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Lebanon’s conundrum

Lebanon’s conundrum – peace situation in Lebanon Augustus Richard Norton Lebanon’s civil war came to an end in the autumn of 1990, when, with silent approval from Washington, Syrian forces assaulted the presidential palace in Ba’abda and brought the rebellion of General Michel Aoun to an end. Aoun had resisted implementing the Ta’if Accord of […]

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People in the Quagmire of Power Politics

Tareq Y. Ismael and Jacqueline Ismael. The Iraqi Predicament: People in the Quagmire of Power Politics John Measor Tareq Y. Ismael and Jacqueline Ismael. The Iraqi Predicament: People in the Quagmire of Power Politics. London, UK: Pluto Press, 2004. 271 pages + index. Paper $23.95. Tareq Y. Ismael and William W. Haddad (Eds). Iraq: The […]

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In memoriam

In memoriam Samih K. Farsoun IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS that ASQ announces the death of Samih Farsoun on 9 June 2005 at the age of 68 in New Buffalo, Michigan. Samih was born in Haifa, Palestine. For many years Samih was a distinguished editor of Arab Studies Quarterly and served as President of the […]

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A History of Iraq. . – Books In Brief

A History of Iraq. . – Books In Brief – book review Tripp, Charles. A History of Iraq. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Paper, $19.95. This political history of Iraq focuses on the nature of the state from the Ottoman period till the present. The linkage between a tight ruling circle and the […]

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A Need For Consensus [1]

Scholarly Views Of Shajarat Al-Durr: A Need For Consensus [1] David J. Duncan IN THE COURSE OF HER LIFE and political career, the Egyptian sultana, Shajarat al-Duff played many roles and held great influence at the Ayyubid and Mamluk courts. She served as a military leader, a mother, and a sultana successfully until her fall […]

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The Six-Day War: A Retrospective.

The Six-Day War: A Retrospective. – book reviews Richard H. Curtiss “History has a hard time being made correctly. Time does not help.” Former CIA director Richard Helms, The Six-Day War, p. 258. This book grew out of a conference held in 1992 at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Funding for the […]

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Will OPEC survive?

Will OPEC survive? Manochehr Dorraj INTRODUCTION IN THE WAKE OF PLUMMETING OIL PRICES and the intensification of political conflict among OPEC’s members, much of the scholarship since 1986 depicts the organization either as a “failing giant” or as a stumbling cartel that is doomed to vanish. While recognizing the declining influence of OPEC, the present […]

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representations of Arabs and Muslims in print and internet media

Curricular activism and academic freedom: representations of Arabs and Muslims in print and internet media Steven Salaita IN THIS ARTICLE, I WILL ARGUE that movements to restrict academic freedom–a term I will clarify momentarily–are pernicious independently of their political affiliations, but most concretely identified and usefully contested when we investigate their strategic character, both tacit […]

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notes on the origins of the city and its tradition of tolerance

Jerusalem in history: notes on the origins of the city and its tradition of tolerance K.J. Asali Early in 1994 the Israeli press reported that the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and the Municipality of Jerusalem would organize country-wide celebrations in two-and-a-half years to mark the three-thousand-year anniversary of the founding of the city of Jerusalem. […]

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Mental health services in the Arab world

Mental health services in the Arab world A. Okasha INTRODUCTION THE ARAB REGION HAS A POPULATION of 275 million with the highest population density being in Egypt. Despite several similarities that characterize our countries as a “homogenous” region with overlapping problems and challenges, yet mental health issues and services show several variations. Some Arab countries […]