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The Iraqi Invasion Of Kuwait : Religion, Identity And Otherness In The Analysis Of War And Conflict - Hamdi A. Hassan

The Iraqi Invasion Of Kuwait

Religion, Identity And Otherness In The Analysis Of War And Conflict

Paperback Published: 20th September 1999
ISBN: 9780745314112
Number Of Pages: 290

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Focusing on the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Hamdi Hassan offers a balanced examination of the motivation of the Iraqi polity and the conditions which accelerated and facilitated the decision to invade. Critical of the traditional approach of most Middle East studies, The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait offers a counterpoint to Western interpretations of this key event in the contemporary history of the Middle East. Hassan examines how Saddam Hussein assessed and responded to American and Israeli intentions after the invasion, the reaction of other Arab states, and the unprecedented grassroots support for the Iraqi leadership. In this context, the author examines the social structure of Iraqi society - families, clans and regional alliances - and the importance of Ba'athism. Hassan also examines the political structure of the country, relating the identity of Arabism - the religion and language which is associated closely with the Pan Arabist ideals - to Iraqi foreign policy.

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'Broadens current debates on the future of Islamic societies.' --Middle East 'If you're not satisfied with the mainstream western press's explanation of Saddam Hussein's behaviour or why he's still in power, then read this book... A powerful antidote to the uninformed, prejuding drivel that is the standard western media fare.' --Spectre

Understanding the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwaitp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The Realist Perspectivep. 6
The Institutional Perspectivep. 7
The Reflective Perspectivep. 8
The Realist Perspectivep. 13
Introductionp. 13
The Realist Perspective: A Theoretical Outlinep. 14
Iraq's Assessment When Invading Kuwaitp. 21
American--Iraqi relations 1984-90p. 36
The Institutional Perspectivep. 55
Introductionp. 55
The Institutional Perspective: A Theoretical Outlinep. 57
The Overlapping of Identitiesp. 63
The Domestic Sources of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwaitp. 77
The Genealogy of the Political Elites in the Arab Worldp. 89
The Question of Mitigating Iraq's Economic Needsp. 102
The Reflective Perspectivep. 113
Introductionp. 113
The Reflective Perspective: A Theoretical Outlinep. 114
Islam and Arabism: The Genealogy of a Discursive Regimep. 119
The Arabic Political Discourse and the Invasion of Kuwaitp. 137
Epiloguep. 179
Writing to Understand or Mapping to Conquer: De/constructing the Myth of Homo Arabicusp. 191
Notesp. 200
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 272
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ISBN: 9780745314112
ISBN-10: 0745314112
Series: Critical Studies on Islam
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 20th September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.36 x 13.41  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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