This new textbook explores the societies and populations of the Middle East and North Africa. Presenting original chapters written by the world’s leading Middle East scholars, it analyzes the social fabric of the region’s varied countries to uncover the organizing structures, human vulnerabilities, and dynamic forces that shape everyday lives. The volume can be used in conjunction with The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa textbook for a comprehensive overview of the region.

Whether used as a companion text or a standalone volume, this work provides the historical and cultural context necessary for understanding the peoples inhabiting Arab world, Israel, Turkey, and Iran, since the early twentieth century. Linking past to present to future, it also ascertains the ongoing developmental trajectories of these societies, including their overall stability and prosperity. The chapters are clearly structured, and contain insightful case studies, illustrative photographs, and visualized data. They also end with discussion questions and annotated bibliographies to help spark further research. Among the rich topics covered are the following:

  • Rural life
  • Civil society and personal identities
  • Economic challenges, oil legacies, environmental harm
  • Religious movements, women and gender, and youth politics.

The Societies of the Middle East and North Africa is written in an accessible way, prioritizing social, cultural and economic dimensions. As such this textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the field and will be invaluable to students of Middle Eastern politics and society, as well as sociology, history, economics and anthropology.

chapter Chapter 1|29 pages

Bringing society back in

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part I|112 pages

Societal structures

chapter Chapter 2|46 pages

Social life, from rural to urban

chapter Chapter 3|36 pages

Social mobilization and civil society

chapter Chapter 4|28 pages

Identity, its power and pull

part II|92 pages

Societal vulnerabilities

chapter Chapter 5|32 pages

Economic development

Bread, jobs, and beyond

chapter Chapter 6|30 pages

Social and cultural legacies of rentierism

chapter Chapter 7|28 pages

Environmental change and human conflict

part III|111 pages

Societal forces

chapter Chapter 8|34 pages

Religion and faith

chapter Chapter 9|36 pages

Women and gender

chapter Chapter 10|39 pages

The youth generation

Education and transition
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