A spotlight on... Middle Eastern Politics

July 26, 2018

The Middle East has been a bastion for the world’s economic, political, and religious tensions, especially since the end of World War II. From its economic hold on energy consumption to its complicated military conflicts and unfortunate role as a hotbed of terrorism, the volatile politics of the Middle East have had and will continue to have global implications. With this in mind, we've put a spotlight on the events and people that have defined Middle Eastern politics since the early parts of the twentieth century. With quotations, dictionaries, and companions to the latest blogs and infographics, see what you will discover with Oxford Reference...

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Middle Eastern Politics on 
Oxford Reference

The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (2 ed.)


"Middle East", in The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (2 ed.)

The Oxford Companion to International Relations


"Islam and Democracy", in The Oxford Companion to International Relations

The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics

 

"Middle East", in the The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics


"Islam and Politics", in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics


Featured articles from 
A Dictionary of Politics in the Middle East

  • Balfour Declaration, the 1917 letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour that signaled British support for a Jewish national home in Palestine
  • Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of the Turkish Republic from 1923 to 1938 and “Father of the Nation”
  • Suez Crisis, the 1956 failed invasion of Egypt by Israel, France, and the United Kingdom over control of the Suez Canal
  • Al-Qaeda, the transnational terrorist organization founded by Osama bin Laden and behind the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Arab Spring, a series of uprisings that began in 2011 and toppled the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, and led to the start of the Syrian Civil War

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Explore Middle Eastern Politics with Oxford Essential Quotations

Oxford Essential Quotations

 "Peace is much more precious than a piece of land."
— Anwar al-Sadat (1918–81), Egyptian President, 1970-1981
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"The mother of battles."
— Saddam Hussein (1937–2006), Iraqi President, 1979–2003; popular interpretation of his description of the approaching Gulf War
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"The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the Oil Age will end, but not for a lack of oil."
— Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani (1930–), Saudi politician
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Featured blog post

70 years of Middle Eastern politics, leaders, and conflict | OUPblog

70 years of Middle Eastern politics, leaders, and conflict [infographic]

"Since the end of the Second World War and the founding of Israel in 1948, the Middle East has been a bastion for the world’s economic, political, and religious tensions..."

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From our partner presses

The International Studies Encyclopedia


"Middle East Foreign Policy", in the The International Studies Encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature


"Islam and Environmental Ethics", in the The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2 ed.)


"Oil", in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2 ed.)


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