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Middle East

  • The Life of Ibn Hanbalby Ibn al-Jawzi; Garth Fowden; Michael Cooperson

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 13.60

    Ahmad ibn Hanbal (d. 241 H/855 AD), renowned for his profoundknowledge of hadiths?the reports of the Prophet?s sayings and deeds?is a majorfigure in the history of Islam. He was famous for living according to his ownstrict interpretation of the Prophetic model and for denying himself the mostbasic comforts, even though his family was prominent and... more...

  • A Treasury of Virtuesby Tahera Qutbuddin; Rowan Williams; al-Qadi al-Qudai

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 12.00

    A Treasury of Virtues  is a collection of sayings, sermons, and teachings attributed to Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 40 H/661 AD), the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, the first Shia Imam and the fourth Sunni Caliph. An acknowledged master of Arabic eloquence and a sage of Islamic wisdom, Ali was renowned for his eloquence: his words were collected,... more...

  • Risible Rhymesby Humphrey Davies; Muhammad ibn Mahfuz al-Sanhuri

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 24.00

    Written in mid-17 th century Egypt, Risible Rhymes is a short, comic disquisition on ?rural? verse, mocking the pretensions and absurdities of uneducated poets from Egypt?s countryside. Like al-Shirbini?s Brains Confounded , written some forty years later, it combines a biting satire on Egyptian rural society with a hilarious parody... more...

  • Syria in Ruins: The Dynamics of the Syrian Civil Warby David Sorenson

    ABC-CLIO 2016; US$ 75.00

    The current crises involving ISIS have attracted worldwide attention to the complex politics and cultural panorama of the Middle East, including Syria. Political analyst and author David S. Sorenson discusses the ongoing civil war in Syria from its origins, to its key players, and to its propagation into neighboring countries. In the process, the... more...

  • The Shaping of Turkey in the British Imagination, 1776?1923by David S. Katz

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 97.71

    This book is about the principal writings that shaped the perception of Turkey for informed readers in English, from Edward Gibbon?s positing of imperial Decline and Fall to the proclamation of the Turkish Republic (1923), illustrating how Turkey has always been a part of the modern British and European experience.  It is a great sweep... more...

  • SA80 Assault Riflesby Neil Grant; Peter Dennis; Alan Gilliland

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2016; US$ 11.99

    Now the standard weapon for British soldiers across the globe, the SA80's early years were surrounded in controversy after a series of dismal performances. It was prone to jamming in desert conditions, had several flimsy parts that would often break after repeated use and had an incredibly sensitive magazine catch. When these issues came to light the... more...

  • Byzantine Naval Forces 1261?1461by Raffaele D?Amato; Igor Dzis; Peter Dennis

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2016; US$ 10.99

    After the recapture of Constantinople, Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos was determined to bring glory back to the Byzantine Empire. To achieve this, he established an Imperial Fleet and raised new regiments of elite marine troops. This work provides a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the unit history and appearance of these men, who were at the... more...

  • A Kingdom of Their Ownby Joshua Partlow

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2016; US$ 30.00

    The key to understanding the calamitous Afghan war is the complex, ultimately failed relationship between the powerful, duplicitous Karzai family and the United States, brilliantly portrayed here by the former Kabul bureau chief for The   Washington Post . The United States went to Afghanistan on a simple mission: avenge the September 11 attacks... more...

  • Inside Syriaby Reese Erlich; Noam Chomsky

    Prometheus Books 2016; US$ 11.99

    Based on first-hand reporting from Syria and Washington, journalist Reese Erlich unravels the complex dynamics underlying the Syrian civil war. Through vivid, on-the-ground accounts and interviews with both rebel leaders and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erlich gives the reader a better understanding of this momentous power struggle and why it... more...

  • A History of the 'Alawisby Stefan Winter

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    The ?Alawis, or Alawites, are a prominent religious minority in northern Syria, Lebanon, and southern Turkey, best known today for enjoying disproportionate political power in war-torn Syria. In this book , Stefan Winter offers a complete history of the community, from the birth of the ?Alawi (Nusayri) sect in the tenth century to just after World... more...