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  • Land of Dreamsby Mordecai Schreiber

    Taylor Trade Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    This memoir, written by a native son, recalls everyday life before, during, and after the birth of the State of Israel. more...

  • Modern Israeli Tanks and Infantry Carriers 1985-2004by Marsh Gelbart; Tony Bryan

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 13.95

    Over the last two decades, the Israel Defence Force (IDF) has introduced a variety of new AFVs. Old models such as the M48 and M60 have been improved beyond recognition, in the form of the Magach 7. The performance of Israel's indigenous Merkava tank has been similarly enhanced with new variants and the new Merkava 4 MBT has recently entered service.... more...

  • A Convergence of Civilizationsby Youssef Courbage; Emmanuel Todd; George Holoch

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 39.99

    We are told that Western/Christian and Muslim/Arab civilizations are on the verge of destroying each other. The demographics of one group remain sluggish, while the population of the other has exploded, widening the cultural gap and all but guaranteeing the outbreak of war. Leaving aside the media's sound and fury on this subject, measured analysis... more...

  • Colonial Effectsby Joseph A. Massad

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 28.99

    Colonial Effects analyzes the creation and definition of modern Jordanian identity. Massad studies two key institutions-- the law and the military--and uses them to create an original and precise analysis of the development of Jordanian national identity in the postcolonial period. Joseph A. Massad engages recent scholarly debates on nationalism... more...

  • Intolerableby Kamal Al-Solaylee

    HarperCollins Canada 2012; Not Available

    In the 1960s, Kamal Al-Solaylee?s father was one of the wealthiest property owners in Aden, in the south of Yemen, but when the country shrugged off its colonial roots, his properties were confiscated, and the family was forced to leave. The family moved first to Beirut, which suddenly became one of the most dangerous places in the world, then Cairo.... more...

  • Strangers in the Houseby Raja Shehadeh

    Steerforth Press 2012; US$ 16.99

    This "is not a political book," Anthony Lewis writes in his foreword. "Yet in a hundred different ways it is political.... Shehadeh shatters the stereotype many Americans have of Palestinians. Hath not a Palestinian senses, affections, passions?" This revealing memoir of a father-son relationship, the first o its kind by a Palestinian living in the... more...

  • On the State of Egyptby Alaa Al Aswany

    Canongate Books 2011; US$ 15.82

    On 25 January 2011, bestselling Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany joined a million protestors in Tahrir Square calling for President Hosni Mubarak?s departure. This was the moment he and other pro-democracy activists had been working towards, but could never be sure would come. Why did Egypt unexpectedly revolt? In a weekly newspaper column Al Aswany... more...

  • The Biography of Muhammedby Gregor Schoeler

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 44.95

    This book considers the Arabic biographies of Prophet Muhammad, the earliest of which dates from two centuries after his life. These biographies, prized by Muslims, have been approached in the Western study of Islam from a range of positions. Some scholars reject them entirely, seeing in them products of the Muslim community?s idealisation of its... more...

  • The Six Day War 1967: Sinaiby Simon Dunstan; Peter Dennis

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    In May 1967, Egypt expelled the United Nations peacekeeping forces stationed in the Sinai desert and deployed its army along its border with Israel, its moves coordinated with those of Jordan and Syria. By June, Israel realized that the international community would not act, and launched a pre-emptive strike against the combined Arab forces. The ensuing... more...

  • A Thousand Farewellsby Nahlah Ayed

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 16.99

    In 1976, Nahlah Ayed?s family gave up their comfortable life in Winnipeg for the squalor of a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. The transition was jarring, but it was from this uncomfortable situation that Ayed first observed the people whose heritage she shared. The family returned to Canada when she was thirteen, and Ayed ignored the Middle... more...