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    Book Review – Seth Anziska’s ‘Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo’

Book Review – Seth Anziska’s ‘Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo’

by Ian Black
The idea of self-rule or autonomy for the Palestinians first appeared in the Camp David peace talks between Menachem Begin’s Israel and Anwar Sadat’s Egypt in 1978. Forty years on, an independent, sovereign Palestinian state has still not been created, in part because that concept of limited autonomy still casts a long shadow. Seth Anziska’s meticulously-researched tome is an […]

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    Book Review – Calvert W. Jones’ Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization

Book Review – Calvert W. Jones’ Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization

by Madawi Al-Rasheed

The formation of the state in the Arab Gulf, a late twentieth-century development, was accompanied by top-down social engineering in which oil rent was deployed to achieve various objectives. Substantial wealth created huge state bureaucracies, new cities, educational institutions, oil installations, welfare services, local and global financial corporations, heritage industries, health provisions, and many other services associated […]

August 6th, 2018|Book Reviews, GCC|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Claire Beaugrand’s ‘Stateless in the Gulf: Migration, Nationality and Society in Kuwait’

Book Review – Claire Beaugrand’s ‘Stateless in the Gulf: Migration, Nationality and Society in Kuwait’

by Bronwen Manby
Among scholars and activists working on the phenomenon of statelessness, the Bidoon of Kuwait and the Gulf States more generally are simultaneously one of the best- and least-known cases. Best-known, because the Bidoon (“without”, short for bidoon jinsiyya, or “without nationality”), are among the longest-standing populations of stateless persons; least-known, because it has been challenging to acquire […]

July 23rd, 2018|Book Reviews, GCC|1 Comment|
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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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