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Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, Second Edition

Deborah J. Gerner Jillian Schwedler
Price: $ 23.5

Understanding the Contemporary Middle East treats the crucial issues facing this complex region at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Designed as a core text for "Introduction to the Middle East" and "Middle East Politics" courses, it can also be used effectively as a supplemental reader in a wide variety of discipline-oriented curriculums. The geographical domain of the volume is the Arab world (including North Africa), Iran, Israel, and Turkey.

The authors provide up-to-date, thorough analyses of not only history, politics, and economics, but also geography, international relations, the roles of religion, class, and ethnicity, the status of women, changing demographics, and literature. Each topic is covered with reference to the latest available scholarship.

All of the chapters in this new edition have been fully revised and updated, and there is an entirely new chapter on the political economy of oil. Maps, photographs, and a table of basic political data enhance the text, which has already made its place as the best available introduction to the region.

Deborah J. Gerner is professor of political science at the University of Kansas. She is author of One Land, Two Peoples: The Conflict Over Palestine, as well as numerous articles dealing with the international relations and domestic politics of the Middle East. Jillian Schwedler is assistant professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. Her publications include Islamist Movements in Jordan and Toward Civil Society in the Middle East? A Primer.

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