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    Book Review – Fatima el-Issawi’s ‘Arab National Media and Political Change’

Book Review – Fatima el-Issawi’s ‘Arab National Media and Political Change’

by Monica Ibrahim

‘I wish I could just go back to being a journalist’, said Lamees El Hadidi, Egypt’s top TV talk show host when she spoke to a crowd in autumn 2016. These words left me perplexed. Egypt’s top journalist, whose show draws an audience of millions, had disclaimed the core of her daily job. I was left with […]

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    Book Review – Alison Pargeter’s ‘Return to the Shadows’

Book Review – Alison Pargeter’s ‘Return to the Shadows’

by Courtney Freer

In Return to the Shadows, Alison Pargeter details the fall from grace of Muslim Brotherhood affiliates in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Her thorough account of the Brotherhood’s rise to power during the protests of early 2011, and eventual fall under the majoritarian and insular rule of Muhammad Mursi in Egypt, […]

December 12th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: Allin & Simon’s ‘Our Separate Ways’

by Ian Black

America’s alliance with Israel will not be the most urgent issue facing Donald Trump in his first weeks in the White House. But it faces an uncertain future – and not only on the (reasonable) assumption that a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians is unlikely to be agreed any time soon. The Trump transition […]

November 14th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: John Chalcraft’s ‘Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East’

Book Review: John Chalcraft’s ‘Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East’

by Andrew Delatolla

John Chalcraft’s recent book Popular Politics: In the Making of the Modern Middle East sets out to accomplish two difficult tasks: first, the book provides a survey history of contentious politics in the MENA region beginning in 1783 Algeria, and ending with the 2011 protests in Egypt. Second, it provides an innovative theoretical framework that can be […]

November 11th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: Shadi Hamid’s ‘Islamic Exceptionalism’

by Adam Weinstein
Islamic Exceptionalism is an extension of an argument earlier asserted by Hamid which is that democracy in a Muslim society will rarely produce a liberal society, but might instead further introduce Islam into public life. This is said with the reminder that Islam – even Islamism – is not monolithic. As Hamid explains ‘for many Muslims, the point […]

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