The Middle East

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for The Middle East, 15th Edition!

“Written by a group of well-known experts and researchers who have diligently worked, and updated the book since its first edition to include the most important features of State, Polity, and Governance in Middle East and North Africa… This book is equally useful for instructors and students.”
—Jalil Roshandel, East Carolina University

In the more succinct Fifteenth Edition of The Middle East, editor Ellen Lust brings important new coverage to this comprehensive, balanced, and superbly researched text. In clear prose, Lust and her contributors explain the many complex changes taking place across the region. All country profile chapters now address domestic and regional conflict more explicitly and all tables, figures, boxes, and maps have been fully updated with the most recent data and information. This best-selling text not only helps readers comprehend more fully the world around them, but it also enables readers to recognize and formulate policies that can more successfully engage the Middle East.

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We gratefully acknowledge Ellen Lust and her contributors for writing an excellent text and creating the materials on this site.