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Islam Culture Institutions and Agents

Islam: Culture, Institutions and Agents

The three books reviewed in this article do not seem closely related in the first impression. Younos’ book sheds light upon Islamic culture in the...

The Democratization Process in Turkey Theory Legacy and Prospects

The Democratization Process in Turkey: Theory, Legacy, and Prospects

In one of his articles on the requirements of large-scale democracy and political institutions, Robert A. Dahl warns students of political science...

What Constitutes the State s Culture of Political Violence

What Constitutes the State’s Culture of Political Violence?

A culture of political violence is the configuration of factors which exist lastingly in a political subject’s milieu, and determine if and to what...

Still Awaited: A Truly Objective History of the Making of the Modern Middle East

We are now witnessing a harvest of new history books on the making of the modern Middle East. Five are chosen for a critical review below. They are...

A Necessary Void in International Relations Non-State Actors in the

A Necessary Void in International Relations: Non-State Actors in the Middle East

There has been a dramatic expansion in the size, scope and capacity of non-state actors around the globe in the last three decades. Providing...

Turkey s Kurdish Peace Process from a Conflict Resolution Perspective

Turkey’s Kurdish Peace Process from a Conflict Resolution Perspective

Edited by Bill Kissane, After Civil War: Division, Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Contemporary Europe is an ambitious attempt to explore the...

Towards a Truly Global IR Theory The Middle East and

Towards a Truly Global IR Theory?: The Middle East and the Upcoming Debate

In 2015, the philosopher Hamid Dabashi published a book with the provocative title, Can Non-Europeans Think?. Over its pages Dabashi echoes authors...

Latin America in the Global Political Economy Association Adaptation and

Latin America in the Global Political Economy: Association, Adaptation and Resistance

During the last several years, Latin America has been presented as a complex and enduring interaction between social forces and anti-hegemonic...

A New Historiography on the Ottoman Arab and Eastern Provinces

A New Historiography on the Ottoman Arab and Eastern Provinces

Beginning in the early 1980s, a number of works were published on the Arab provinces. These works criticized nationalistic approaches that treated...

Secularism Modern State and Homo Religiosus Societies

Secularism, Modern State, and Homo Religiosus Societies

Religion has always been an overriding theme among social scientists, politicians, diplomats and laymen. While the importance attached to it has...

İstanbul of the Mind

İstanbul of the Mind

While traveling through, İstanbul can often prove overwhelming for tourists and locals alike, people often find different strategies to make sense...

Women s Voices Across the World for Justice

Women’s Voices Across the World for Justice

The three books reviewed here focus on one of the most prevalent forms of discrimination: Gender Injustice. Everywhere in the world women tend to...

Testing Times in Turco-American Relations

Testing Times in Turco-American Relations

Turkey’s relations with the United States have seldom been at such a low point. In late February 2014, 84 former lawmakers, ambassadors and...

That Used to Be Us How America Fell Behind in

That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

The subject of American decline and the new global order has been on the agenda of political scientists and international observers for more than...