Middle East Quarterly

A quarterly journal dedicated to contemporary Middle Eastern affairs, published by the Middle East Forum. Contains studies, interviews, commentary, and reviews covering a broad range of political, economic, social and cultural concerns. The scope includes

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 3, Summer

Egypt's Islamist Shadow
Will the Muslim Brotherhood seize power in Egypt? This often repeated question, or rather fear, assumes that the Islamist organization does not already wield power yet may be able to hijack the largely secular revolution owing to its superior organization,...
Hebron Jews: Memory and Conflict in the Land of Israel
Hebron Jews: Memory and Conflict in the Land of Israel. By Jerold S. Auerbach. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009. 223 pp. $34.95.It takes a careful and measured historian to do justice to the long history of Jewish life in Hebron and its restoration...
How Anti-Semitism Prevents Peace
Despite the obsessive preoccupation with Israeli building activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the greatest obstacle to peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians is almost never mentioned in media accounts: virulent, jihadist hatred...
Iraq Weathers the Political Storm
The Middle East political storm of early 2011 has had an interesting impact on Iraq. Though the government was confronted with almost daily demonstrations, which led to a number of high profile resignations and the use of force to suppress political...
Misreading the Mullahs
For decades now, Western governments have been seeking to contain Iranian nuclear ambitions through a standard stick-and-carrot policy combining incentives for reforms with financial sanctions for retrenchments. This approach has failed primarily because...
Mixed Response in Iran
It is too early to tell whether the revolutions sweeping across the Arab world will prove the long awaited 'third wave of democratization'? or will merely substitute Islamist totalitarianism for the existing secular, authoritarian regimes. It is clear,...
My Life with the Taliban
My Life with the Taliban. By Abdul Salam Zaeef. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. 331 pp. $29.95.Zaeef, a former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, provides a valuable contribution to the literature on the current conflict in Afghanistan with his...
Shari'a and Violence in American Mosques
How great is the danger of extremist violence in the name of Islam in the United States? Recent congressional hearings into this question by Rep. Peter King (Republican of New York), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, have generated a firestorm...
The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon's Life Struggle
The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon's Life Struggle. By Michael Young. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010. 254 pp. $26.Young, a Lebanese-American journalist, turns his memories of assassinated friends and humbled dreams into...
The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America
The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. By Andrew McCarthy. New York: Encounter Books, 2010. 453 pp. $27.95.Former federal prosecutor McCarthy's latest book, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, is a grand tour...
The Israeli Economy from the Foundation of the State through the 21st Century
The Israeli Economy from the Foundation of the State through the 21st Century. By Paul Rivlin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 288 pp. $90 ($31.99, paper).Rivlin, a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and...
The Left in Iran: 1905-1940
The Left in Iran: 1905-1940. Edited by Cosroe Chaqueri. London: Merlin Press, 2010. 458 pp. £19.99, paper.The role of communist parties and movements in the Middle East and in Muslim territories outside the USSR has been a subject of indifference in...
The View from Syria and Lebanon
Demands for democracy are unlikely to make headway in fragmented societies such as Syria and Lebanon. While Egypt and Tunisia are historically and geographically well-defined entities with fairly homogeneous populations and national attributes, Syria...
Tightening the Economic Noose
Are sanctions capable of derailing Tehran's nuclear drive? Some skeptics reject such measures altogether, preferring to deal with Tehran by either accommodation or containment. 1 Others point to the spotty historical record of sanctions in altering state...
Tunisia's Morning After
Where does Tunisia, the unlikely igniter of the Middle Eastern upheavals, stand on the democratic transition scale three months after the overthrow of the long reigning autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali? And can the country, which stood (mostly by choice)...
UNRWA's Anti-Israel Bias
On October 22, 2010, the outgoing director of the New York office of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Andrew Whitley, stunned his listeners at a Washington conference by arguing that "the right of return is unlikely to...
Weakening Washington's Middle East Influence
Trailing the wave of revolutions that began sweeping through the Arabic-speaking Middle East this January, I recently traveled in the region, visiting some of the capitals where what we have come to call the "Arab Spring"? has hit.In Cairo, I kept company...

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