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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...

  • A Bridge Across The Jordan: The Friendship Between a Jewish Carpenter and the King of Jordanby Adaia Shumsky

    Arcade Publishing 2012; US$ 3.99

    The true story of a friendship-as improbable as it was inspirational-that overcame bitter divisions, fierce enmities, religious differences, and social division, to offer a glimmer of hope to a part of the world enmeshed in violence. Mendel Cohen was a carpenter who lived in Jerusalem before the founding of Israel, and when his work came to the attention... more...

  • Shah of Shahsby Ryzard Kapuscinski

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1985; US$ 12.95

      Iran, 1980: the revolutionaries have taken charge. In a deserted Teheran hotel, Ry-szard Kapuscinski tries to make journalistic and human sense out of the mass of notes, tapes, and photographs he has accumulated during his extended stay in Iran. Just what happened and how? What did Khomeini have to offer that the Shah, who promised to "create... more...

  • The Idea of Israelby Ilan Pappe

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 26.95

    Since its foundation in 1948, Israel has drawn on Zionism, the movement behind its creation, to provide a sense of self and political direction. In this groundbreaking new work, Ilan Pappe looks at the continued role of Zionist ideology. The Idea of Israel  considers the way Zionism operates outside of the government and military in areas such as... 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...

  • Cursed Victoryby Ahron Bregman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 15.98

    In a move that would forever alter the map of the Middle East, Israel captured the West Bank, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula in 1967's brief but pivotal Six Day War. CURSED VICTORY is the first complete history of the war's troubled aftermath - a military occupation of the Palestinian territories that is now well into its fifth decade.... more...

  • Warlords of Omanby P.S. Allfree

    Robert Hale 2014; US$ 8.74

    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...

  • Osman's Dreamby Caroline Finkel

    John Murray 2012; Not Available

    The Ottoman chronicles recount that the first sultan, Osman, dreamt of the dynasty he would found - a tree, fully-formed, emerged from his navel, symbolising the vigour of his successors and the extent of their domains. This is the first book to tell the full story of the Ottoman dynasty that for six centuries held sway over territories stretching,... more...

  • 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...