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    Book Review: Alfred Stepan’s ‘Democratic Transition in the Muslim World’

Book Review: Alfred Stepan’s ‘Democratic Transition in the Muslim World’

by Youssef Cherif

‘It first happens in Tunisia, then in Egypt’. This was the common saying in the euphoric days of 2011. Some observers continued to see parallels between the two countries in actions and developments until 2012 and even 2013. Then Abdel Fattah al-Sisi staged his coup. Since that fateful day of July 2013, the two countries went their […]

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    Book Review – Rania Abouzeid’s ‘No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in Wartime Syria’

Book Review – Rania Abouzeid’s ‘No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in Wartime Syria’

by Malu Halasa

Early massacres and regime-condoned sexual attacks against women have been cited as reasons that changed a people’s nonviolent movement into a proxy sectarian war. Murkier still are the mechanics of violence – the nuts and bolts of gunrunning, militia financing and the rise and fall of armed groups. In No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime […]

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    Book Review – Madawi Al-Rasheed’s ‘Salman’s Legacy: The Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia’

Book Review – Madawi Al-Rasheed’s ‘Salman’s Legacy: The Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia’

by Paul Aarts

It’s not (yet) easy to make sense of the ‘new’ Saudi Arabia. Among the ongoing flurry of commentaries one regularly reads dire headlines such as ‘The House of Saud: The beginning of the end’ and ‘Saudi Arabia: The coming civil war’. Equally, it’s not difficult to find less gloomy and even outright rosy forecasts of the Kingdom’s future […]

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    Book Review – Mansour Nasasra’s ‘The Naqab Bedouins: A Century of Politics and Resistance’

Book Review – Mansour Nasasra’s ‘The Naqab Bedouins: A Century of Politics and Resistance’

by Dina Matar

The Naqab, the southern region of historic Palestine, is increasingly becoming an established site of interest and research within Palestine studies and, more broadly, studies of marginalised populations in the Middle East that offer more nuanced approaches towards understanding these groups without resorting to well-trodden Orientalist tropes. Mansour Nasasra’s book falls within this expanding body of scholarship and […]

March 21st, 2018|Book Reviews, Israel|1 Comment|
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    Book Review – Wendy Pearlman’s ‘We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled’

Book Review – Wendy Pearlman’s ‘We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled’

by Malu Halasa

In the Syrian conflict, where conspiracy theories and alternative facts abound, the real voices in Wendy Pearlman’s We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria provide eye witnesses accounts, an essential component to the nearly seven-year long conflict, the anniversary of which takes place on 15 March. As numbers have risen to over 500,000 dead […]

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