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Author: Ahmed Boudroua

Outlook for Industrialization of the Arab World AHMED BOUDROUA El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico ABSTRACT Historical, economic and institutional factors are examined to show that the Arab states, since their independence, have managed, despite continuous efforts, to accomplish only a modest in

In: Journal of Asian and African Studies
Legal pluralism denotes both the multiple social fields which produce partilly interacting norms and the state's recognition of the many sources of law which constitute its legislation. It advocates a break from traditional legal theory in favour of describing the law from a more sociological and anthropological perspective. The theory of legal pluralism proves a useful tool, offering a challenging avenue for the examination of socio-legal activities. Too often, however, the literature on legal pluralism has failed to place sufficient emphasis on its fundamental theoretical questions.
The result of a seminar held in Cairo in December 1996 with contributions by sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, legal theoreticians, and practising lawyers, Legal Pluralism in the Arab World represents the first comprehensive examination of this phenomenon. This collection of essays attempts to define the notion of legal pluralism from a sociological, anthropological, and theoretical perspective and highlights its connection with particular Arab societies and countries.
The work's unique features include
* a preface by John Griffiths, one of the most significant voices in the formulation of the theory of legal pluralism;
* a broad range of case studies, demonstrating the diversity in formulations of the theory; and
* a wide variety of approaches to the subject matter.
Legal Pluralism in the Arab World is the only work in existence which addresses the concept of legal pluralism in this particular part of the world in such a systematic manner. These essays significantly enrich the current canon on legal pluralism and offer the reader a unique example of its richness and usefulness.

Spatial Aspects of Demographic Change in the Arab World BASHEER K. NIJIM University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, U.S.A. ABSTRACT There is great variety among the twenty-one countries of the Arab World in such aspects of population as distribution, increase, combination of birth rates and

In: Journal of Asian and African Studies
The Crisis of Citizenship in the Arab World argues that the present crisis of the Arab world has its origins in the historical, legal and political development of state-citizen relations since the beginning of modern history in the Middle East and North Africa. The anthology covers three main topics. Part I focuses on the crisis of the social pact in different Arab countries as it became manifest during the Arab Uprisings. Part II concentrates on concepts of citizenship in Islamic doctrine, Islamic movements (Muslim Brotherhood and Salafism), secular political movements and Arab thinkers. Part III looks into the practices that support the claims to equal rights as well as the factors that have obstructed full citizen rights, such as patronage and clientelism.

Contributors are: Ida Almestad, Claire Beaugrand, Assia Boutaleb, Michaelle Browers, Nils Butenschøn, Anthony Gorman, Raymond Hinnebusch, Engin F. Isin, Rania Maktabi, Roel Meijer, Emin Poljarevic, Ola Rifai, James Sater, Rachel Scott, Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen, Robert Springborg, Stig Stenslie, Morten Valbjørn, Knut S. Vikør and Sami Zemni.
Author: Podeh
The struggle between Egypt and Iraq over Arab hegemony constitutes the main theme of this study. Focussing on the struggle over Middle Eastern defense between 1945-58, and culminating in the conflict over the Baghdad Pact (1955-58), it sheds new light on Arab politics during the period under review. This research concentrates predominantly on the regional actors. The underlying assumption is that policies were not necessarily formulated in Washington and London, and that — often enough — major decisions taken in Ankara, Cairo, Baghdad, Damascus, Amman and other Arab capitals affected decision-makers in Western capitals.
The Quest for Hegemony in the Arab World is based on newly-released British, American and Israeli documents, as well as on all available Arab sources. The study's value rests upon its discussion of the Baghdad Pact, a significant event which was hitherto neglected, yet marked a watershed in modern Arab history. This study's approach offers an analytical framework with which the present struggle for hegemony in the Arab world may be examined.
The Politics of Written Language in the Arab World connects the fascinating field of contemporary written Arabic with the central sociolinguistic notions of language ideology and diglossia. Focusing on Egypt and Morocco, the authors combine large-scale survey data on language attitudes with in-depth analyses of actual language usage and explicit (and implicit) language ideology. They show that writing practices as well as language attitudes in Egypt and Morocco are far more receptive to vernacular forms than has been assumed.

The individual chapters cover a wide variety of media, from books and magazines to blogs and Tweets. A central theme running through the contributions is the social and political function of “doing informality” in a changing public sphere steadily more permeated by written Arabic in a number of media.

POP GOES THE ARAB WORLD: POPULAR MUSIC, GENDER, POLITICS, AND TRANSNATIONALISM IN THE ARAB WORLD SHEREEN ABDEL - NABI, JEHAN AGHA, JULIA CHOUCAIR AND MAYA MIKDASHI Georgetown University, Washington DC Abstract Assumptions are often made as to the static nature of contemporary Arab politics and

In: Hawwa

1 Introduction The Arab world has not experienced a “period of renaissance” since the glory days of the ancient Islamic civilization driven by science and knowledge ( Zewail 2011 ). This is despite the past few decades being characterized, for some countries, by the successful defeat of