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  • A History of the Arab Peoplesby Albert Hourani

    Faber and Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    A History of the Arab Peoples covers not only political history, but also culture, society, economy and thought, in a work of profound and lasting importance. A magnificent display of the late Albert Hourani's lifetime of scholarship, it was a best-seller on first publication in 1991. This new edition, updated by Malise Ruthven, includes such recent... more...

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

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 29.99

    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$ 31.99

    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...

  • On the State of Egyptby Alaa Al Aswany

    Canongate Books 2011; US$ 15.79

    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...

  • Britain and Jordanby Tancred Bradshaw

    I.B.Tauris 2012; US$ 14.95

    In the wake of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, it has often been alleged, King Abdullah I of Jordan and the Zionist movements colluded to partition Mandate Palestine between them, while Great Britain, the retreating imperial power, gave them tacit approval to do so. Here, Tancred Bradshaw challenges these allegations, looking at the... more...

  • The Biography of Muhammadby Gregor Schoeler

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 48.95

    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...

  • Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Ageby Muhammad Qasim Zaman

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00 US$ 22.96

    This book explores some of the most fiercely debated issues facing the Islamic world today. more...

  • Peace And Its Discontentsby Edward W. Said

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.95

    In works such as Culture and Imperialism, Said has compelled us to question our culture's most privileged myths. Now with this impassioned and incisive book, our foremost Palestinian-American intellectual challenges the official version of the Middle East "peace process." "He challenges and stimulates our thinking in every area."-- Washington Post... more...

  • The Politics of Dispossessionby Edward W. Said

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 21.00

    Ever since the appearance of his groundbreaking The Question of Palestine, Edward Said has been America's most outspoken advocate for Palestinian self-determination. As these collected essays amply prove, he is also our most intelligent and bracingly heretical writer on affairs involving not only Palestinians but also the Arab and Muslim worlds and... more...

  • Palestine between Politics and Terror, 1945?1947by Motti Golani

    Brandeis University Press 2013; US$ 39.99

    A fascinating look at the end of British rule in Palestine, through the eyes of its final high commissioner more...