Afro-Middle East Centre


The Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) is a research institution based in Johannesburg and focuses on issues pertaining to the MENA region as well as their relation in the South African context.

We publish books, journal articles and briefs on our research, often in collaboration with numerous prominent academics from around the world.

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Pretending Democracy
Price: $40.00 USD. Words: 151,320. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Democracy, Nonfiction » History » Middle East / Israel
Can a state be both democratic and ethnically self-defined? Pretending democracy: Israel, an ethnocratic state unpacks this issue by using Israel as a case study. Based on papers presented at AMEC’s 2010 conference themed ‘Locating ethnic states in a cosmopolitan world: The case of Israel’, the book interrogates concepts such as ‘cosmopolitanism’, ‘nationalism’, ‘ethnocracy’ and ‘citizenship’.

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