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. 17, No. 1, Winter

An Iraq of Its Regions: Cornerstones of a Federal Democracy?
An Iraq of Its Regions: Cornerstones of a Federal Democracy? Edited by Reidar Visser and Gareth Stansfield. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. 274 pp. $27.50.Federalism remains a dominant political debate in post-Saddam Iraq, and while Western...
A Political Economy of the Middle East
A Political Economy of the Middle East. Third Edition. By Alan Richards and John Waterbury. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2008. 474pp. $50, paper.The role of economics in the Middle East's many troubles is often exaggerated by outsiders. No peoples...
Blaming the Israelis, Again
Blaming the Israelis, Again by Martin Sherman The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War. By James L. Gelvin. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 209 pp. $75 ($23.99, paper).Gelvin, professor of Middle Eastern history at the University...
British Commander: The IDF Tried to Safeguard Civilians
Following a lengthy period during which Hamas bombarded southern Israel unopposed, Israel finally attacked Gaza in an attempt to cripple Hamas 's fighting capabilities. The ensuing conflict in December 2008 and January 2009 led to a high casualty count...
Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan
Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan. By Caroline Fourest. New York: Encounter Books, 2008. 257 pp. $23 .95.Fourest, a French journalist, has revealed the real nature of Tariq Ramadan, one of the most effective and threatening Islamist activists...
Coffee with the Prophet: A 21st Century Encounter with the Prophet of Islam
Coffee with the Prophet: A 21st Century Encounter with the Prophet of Islam Coffee with the Prophet: A21st Century Encounter with the Prophet of Islam. By Mark A. Gabriel. Casselberry, FIa.: Gabriel Publishing, 2008. 2 1 1 pp. $16.99, paper.Gabriel,...
Correspondence
NGO LAWSUITS AND ISRAELTo the Editor:I wish to respond to Barak Seener's article ("Targeting Israelis via International Law," Fall 2009), which cited me as evidence of NGOs' "political" motivations for lawsuits against Israeli officials.First, I have...
Defending Edward Said?
Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid. By Daniel Martin Varisco. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007. 501 pp. $90 ($30, paper).Edward Said's reputation as a serious scholar has taken heavy blows in recent years, and those with a vested interest...
Eight Lives Down: The Story of the World's Most Dangerous Job in the World's Most Dangerous Place
Eight Lives Down: The Story of the World's Most Dangerous Job in the World's Most Dangerous Place. By Chris Hunter. New York: Delacorte Press, 2008. 35 lpp. $26.Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are among the most significant threats to coalition forces...
Gender, Modernity and Liberty: Middle Eastern and Western Women's Writings, a Critical Sourcebook
Gender, Modernity and Liberty: Middle Eastern and Western Women's Writings, a Critical Sourcebook. Edited by Reina Lewis and Nancy Micklewright. New York and London: LB. Tauris, 2006. 259 pp. $79.95 ($29.50, paper).Lewis, a professor of cultural studies...
How Taqiyya Alters Islam's Rules of War
Defeating Jihadist TerrorismIslam must seem a paradoxical religion to non-Muslims. On the one hand, it is constantly being portrayed as the religion of peace; on the other, its adherents are responsible for the majority of terror attacks around the world....
Identity and Religion: The Struggle between Islamism and Secularism in the Occupied Territories
Identity and Religion: The Struggle between Islamism and Secularism in the Occupied Territories. By Loren D. Lybarger. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2007. 26 1 pp. $46.Lybarger's worthy book ties together rich ethnographic material and interviews...
Iranophobia: The Logic of an Israeli Obsession
Iranophobia: The Logic of an Israeli Obsession. By Haggai Ram. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. 220 pp. $55 ($19.95, paper).Ram, a professor of Middle Eastern history at Ben Gurion University, seeks to enlighten readers on how the cultural...
King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life
King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life. By Nigel Ashton. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 431 pp. $35.Ashton, a senior lecturer in the department of international history at the London School of Economics, has previously written on the political...
Mohammed Hegazy
Public conversions from Islam to Christianity in Egypt, a country whose population is 10 percent Christian, ignite major controversy. While no Egyptian law forbids conversion to Christianity, Islamic law treats it as apostasy deserving of death.In 2007,...
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy: "Islam and Science Have Parted Ways"
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy (b. 1950) is one of South Asia's leading nuclear physicists and perhaps Pakistan 's preeminent intellectual. Bearer of a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is chairman of the department of physics at Quaid-e-Azam...
Steven Emerson: Combating Radical Islam
Defeating Jihadist TerrorismOn Christmas afternoon in 1 992, Steven Emerson, then a staff reporter for OSiN, noticed a large group of men in traditional Arab clothes congregating outside the Oklahoma City Convention Center. At first, he thought they...
Syria's Financial Support for Jihad
Syrian TerrorismItcosts a lot of money to run an insurgency. There are arms to buy, attacks to launch, bribes to pay. The local population has to be won over, and extensive networks have to be actively maintained, often involving members of various groups,...
Syria's Path to Islamist Terror
Syrian TerrorismWhile the Obama administration and congressional leaders may justify renewed engagement with Syria with their desire to jumpstart the Middle East peace process, they ignore the very issue that lies at the heart of the Syrian threat to...
The Gulf States in the Shadow of Iran
Iranian AmbitionsTh e Obama administration is caught on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand, it has welcomed the Gulf Security Dialogue (GSD) as a chance to further "mutual interests" with Persian Gulf states, but, on the other, it has sought pragmatic...
Turkish Migration to the United States: From Ottoman Times to the Present
Turkish Migration to the United States: From Ottoman Times to the Present. Edited by A. Deniz Balgamis and Kemal H. Karpat. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2008. 238 pp. $39.95, paperVery little is known about the history of migration from...
United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror
United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror. By Jamie Glazov. Los Angeles: WorldNetDaily Press, 2009. 248 pp. $25.90.Glazov, editor of FrontPageMag.com, exposes the hypocrisy of leftists and liberals who claim to champion the principles...
Who Rules Iran?
Iranian AmbitionsIn the 30-year reign of Iran's Islamic Republic, there have been few controversies as serious as the one surrounding the 2009 elections. The votes that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power for a second term have been challenged, not...
Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?
Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? By Brian Michael Jenkins. New York: Prometheus Books, 2008. 457 pp. $27.Jenkins, who has written extensively on terrorism and transportation security, poses an important question in the title of his ambitious book. There is...

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