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  • Seven Pillars of Wisdomby T E Lawrence

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 19.95

    In his classic book, T.E. Lawrence?forever known as Lawrence of Arabia?recounts his role in the origin of the modern Arab world. At first a shy Oxford scholar and archaeologist with a facility for languages, he joined and went on to lead the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks while the rest of the world was enmeshed in World War I. With its richly... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Egyptby Arthur Jr. Goldschmidt

    Scarecrow Press 2013; US$ 164.99

    This fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Egypt covers its history from its emergence as an independent actor during the reign of Ali Bey (1760-1772) up to and including the first two years of the Arab Spring (February 2013). This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary... more...

  • The House of Wisdomby Jonathan Lyons

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2010; US$ 10.99

    For centuries following the fall of Rome, Western Europe was backward and benighted, locked into the Dark Ages and barely able to tell the time of day. Arab culture, however, was thriving, and had become a powerhouse of intellectual exploration and discussion that dazzled the likes of British adventurer Adelard of Bath. The Arabs could measure the... more...

  • Warlords of Omanby P.S. Allfree

    Robert Hale 2014; US$ 11.99

    The publication of "Warlords of Oman" in 1967 coincided with the first export of oil from Oman and the beginning of momentous change in a country that had been virtually closed to the outside world. Since then under the leadership of His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos, the development of the country and its people has been recognized as an international success... more...

  • Shah of Shahsby Ryszard Kapuscinski

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 15.00

    In Shah of Shahs Kapuscinski brings a mythographer's perspective and a novelist's virtuosity to bear on the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, one of the most infamous of the United States' client-dictators, who resolved to transform his country into "a second America in a generation," only to be toppled virtually overnight. From his vantage point... more...

  • Haremby Alev Lytle Croutier

    Abbeville Publishing Group 2014; US$ 16.99

    A fascinating illustrated history of one of the strangest, and cruelest, cultural institutions ever devised. A worldwide best seller, translated into twenty-five languages. I was born in a konak (old house), which once was the harem of a pasha,? writes Alev Lytle Croutier. People around me often whispered things about harems; my own grandmother... more...

  • Jews and Arabsby S.D. Goitein

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    Fascinating study by eminent scholar explores 3,000 years of relations between Jews and Arabs. Topics include Jewish traditions in Islam, Islamic influence on Jewish philosophy, Jewish and Islamic mysticism and poetry. more...

  • The Haremby N. M. Penzer

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 14.95

    This survey features photographs and floor plans of Topkapi Palace as well as profiles of the harem's women, their eunuch guards, and court manners, dress, and politics. 42 black-and-white illustrations. more...

  • Sustaining Conflictby Katherine Natanel

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    Sustaining Conflict develops a groundbreaking theory of political apathy, using a combination of ethnographic material, narrative, and political, cultural, and feminist theory. It examines how the status quo is maintained in Israel-Palestine, even by the activities of Jewish Israelis who are working against the occupation of Palestinian territories.... more...

  • Soul in Exileby Fawaz Turki

    Monthly Review Press 1988; US$ 15.00

    Poet and essayist Fawaz Turki begins his search for answers in the hallways of the 1983 Palestine National Council meeting in Algiers. He then recalls his family's flight into Lebanon when he was eight, childhood in a refugee camp and the streets of Beirut, and years spent in Australia, France, and the United States in search of his identity, both... more...