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Middle East Studies Association Conference.

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Inside Egypt

The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution

First published in 2008 with the subtitle The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution, this strikingly prophetic and critically acclaimed book caused...

John R. Bradley

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The Struggle for Power in Syria

Politics and Society under Asad and the Ba'th Party

In the midst of turmoil in the Middle East, and in the face of protests and demonstrations from Homs to Damascus and other places all over Syria, the Ba'th...

Nikolaos van Dam

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The Shah

Though his monarchy was toppled in 1979 and he died in 1980, the life of Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlevi, the last Shah of Iran, continues to resonate today. Here,...

Abbas Milani

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Building on rigorous research by the world-renowned Glasgow University Media Group, More Bad News From Israel examines media coverage of the current conflict...

By Greg Philo and Mike Berry

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Culture, Identity, and Islamic Schooling

A Philosophical Approach

In light of the growing phenomenon of Islamic schools in the United States and Europe, this compelling study outlines whether these schools share similar...

Michael S. Merry

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Women Under Islam

Gender, Justice and the Politics of Islamic Law

How Islam treats women is one of the most hotly contested questions of our times. Islamic law is often misrepresented as a single monolithic concept, rather...

By Chris Jones-Pauly and Abir Dajani Tuqan

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Civilian Jihad

Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East

The Middle East, a region infamous for political violence and a democratic deficit, boasts a rich but little-known history of nonviolent civilian-led struggles...

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Islam's Quantum Question

Reconciling Muslim Tradition and Modern Science

In secular Europe, the veracity of modern science is almost always taken for granted. Whether they think of the evolutionary proofs of Darwin or of spectacular...

Nidhal Guessoum

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Peace-Building in Israel and Palestine

Social Psychology and Grassroots Initiatives

This book brings together social psychology understandings with grassroots peace-building initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian context. For 40 years,...

Julia Chaitin

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The Palestinian Strategic Report 2009/2010 is the fifth in a series of comprehensive annual studies of the Palestinian issue published by the Al-Zaytouna...

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Nabih Berri has been a key figure in the Lebanese and Shi'ite politics for the last three decades. As the leader of the Shi'ite Amal movement since 1980 and as...

"...Nabih Berri has been a key figure in the Lebanese and Shi'ite politics for the last three decades. As the leader of the Shi'ite Amal movement since 1980 and as.... Nabih Berri has been a key figure in the Lebanese and Shi'ite politics for the last three decades. As the leader of the Shi'ite Amal movement since 1980 and as the Lebanese Speaker since 1992, Berri has played a major role in all political events and processes in Lebanon in the last thirty years. This is the first book to describe an..."

Omri Nir

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Channels of Resistance in Lebanon

Liberation Propaganda, Hezbollah and the Media

On May 25, 2000 Israeli occupation forces withdrew from South Lebanon after 22 years of occupation. The Lebanese media's role in achieving liberation over this...

"...On May 25, 2000 Israeli occupation forces withdrew from South Lebanon after 22 years of occupation. The Lebanese media's role in achieving liberation over this.... On May 25, 2000 Israeli occupation forces withdrew from South Lebanon after 22 years of occupation. The Lebanese media's role in achieving liberation over this period is significant, through campaigns conducted to unify the Lebanese people against their foreign occupier and in support of the Lebanese resistance in South Lebanon. This..."

Zahera Harb

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Detained without Cause

Muslims' Stories of Detention and Deportation in America after 9/11

Powerful stories from Muslim Americans detained and abused in the aftermath of September 11th. 

Irum Shiekh

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Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban

Beyond bin Laden and 9/11

President Obama may have delivered on his campaign promise to kill Osama bin Laden, but as an Al-Qaeda strategist, bin Laden has been dead for years. This book...

Syed Saleem Shahzad Syed Saleem Shahzad

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Arab Voices

What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters

The Arab World is a region that has been vastly misunderstood in the West. Arab Voices asks the questions, collects the answers, and shares the results that...

James Zogby

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The New Arab Journalist

Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil

The Arab media is in the midst of a revolution that will inform questions of war and peace in the Middle East, political and societal reform, and relations...

Lawrence Pintak

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New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East

The Chaotic Imagination

In an inspired piece of criticism, Mohaghegh tracks the idea of chaos into the contemporary philosophical and cultural imagination of the so-called "Third...

Jason Mohaghegh

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Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights

Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel

Diaspora Jews are increasingly likely to criticize Israel and support Palestinian rights. In the USA, Europe, and elsewhere, Jewish organizations have sprung...

"...Diaspora Jews are increasingly likely to criticize Israel and support Palestinian rights. In the USA, Europe, and elsewhere, Jewish organizations have sprung.... Diaspora Jews are increasingly likely to criticize Israel and support Palestinian rights. In the USA, Europe, and elsewhere, Jewish organizations have sprung up to oppose Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, facing harsh criticism from fellow Jews for their actions.   Why and how has this movement come about? What does it mean for Pales..."

David Landy

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Religion, National Identity, and Confessional Politics in Lebanon

The Challenge of Islamism

Tracing the rise of Islamism in Lebanon and its attempt to Islamize society and state by the reverse integration of society and state into the project of...

Robert G. Rabil

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What It Means to be Palestinian

Stories of Palestinian Peoplehood

What It Means to be Palestinian is a narrative of narratives, a collection of personal stories, remembered feelings and reconstructed experiences by different...

Dina Matar

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The State of Islam

Culture And Cold War Politics In Pakistan

The State of Islam tells the story of the Pakistani nation-state through the lens of the Cold War, and more recently the War on Terror, in order to shed light...

Saadia Toor

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The book describes the impact of cultural perceptions on rulers’ behaviors in the United Arab Emirates, once the Trucial States. Despite differences in size,...

Andrea B. Rugh

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Power and Policy in Syria

Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations and Democracy in the Modern Middle East

In an unstable Middle East, beset by regional tensions and repercussions of the global war on terror, Syria is a key player. The bloodless coup by General...

"...In an unstable Middle East, beset by regional tensions and repercussions of the global war on terror, Syria is a key player. The bloodless coup by General.... In an unstable Middle East, beset by regional tensions and repercussions of the global war on terror, Syria is a key player. The bloodless coup by General Hafez al-Assad, in 1970, put in place a powerful autocratic machinery at the core of the state which continues till today under the control of his son Bashar. Here Radwan Ziadeh present..."

Radwan Ziadeh

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America in an Arab Mirror

Images of America in Arabic Travel Literature, 1668 to 9/11 and Beyond

This distinguished anthology presents for the first time in English travel accounts by Arab writers who have visited America between 1668 and 2009. The view of...

"...This distinguished anthology presents for the first time in English travel accounts by Arab writers who have visited America between 1668 and 2009. The view of.... This distinguished anthology presents for the first time in English travel accounts by Arab writers who have visited America between 1668 and 2009. The view of America which emerges from these accounts is at once fascinating and illuminating, but never monolithic. The writers hail from a variety of viewpoints, regions, and background..."

By Kamal Abdel-Malek and Mouna El Kahla

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