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  • Apocalypse in Islamby Jean-Pierre Filiu

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 29.95

    This is an eye-opening exploration of a troubling phenomenon: the fast-growing belief in Muslim countries that the end of the world is at hand?and with it the "Great Battle," prophesied by both Sunni and Shi`i tradition, which many believers expect will begin in the Afghan-Pakistani borderlands. Jean-Pierre Filiu uncovers the role of apocalypse in... more...

  • Lawrence in Arabiaby Scott Anderson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 17.95

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY New York Times ? Christian Science Monitor ? NPR ? Seattle Times ? St. Louis Dispatch National Book Critics Circle Finalist -- American Library Association Notable Book A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history ? the Arab Revolt... more...

  • Iran: A Very Short Introductionby Ali Ansari

    OUP Oxford 2014; US$ 7.99

    In this Very Short Introduction Ali Ansari provides a radical reinterpretation of Iranian history and politics, placing the Islamic Revolution in the context of a century of political change and social transformation, to gain a fuller understanding of Iran's identity, culture, and politics. more...

  • Doomed to Succeedby Dennis Ross

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015; US$ 11.90

    A necessary and unprecedented account of America's changing relationship with Israel When it comes to Israel, U.S. policy has always emphasized the unbreakable bond between the two countries and our ironclad commitment to Israel's security. Today our ties to Israel are close?so close that when there are differences, they tend to make the news.... more...

  • The Fall of the Ottomansby Eugene Rogan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 15.50

    The final destruction of the Ottoman Empire - one of the great epics of the First World War, from bestselling historian Eugene Rogan For some four centuries the Ottoman Empire had been one of the most powerful states in Europe as well as ruler of the Middle East. By 1914 it had been drastically weakened and circled by numerous predators waiting... more...

  • Saudi Arabiaby Tim Niblock

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 50.95

    Saudi Arabia provides a clear, concise yet analytical account of the development of the Saudi state. It details the country?s historical and religious background, its oil rentier economy and its international role, showing how they interact to create the dynamics of the contemporary Saudi state. The development of the state is traced through three... more...

  • The Ayatollah Begs to Differby Hooman Majd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    Including a new preface that discusses the Iranian mood during and after the June 2009 presidential election and subsequent protests, this is an intimate look at a paradoxical country from a uniquely qualified journalist.   The grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, Hooman Majd offers perspective on Iran's complex and... more...

  • Disappearing Palestineby Jonathan Cook

    Zed Books 2013; US$ 27.95

    Palestine is disappearing - fulfilling the objectives of Israel's founding fathers. This book exposes the dismal failure of the Israeli left, human rights organisations and the global media to hold Israel to account. It is a controversial analysis of one of the conflicts in contemporary world politics. 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...

  • The Wars of the Jewsby Flavius Josephus

    ReadHowYouWant 2007; US$ 4.99

    The book is about the history of the Jewish people and the reinstatement of the State of Israel. The author gives a detailed eye-witness description of the obliteration of Jerusalem. Not only does the writer describe about the hatred that existed between the Jews and the other people of the Middle East, he also presents an implicit explication of the... more...