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  • Islamic Narrative and Authority in Southeast Asiaby Thomas Gibson

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 36.00

    This is a literary and anthropological analysis of historical narratives that illuminate regional notions of cosmological kingship, cosmopolitan notions of Islamic law and mysticism, and global notions of the modern bureaucratic state. These notions have coexisted in Southeast Asia since the Sixteenth century and influence politics to this day. more...

  • Jasmine and Starsby Fatemeh Keshavarz

    The University of North Carolina Press 2007; US$ 19.00

    In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present-day Iran provides a rare insight into this rich culture alive with artistic expression but virtually unknown to... more...

  • I Saw Ramallahby Mourid Barghouti; Edward W. Said

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.00

    Winner of the prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Medal, this fierce and moving work is an unparalleled rendering of the human aspects of the Palestinian predicament. Barred from his homeland after 1967?s Six-Day War, the poet Mourid Barghouti spent thirty years in exile?shuttling among the world?s cities, yet secure in none of them; separated from his family... more...

  • Hadith as Scriptureby Aisha Y. Musa

    Palgrave Macmillan 2008; US$ 100.00

    This work explores the earliest extant discussions on the authority of the Hadith in Islam and compares them with contemporary debates. more...

  • The Legacy of the Kitabby Ramzi Baalbaki

    BRILL 2008; US$ 181.00

    A study of the "Kitab of Sibawayhi", a work in the long history of Arabic grammar. It examines the methodological concepts and methods that underline "Sibawayhi's" analysis of Arabic and the way in which these methods evolved at the hands of later grammarians. more...

  • Like Joseph in Beautyby Mark S. Wagner

    BRILL 2008; US$ 175.00

    Traces the evolution of an Arabic poetic form called 'Humayni poetry'. This book addresses the connections between the Humayni poetry of Yemen and the sacred poetry of Jews from Yemen, a chapter in the history of Arabic and Jewish literatures. more...

  • Mezzaterraby Ahdaf Soueif

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 14.95

    From the bestselling author of the Booker Prize finalist The Map of Love ?an incisive collection of essays on Arab identity, art, and politics that seeks to locate the mezzaterra, or common ground, in an increasingly globalized world. The twenty-five years? worth of criticism and commentary collected here have earned Ahdaf Soueif a place among our... more...

  • The Vital Roots of European Enlightenmentby Samar Attar

    Lexington Books 2007; US$ 32.99

    The Vital Roots of European Enlightenment is a collection of essays dealing with the influence of Ibn Tufayl, a 12th-century Arab philosopher from Spain, on major European thinkers. Had Edward Said known about the impact of Hayy Ibn Yaqzan on Europe throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, he might have reached different conclusions in his book Orientalism. more...

  • Chasing Talesby Corinne Fowler

    Editions Rodopi 2007; US$ 81.20

    Chasing Tales is the first exclusive study of journalism, travel writing and the history of British ideas about Afghanistan. It offers a timely investigation of the notional Afghanistan(s) that have prevailed in the popular British imagination. Casting its net deep into the nineteenth century, the study investigates the country’s mythologisation... more...

  • The Mantle Odesby Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych

    Indiana University Press 2010; US$ 25.45

    Three of the most renowned praise poems to the Prophet, the mantle odes span the arc of Islamic history from Muhammad's lifetime, to the medieval Mamluk period, to the modern colonial era. Over the centuries, they have informed the poetic and religious life of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Suzanne Pinckney ... more...