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Fall 2007 / Spring 2008

Fall 2007 / Spring 2008 (Vol. XV No. 2 / Vol. XVI No. 1)

From The Editors:

The articles in this issue of the Arab Studies Journal underscore the diversity of political and cultural practices ranging from Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. The contributors analyze and critique how parties, states, and individuals are grappling with neo-liberal policies, global markets, and post-9/11 economic shifts that threaten regime stab... [read more]

Table of Contents


  1. Images of Openness, Spaces of Control: The Politics of Tourism Development in Tunisia
    by Waleed Hazbun
  2. The Heir Apparency of Gamal Mubarak
    by Jason Brownlee
  3. Worldwide Wigs: Kutluğ Ataman and the Global Art Documentary
    by Alisa Lebow
  4. The Western Imposition of Sectarianism on Iraqi Politics
    by Reidar Visser
  5. Bridging the Economic Gap: The Rise and Fall of the Middle Class in Jordan
    by K. Luisa Gandolfo


  1. On Suicide Bombing
    by Talal Asad
  2. What Liberal Democratic Discourse Conceals
    by Harry Harootunian
  3. Two Books in One
    by Gil Anidjar


  1. What Is Under a Headscarf? Neo-Islamist vs. Kemalist Conservatism in Turkey
    by Aksu Bora & Koray Çaliskan

Book Reviews

  1. The Women of Karbala: Ritual Performance and Symbolic Discourses in Modern Shi'i Islam
    Edited by Kamran Scot Aghaie
    reviewed by Maryam Saifee
  2. Siraaj: An Arab Table
    by Radwa Ashour
    reviewed by Rana Assem Harouny
  3. An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon
    by Lara Deeb
    reviewed by Linda Sayed
  4. Local Court, Provincial Society, and Justice in the Ottoman Empire: Legal Practice and Dispute Resolution in Çankiri And Kastamonu (1652-1744)
    by Boğaç Ergene
    reviewed by Reviewed by James E. Baldwin
  5. A Pen of Damascus Steel: Political Cartoons of an Arab Master
    by Ali Farzat
    reviewed by Nathan Fonder
  6. Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam, or, How Not to Learn from the Past
    Edited by Lloyd C. Gardner and Marilyn B. Young
    reviewed by George Tomlinson
  7. The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics
    by Charles Hirschkind
    reviewed by Patricia Kubala
  8. Hamas: A Beginner's Guide
    by Khaled Hroub
    reviewed by Ilan Pappé
  9. Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence
    by Aliza Marcus
    reviewed by Firat Bozcali
  10. Desiring Arabs
    by Joseph A. Massad
    reviewed by Marnia Lazreg
  11. Confronting an Empire, Constructing a Nation: Arab Nationalists and Popular Politics in Mandate Palestine
    by Weldon C Matthews
    reviewed by Charles Anderson
  12. Torture and Democracy
    by Darius Rejali
    reviewed by Lisa Hajjar
  13. Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East
    Edited by Diane Singerman and Paul Amar
    reviewed by Mona El-Ghobashy
  14. Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture
    Edited by Rebecca L. Stein and Ted Swedenburg
    reviewed by Dina Ramadan
  15. America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier
    by Robert Vitalis
    reviewed by Sudhir Chella Rajan
  16. Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East
    by Brian Whitaker
    reviewed by Neville Hoad
  17. Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt
    by Jessica Winegar
    reviewed by Anneka Lenssen

Review Essays

  1. Two Texts From the Banlieue
    by Gretchen Head

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