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Middle East

  • Official Storiesby Laurie Brand

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 27.95

    Until the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, the resilience of authoritarian regimes seemed a fundamental feature of regional politics. While economic, political, and internal security policies are most often considered in discussions of regime maintenance, Laurie Brand introduces a new factor, that of national narratives. Portrayals... more...

  • Crusading and Warfare in the Middle Agesby Simon John; Nicholas Morton

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 124.95

    The fifteen essays in this volume cover a range of topics from the Carolingian period through to the early fourteenth century. Some offer new insight upon long-contested issues, some open up new areas of debate connected to the history of crusading, while others use innovative methodologies to unlock the potential of various types of source material... more...

  • Classical Mathematics from Al-Khwarizmi to Descartesby Roshdi Rashed

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 160.00

    This book follows the development of classical mathematics and the relation between work done in the Arab and Islamic worlds and that undertaken by the likes of Descartes and Fermat. ?Early modern,? mathematics is a term widely used to refer to the mathematics which developed in the West during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. For many historians... more...

  • The Punishment of Gazaby Gideon Levy

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 15.95

    Israel?s 2009 invasion of Gaza was an act of aggression that killed over a thousand Palestinians and devastated the infrastructure of an already impoverished enclave. The Punishment of Gaza shows how the ground was prepared for the assault and documents its continuing effects. From 2005?the year of Gaza?s ?liberation??through to 2009, Levy tracks... more...

  • Israel Since the Six-Day Warby Leslie Stein

    Wiley 2014; US$ 29.95

    Completing his acclaimed trilogy on the history of Israel, Leslie Stein brings readers right up to contemporary events in Israel Since the Six-Day War. Stein vividly chronicles Israel's wars and military engagements, but he also incorporates fascinating assessments of many other issues, including Israel’s economic development, the nature of the... more...

  • La ?descrizione dei tempi? all?alba dell?espansione islamicaby Maria Conterno

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 154.00

    The 7-8th centuries are commonly believed tohave beena stagnant phase of Byzantine historiography. This book investigates the writing of history in Greek and Syriacduring this period through the study of four later chronicles which used lost 7-8th-century sources. The materials shared by these texts shed light on the sources themselves and on the practice... more...

  • Sylvia Rafaelby Ram Oren; Moti Kfir; Shlomo (Ret.) Gazit

    The University Press of Kentucky 2014; US$ 29.95

    "There is a lack of quiet in Sylvia that craves for action.... She knows that she is special and that she possesses unusual and varied abilities." -- From the Mossad's psychological evaluation of Sylvia Rafael When Moti Kfir, head of the Academy for Special Operations of the Mossad, first interviewed Sylvia Rafael in a coffee shop, he knew she would... more...

  • Shi'i Islamby Najam Haider

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 22.00

    This book examines the development of Shi'i Islam through the lenses of belief, narrative, and memory. more...

  • Frontier Fictionsby Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 30.95

    In Frontier Fictions , Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet looks at the efforts of Iranians to defend, if not expand, their borders in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and explores how their conceptions of national geography influenced cultural and political change. The "frontier fictions," or the ways in which the Iranians viewed their often fluctuating... 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...