, and Finance Ministers would remain in their posts with opposition members taking other ministerial...
Chronology-Turkey
See also Lebanon, OmanJan. 23: The day after Israel released a report ruling legal the Israeli government and military's actions in their May 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship, Turkey disclosed details of its own report, calling the Israeli...
Chronology-Yemen
See also OmanJan. 20: The government of President 'Ali 'Abdullah Salih offered reforms to opposition groups as thousands protested across the country. Many protestors believed that the measures would not go far enough in ending Salih's decades-long rule...
CINEMA-Grass: Untold Stories
CINEMA Grass: Untold Stories, by Bahman Maghsoudlou. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2009. $45.Reviewed by William O. BeemanThis book is a fascinating narrative of the making of one of the greatest documentary films of all time: Grass, the astonishing...
CULTURE AND MEDIA-Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East
CULTURE AND MEDIA Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East, by Frances S. Hasso. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. $70 cloth; $24.95 paper; $24.95 E-book.Reviewed by Nadia SonneveldIn Consuming Desires, Frances Hasso...
CULTURE AND MEDIA-Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern, and the Everyday
Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern, and the Everyday, by Tarik Sabry. London: I.B. Tauris, 2010. $29.Reviewed by Sahar KhamisIn this book Tarik Sabry takes the reader on an ethnographic journey of gazing and exploration through...
Dance and Political Credibility: The Appropriation of Dabkeh by Zionism, Pan-Arabism, and Palestinian Nationalism
This article examines how the rural folkdance dabkeh has, in the last century, been appropriated and reinvented as a tradition in order to construct the imagined communities of Zionism, pan-Arabism, and Palestinian Nationalism within Palestine/Israel....
Editor's Note
The revolutionary changes we have witnessed during the first half of 2011 show few signs of slowing, and as a result interest in this region remains unusually high. Because our mission here is not only to track events (though the unusual length of the...
In the Hunt for the "Sultans of Smack:" Dope, Gangsters and the Construction of the Turkish Deep State
This article traces the development and evolution of the Turkish heroin trade against the backdrop of the Republic of Turkey's long transition from imperial core to nation-state. In taking up heroin's relationship to modern Turkey, I would like to specifically...
Iran's Oil Nationalization and Mossadegh's Involvement with the World Bank
The first encounter between the World Bank and Iran over Iran's oil dispute with Great Britain took place in Washington, DC. The World Bank's Vice President, Robert Garner, met with Iranian Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, who was in the United...
IRAQ-Innovation, Transformation, and War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, 2005-2007
IRAQ-Innovation, Transformation, and War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, 2005-2007, by James A. Russell. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. $24.95.Reviewed by Austin LongThe broad story of the Iraq war has been...
IRAQ-Security Forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government
IRAQ Security Forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government, by Dennis P. Chapman. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2011. $45.Reviewed by Michael M. GunterAlthough a great deal has been written recently about the Iraqi Kurds and their largely autonomous...
Lebanon after the Civil War: Peace or the Illusion of Peace?
This article investigates the effectiveness of Lebanon's post-conflict strategies by exploring the "reconciliation" efforts that were undertaken after the war, and highlights the obstacles to such efforts. While Lebanon signed a peace agreement in October...
Lebanon: Untangling the Web
In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi'ism, and the Making of Modern Lebanon, by Max Weiss. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010. $39.95.Spirit of the Phoenix: Beirut and the Story of Lebanon, by Tim Llewellyn. Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books,...
PALESTINE AND PALESTINIANS-The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: The Husaynis, 1700-1948
PALESTINE AND PALESTINIANS The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: The Husaynis, 1700-1948, by Ilan Pappe. London: Saqi, 2010. £20.Reviewed by Matthew HughesHistory has not been kind to the Husaynis, the Palestinian family that dominated life in...
Recent Publications
AFGHANISTANAfghanistan's Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping, and the 2004 Presidential Election, by Scott Seward Smith. Boulder, CO: First Forum Press, 2011. $69.95. Scott Seward Smith, who worked in Afghanistan for the UN's Electoral Assistance...
TUNISIA-Ben Ali's "New Tunisia" (1987-2009): A Case Study of Authoritarian Modernization in the Arab World
TUNISIA Ben Ali's "New Tunisia" (1987-2009): A Case Study of Authoritarian Modernization in the Arab World, by Steffen Erdle. Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2010. euro49.80.Reviewed by Clement M. HenryFor anyone wishing to probe beneath the headlines...
TURKEY-Kurds of Modern Turkey: Migration, Neoliberalism and Exclusion in Turkish Society
TuRKEY Kurds of Modern Turkey: Migration, Neoliberalism and Exclusion in Turkish Society, by Cenk Saraçoglu. $92.Reviewed by Ebru Erdem-AkçayKurds of Modern Turkey is neither focused on Kurds as an ethnic group nor on their armed or political struggle...
US-French Collaboration on Lebanon: How Syria's Role in Lebanon and the Middle East Contributed to a US-French Convergence
This article considers US-French collaboration on Lebanon, especially between 2004 and 2008. It examines the political background to such collaboration and its manifestations at the United Nations Security Council and in the two powers' relations with...
WESTERN SAHARA-Western Sahara: The Refugee Nation
WESTERN SAHARA Western Sahara: The Refugee Nation, by Pablo San Martin. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010. $90 cloth; $35 paper.Reviewed by Randa FarahThis fascinating and informative book written by a Spanish scholar makes a special contribution...
YEMEN-Contesting Realities: The Public Sphere and Morality in Southern Yemen
YEMEN Contesting Realities: The Public Sphere and Morality in Southern Yemen, by Susanne Dahlgren. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2010. $45.Reviewed by Stephen W. DayThis book appeals to readers interested in the dynamic transformation of Yemen's...
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