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Saikal, Amin 1950-

Works: 115 works in 385 publications in 1 language and 12,615 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, htt
Classifications: DS318, 955.053
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Most widely held works by Amin Saikal
Democratization in the Middle East : experiences, struggles, challenges by Amin Saikal( )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 2,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title addresses a numbernb of issues determining the success or failure of sustainable democratization in the region. Drawing on analyses of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, it examines patterns of democratization, and political and economic transition
The Rise and Fall of the Shah by Amin Saikal( Book )

25 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern Afghanistan : a history of struggle and survival by Amin Saikal( )

43 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 2,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival is the definitive study of Afghanistan and its troubles. It will be vital reading for all those who are interested in the new world emerging in the Middle East and Central Asia"--Publisher description
Iran rising : the survival and future of the Islamic Republic by Amin Saikal( Book )

14 editions published between 2019 and 2021 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Iranians overthrew their monarchy, rejecting a pro-Western shah in favor of an Islamic regime, many observers predicted that revolutionary turmoil would paralyze the country for decades to come. Yet forty years after the 1978-79 revolution, Iran has emerged as a critical player in the Middle East and the wider world, as demonstrated in part by the 2015 international nuclear agreement. In Iran Rising, renowned Iran specialist Amin Saikal describes how the country has managed to survive despite ongoing domestic struggles, Western sanctions, and countless other serious challenges. Saikal explores Iran's recent history, beginning with the revolution, which set in motion a number of developments, including war with Iraq, precarious relations with Arab neighbors, and hostilities with Israel and the United States. He highlights the regime's agility as it navigated a complex relationship with Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion, survived the Gulf wars, and handled fallout from the Iraqi and Syrian crises. Such success, Saikal maintains, stems from a distinctive political order, comprising both a supreme Islamic leader and an elected president and national assembly, which can fuse religious and nationalist assertiveness with pragmatic policy actions at home and abroad. But Iran's accomplishments, including its nuclear development and ability to fight ISIS, have cost its people, who are desperately pressuring the ruling clerics for economic and social reforms--changes that might in turn influence the country's foreign policy. Amid heightened global anxiety over alliances, terrorism, and nuclear threats, Iran Rising offers essential reading for understanding a country that, more than ever, is a force to watch"--Publisher's website
Islam and the West : conflict or cooperation? by Amin Saikal( Book )

14 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amin Saikal assesses the impact of the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict, the consequences of the Iranian revolution and of the wars in the Gulf and Afghanistan, and charts a course for future co-existence
The Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan by Amin Saikal( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly ten years of bloodshed and political turmoil have followed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Soviet occupation not only proved a major trauma for the people of Afghanistan; invasion ended the growth in superpower dentents that had characterised the late 1970s; and in the Soviet Union the effects of escalating military costs and over 13,000 young military casualties have been felt at every level of society. The decision to withdraw combat forces under the provisions of the Geneva Accords of April 1988 is one of the most dramatic developments in the international system since the end of the Second World War. The effects of this decision will be felt not only in Afghanistan, but in the Soviet Union, in Southwest Asia, and in the wider world. The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan has been designed to explore the background to the decision to withdraw and its broader implications. The authors, all established specialists, examine the Geneva Accords; the future for post-withdrawal Afghanistan; and the impact of withdrawal on regional states, Soviet foreign and domestic policies, the Soviet armed forces, Sino-Soviet relations and world politics. They write from diverse disciplinary traditions, while bringing together a shared sensitivity to the issues which complicate the Afghan question
Russia in search of its future by Amin Saikal( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russia's renewal since the collapse of Communism has proved extraordinarily disturbed, and was marked by escalating conflict between President Yeltsin and the Congress of People's Deputies inherited from the Soviet era. This culminated in insurrection and violence on the streets, and when the main rebels were given amnesty in February 1994, the situation remained as uncertain as ever. The contributors to this book analyse a Russia which is searching for its future amid a maelstrom of complex forces - political, economic, socio-cultural, and international. They examine each of these elements of Russia's situation and investigate the role that each may play in shaping Russia's fortunes into the twenty-first century. Their overall conclusion is that, whatever the exact shape of the future, it will be determined both by elements embedded over many generations, and the influence of seven decades of communist rule
Zone of crisis : Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq by Amin Saikal( )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The West Asian states of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran have over the last few decades represented an arc of crisis. Characterized by fractured and dysfunctional political elites, fraught economic policies, and ideological struggles between the forces of authoritarianism and democratization, neo-fundamentalism and pluralism, they embody a mosaic of ethnicities. Amin Saikal, a distinguished Afghan-born scholar of international affairs, provides a sweeping new understanding of the complex contemporary political and social instability encompassing the region. Critically comparing democratization and counter-insurgency efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, and examining both recent Western intervention and the history of foreign influence in the region, Saikal looks at how US entanglement has affected Pakistani and Iranian domestic politics and foreign affairs. How has this influenced the success or failure of the occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq? What solutions can be taken to ensure regional security? An informed and balanced overview on a troubled region, this book will fascinate general readers and prove essential reading for specialists
American democracy promotion in the changing Middle East : from Bush to Obama by Shahram Akbarzadeh( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The recent ""Arab spring"", with its popular uprisings in many Arab countries, has exposed the ambiguity at the heart of American promotion of democracy in the Middle East. The US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were packaged as democracy promotion, as heralding the beginning of a new phase in the politics of the Middle East when democracy would replace authoritarian regimes. Many of these authoritarian regimes, however, were sustained by US support. The recent popular uprisings threaten to bring democracy without promotion by the US, and threaten to overthrow regimes previously supported
Iran at the crossroads by Amin Saikal( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Iran stands at a critical juncture in its history. In the era of Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama, the Islamic Republic has a unique opportunity to regain its traditional greatness as a cradle of rich civilisation and culture, with a capacity to be a very influential and stabilising regional actor. In this incisive analysis, Amin Saikal, a leading expert on Iranian politics, traces Iran's transition from pro-Western monarchy to Islamic Republic and explores the choices open to Rouhani's moderate reformist government. The Islamic Republic has endured a difficult journey throughout its existence. But since Khomeini assumed power in 1979 it has been characterised by a degree of exceptionalism, which has seen Iran lock horns with the United States and prove itself an effective and shrewdly calculating player on the international stage. Looking to the future, Saikal does not shy away from confronting the difficult choices facing Iran today. Failure to achieve reconciliation with the United States in the coming years, he argues, will not only have serious implications for Iran's internal stability and for the future security of the Middle East, but also for America's position within this volatile and unpredictable region."--Publisher's description
Democracy and reform in the Middle East and Asia : social protest and authoritarian rule after the Arab Spring by Amin Saikal( )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The protests that swept across the Middle East and North Africa in late 2010 and 2011 confounded long-time observers of the region, in both the media and academia. After addressing the conditions in the Middle East and North Africa that produced these attempts at revolution, Amin Saikal and Amitav Acharya explore the global impact of the protests, both in terms of their ideological influence on opposition groups and the prospects for democratic transition in a variety of authoritarian and semi-authoritarian governments. Examining states at the heart of the uprisings, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in addition to other Middle Easter states, like Iran, as well the Asian states of China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, this book concentrates upon 'democratization' as the central theme. Did the protests have a galvanizing effect of democratization processes throughout Asia? And if not, why? Touching on perennial issues in politics - for example, democracy, authoritarian rule and social protest - this book is vital for researchers of politics and international relations
Islamic perspectives on the new millennium by Virginia Matheson Hooker( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book brings to the attention of non-Muslims the range of views, which Muslims in the Middle East and in South and Southeast Asia hold on 6 topics of importance to life in the 21st century. Topics addressed are: the new world order; globalisation andmodernity; banking and finance; the nation-state; the position of women; and law and knowledge
Regime change in Afghanistan : foreign intervention and the politics of legitimacy by Amin Saikal( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a study of regime change in an underdeveloped country with a weak state and strong autonomous social organizations. Regime change is in many countries a traumatic and disruptive experience, but few countries have paid as high a cost to retain traditionally accepted relationships of authority as has Afghanistan since the communist coup
The Arab world and Iran : a turbulent region in transition by Amin Saikal( )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume focuses on interpreting the changing domestic and regional dynamics in the Arab world and Iran. Its chapters discuss an array of countries, events, actors, and issues - from an examination of the Arab Spring and the Tunisian democratic transition, to an exploration of the role of Saudi-Iranian geostrategic rivalry, to the impact of ethnic and sectarian politics in Syria, Iraq, and across the region. Chapters from expert contributors are organized into three parts. The first section of the volume covers the aspects and dynamics of change in the Arab world. The second examines the role of Islam, Islamism, Islamic governance, and sectarian and ethnic politics in the region. The third section focuses on Iranian domestic and regional politics. Yet the theme of transition is constant throughout as this multidisciplinary book draws connections across countries and events to not only inform about the prevailing regional situation, but also to invite readers to draw their own conclusions as to the future of the Middle East. Collectively the volume provides a fresh interpretation of the changing dynamics of the Arab world and Iran, unpacking the complexities of the disputes, conflicts, rivalries, failed goals, and processes of change and development that have made the Muslim Middle East so turbulent, directionless, and perpetually contested by both regional and international actors
Islam beyond borders : the umma in world politics by James P Piscatori( Book )

5 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prospect of a united Muslim world has long inspired both dreams and fears. Many Muslims regard the pan-Islamic community, the umma, as the embodiment of the spiritual kinship of the faith, but it has also often been assumed to be inherently antagonistic to adherents of other faiths. Questions over relations with the Other are mirrored by debates over what constitutes the acceptable contours of Islamic doctrine itself. Indeed, the umma has had variant and contested meanings over time, and divergent perspectives on its inclusiveness or exclusiveness and whether it must have concrete or institutional form have become acute. The rise of jihadist movements has especially brought these related issues to the fore, with the targeting of external and internal 'enemies' presented as part of a purifying and defensive mission to rescue the umma from its current degradation. The anthem of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), 'My Umma, Dawn Has Appeared', extols Muslims to give up this life in order to revive the umma and assure victory for Islam. The idea of the umma, so central and yet so elusive, has taken on a talismanic quality
Afghanistan and its neighbors after the NATO withdrawal( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weak states, strong societies : power and authority in the new world order by Amin Saikal( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the previously well-established organisation of world politics has been thrown into disarray. While during the Cold War, the bipolarity of the world gave other powers a defined structure within which to vie for power, influence and material wealth, the current global political landscape has been transformed by a diffusion of power. As a result, the world has seen the rise of sub-national or quasi-/non-state actors, such as Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and the movement that calls itself Islamic State, or ISIS. These dramatic geopolitical shifts have heavily impacted state-society relationships, power and authority in the international system. Weak States, Strong Societies analyses the effect of these developments on the new world order, arguing that the framework of weak state, strong society appears even more applicable to the contemporary global landscape than it did during the Cold War. Focusing on a range of regional contexts, the book explores what constitutes a weak or strong state. It will be essential reading for specialists in politics and international relations, whether students or academic researchers.--
The rise and fall of the Shah 1941-1979 by Amin Saikal( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Refugees in the modern world( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An overview of some of the major contemporary refugee problems, in particular in the Asia-Pacific region, including a discussion of how Australia should respond to these problems
The Afghanistan conflict : Gorbachev's options by Amin Saikal( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Democratization in the Middle East : experiences, struggles, challenges
The Rise and Fall of the ShahModern Afghanistan : a history of struggle and survivalIslam and the West : conflict or cooperation?The Soviet withdrawal from AfghanistanRussia in search of its futureIslamic perspectives on the new millennium
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Saikal, Amin, 1951-

Saykal, Amīn 1950-

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Sīkal, Amīn 1950-

امین سیکل مدیر مرکز مطالعات عرب و اسلامی (خاورمیانه و آسیای مرکزی) و پروفسور علوم سیاسی دانشگاه ملی استرالیا

‏صيقل، امين

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