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. 20, No. 3, Summer

A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith
A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith. By Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser. New York: Threshold Editions (Simon and Schuster), 20 12. 294 pp. $26.Truly moderate Muslims are those who claim Islam as a personal faith,...
Arab Society in Revolt: The West's Mediterranean Challenge
Arab Society in Revolt: The West's Mediterranean Challenge. Edited by Cesare Merlini and Olivier Roy. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 20 12. 268 pp. $28.95, paper.The misleading title of this already outdated work is the first clue to...
Can an Indonesian Model Work in the Middle East?
Since the downfall of long reigning President Suharto in May 1 998, Indonesia has successfully, if not always without difficulty, transitioned from authoritarian rule to a functioning democracy. Earlier concerns over Islamist ascendancy have proved largely...
Did Jews Abandon the Temple Mount?
The claim that no Jewish temple ever existed in Jerusalem and that Jews have no rights whatsoever on the Temple Mount is part of the "temple denial" doctrine that has been increasingly internalized in Palestinian academic, religious, and political circles...
Homegrown Terrorists, Rebels in Search of a Cause
The Boston bombing has refocused public attention on a steadily growing phenomenon the Obama administration has been trying to sweep under the carpet: domestic Islamist terrorists whose familiarity with American culture makes them more difficult to detect...
Human Rights Watch Protects the Arab Tyrants
In October 20 1 1 , as the Libyan uprising neared its end with the death of Mu'ammar al-Qaddafi, Human Rights Watch (HRW) - a highly influential global organization claiming to promote universal moral principles-published a statement condemning Western...
Islam, Muslims, and the 2012 Election
Just as the 20 12 elections maintained the status quo in Washington, D.C., so too did they reinforce decade-old trends concerning Muslims and the American political process: The Muslim population further solidified as a Democratic voting bloc, and parties'...
Islam's Hatred of the Non-Muslim
It is accepted as a truism by many liberals and multiculturalists and touted by much of the Western media that the "clash of civilizations" between the West and the Islamic world is a clash of values between a secular, tolerant, post-Christian world...
Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State
Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State. By David Patrikarakos. London: LB. Tauris, 2012. 340 pp. $28.Patrikarakos, a London-based journalist, traces the history of Iran's nuclear program from the days of the shah up to the months preceding the 2012...
Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising
Revolt in Syria: Eye-witness to the Uprising. By Stephen Starr. New York: Columbia University Press, 20 12. 256 pp. $20, paper.In each country, the events of what was once optimistically called the "Arab Spring" have played out differently. In Syria,...
Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner
Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner. By Lela Gilbert. New York: Encounter Books, 201 3. 3 12 pp. $25.99.Gilbert, an American and self-described Christian Zionist, moved to Israel in 2006 and stayed for six...
The Arab Psyche and American Frustrations
The Arab Psyche and American Frustrations. By Monte Palmer. Charleston: self-published via CreateSpace, 2012. 327 pp. $20, paper.Palmer, professor emeritus at Florida State University and former director of the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies...
The Gulf States: A Modern History
The Gulf States: A Modern History. By David Commins. London: I.B. Tauris, 2012. 318 pp. $69.50.Despite commonalities of history, geography, and climate, there is significant political, cultural, and economic variation between the peoples and the governments...
The Left in Iran: 1941-1957
The Left in Iran: 1941-1957. Edited by Cosroe Chaqueri. London: Merlin Press, 20 1 1 . 522 pp. £25, paper.This is the second anthology of original historical documents on the radical Left in Iran edited by Chaqueri, a native Iranian, who taught for years...
The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers
The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers. By Adam Lankford. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 272 pp. $27.In The Myth of Martyrdom, Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the...
The Plain of Saints and Prophets: The Nusayri-Alawi Community of Cilicia (Southern Turkey) and Its Sacred Places
The Plain of Saints and Prophets: The Nusayri-Alawi Community of Cilicia (Southern Turkey) and Its Sacred Places. By Gisela Procházka-Eisl and Stephan Procházka. Wiesbaden, Ger.: Harrasowitz-Verlag, 2010. 404 pp. $102.Studies on Alawites (traditionally...
The Political Isolation of Lebanese Sunnis
The delicate fabric that is the Lebanon polity, only recently rewoven after decades of civil war, is once again on the verge of unraveling. Recent events - between the ascendance of Shiite groups through the February 2005 assassination of former prime...
The Sons of Pigs and Apes: Muslim Anti-Semitism and the Conspiracy of Silence
The Sons of Pigs and Apes: Muslim Anti-semitism and the Conspiracy of Silence. By Neil J. Kressel. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2012. 282 pp. $29.95.In The Sons of Pigs and Apes, social psychologist Kressel presents a balanced and sensitive analysis...
Writing the Bin Laden Story
Review EssayGreat, definitive biographies are rarely written by their subjects' contemporaries. Generations often pass before sufficient evidence can be amassed, analyzed, and written into a narrative by a skilled and dispassionate biographer. The biographies...
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