Francois Burgat, a political scientist and Arabist, is Researcher at the CNRS in Paris. Having spent 7 years in Algeria, and a further 5 years in Egypt working on this book, he now directs the Centre Francais d'Archeologie et de Sciences Sociales in Sana'a, Yemen.
"Complex, nuanced, and lucidly presented, Burgat's argument is worth taking seriously... Highly recommended." -T. Le Vine (emeritus, Washington University), Choice