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Middle East Studies Recent Best-sellers

The breadth and diversity of our Middle East Studies collection was recently on display at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in Washington, DC. Here are some of the best-selling titles from that conference!

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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 Arabs and the Holocaust

The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives

There is no more inflammatory topic than the Arabs and the Holocaust—the phrase alone can occasion outrage. Political scientist Gilbert Achcar analyzes the...

Gilbert Achcar

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The Shi'a of Lebanon

Clans, Parties and Clerics

The Shi’a of Lebanon has emerged in the last 30 years to become a major force in Lebanese politics, having previously long been a marginalized political...

Rodger Shanahan

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Palgrave Macmillan

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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Innovation and Empire in Turkey

Sultan Selim III and the Modernisation of the Ottoman Navy

Ottoman naval technology underwent a transformation under the rule of Sultan Selim III. New types of sailing warships such as two- and three-decked galleons,...

Tuncay Zorlu

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Beyond Islam

A New Understanding of the Middle East

In this magisterial work, Sami Zubaida draws on a distinguished career’s worth of experience trying to understand the region to address the fundamental...

Sami Zubaida

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Islam and the Russian Empire

Reform and Revolution in Central Asia

Relations between Muslims and the Russian government have long been a source of tension and never more so than today. This penetrating examination of the...

By Hélène Carrère d'Encausse and Maxime Rodinson

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The Iran-Iraq War

The Iran-Iraq War was personified by the determination and ambition of the key leaders, Saddam Hussein and Ayatollah Khomeini, and characterized by mass...

Rob Johnson

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Muhammad Musaddiq was the first of the great charismatic anti-colonial campaigners of the post-war world. As Prime Minister of Iran between 1951 and 1953 he...

"...Muhammad Musaddiq was the first of the great charismatic anti-colonial campaigners of the post-war world. As Prime Minister of Iran between 1951 and 1953 he.... Muhammad Musaddiq was the first of the great charismatic anti-colonial campaigners of the post-war world. As Prime Minister of Iran between 1951 and 1953 he nationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, led the nation's defiant attempt to run its oil industry independently during an economic blockade, and attempted to strengthen the role ..."

Homa Katouzian

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Muslim Spaces of Hope

Geographies as Possibility in Britain and the West

This book, by a collection of distinguished post-colonial critics, acknowledges but challenges the contemporary "Islamic problem" by asking the ways Muslims...

Richard Phillips

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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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Turkey

A Modern History, Revised Edition

This revised edition builds upon and updates the twin themes of Turkey's continuing incorporation into the capitalist world and the modernization of state and...

Erik J. Zürcher

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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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The Other Muslims

Moderate and Secular

This book is a unique collection of alternative Muslim voices, predominantly from Europe, who come from a variety backgrounds—academia, theology, acting,...

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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 Politics of Change in Palestine

State-Building and Non-Violent Resistance

This book contradicts the dominant myth that incompetent, corrupt, and uncompromising Palestinian decision-makers are responsible for the lasting stalemate in...

"...This book contradicts the dominant myth that incompetent, corrupt, and uncompromising Palestinian decision-makers are responsible for the lasting stalemate in.... This book contradicts the dominant myth that incompetent, corrupt, and uncompromising Palestinian decision-makers are responsible for the lasting stalemate in the Middle-East Peace Process. It highlights recent political developments in Palestine that fundamentally redefine important parameters of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Con..."

Michael Bröning

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In this unprecedented study, Hamid Dabashi provides a critical examination of the role that immigrant "comprador intellectuals" play in facilitating the...

Hamid Dabashi Hamid Dabashi

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Sasanian Persia

The Rise and Fall of an Empire

The Sasanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynasties, and the largest empire to espouse Zoroastrianism, before the encounter with the Arabs swept away...

"...The Sasanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynasties, and the largest empire to espouse Zoroastrianism, before the encounter with the Arabs swept away.... The Sasanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynasties, and the largest empire to espouse Zoroastrianism, before the encounter with the Arabs swept away the pre-Islamic institutions. Using new sources, Touraj Daryaee provides a portrait of the empire’s often negelcted social history, exploring the development of political and ad..."

Touraj Daryaee

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Jerusalem in World War I

The Palestine Diary of a European Diplomat

When World War I broke out in Europe in the autumn of 1914, a young diplomat was sent to Jerusalem to take charge of the Spanish consulate in the city. Antonio...

By Conde de Ballobar, Eduardo Manzano Moreno and Roberto Mazza

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The Well-Protected Domains

Ideology and the Legitimation of Power in the Ottoman Empire 1876-1909

How did the late Ottoman Empire grapple with the challenge of modernity and survive? Rejecting explanations based on the concept of an "Islamic empire," or the...

"...How did the late Ottoman Empire grapple with the challenge of modernity and survive? Rejecting explanations based on the concept of an "Islamic empire," or the.... How did the late Ottoman Empire grapple with the challenge of modernity and survive? Rejecting explanations based on the concept of an "Islamic empire," or the tired paradigm of the "Eastern Question," the author argues that far richer insights can be gained by focusing on imperial ideology and drawing out the striking similarities b..."

Selim Deringil

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Egypt

The Moment of Change

Millions of Egyptians have demonstrated in Cairo's Tahrir Square to claim freedom after 30 years of oppression and autocracy, while Western commentators marvel...

By Rabab El Mahdi and Philip Marfleet

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From Iran to Hollywood and Some Places In-Between

Reframing Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema

The New Iranian Cinema has had a fascinating success story in world cinema and critics have hailed Iranian films as alternatives to the homogenizing global...

Christopher Gow

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The New Cultural Climate in Turkey

Living in a Shop Window

The New Cultural Climate in Turkey is a beautifully written collection of essays by a leading Turkish literary intellectual, which presents a compelling...

"...The New Cultural Climate in Turkey is a beautifully written collection of essays by a leading Turkish literary intellectual, which presents a compelling.... The New Cultural Climate in Turkey is a beautifully written collection of essays by a leading Turkish literary intellectual, which presents a compelling analysis of the cultural climate in Turkey, making the argument that the dominant external clichéd dualities of East/West; Secular/Sacred; and Arabic/European should be replaced by a narrat..."

Nurdan Gurbilek

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Understanding the Qur'an

Themes and Style

The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this important new introduction, Muhammad Haleem examines its recurrent...

"...The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this important new introduction, Muhammad Haleem examines its recurrent.... The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this important new introduction, Muhammad Haleem examines its recurrent themes -- life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and nourishment -- and for the first time sets these in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style. Pro..."

Muhammad Abdel Haleem

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