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Kamrava, Mehran 1964-

Works: 58 works in 422 publications in 4 languages and 20,897 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Reference works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator
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Most widely held works by Mehran Kamrava
The modern Middle East : a political history since the First World War by Mehran Kamrava( )

43 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Swedish and held by 3,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first succinct and authoritative overview of the making of the modern Middle East, this lucid book brings a valuable mix of historical perspectives and contemporary analysis to a wide audience of readers seeking expert knowledge about this troubled and fascinating region. Giving a rich perspective on the region's historical and political evolution, the book traces the influence of factors such as religion, culture, and economics and illuminates events and topics currently in the news. With its broad thematic sweep and its balanced presentation of contentious issues, it is essential reading for general readers and students who want to better understand the world today. Mehran Kamrava sets the stage with a concise discussion of the evolution of Islam and the religion's profound role in the region. He then looks at, in turn, the rise and fall of the Ottomans, the trials of independence and state-building, the emergence and fiery spread of nationalism, the two Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973, the Iranian Revolution, and the two Gulf Wars and beyond, including discussion of the invasion of Iraq by the United States. After tracing the consequences of these historical events for a host of political phenomena, Kamrava gives detailed attention to three pivotal issues: the challenges of economic development, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the question of democracy. He also examines issues that will shape the future: population growth, environmental pollution, and water scarcity
Cultural politics in the Third World by Mehran Kamrava( )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the subtle and multi-faceted relationship between culture and politics in developing countries. The book cautions against both politically reductionist examinations of culture as well as culturally reductionist examinations of politics. By placing culture within its proper political perspective, it demonstrates that civilisations are not clashing, nor are they about to in the near future. With its contextualisation of culture, this book will be of interest to both academics and students studying political science, sociology and development studies
Politics and society in the developing world by Mehran Kamrava( )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 2,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a welcome new edition, which completely updates and revises the very popular first edition, Politics and Society in the Third World. Mehran Kamrava has brought the book in line with the major changes in global politics, and the politics and social issues of the developing world. The book examines key issues such as democratisation: civil society organisations and NGOs, 'political society', state collapse, democratic bargains and transition, consolidation and problems of legitimacy, elections, multi-party politics; industrial development; dependency theory and globalis
International politics of the Persian Gulf by Mehran Kamrava( )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the key factors that give the Persian Gulf its strategic significance, contributors look at the influence of vast deposits of oil and natural gas on international politics, the impact of the competing centers of power of Iran and Saudi Arabia, the nature of relationships among countries within the Persian Gulf, and the evolving interaction between Islam and politics. Throughout the collection, issues of internal and international security are shown to be central
Qatar : small state, big politics by Mehran Kamrava( )

18 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Persian Gulf state of Qatar has fewer than 2 million inhabitants, virtually no potable water, and has been an independent nation only since 1971. Yet its enormous oil and gas wealth has permitted the ruling al Thani family to exert a disproportionately large influence on regional and even international politics. Qatar is, as Mehran Kamrava explains in this knowledgeable and incisive account of the emirate, a "tiny giant": although severely lacking in most measures of state power, it is highly influential in diplomatic, cultural, and economic spheres. Kamrava presents Qatar as an experimental country, building a new society while exerting what he calls "subtle power." It is both the headquarters of the global media network Al Jazeera and the site of the U.S. Central Command's Forward Headquarters and the Combined Air Operations Center. Qatar has been a major player during the European financial crisis, it has become a showplace for renowned architects, several U.S. universities have established campuses there, and it will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Qatar's effective use of its subtle power, Kamrava argues, challenges how we understand the role of small states in the global system. Given the Gulf state's outsized influence on regional and international affairs, this book is a critical and timely account of contemporary Qatari politics and society
Understanding comparative politics : a framework for analysis by Mehran Kamrava( )

32 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Comparative Politics examines current and past approaches to the study of comparative politics and proposes a new framework for analysis. Mehran Kamrava achieves this through a comparative examination of state and social institutions, how they interact and the political cultures within which they operate
The political history of modern Iran : from tribalism to theocracy by Mehran Kamrava( )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a concise and comprehensive examination of Iran's political history from the establishment of the Qajar dynasty in 1785 until the present
Iran today : an encyclopedia of life in the Islamic Republic by Mehran Kamrava( )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars of political and other social sciences, many of them Iranians at US universities, explore aspects of daily life in Iran since the 1978-79 revolution that overthrew the US-installed dictator. The articles, with bylines and suggestions for further reading, look at people, industries, arts, politics, the economy, and other matters. Among specific topics are armed and security forces, Nobel Laureate law scholar Shirin Ebadi, Ruhollah Khomeini, the petroleum industry, relations with the Arab world, Islamic socialism, tribes, and the status of women. The two volumes are paged and indexed together. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Democracy in the balance : culture and society in the Middle East by Mehran Kamrava( )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on the disciplines of history, sociology, political science, and cultural anthropology, as well as an extensive bibliography of recent publications in Middle Eastern studies, Democracy in the Balance provides a comprehensive survey of the social and cultural dynamics of the Middle East, while its author sounds an impassioned call for the fundamental changes that are needed if democracy is to take root and eventually thrive in the region
The new voices of Islam : rethinking politics and modernity : a reader by Mehran Kamrava( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time in our post-9/11 world when fundamentalist forces appear to dominate Islam, a vibrant and consequential discourse has emerged from many prominent writers seeking to change the direction of Muslim thought. This timely volume, representing a broad cross-section of this reformist trend in countries ranging from Malaysia to Algeria and Morocco, brings together the writings of thirteen of the most renowned and influential Muslim thinkers alive today. Individually and collectively, they argue for reforms in Islamic theology and jurisprudence and for reinterpretations of popular notions of Islam that are consistent with and supportive of the tenets of modern life. Their essays include broad overviews of Islam, its core principles, and the complex relationship between Islam, democracy, and civil rights; three works by Muslim feminist intellectuals; and more. The volume also places the life, career, and arguments of each thinker in national and historical context."--Publisher's description
Beyond the Arab Spring : the evolving ruling bargain in the Middle East by Mehran Kamrava( )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contributors to this book scrutinise the legitimacy of the Arab regimes that experienced popular uprisings in 2010-2011 and discuss the consequences of public disenchantment with them
Iran's intellectual revolution by Mehran Kamrava( Book )

15 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the book aptly demonstrates, these developments, which amount to an intellectual revolution, will have profound and far-reaching consequences for the future of the Islamic republic, its people and very probably for countries beyond its borders. This thought-provoking account of the Iranian intellectual and cultural scene will confound stereotypical views of Iran and its mullahs."--Jacket
Politics and society in the Third World by Mehran Kamrava( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revolution in Iran : the roots of turmoil by Mehran Kamrava( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Socio-cultural grievances -- Khomeini's leadership -- 6 Conclusion -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
The impossibility of Palestine : history, geography, and the road ahead by Mehran Kamrava( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "two-state solution" is the official policy of Israel, the United States, the United Nations, and the Palestinian Authority alike. However, international relations scholar Mehran Kamrava argues that Israel's "state-building" process has never risen above the level of municipal governance, and its goal has never been Palestinian independence. He explains that a coherent Palestinian state has already been rendered an impossibility, and to move forward, Palestine must redefine its present predicament and future aspirations. Based on detailed fieldwork, exhaustive scholarship, and an in-depth examination of historical sources, this controversial work will be widely read and debated by all sides
Qatar : small state, big politics : with a new preface by Mehran Kamrava( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Innovation in Islam : traditions and contributions( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why has the West developed and modernized, while the Muslim world has lagged behind? Why has democracy not found a hospitable home in much of the Muslim world? Why have the opponents of innovation found their message so resonant with ordinary Muslims? Featuring essays by a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars, this volume offers in-depth analyses of the history, causes, consequences, and obstacles to innovation in Islam. Focusing on the ways and means through which the teachings of Islam have been produced and perpetuated over time, the contributors investigate such areas as the arts an
The nuclear question in the Middle East( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding the scope and motivations of the Middle East's nuclear activities are essential to global security concerns, but few studies see past the political and military dimensions of the issue, or look beyond the sources and mechanisms of proliferation and the possibilities of reversing them
Revolutionary politics by Mehran Kamrava( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work examines the causes, processes, and outcomes of revolutions."--Preface
The political economy of the Persian Gulf( Book )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some Persian Gulf states have capitalized on the quick pace of globalized fiscal transactions, transforming themselves into important markets for foreign investment. Others have fallen victim to such risky speculation. This has led the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to reevaluate the integrity of the "Dubai Model" of economic diversification, as they search for an ideal method to organize their economies and compete within the global order. While exploring the greater dimensions that globalizing forces have brought to the political economies of Persian Gulf states, this book also considers recent changes instituted during and following the global economic crisis of 2008. While mutually beneficial rentier arrangements have guided the GCC countries' formation of oil-based economies and labor relations in the past, will this necessarily be true in the future? In addition to addressing this key concern, this volume confronts future demographic changes within GCC countries; the feasibility of establishing a GCC monetary union; the effects of rentierism on state autonomy; and the successes and failures of sovereign wealth funds and Islamic banking models
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Politics and society in the developing world
Alternative Names
Kāmrāwa, Mihrān 1964-

Cultural politics in the Third WorldPolitics and society in the developing worldInternational politics of the Persian GulfUnderstanding comparative politics : a framework for analysisThe political history of modern Iran : from tribalism to theocracyIran today : an encyclopedia of life in the Islamic RepublicDemocracy in the balance : culture and society in the Middle EastThe new voices of Islam : rethinking politics and modernity : a reader