Table of contents
The Tangled Web: Why the Great Powers of Europe Became Involved in the Middle East
Too Many Straight Lines on the Map: Where, When, and Why It Started to Go Wrong
All or Nothing: Why All Roads Lead to Jerusalem
Kings, Colonels, and Coups: Why There Is a Democratic Deficit in the Arab World
The Sacred Versus the Secular: Who Speaks for Islam?
About this book
Offering a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of the complex web of wars and proxy wars, revolutions and counter-revolutions that are ripping the Middle East apart, this book puts these events in their historical context and leads readers through the labyrinth that is the new Middle East. This book seeks answers to pressing, contentious questions. Why are there so many hereditary heads of state in the Middle East when the Prophet Muhammad did not appoint a successor? Why do Western countries claim to want democracy in the Middle East, yet support dictators? Why did Israel become a democracy while the Arab states did not? Why are there so many wars in the Middle East? And, most importantly, what happened to the hope and optimism of the Arab Spring? M.E. McMillan offers fresh answers to these difficult questions. Firmly grounded in historical research and insightful analysis of current events, this book gives readers a new understanding of what’s really going on in the Middle East.
First World War Arab Spring Imperialism in the Middle East Political Islam Democratic deficit in the Arab world Sacred versus the secular Israel Palestine Anti-Semitism Jerusalem Dictatorship versus democracy The cult of personality Iranian revolution ISIL Extremism Monarchy Military conflict conflicts democracy dictatorship Europe Islam Middle East Nation politics religion revolution Salem
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137522023
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
- eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
- Print ISBN 978-1-137-52204-7
- Online ISBN 978-1-137-52202-3
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