The above roundtable marks the official launch of the first volume of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa. This book is the first of its kind to provide a critical lens to a survey of political economy in the region. This launch brings together all of the involved co-editors and authors to discuss its content. More information can be found below.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, at Stanford University.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa
Leading scholars, representing several disciplines, contribute both thematic and country-specific analyses. Their writings critically examine major issues in political economy—notably, the mutual constitution of states, markets, and classes; the co-constitution of class, race, gender, and other forms of identity; varying modes of capital accumulation and the legal, political, and cultural forms of their regulation; relations among local, national, and global forms of capital, class, and culture; technopolitics; the role of war in the constitution of states and classes; and practices and cultures of domination and resistance.
"A thorough and timely collection of essays by some of the top practitioners of Middle East political economy, this book lays bare the human insecurity that is at the root of much of the discontent in the region."
—James Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles
"This new canonical text will open pathways for research and make the job of educators infinitely easier by reasserting the enduring value of political economy. For too long scholarship has been enchanted by the shibboleths of orientalism and modernization theory—now there is a better way. A tour de force synthesis."
—Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt, California State University, Stanislaus
Table of Contents
Introduction: "Introduction," Joel Beinin
1. "Landed Property, Capital Accumulation, and Polymorphous Capitalism: Egypt," Kristen Alff
2. "State, Market, and Class: Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia," Max Ajl, Bassam Haddad, and Zeinab Abul-Magd
3. "Ten Propositions on Oil," Timothy Mitchell
4. "Regional Militaries and the Global Military-Industrial Complex," Shana Marshall
5. "Rethinking Class and State in the Gulf Cooperation Council," Adam Hanieh
6. "Capitalism in Egypt, Not Egyptian Capitalism," Aaron Jakes and Ahmad Shokr
7. "State, Oil, and War in the Formation of Iraq," Nida Alahmad
8. "Colonial Capitalism and Imperial Myth in French North Africa," Muriam Haleh Davis
9. "Lebanon Beyond Exceptionalism," Ziad M. Abu-Rish
10. "The US-Israeli Alliance," Joel Beinin
11. "Repercussions of Colonialism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories," Samia Al-Botmeh