"An enormous amount of academic literature has been published on Nasserism since the 1950s and, to my mind, Rethinking Nasserism is without a doubt the last word on the subject. . . . An outstanding reappraisal of Nasserism as a major force in the 20th-century Middle East."--Israel Gershoni, Tel Aviv University
President Gamal 'Abd Nasser was a beloved figure of the Egyptian people and loomed large over the Arab world during his period of influence (1952-1970). Nasser dominated and defined the politics of an entire generation of Egyptians and successfully spoke to the masses of Arabs in other countries, even going over the heads of their own leaders--something that no other Arab leader since has been able to accomplish since on any considerable scale. In Rethinking Nasserism, distinguished scholars from Israel, the United States, and Egypt provide a definitive reappraisal of the historical force of Nasserism in the ideological, economic, social, and cultural arenas of the modern Middle East in general and of Egypt in particular.
The innovative theme of the collection is Nasserism as a form of populism, described by the editors in their introduction as a combination of various tenets of anti-imperialism, pan-Arabism (or nationalism), and Arab socialism. The book reassesses the achievements and failures of Nasserism during Nasser's presidency and the lasting impact of his ideology on subsequent regimes in Egypt and on the entire Arab world.
Foreword by Gabriel Ben-Dor
Introduction: Nasserism as a Form of Populism, by Elie Podeh and Onn Winckler
Part I. Images of Nasserism
1. Gamal 'Abd al-Nasser: Iconology, Ideology, and Demonology, by Leonard Binder
2. Demonizing the Other: Israeli Perceptions of Nasser and Nasserism, by Elie Podeh
3. History, Politics, and Public Memory: The Nasserist Legacy in Mubarak's Egypt, by Meir Hatina
Part II. Political and Social Aspects of Nasserism
4. Nasserism's Legal Legacy: Accessibility, Accountability, and Authoritarianism, by Nathan J. Brown
5. Sports, Society, and Revolution: Egypt in the Early Nasserite Period, by Yoav Di-Capua
6. Nasserist and Post-Nasserist Elites in an Official Biographical Lexicon, by Uri M. Kupferschmidt
Part III. Nasser's Foreign Policy
7. 'Abd al-Nasser's Regional Politics: A Reassessment, by Avraham Sela
8. 'Abd al-Nasser and the United States: Enemy or Friend? by David W. Lesch
9. Nasser and the Soviets: A Reassessment, by Rami Ginat
Part IV. Nasser's Socioeconomic Policies and Achievements
10. An Assessment of Egypt's Development Strategy, 1952-1970, by M. Riad El-Ghonemy
11. Nasser's Egypt and Park's Korea: A Comparison of Their Economic Achievements, by Paul Rivlin
12. Nasser's Family Planning Policy in Perspective, by Gad G. Gilbar and Onn Winckler
Part V. Cultural Aspects of Nasserism
13. The Nightingale and the Ra'is: 'Abd al-Halim Hafiz and Nasserist Longings, by Joel Gordon
14. Nasser and Nasserism as Perceived in Modern Egyptian Literature through Allusions to Songs, by Gabriel M. Rosenbaum
Elie Podeh is senior lecturer in the Department of Islam and Middle Eastern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"An enormous amount of academic literature has been published on Nasserism since the 1950s and, to my mind. "Rethinking Nasserism is without a doubt the last word on the subject.... An outstanding reappraisal of Nasserism as a major force in the 20th-century Middle East."
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Orange Grove Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6 x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.59