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. 21, No. 3, Summer

Body Cavity Bombers: The New Martyrs
Body Cavity Bombers: The New Martyrs. By Robert J. Bunker and Christopher Flaherty. Bloomington, Ind.: iUniverse, 2013.294 pp. $23.95, paper.On August 28, 2009, Abdullah alAsiri, an alleged member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was scheduled to...
Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes
Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes. By Michael Rubin. New York: Encounter Books, 2014. 384 pp. $27.99.What can diplomatic engagement with so-called rogue regimes achieve? According to the established view, even fruitless talks...
Hamas: The Islamic Resistance Movement
Hamas: The Islamic Resistance Movement. By Beverley Milton-Edwards and Stephen Farrell. Malden, Mass.: Polity Press, 2010. 353 pp. $79.95.Hamas is in crisis after losing the patronage of Iran and Syria and, more recently, suffering the fall of a sympathetic...
Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America
Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America. By Dan Berman. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2013.252 pp. $27.95.With Russian president Vladimir Putin playing an outsized role on the worldstage, any book discussing "the end...
Palestinian Leaders Don't Want an Independent State
The Palestinian leadership's serial rejection of the numerous opportunities for statehood since the Peel Commission report of 1937 casts a serious doubt on its interest in the creation of an independent state. Instead of engaging in the daunting tasks...
Public Opinion and International Intervention: Lessons from the Iraq War
Public Opinion and International Intervention: Lessons from the Iraq War. Edited by Richard Sobel, Peter Furia, and Bethany Barratt Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2012.306 pp. $29.95.Sobel, senior research associate in Harvard University's program...
Surprising Ties between Israel and the Kurds
In 1966, Iraqi defense minister Abd al-Aziz al-Uqayli blamed the Kurds of Iraq for seeking to establish "a second Israel" in the Middle East. He also claimed that "the West and the East are supporting the rebels to create [khalq] a new Israeli state...
The Failure of the "Turkish Model"
The Failure of the "Turkish Model" Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty. By Mustafa Akyol. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2011. 352 pp. $25.95.The publication of this book, three years ago, was received in the West with some enthusiasm....
The Islamist Threat to European Security
Growing Muslim populations in Europe affect European security in a variety of ways from changes in voting patterns and military recruitment; to the proliferation of Islamist groups espousing goals antithetical to Western values and interests; to the...
The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement
The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement By Carrie Rosefsky Wickham. Princeton, NJ.: Princeton University Press, 2013. 384 pp. $29.95, paper.Wickham, known for her 2002 study Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism and Political Change...
The Myth of Ethnic Inequality in Israel
It is commonplace to attribute much of Israel's domestic tensions to supposed Jewish discrimination against the country's Arab citizens.1 Nearly every Israeli Arab nongovernmental organization insists that such discrimination characterizes the Jewish...
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