February 4, 2009

Democratization in the Middle East

This book analyzes patterns of democratization in the Middle East. The authors assert that with the possible exception of Israel, the nation-states in the Middle East have yet to get onto a path toward stable democracy, or to uncouple religion from economy or society. Using conceptual and country analyses, the authors examine the costs, benefits, barriers to, and support for democratization. They look at both internal and external factors in the democratization process, and consider the role that Islam, Judaism, and civil society play in that process. Additionally, they consider the dependence of democratization on development and peace, not only within nation states, but in the Middle East region as a whole. This book is particularly helpful for understanding many of the pressures facing Iraq and Iran.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Democratization in the Middle East: Experiences, Struggles, Challenges
edited by Amin Saikal and Albrecht Schnabel
JQ 1758 .A91 D466 2003