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Compassionate Communalism
Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon
Melani Cammett
On the basis of years of research into the varying welfare distribution strategies of Christian, Shia Muslim, and Sunni Muslim political parties in Lebanon, Cammett shows how and why sectarian groups deploy welfare benefits.


"Overall, Compassionate Communalism is the kind of work on non-state social welfare that fills a gap in the political economy literature. I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in Lebanese and Middle Eastern politics, political economy in weak states, ethnic politics and consocialism."—Barea M. Sinno, International Affairs (March 4, 2016)



Qatar
Small State, Big Politics
Mehran Kamrava
Qatar is, as Mehran Kamrava explains in this knowledgeable and incisive account of the emirate, highly influential in diplomatic, cultural, and economic spheres.


"Mehran Kamrava, a well-known expert on the middle East and the Persian Gulf, continues to contribute immensely to the intellectual life of Doha where he has been working since the establishment of Centre for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University's School of Forgein Service in Qatar.Therefore, his book entitled Qatar: Small State, Big Politics came as no surprise and indeed is very much welcome." —Erdem Tunçer, Perceptions: Jounral of International... cont'd



Losing Hearts and Minds
American-Iranian Relations and International Education during the Cold War
Matthew K. Shannon



Spheres of Intervention
US Foreign Policy and the Collapse of Lebanon, 1967–1976
James R. Stocker
In Spheres of Intervention, James R. Stocker examines the history of diplomatic relations between the United States and Lebanon during a transformational period for Lebanon and a time of dynamic changes in US policy toward the Middle East.



Everyday Piety
Islam and Economy in Jordan
Sarah A. Tobin
Drawing on in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in Amman, Sarah A. Tobin demonstrates that Muslims combine their interests in exerting a visible Islam with the opportunities and challenges of advanced capitalism in an urban setting, which ultimately results in the cultivation of a "neoliberal Islamic piety."



Making Morocco
Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity
Jonathan Wyrtzen
Jonathan Wyrtzen demonstrates how, during the Protectorate period, interactions among a wide range of European and local actors indelibly politicized four key dimensions of Moroccan identity: religion, ethnicity, territory, and the role of the Alawid monarchy.



Making Uzbekistan
Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR
Adeeb Khalid
In Making Uzbekistan, Adeeb Khalid chronicles the tumultuous history of Central Asia in the age of the Russian revolution. Traumatic upheavals—war, economic collapse, famine—transformed local society and brought new groups to positions of power and authority in Central Asia.



The Dictator's Army
Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes
Caitlin Talmadge
A compelling new argument to help us understand why authoritarian militaries sometimes fight very well—and sometimes very poorly. Talmadge's framework for understanding battlefield effectiveness focuses on four key sets of military organizational practices.



The Political Writings
"Political Regime" and "Summary of Plato's Laws"
Alfarabi
In this second volume of new translations of Alfarabi's political writings, Charles E. Butterworth presents translations of the Arabic philosopher’s political and legal thinking.



Islam in Saudi Arabia
David Commins
David Commins challenges the stereotype of Saudi Arabia as a country immune to change by highlighting the ways that urbanization, education, and consumerism have exerted pressure on the religious establishment.



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