Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781842774717 Published October 2005 For sale in North and South America only
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Jordan

Living in the Crossfire

Alan George

Jordan

Alan George

Distributed for Zed Books

288 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2005
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781842774717 Published October 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $81.95 ISBN: 9781842774700 Published October 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Jordan has played a bigger role in Middle Eastern affairs than its size and economy might warrant, due to its huge Palestinian population, its strategic location between Israel, the West Bank, Syria and Iraq, and its uniquely close relationship with successive British and US administrations. Drawing on numerous visits to the country and interviews with a diversity of people from King Abdullah down, Alan George describes how its reasonably stable monarchical system, unlike that in most Arab countries, has allowed the halting development of civil society and maintained control through the skilful co-option of opponents rather than heavy-handed reliance on its secret police. What is daily life like? How do its parliamentary system and political parties work? How free are the media? What are the future prospects of this buffer 'state without a nation'?
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chronology
Vital Statistics

PART ONE: JORDAN
1: 'Fulfilling our Promises': The Creation of Jordan
2: 'Neither Democrat nor Demagogue': Jordan under King Hussain
3: 'Bread before Freedom': Jordan under King Abdullah II

PART TWO: JORDANIANS
4: Abdullah bin Al-Hussain: King
5: Barjas al-Hadid: Tribal Shaikh
6: Rajai Khoury: Businessman
7: 'Abd al-Fatah al-Bustani: Dentist
8: Abu Muhammad: Taxi driver
9: Awad ash-Shubaiki: Farmer
10: Anisa Salim: Palestinian refugee

PART THREE : INSTITUTIONS
11: The 'Stratified Elite' : The Royal Family and Royal Court
12: 'Strengthening the Moderate Majority': Parliament and Parties
13: 'The Basis of Governance': The Legal System
14: The Sky's the Limit: The Media
15: 'Investing in a Mobile Resource': Higher Education
16: Visions and Realities: The Future

Select Bibliography
Index
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