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  • Churchill's Follyby Christopher Catherwood

    Basic Books 2014; US$ 15.95

    As Britain?s colonial secretary in the 1920s, Winston Churchill made a mistake with calamitous consequences and unseen repercussions extending into the twenty-first century. Christopher Catherwood, scholar and adviser to Tony Blair?s government, examines Churchill?s creation of the artificial monarchy of Iraq after World War One, forcing together... more...

  • The Emergence of Iranian Nationalismby Reza Zia-Ebrahimi

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 59.99

    Reza Zia-Ebrahimi revisits the work of Fathali Akhundzadeh and Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani, two Qajar-era intellectuals who founded modern Iranian nationalism. In their efforts to make sense of a difficult historical situation, these thinkers advanced an appealing ideology Zia-Ebrahimi calls dislocative nationalism,? in which pre-Islamic Iran is cast as... 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...

  • Gazaby Vittorio Arrigoni; Daniela Filippin; Ilan Pappé

    Kube Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 8.95

    A vivid eyewitness account of Operation Cast Lead by an Italian human rights worker based in Gaza at the time. more...

  • The Great Social Laboratoryby Omnia El Shakry

    Stanford University Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    This book charts the development of the social sciences?anthropology, human geography, and demography?in colonial and postcolonial Egypt, exploring the broader significance of knowledge production and its relationship to colonialist and nationalist ideologies. more...

  • Haremby Alev Lytle Croutier

    Abbeville Publishing Group 2014; US$ 16.95

    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...

  • The Haremby N. M. Penzer

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 14.95

    For nearly four centuries, the Ottoman sultans dwelt amid the secret splendors of Topkapi Palace. Access to the Grand Seraglio--which served as the empire's administrative, legislative, and judicial center and an academy of fine arts, as well as the ruler's home--was jealously guarded, even after the sultans ceased to reside there in the mid-nineteenth... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Egyptby Arthur Jr. Goldschmidt

    Scarecrow Press 2013; US$ 149.99

    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$ 12.99

    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...

  • The Hundred-Year Walkby Dawn Anahid MacKeen

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016; US$ 24.00

    An epic tale of one man?s courage in the face of genocide and his granddaughter?s quest to tell his story more...