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  • What Everyone Needs to Know about Islamby John L. Esposito

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 12.99 US$ 11.17

    In this clear and concise primer, leading authority John L. Esposito presents in question-and-answer format the information that most people want to know about Islam. Esposito provides succinct, accessible, sensitive, and even-handed answers to questions that range from the general--"What do Muslims believe?" and "Who was Muhammad?"--to more specific... more...

  • Year of the Locustby Salim Tamari; Ihsan Salih Turjman

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 24.95 US$ 19.96

    Year of the Locust captures in page-turning detail the end of the Ottoman world and a pivotal moment in Palestinian history. In the diaries of Ihsan Hasan al-Turjman (1893?1917), the first ordinary recruit to describe World War I from the Arab side, we follow the misadventures of an Ottoman soldier stationed in Jerusalem. There he occupied himself... more...

  • Sex and the Citadelby Shereen El Feki

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.95

    ** Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)** If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms.   As political change sweeps the streets and squares, the parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been looking at an upheaval a little closer to home?in the sexual lives of men and women in... more...

  • Turkeyby Andrew Finkel

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 10.99 US$ 9.45

    A concise and illuminating account of the politics, history, economics, and culture of Turkey, this book is essential for anyone who wants to know more about the country with roots in both Europe and the Middle East. more...

  • Imperial Hubrisby Michael Scheuer

    Potomac Books 2011; US$ 10.95

    Though U.S. leaders try to convince the world of their success in fighting al Qaeda, one anonymous member of the U.S. intelligence community would like to inform the public that we are, in fact, losing the war on terror. Further, until U.S. leaders recognize the errant path they have irresponsibly chosen, he says, our enemies will only grow stronger.... more...

  • The Ottoman Age of Explorationby Giancarlo Casale

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 15.99 US$ 13.75

    The Ottoman Age of Exploration tells the story of the Ottoman Empire's struggle with the Portuguese for control of the lucrative maritime trade routes of the sixteenth-century Indian Ocean. Challenging traditional narratives of Western dominance, it argues that the Ottomans successfully created their own imperial dominion throughout maritime Asia. more...

  • The Crusadesby Thomas Asbridge

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 14.99

    The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge?a renowned historian who writes with ?maximum vividness? (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker )?covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this  big, ambitious, readable account of one of the most fascinating periods... more...

  • Yezidis, Theby Birgül Açikyildiz

    I.B.Tauris 2014; US$ 14.95

    Yezidism is a fascinating part of the rich cultural mosaic of the Middle East. The Yezidi faith emerged for the first time in the twelfth century in the Kurdish mountains of northern Iraq. The religion, which has become notorious for its associations with ?devil worship?, is in fact an intricate syncretic system of belief, incorporating elements from... more...

  • From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Mapby Edward W. Said

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.95

    In his final book, completed just before his death, Edward W. Said offers impassioned pleas for the beleaguered Palestinian cause from one of its most eloquent spokesmen. These essays, which originally appeared in Cairo?s Al-Ahram Weekly , London?s Al-Hayat , and the London Review of Books , take us from the Oslo Accords through the U.S. led invasion... more...

  • Storm from the Eastby Milton Viorst

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95

    America?s engagement with the Arab world stretches back far beyond the Iraq wars. According to Milton Viorst, the current conflict is simply the latest round in a 1,400-year struggle between Christianity and Islam, in which the United States became a participant only in the last century. Today, the Bush Doctrine aims to free the Arab peoples from... more...