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  • What Everyone Needs to Know about Islamby John L. Esposito

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 12.99

    In this clear and concise primer, leading authority John L. Esposito presents in question-and-answer format the information that most people want to know about Islam. Esposito provides succinct, accessible, sensitive, and even-handed answers to questions that range from the general--"What do Muslims believe?" and "Who was Muhammad?"--to more specific... more...

  • Silent Houseby Orhan Pamuk; Robert Finn

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 11.66

    In an old mansion in Cennethisar, a former fishing village near Istanbul, an old widow Fatma awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren. She has lived in the village for decades, ever since her husband, an idealistic young doctor, first arrived to serve the poor fishermen. Now mostly bedridden, she is attended by her faithful servant Recep,... more...

  • Bush's Warsby Terry H. Anderson

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 14.99

    From journalistic accounts like Fiasco and Imperial Life in the Emerald City to insider memoirs like Jawbreaker and Three Cups of Tea , the books about America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could fill a library. But each explores a narrow slice of a whole: two wars launched by a single president as part of a single foreign policy. Now noted... more...

  • The Crusadesby Thomas Asbridge

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 15.99

    The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge—a renowned historian who writes with “maximum vividness” (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker )—covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this  big, ambitious, readable account of one of the most fascinating periods... more...

  • Go! Go! Go!by Rusty Firmin; Will Pearson

    Orion 2010; US$ 7.99

    The first comprehensive account of the storming of the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980. GO! GO! GO! tells the action-packed story of the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege. It is a comprehensive, detailed and gripping account of an unforgettable six-day drama that shook Britain -- and the wider world -- to the core. Drawing on original and unseen source... more...

  • The Arabsby Eugene Rogan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 21.14

    Eugene Rogan has written an authoritative new history of the Arabs in the modern world. Starting with the Ottoman conquests in the sixteenth century, this landmark book follows the story of the Arabs through the era of European imperialism and the Superpower rivalries of the Cold War, to the present age of unipolar American power. Drawing on the writings... more...

  • The Wars of the Jewsby Flavius Josephus

    ReadHowYouWant 2007; US$ 4.99

    The book is about the history of the Jewish people and the reinstatement of the State of Israel. The author gives a detailed eye-witness description of the obliteration of Jerusalem. Not only does the writer describe about the hatred that existed between the Jews and the other people of the Middle East, he also presents an implicit explication of the... more...

  • The Great Social Laboratoryby Omnia El Shakry

    Stanford University Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    This book charts the development of the social sciences—anthropology, human geography, and demography—in colonial and postcolonial Egypt, exploring the broader significance of knowledge production and its relationship to colonialist and nationalist ideologies. more...

  • Operation Peace for Galileeby Richard A. Gabriel

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1984; US$ 6.79

    The first book about the 1982 war in Lebanon, Operation Peace for Galilee is based on hundreds of interviews with the soldiers of both sides, the guerrillas who fought in it, and the civilians caught in the middle. Much of the detail is drawn from in-depth conversations with the major Israeli commanders who planned and fought the battles. The... more...

  • Imagined Empiresby Zeinab Abul-Magd

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    Through a microhistory of a small province in Upper Egypt, this book investigates the history of five world empires that assumed hegemony in Qina province over the last five centuries. Imagined Empires charts modes of subaltern rebellion against the destructive policies of colonial intruders and collaborating local elites in the south of Egypt. ... more...