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  • Islamic Reform and Conservatismby Indira Falk Gesink

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 45.00

    The famed reform debates at al-Azhar Madrasa in nineteenth-century Cairo - one of the most influential centres of religious study in Sunni Islam - were enormously influential for twentieth-century Islamic thought. In this book Indira Gesink argues that narratives of these debates overemphasize the roles of famous modernists like Muhammad ?Abduh, obscuring... more...

  • Qajar Pact, Theby Vanessa Martin

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 29.00

    The Qajar Pact explores new perspectives on the nineteenth-century Iranian state and society, and is the first broad study of lower social groups in this period. Vanessa Martin argues that Qajar government was certainly despotic, but was also founded on a consensus based on the Islamic principles of consultation and negotiation. The author focuses... more...

  • Reading Iraqby Muhsin Al-Musawi

    I.B.Tauris 2006; US$ 27.50

    What exactly is Iraq? As a dramatic new era of Iraqi politics unfolds, Muhsin al-Musawi seeks to understand it by dissecting the country?s cultural anatomy. The first major work of its kind, Reading Iraq explores the profound connection between identity and power in Iraq?s history, and in so doing provides a context for understanding today?s complicated... more...

  • History of the Arabian Peninsula, Aby Fahd Al-Semmari

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 32.00

    The importance of this collection lies in its origins: for the first time, leading Saudi Arabian historians have created a history of the Arabian Peninsula which analyses that history from an internal Arabian perspective. The book explores the original Bedouin settlement of the region, the development of the major urban areas of Arabia during the... more...

  • Ottomans, Turks and the Balkansby Ebru Boyar

    I.B.Tauris 2007; US$ 29.00

    The loss of the Balkans was not merely a physical but also a psychological disaster for the Ottoman Empire. In this frank assessment, Ebru Boyar charts the creation of modern Turkish self-perception during the transition period from the late Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. The Balkans played a key role in identity construction during this period;... more...

  • Gender in Contemporary Iranby Roksana Bahramitash; Eric Hooglund

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 44.95

    This book examines gender and the dynamics of social change in contemporary Iran, documenting the changes in women?s lives and showing how women have now become agents of social change rather than victims. Bringing together the detailed primary research of a number of eminent scholars working in Iran, this collection provides unique perspectives... more...

  • Jerusalemby Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Orion 2011; US$ 17.62

    Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000... more...

  • The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empireby Alan Palmer

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 23.32

    Like Charles II, the sick man of Europe was 'an unconscionable time dying.' Time and time again from the seventeenth century observers predicted the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, yet it outlived all its rivals. As late as 1910 it straddled three continents. Unlike the Romanovs, Hohenzollerns or Habsburgs, the House of Osman was still recognised... more...

  • Levantby Philip Mansel

    John Murray 2010; US$ 20.94

    Levant is a book of cities. It describes the role of Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut as windows on the world, escapes from nationality and tradition, centres of wealth, pleasure and freedom. By their mix of races and religions, they challenge stereotypes. France and Britain liberated the area through their schools, while conquering it through arms. They... more...

  • Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual Historyby Mohammad R. Salama

    I.B.Tauris 2011; US$ 29.00

    As the events and aftermath of 9/11 have shown, the relationship between Islam and the West is deeply troubled. Here Mohammad Salama calls for a new understanding of Islam as a historical condition that has existed in relationship to the West since the seventh century. He compares the Arab-Islamic and European traditions of historical thought since... more...