Routledge handbook on middle East cities

Haim Yacobi (Editor), Mansour Nasasra (Editor)

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Presenting the current debate about cities in the Middle East from Sana'a, Beirut and Jerusalem to Cairo, Marrakesh and Gaza, the book explores urban planning and policy, migration, gender and identity as well as politics and economics of urban settings in the region. This handbook moves beyond essentialist and reductive analyses of identity, urban politics, planning, and development in cities in the Middle East, and instead offers critical engagement with both historical and contemporary urban processes in the region. Approaching "Cities" as multi-dimensional sites, products of political processes, knowledge production and exchange, and local and global visions as well as spatial artefacts. Importantly, in the different case studies and theoretical approaches, there is no attempt to idealise urban politics, planning, and everyday life in the Middle East -- which (as with many other cities elsewhere) are also situations of contestation and violence -- but rather to highlight how cities in the region, and especially those which are understudied, revolve around issues of housing, infrastructure, participation and identity, amongst other concerns. Analysing a variety of cities in the Middle East, the book is a significant contribution to Middle East Studies. It is an essential resource for students and academics interested in Geography, Regional and Urban Studies of the Middle East.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages426
ISBN (Electronic)9781315625164
ISBN (Print)9781138650749, 9780367727642
StatePublished - 26 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge handbooks.


  • Cities and towns -- Middle East

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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