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Charles Issawi (1916-2000) was a leading economic historian of the Middle East and an astute commentator on history, politics, and human nature. In 1956 he published an article on the foundations of democracy and their absence from the Middle East. Below, we reproduce a key passage from that article (in green, beneath Issawi’s photograph). In […]

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A dated division of Egypt

From Michele Dunne “Lines in the Sand” (Vanity Fair, January 2008, not online) describes an intellectual exercise in which four Middle East specialists (David Fromkin, Dennis Ross, Kenneth Pollack, and Daniel Byman) are asked to redraw boundaries to reflect the region’s actual social and cultural landscape as opposed to the political borders set largely by […]

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