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Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism

Holger Albrecht


Scholarship examining the governments in the Middle East and North Africa rarely focuses on opposition movements, since those countries tend to be ruled by a centralized, often authoritarian government. However, even in an oppressive state, there are civil society and oppositional forces at work. The chapters in this book reveal how such forces emerge and are manifested in nondemocratic states across the region. In most cases, the chapters offer a comparative perspective, highlighting similarities across political borders. Providing historical context for current events, they examine the socio ... More

Keywords: government, Middle East, North Africa, opposition movements, nondemocratic states, socio-political borders, Islam, Arab states, political activism, political science, conflict resolution, authoritarian regimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813034744
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034744.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holger Albrecht, editor
American University in Cairo, Egypt

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Holger Albrecht

Part I Approaching Contentious Politics under Authoritarianism

Part II Political Opposition in Civil Society

4 Show Me the Money!

Francesco Cavatorta, and Azzam Elananza

Part III The Islamist Quest

Part IV Contention and Opposition within Authoritarian Regimes

9 Opposition within the State

Amin Allal, and Florian Kohstall

10 Remaking Lebanon after Syria

Bassel F. Salloukh

Concluding Remarks

I. William Zartman

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