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Winds of Eden

by Catrin Collier Accent Press (November 10, 2014)


On Shifting Ground: Muslim Women in the Global Era

by Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone The Feminist Press at CUNY (September 15, 2014)

Breaking news on Muslim women post-Arab Spring.


Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema

by Terri Ginsberg & Chris Lippard Scarecrow Press (March 11, 2010)

The Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema covers the production and exhibition of cinema in the Middle East and in other communities whose heritage is from the region and whose films commonly reflect...


The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's Death

by Bruce Hoffman & Fernando Reinares Columbia University Press (October 28, 2014)

Examining major terrorist acts and campaigns undertaken in the decade following September 11, 2001, internationally recognized scholars study the involvement of global terrorist leaders and organizations in...


The Art of Avaz and Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Foundations and Contexts

by Rob Simms & Amir Koushkani Lexington Books (January 20, 2012)

The Art of Avaz and Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Foundations and Contexts, by Rob Simms and Amir Koushkani, examines the traditional art of singing classical Persian poetry, as represented by its greatest living...


Circling the Square

by Wendell Steavenson Ecco (July 21, 2015)

What happened to the promise of Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring?

On January 25, 2011, the world was watching Cairo. Egyptians of every stripe came together in Tahrir Square to protest Hosni Mubarak's three...


Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons

by Banu Bargu Columbia University Press (September 09, 2014)

Starve and Immolate tells the story of leftist political prisoners in Turkey who waged a deadly struggle against the introduction of high security prisons by forging their lives into weapons. Weaving together...


Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?

by Richard Cohen Simon & Schuster (September 16, 2014)

A very personal journey through Jewish history (and Cohen’s own), and a passionate defense of Israel’s legitimacy.

Richard Cohen’s book is part reportage, part memoir—an intimate journey through the history...


Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice

by Marion Katz Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

Juxtaposing Muslim scholars’ debates over women’s attendance in mosques with historical descriptions of women’s activities within Middle Eastern and North African mosques, this study shows how over the...


The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East

by Marc Lynch Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Why did Tunisian protests following the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi lead to a massive wave of uprisings across the entire Arab world? Who participated in those protests, and what did they hope to achieve?...


Israel vs. Utopia

by Joel Schalit Akashic Books (October 01, 2009)

Israeli American journalist Schalit distinguishes between the Israel he knows and the image of it in the minds of Americans.


The Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921

by Eleanor H. Tejirian, Reeva Spector Simon & Gary Sick Columbia University Press (December 08, 2004)

Leading scholars consider Iraq's history and strategic importance from the vantage point of its residents, neighbors (Iran, Turkey, and Kurdistan), and the Great Powers.


United States and Iran: Different Values and Attitudes Toward Nature

by Maryam Y. Yekta Steininger UPA (August 16, 2009)

This book discusses Iranian culture before and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, based on research conducted among American scholars who had lived and worked in Iran. It covers the religion and literature...


The Aesthetic of Revolution in the Film and Literature of Naguib Mahfouz (1952-1967)

by Nathaniel Greenberg Lexington Books (July 02, 2014)

This book examines the impact of revolution on one of the great literary minds of the twentieth century: Naguib Mahfouz. Concentrating on the years following the 1952 Free-Officers’ Coup that brought an end...


Britain's Unfulfilled Mandate for Palestine

by Nick Reynold Lexington Books (June 12, 2014)

The Middle East and its problems have become a constant source of news and public interest, but the current issues cannot be understood without a firm grasp on the historical context of the conflicts. Britain’s...


Zadokite Propaganda in the Late Second Temple Period: A Turning Point in Jewish History

by Heerak Christian Kim UPA (April 23, 2014)

Zadokite Propaganda in the Late Second Temple Period is a monumental work of scholarship in ancient history and Jewish studies. This book examines centuries of scholarship on ancient Jewish group identity and...


Civil Society and Democracy in Iran

by Ramin Jahanbegloo, Omid Memarian, Mehrzad Boroujerdi & Yousefi Eshkevari et al. Lexington Books (December 30, 2011)

The book is focused on the work of Iranian civil society and the process of democratization in Iran. All contributors in this volume develop and discuss these issues with an eye on the political evolution of...


Israel at Sixty: An Oral History of a Nation Reborn

by Deborah Hart Strober Wiley (February 01, 2008)

Based on extensive interviews, Israel at Sixty presents a balanced, comprehensive account of this complex and amazing land. It re-creates historic events from the actions of Israel's founding visionaries through...


All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

by Stephen Kinzer Wiley (January 01, 2008)

With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country’s elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century...


Blood: A Critique of Christianity

by Gil Anidjar Columbia University Press (April 29, 2014)

Blood, according to Gil Anidjar, maps the singular history of Christianity. As a category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as determining, sometimes even defining...


Historical Dictionary of Ancient Israel

by Niels Peter Lemche Scarecrow Press (December 10, 2003)

This reference examines sources in the Old Testament and surveys the findings of recent archaeological research. It includes entries on the significant persons, places and events; covers the Kingdoms of Israel...


Israeli Culture on the Road to the Yom Kippur War

by Dalia Gavriely-Nuri Lexington Books (February 27, 2014)

While many scholars have tried to explain why Israel was caught unawares despite its sophisticated military intelligence services, Dalia Gavriely-Nuri looks beyond the military, intelligence, and political explanations...


The Benghazi Report

by Roger Stone & U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Skyhorse (March 11, 2014)

On September 11, 2012, a squad of armed militants in Libya attacked the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, killing U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats. Although the...


Political Unification Revisited: On Building Supranational Communities

by Amitai Etzioni Lexington Books (November 12, 2001)

Can independent nations unify politically? Amitai Etzioni raised this searching question in his seminal 1965 book, Political Unification: A Comparative Study of Leaders and Forces. In this revised edition-now...


Khomeini's Ghost

by Con Coughlin Ecco (March 18, 2014)

From the bestselling author of Saddam comes the definitive biography of Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution and how his fundamentalist legacy has forever influenced the course of Iran's relationship with...


The 188th Crybaby Brigade

by Joel Chasnoff Free Press (February 09, 2010)

Look at me. Do you see me? Do you see me in my olive-green uniform, beret, and shiny black boots? Do you see the assault rifle slung across my chest? Finally! I am the badass Israeli soldier at the side of...


Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

by Kai Bird Scribner (April 20, 2010)

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER KAI BIRD’S fascinating memoir of his early years spent in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon provides an original and illuminating perspective into the Arab-Israeli conflict....


Ancient Egyptian Dances

by Irena Lexová Dover Publications (December 03, 2012)

One of the few books in English on the topic investigates origins, nature, role of dance in ancient Egypt. 80 drawings and illustrations adapted from tomb paintings, other sources. New introduction. Bibliography....


The Face of the Ancient Orient: Near Eastern Civilization in Pre-Classical Times

by Sabatino Moscati Dover Publications (September 12, 2012)

Fascinating study examines Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, Israelites, Persians, others. "...a valuable introduction, perhaps the best available in English." — American Historical...


The Harem: Inside the Grand Seraglio of the Turkish Sultans

by N. M. Penzer Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

This survey features photographs and floor plans of Topkapi Palace as well as profiles of the harem's women, their eunuch guards, and court manners, dress, and politics. 42 black-and-white illustrations.


The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades: Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn Al-Qalanisi

by H. A. R. Gibb Dover Publications (November 08, 2012)

Remarkable contemporary account of early Crusades by one of Damascus' leading citizens covers events of 1097–1159. Based on both written and oral reports, colorful narrative relates every particular of life...


Jews and Arabs: A Concise History of Their Social and Cultural Relations

by S.D. Goitein Dover Publications (March 13, 2012)

Fascinating study by eminent scholar explores 3,000 years of relations between Jews and Arabs. Topics include Jewish traditions in Islam, Islamic influence on Jewish philosophy, Jewish and Islamic mysticism...


Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan: Elections in an Unstable Political Landscape

by Noah Coburn & Anna Larson Columbia University Press (December 24, 2013)

This volume shows how Afghani elections since 2004 have threatened to derail the country’s fledgling democracy. Examining presidential, parliamentary, and provincial council elections and conducting interviews...


Under Siege: P.L.O. Decisionmaking During the 1982 War

by Rashid Khalidi Columbia University Press (December 10, 2013)

A fascinating and often terrifying firsthand account of the 1982 war in Lebanon, Under Siege vividly reveals the complex negotiations and military maneuvers which ended with the evacuation of the P.L.O. from...


Saved by Her Enemy

by Don Teague & Rafraf Barrak Howard Books (March 02, 2010)

For her entire life, Rafraf, a devout Muslim, had been told that Americans were the enemy. Her understanding of the world, of her place in it, and of the United States had been steeped in the culture of Iraq...


Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan

by Edward Girardet Chelsea Green Publishing (October 20, 2011)

Few reporters have covered Afghanistan as intrepidly and humanely as Edward Girardet. Now, in a gripping, personal account, Girardet delivers a story of that nation's resistance fighters, foreign invaders, mercenaries,...


The Root of Wild Madder

by Brian Murphy Simon & Schuster (July 26, 2005)

Wisdom of a Turkmen proverb.

The Root of Wild Madder opens with an invitation that flows from the same ancient inspiration. "A carpet is poetry itself," an Iranian carpet merchant declares to author Brian Murphy....


Historical Dictionary of Syria

by David Commins & David W. Lesch Scarecrow Press (December 05, 2013)

This third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Syria covers the recent events in Syria as well as the history that led up to these events. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an...


Children of Armenia

by Michael Bobelian Simon & Schuster (September 01, 2009)

From 1915 to 1923, the Ottoman Empire drove the Armenians from their ancestral homeland and slaughtered 1.5 million of them in the process. While there was an initial global outcry and a movement led by Woodrow...


Making Cairo Medieval

by Nezar AlSayyad, Irene A. Bierman & Nasser Rabbat Lexington Books (March 25, 2005)

During the nineteenth century, Cairo witnessed one of its most dramatic periods of transformation. Well on its way to becoming a modern and cosmopolitan city, by the end of the century, a 'medieval' Cairo had...


Palestinian Music and Song: Expression and Resistance since 1900

by Moslih Kanaaneh, Stig-Magnus Thorsén, Heather Bursheh & David A. McDonald Indiana University Press (November 07, 2013)

Drawing from a long history of indigenous traditions and incorporating diverse influences of surrounding cultures, music in Palestine and among the millions of Palestinians in diaspora offers a unique window...


Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings

by Frederic M. Wehrey Columbia University Press (December 17, 2013)

One of Foreign Policy's Best Five Books of 2013, chosen by Marc

Lynch of The Middle East Channel

Beginning with the 2003 invasion of Iraq and concluding with the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings, Frederic...


Historical Dictionary of Iraq

by Beth K. Dougherty & Edmund A. Ghareeb Scarecrow Press (November 07, 2013)

The Historical Dictionary of Iraq, Second Edition covers the history of Iraq through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has several hundred...


From Arab Spring to Islamic Winter

by Raphael Israeli Transaction Publishers (September 30, 2013)

The “Arab Spring” does not seem to have produced the democratic revolution heralded by the international media. Raphael Israeli examines thematic problems among all the Muslim states experiencing unrest...


Historical Dictionary of Egypt

by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. Scarecrow Press (October 10, 2013)

This fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Egypt covers its history from its emergence as an independent actor during the reign of Ali Bey (1760-1772) up to and including the first two years of the Arab...


Palestine and the Palestinians in the 21st Century

by Rochelle Davis & Mimi Kirk Indiana University Press (October 07, 2013)

Recent developments in Palestinian political, economic, and social life have resulted in greater insecurity and diminishing confidence in Israel's willingness to abide by political agreements or the Palestinian...


Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences

by James Buchan Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2013)

A myth-busting insider’s account of the Iranian Revolution of 1979 that destroyed US influence in the country and transformed the politics of the Middle East and the world.

The 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran...


Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare

by Robert Egnell, David H. Ucko & Colin Gray Columbia University Press (October 08, 2013)

Long considered the masters of counterinsurgency, the British military encountered significant problems in Iraq and Afghanistan when confronted with insurgent violence. In their effort to apply the principles...


Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Historical Sources

by Scott C. Levi & Ron Sela Indiana University Press (October 27, 2009)

Islamic Central Asia is the first English-language anthology of primary documents for the study of Central Asian history. Scott C. Levi and Ron Sela draw from a vast array of historical sources to illustrate...


Iraq and Rupert Hay's Two Years in Kurdistan

by Paul J. Rich Lexington Books (April 29, 2008)

Detailing two years in the life of a British political officer charged with establishing and maintaining British rule in the Kurdish district of Arbil in Iraq, this personal account provides a thorough discussion...