Understanding The Contemporary Middle East

Understanding The Contemporary Middle East

Maps, photos, and details of basic political data complement the text, which is widely considered the best available introduction to the region.


  • A must for specialists in the field and an excellent choice for large scale surveys… Highly recommended. (Choice)
  • A multi-dimensional image of the Middle East that comes to life as you leaf through the pages … It’s rare to find such a good introduction to the Middle East that could be used for both undergraduate and graduate courses. (Pinar Bilgin, Millennium)
  • A great and engaging book profiling the area …. this unique volume is one of the few truly interdisciplinary books on the contemporary Middle East. (Library Journal)

About the author

Jillian Schwedler is Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her publications include Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties at Jordan and Yemen and (with Laleh Khalili) Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Compulsion.

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