Al-Dawla al-Arabiyya: muqariba sociologiyya tarikhiyya

Translated title of the contribution: The Arab state: a historical sociology approach

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This study presents a theoretical framework on and empirical accounts of state formation, development, and deformation in the Arab world. Taking a comparative historical methodology, the article raises several questions: What is the difference between a regime and a state? What kind of regimes emerged in the Arab world and how do we explain variations in their formations and types? Why have some state-building processes failed whilst others succeeded? The study's main finding is that state building in the Arab world can be described as a bell-shaped curve rather than a linear approximation of Weberian or Westphalian notions of statehood.
Translated title of the contributionThe Arab state: a historical sociology approach
Original languageArabic
Pages (from-to)7-36
Number of pages30
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021


  • Arab State
  • Regimes
  • Social fields
  • Historical sociology
  • Bell-shaped curve


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