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.

chapter 1|13 pages


Cities in the Middle East: beyond "Middle Easternism"

chapter 2|15 pages

In the Eyes of Some Britons

Aleppo, a cosmopolitan city

chapter 3|16 pages

The Making of Tehran

The incremental encroachment of modernity

chapter 4|12 pages

Dotting Urban Spaces

Jewish survival politics in current Casablanca

chapter 5|18 pages

Queer Urban Movements in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

A comparative discussion

chapter 6|14 pages

The Home in the Middle Eastern City

A contact zone of contradictory memories and belonging in Jaffa 1

chapter 7|15 pages

Gaza's Historical Cycles of Prosperity and Destruction

Is the present an aberration?

chapter 8|17 pages

Erasing Memories of Palestine in Settler-Colonial Urban Space

The case of Haifa

chapter 9|15 pages

Beersheba and the Dynamics of a Palestinian City

Bedouin networks with Gaza, Jerusalem, and Istanbul

chapter 10|17 pages

Understanding the Materiality of Suspicion

Affective politics in MENA cities

chapter 11|12 pages

Borders, Boundaries, and Frontiers

On Jerusalem's present geopolitics

chapter 12|12 pages

"A Demarcation in the Hearts"

Everyday urban frontiers in Beirut

chapter 13|19 pages

Tourism and Urbanism in Iran

Top-down and ad hoc developments in the Caspian region

chapter 16|9 pages


A fresh perspective - moving from form-based planning 1 to a value-based approach

chapter 17|19 pages

Securitisation of Urban Electricity Supply

A political ecology perspective on the cases of Jordan and Lebanon

chapter 18|14 pages

The Rise of a Saharan City

Urban development, tribal settlement, and political unrest in Laâyoune

chapter 19|16 pages

Rethinking "Buliding Resilience"

Conflict and the Middle East city

chapter 20|24 pages

Erasing Palimpsest City

Boom, bust, and urbicide in Turkey 1

chapter 21|15 pages


Challenging the urbicide 1

chapter 22|18 pages

The Impact of Internal Displacement in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Internally displaced people, interethnic relations, and social cohesion in Duhok

chapter 25|16 pages

Political Economy of Tourism Development in the Gulf

The cases of Muscat and Doha