Year: 2017

Opportunities for Media and Information Literacy in the Middle East and North Africa

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By: Magda Abu-Fadil
Jordi Torrent
Alton Grizzle, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Murfet Alnemr, EdD

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

According to co-editor, Alton Grizzle, in thinking of the relevance of media and information literacy (MIL) in the Middle East and North African region, “We must take rapid and innovative actions to fuel change” (p. 36). With Opportunities for Media and Information Literacy in the Middle East and North Africa,Grizzle, with editors Magda Abu-Fadil and Jordi Torrent, and contributing authors, argue that in spite of the massive impact and proliferation of digital media and information…

The Soviet-Israeli War 1965-1973: The USSR’s Military Intervention in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict

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By: Isabella Ginor
Gideon Remez

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Sanford R. Silverburg, Ph.D

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

This is a remarkable book that should be of great interest to Sovietologists/Kremlinologists, military and diplomatic historians, and specialists on Israeli (noticeably leaving out Egyptian), American, and Russian foreign policy. A lesson that should be taken by readers of this book is that discrediting Russian military prowess should be dispelled. Anyone even with a meager knowledge of Middle Eastern politics should be able to discern that the Egyptian military could not have undertaken the cross…

Counter Jihad: America’s Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria

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By: Brian Glyn Williams

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Rolin G. Mainuddin

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

Counter Jihad is an assessment of the military experience of the United States in the War on Terror across three Muslim majority countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. A deeper question addressed by Brian Williams is why do terrorists hate Americans? Taking a cue from Abdul Rashid Dostum—the Uzbek warrior in Afghanistan—about foreign policy toward the Muslim world, the author is emphatic that the answer is in the pro-Israel leaning of the United States. This response…

Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC

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By: Zahra Babar, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Rolin G. Mainuddin

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

With her prior experience in the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Development Program, Zahra Babar brought together specialists to shed light on a hitherto neglected group in the literature on migration: The Arab communities in the GCC. With attention to Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE host countries, the contributions examined Egyptian, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Yemeni migrant communities. Also, Jordanians, Moroccans, Sudanese, and Syrians were discussed. Furthermore, topics included gender, servants, sports, and…

Salafism After the Arab Awakening: Contending with People’s Power

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By: Francesco Cavatorta
Fabio Merone, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Rolin G. Mainuddin

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

What have been the theological and political impact of the Arab Spring on Salafism? This edited book addressed that question with a kaleidoscopic look at the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In his concluding chapter Roel Meijer argued that quietism has been vindicated and there has been a change in the nature of jihadism. In briefly locating salafiyya da’wiyya (evangelizing Salafism) or salafiyya ‘ilmiyya (scholastic Salafism)—quietist Salafism—in the context of the Arab Spring, particularly…

Contemporary Urban Landscapes of the Middle East

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By: Mohammad Gharipour, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

el-Sayed el-Aswad

United Arab Emirates University

Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates

This is a timely and rigorous scholarly work that focuses on contemporary urban landscapes of the Middle East through case study analyses in selected settings. The book is composed of 12 chapters addressing diverse projects of landscapes in different cities including Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Eskişehir, Islamabad, Muscat, Tehran and Tel Aviv among other cities. Illustrations, figures and photos of parks and landscapes are provided in all chapters except for Chapter 1. In addition to a…

Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge

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By: Seteney Shami
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Sanford R. Silverburg, Ph.D

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

Area studies has been a project study by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for the past fifteen years.  The collective effort of the Council’s research and participants at various levels of academia have resulted in this published effort focusing on the general notion of area studies and more particularly on the study of “the Middle East.”  How one studies any region of the world can be sliced according to discipline, cultural affiliation or a…

The Jarring Road to Democratic Inclusion: A Comparative Assessment of State-Society Engagements in Israel and Turkey

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By: Aviad Rubin
Yusuf Sarfati, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Sanford R. Silverburg, Ph.D

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

A great comparative political science collection of nine essays under the competent editorship of Aviad Rubin, a political scientist at the University of Haifa and Yusuf Safari, another political scientist, teaching at Illinois State University.  Together the authors deal with Kurds, non-Sunni Muslims, Armenians, and Greeks in Turkey, while in Israel the Jews, divided by Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Oriental-inclined believers, are living alongside Palestinian Muslims and Christians. The question to be studied, therefore, is how…

Islamophobia and Racism in America

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By: Erik Love

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

September 2017

Review by:

Mohammed M. Aman, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

The term Islamophobia gained frequency in the literature after the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent rising tidal wave of hate directed against Islam and Muslims, followed by the equally violent actions directed against Muslims in general and certain Muslim countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.  As a consequence of 9/11, Arab-American communities faced a hostile environment of “counter terrorism” activities directed against them by Western powers that view the war on terror as “us against them.” Through the 1990, FBI agents fanned out across the country in search of Arab…

Images of Istanbul

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By: Veronika Bernard

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

September 2017

Review by:

James C. A. Redman, PhD

Zayed University

Abu Dhabi

From the outset, Veronika Bernard’s recently published collection of photographs is clear about its purpose: “Istanbul Images is a photographic album devoted to the permanently changing urban face of Istanbul and trying to catch the manifold character of the city” (p. 7).  Taken over the course of a decade, from 2005 to 2014, Bernard’s photos are presented in color, black and white, as well as some that have had filtration effects applied to them.  In…

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