Bustan Vol. 13, No. 2 (December 2022)

Bustan Vol. 13, No. 2 (December 2022).

Bustan Vol. 13, No. 2 (December 2022).

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  • The Wave of the Past: Islamism, Democracy, and the Arab Spring, Then and Now
    The Clash of Values, Islamic Fundamentalism Versus Liberal Nationalism by Mansoor Moaddel; Islamism, Arab Spring, and the Future of Democracy by Leonid Grinin, Andrey Korotayev, and Arno Tausch
    Review by: David Pollock

  • Breaking History: A White House Memoir by Jared Kushner; Sledgehammer: How Breaking with the Past Brought Peace to the Middle East by David Friedman; In the Path of Abraham: How Donald Trump Made Peace in the Middle East―and How to Stop Joe Biden from Unmaking It by Jason D. Greenblatt; Let My People Know: The Incredible Story of Middle East Peace―and What Lies Ahead by Aryeh Lightstone
    Review by: Joshua Samuel Krasna
  • Nationalism and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman by Ben Hubbard; Mohammed bin Salman: The Icarus of Saudi Arabia? by David B. Ottaway; The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed
    Review by: Brandon Friedman

Book Reviews

  • The Politics of Islam: The Muslim Brothers and the State in the Arab Gulf by Birol Başkan
    Review by: Courtney Jean Freer

  • The Invention of the Maghreb: Between Africa and the Middle East by Abdelmajid Hannoum
    Review by: Bruce Maddy Weitzman

  • Turkey’s State Crisis: Institutions, Reform and Conflict by Bulent Aras
    Review by: Bahar Baser

  • Digital Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Deception, Disinformation and Social Media by Mark Owen Jones
    Review by: Gabriele Cosentino

  • Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798–1864 by Ozan Ozavci
    Review by: Federico Manfredi Firmian

  • Reinventing the Sheikhdom: Clan, Power and Patronage in Mohammed bin Zayed’s UAE by Matthew Hedges
    Review by: Jean-Loup Samaan

  • Cultivating the Past, Living the Modern: The Politics of Time in the Sultanate of Oman by Amal Sachedina
    Review by: Karen Exell

  • Putin’s War in Syria: Russian Foreign Policy and the Price of America’s Absence by Anna Borshchevskaya
    Review by: Nikolay Kozhanov

  • The Last Shah: America, Iran, and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty by Ray Takeyh; The Fall of Reza Shah: The Abdication, Exile, and Death of Modern Iran’s Founder by Shaul Bakhash
    Review by: Gregory Brew

  • Armies of Arabia: Military Politics and Effectiveness in the Gulf by Zoltan Barany
    Review by: Ash Rossiter

  • Sayyid Qutb: An Intellectual Biography by Giedrė Šabasevičiūtė
    Review by: Joas Wagemakers