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    Book Review – ‘The Justice and Development Party in Turkey’ by Toygar Sinan Baykan

Book Review – ‘The Justice and Development Party in Turkey’ by Toygar Sinan Baykan

by Gorkem Altinors
This original history of Turkey’s ruling AKP skilfully moves away from structural factors and offers an agency-focussed analysis of the authoritarian turn in Turkey with fifty in-depth interviews.

Turkey’s nineteenth local elections were held on the last day of March in 2019. Erdogan’s Islamist AKP (Justice and Development Party) formed the People’s Alliance with the ultra-nationalist MHP, whereas the main […]

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    Book Review – ‘Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East’ by Patrick Milton, Michael Axworthy and Brendan Simms

Book Review – ‘Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East’ by Patrick Milton, Michael Axworthy and Brendan Simms

by Guy Burton
An ambitious new book seeks to compare the conditions that led to Europe’s treaties of Westphalia, which ushered in relative peace and heralded the beginning of the modern international system, with the current situation in the Middle East, asking whether a similar grand treaty can be sought.

Over the past decade the Middle East has descended into conflict. […]

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    Book Review – ‘A History of Algeria’ by James McDougall

Book Review – ‘A History of Algeria’ by James McDougall

by Benjamin P. Nickels
This landmark history of modern Algeria tells the story of an ‘extraordinarily robust, resilient society’ withstanding external and internal violence and repression through the past five centuries. James McDougall gives an accessible and general overview, but the book also showcases his particular talent for illuminating the life of Algerians under French rule, and has a nuanced […]

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    Book Review – ‘Britain’s Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State, and the Arab Revolt, 1936–9’ by Matthew Hughes

Book Review – ‘Britain’s Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State, and the Arab Revolt, 1936–9’ by Matthew Hughes

by Ian Black
The 1936–9 Arab Revolt against British rule in Palestine, and its suppression by the British army, was a precursor to the devastating war against the nascent Israeli state that the Palestinians lost a decade later. Matthew Hughes’s extensively researched new study shows how, with a ruthlessly effective combination of brutality and ‘non-lethal oppressive collective punishment’, the British quelled the revolt and […]

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    Book Review – ‘Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom’ by Sean Foley

Book Review – ‘Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom’ by Sean Foley

by Courtney Freer
As Saudi Arabia grapples with changes both external and internal, Sean Foley’s ‘systematic’ study demonstrates the role of culture and art in driving societal shifts. Furthermore, he ‘explains that art and cultural production should no longer be considered separate from ‘real politics’ in the Muslim world’.

With Mohammad bin Salman’s rise to power in Saudi Arabia and his […]

April 29th, 2019|Book Reviews, Saudi|0 Comments|

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