Re-thinking Middle Eastern democracy : lessons from ancient Mesopotamia

Isakhan, Benjamin 2006, Re-thinking Middle Eastern democracy : lessons from ancient Mesopotamia, in APSA 2006 : Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Political Studies Association conference, APSA, [Newcastle, N.S.W.], pp. 1-16.

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Title Re-thinking Middle Eastern democracy : lessons from ancient Mesopotamia
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Conference name Australasian Political Studies Association. Conference (2006 : Newcastle, New South Wales)
Conference location Newcastle, New South Wales
Conference dates 25-27 Sep. 2006
Title of proceedings APSA 2006 : Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Political Studies Association conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australasian Political Studies Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher APSA
Place of publication [Newcastle, N.S.W.]
Summary The issue of Middle Eastern democracy has long inspired lively academic debate and research from across the ideological and political spectrum. Despite their differences, much of this work measures the successes and failures of Middle Eastern democracy against the Western model, with its antecedents in the political machinations found in Athens during the 5th century B.C. However, there is growing evidence to suggest that the history of democracy began on the other side of the Occidental/Oriental line and can be traced as far back as the early Mesopotamian myths of Enuma Elish, through to the grand empires of the Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians and Phoenicians. In the interest of fostering a liberal, democratic and egalitarian Middle East, this paper concludes by suggesting that one strategy for re-thinking the Middle East’s democratisation is to engage the powerful discourses of the Middle East’s ancient, and democratic, past.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, APSA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033462

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Centre for Comparative Social Research
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