With recent upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa, the eighth edition of The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa has been thoroughly revised to provide a necessary, comprehensive and current examination of the domestic politics and foreign policies of this crucial region. A newly expanded introduction provides students with a comparative and thematic overview of the region, from its political regimes and electoral institutions to its economic and social concerns. Each chapter, written by an invited specialist, uses a common framework to explore the historical background, social and political environment, political structure and dynamics, and foreign policy of a country. Chapters are augmented by a country map, a box providing key facts, and an annotated bibliography summarizing the major literature.

The eighth edition provides vital new considerations of the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the ongoing sectarian violence and rise of ISIS, and the growth of social forces like youth movements and women’s rights groups. In addition, the inclusion of six new contributors brings fresh perspectives, ensuring that The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa remains an essential guide to the region’s political landscape.

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"The eighth updated edition of The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa has been completely revised to reflect the latest and ongoing changes in politics and government in the region, which makes this a 'must' for any college-level collection strong in the area's history. Among the many features of this update are a newly expanded introduction, incorporation of political changes, and a blend of historical background with discussion of regional changes that are supplemented by extensive bibliographic references, black and white maps, and detailed discussions contributed by experts. No college-level history and political science collection strong in the Middle East or Africa should be without this latest survey."—Midwest Book Review
Praise for Prior Editions:

"The coverage is broad and systematic. The individual treatments are always lucid and well informed. ... The authors have succeeded in highlighting those facts of long histories which are most relevant to those who are present- and policy-oriented. The book as a whole is an excellent summing up of the politics of the Middle East ... one which serves as an introduction to the beginner and as a reference and point of departure for the specialist."—Middle East Journal
"This book offers an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the political, social, and economic development of the Middle East and North Africa. It is the only text on the market that brings attention to the rich histories and highlights the unique aspects of political development in each of the region's countries."—Feryal Cherif, Loyola Marymount University
"The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa draws together the best scholars on the various countries in the region. This book is really unparalleled for the study of politics in the Middle East."—Daniel Masters, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
"Provides both a wealth of detail on the individual countries of the region and acute insights into such common elements as political institutionalization, and social and class structure. Comprehensive in scope and clear in style."—James Piscatori, Oxford University
"The best of the general, state-by-state studies of the Arab world, Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The country chapters are a good starting point for comparison.... An excellent anchor for a comparative course on the region."—Martin W. Sampson, University of Minnesota
"The editors have recruited expert academic scholars who provide lucidly written essays that will appeal to a wide range of readers-from laypeople to Middle East specialists. Highly recommended."—Choice
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