First Published in 1982, Iraq: The Contemporary State presents insights into the political, social, and economic developments in Iraq. The author argues that Iraq, is a country which the outside world will need increasingly to understand for the stability of the wider Gulf region. Unlike most Arab oil-producing states, moreover, Iraq has substantial agricultural and hydrocarbon resources. This book covers themes like class determination and state formation in Iraq; developments in the Kurdish Issue; emancipation of Iraqi women; eradication of illiteracy; economic relations between Iraq and other Arab Gulf states; Iraqi oil policy between 1961-1976; and western, Soviet and Egyptian influences on Iraq’s development planning. This book is an essential read for scholars and researchers of international relations, West Asian studies, Middle East studies, and international politics.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByTim Niblock

chapter 2|20 pages

Iraq: The Fertile Crescent Dimension

ByH.G. Balfour-Paul

chapter 4|15 pages

Recent Developments in the Kurdish Issue

BySa'ad Jawad

chapter 5|12 pages

Saddam Husain's Political Thinking: The Comparison with Nasser

ByPeter Mansfield

chapter 6|14 pages

The Emancipation of Iraqi Women

ByAmal al-Sharqi

chapter 7|12 pages

Revolution within the Revolution? Women and the State in Iraq

ByAmal Rassam

chapter 8|9 pages

The Eradication of Illiteracy in Iraq

ByAlya Sousa

chapter 9|16 pages

United States-Iraq Relations: A Spring Thaw?

ByBarry Rubin

chapter 10|25 pages

Iraqi Policies towards the Arab States of the Gulf, 1958-1981

ByTim Niblock

chapter 11|18 pages

Economic Relations between Iraq and other Arab Gulf States

ByNaomi Sakr

chapter 12|23 pages

Iraqi Oil Policy: 1961-1976

ByPaul Stevens

chapter 13|28 pages

Problems of Rural Development in an Oil-Rich Economy: Iraq 1958-1975 1

ByRobin Theobald, Sa'ad Jawad

chapter 15|15 pages

The Challenge of Human Resources Development in Iraq

ByJ. S. Birks, C. Sinclair

chapter 16|22 pages

Industrial Development and the Decision-Making Process 1

ByJohn Townsend