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. 23, No. 4, Fall

Can Western Muslims Be De-Radicalized?
Stopping the radicalization of young Muslims has become a focal point of political and academic discussion in the West as thousands of Western Muslims have traveled to jihadist training camps in Syria and Iraq. The attacks in Paris in 2015 and in Brussels...
Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama
Brief Reviews, Fall 2016 Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama. By Dennis Ross. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. 512 pp. $30 ($17, paper).In Doomed to Succeed, Ross, a diplomat and advisor who served five U.S....
Force and Fanaticism: Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia and Beyond
Force and Fanaticism: Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia and Beyond. By Simon Ross Valentine. London: Hurst, 2015. 256 pp. $34.95.Valentine, a British Methodist pastor and teacher who taught in Saudi Arabia, has written a useful book about the desert kingdom....
Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate. By Abdel Bari Atwan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. 256 pp. $24.95.At best, Atwan's book amounts to a rehash of common facts and knowledge associated with the Islamic State. Worse, it contains a...
Revolt in Syria: Eyewitness to the Uprising, 2nd Ed
Revolt in Syria: Eyewitness to the Uprising, 2nd ed. By Stephen Starr. London: Hurst, 2015. 256 pp. $20.The first year of the Syrian civil war gave rise to a number of books focusing on the uprising against the dictatorship of Bashar Assad, with many...
Saddam's Baathist Ruse
Saddam's Baathist Ruse The Ba'thification of Iraq: Saddam Hussein's Totalitarianism. By Aaron M. Faust. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015. 296 pp. $55.When Baghdad fell to U.S. and allied forces in April 2003, a treasure trove of Iraqi Baath documents...
The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands
The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands. By Klaus Wivel. Trans, by Mark Kline. New York: New Vessel Press, 2016. 220 pp. $16.95, paper.Danish journalist Wivel is to be commended for shedding light on an important but ignored topic, the...
The Terrorist "Wing" Scam
Modern terrorist organizations have managed to flourish despite their enemies' attempts to squash them and have often done so by hiding in plain sight behind a nominal disguise. The most successful groups have achieved a kind of parity with the countries...
Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel
Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel. By Dov Waxman. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2016. 288 pp. $29.95.Recent debate among American Jews over Israel and its policies has attracted increasing attention. Waxman,...
Were the Arabs Indigenous to Mandatory Palestine?
Were the Arabs Indigenous to Mandatory Palestine? The Rape of Palestine, 1st ed. By William Ziff. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1938. Reprint. Mansfield Centre, Conn.: Martino Fine Books, 2010. 630 pp. $60.The assertion that Palestinian Arabs are...
Why the Oslo Process Doomed Peace
Twenty-three years after its euphoric launch on the White House lawn, the Oslo "peace process" between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) stands out as one of the worst calamities to have afflicted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....
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