Excellence in Scholarship and Learning
New Realities, Old Identities, Changing Patterns
Amnon Cohen is
Eliahu Elath Professor (emeritus) of the History of the Muslim
Peoples at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Noga Efrati a Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Post-Saddam Iraq is the first comprehensive
attempt to describe and analyze the major developments in Iraq from
the US-led invasion until 2010. It is the product of specialists
in the history of Iraq, the Arab and Muslim world, with a wide range
of views of Iraq’s past and present. The main focus is the
internal political scene – increasingly developing along ethnic-sectarian
and religious lines (Shi‘is and Sunnis, Kurds and Arabs) –
discussed in the context of re-emerging Iraqi national identity.
Other major developments, not unrelated to politics, are also addressed:
women’s rights and economic trends. Post-Saddam Iraq provides
an important external, international dimension to Iraq’s post-war
development through discussion of the central role played by the
Iranian regime and its deep and multi-faceted involvement in the
Iraqi internal scene; the ambivalent relations with Turkey, which
concurrently serves as the main terrestrial channel of trade and
economic ties with the world; and Iraq’s persisting marginal
position in the affairs of the Arab world.
The political developments within Iraq are discussed up to the most recent events (December 2010), when a new government was set up. It remains to be seen whether the former centralist policies of the prime minister will prevail in a state which is gradually disposing of the American military presence, assuming command over its unsolved problems of security and daily life as well as of its future stability.
|Release Date:||April 2011|
|Page Extent / Format:||342 pp. / 229 x 152 mm|
1. The Constitutional Setting
2. The Shi‘is in Post-Saddam Iraq: A Common Political
Front, but Different Tactics?
3. Kurdish Politics and the Shaping of Post-Saddam Iraq
4. Sunni Discontent in Iraq: An Historical Perspective
5. Economic Policy in Iraq 2003–2009
6. Back to Square One: Women’s Rights in Post-Invasion Iraq
7. Grand Ayatollah ‘Ali al-Sistani: Ideology, Activities,
8. Iran in Iraq: Between Opportunity and Threat
Eldad J. Pardo
9. Neighbor to the World’s Superpower: Turkey’s Challenge in Northern Iraq
10. Iraq and the Arab System since the 2003 War:
A Persistent Marginality
A new Iraq has been midwifed by the American war in 2003. Professors Amnon Cohen and Noga Efrati, and their contributors, have come forth with a book of genuine authority and learning and fairness on this new Iraq. Their book is unrivalled in its scope, and in the way it depicts Iraq at home and in the region. The chapters exhibit genuine scholarship throughout.
Fouad Ajami, Majid Khadduri, Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies Program, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author of The Foreigner’s Gift
“This book edited by Amnon Cohen and Noga Efrati is an outstanding contribution to our knowledge and understanding of ‘Iraq after Saddam’. Many life-changing events and trends have been analyzed by their team of internationally respected researchers, who discuss the political, economic, social, and religious realities in Iraq after the American invasion. It is crucial for decision makers around the world to reflect on the different perspectives and debates herein – questions such as a free Iraq with explosions and road bombs versus dictatorship and silence. Iraqis themselves need to examine the opinions and initiatives put forward in this book when making decisions for a better and brighter future.” Mithal al-Alusi, member of the outgoing Iraqi parliament (2005–2010) and Head of the Iraqi Nation’s party
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