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Power Islam and Political Elite in Iran A Study of

Power, Islam, and Political Elite in Iran: A Study of the Iranian Political Elite from Khomeini to Ahmadinejad

The problem with this book is that it does not deliver what the title promises. In a study of any country’s political elite one expects biographic...

Are Muslims Distinctive A Look at the Evidence

Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence

Are Muslims Distinctive? is an exceptionally objective book that examines the highly subjective and controversial issue of Muslim ‘exceptionalism.’...

In the Shadow of Sectarianism Law Shi ism and the

In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi‘ism and the Making of Modern Lebanon

An observer of contemporary Lebanon may be struck by two interrelated aspects of Lebanese politics: 1) the continuing predominance of sectarian...

The Militant Kurds A Dual Strategy for Freedom

The Militant Kurds: A Dual Strategy for Freedom

This is not just another book criticizing Turkey for its well-known Kurdish problem. Rather it is an ably crafted analysis full of useful insights...

The Kurds and US Foreign Policy International Relations in the

The Kurds and US Foreign Policy: International Relations in the Middle East since 1945

Through this thoughtful and carefully researched account of US relations with the Kurds, Marriana Charountaki seeks to place a superpower’s...

The Caucasus Under Soviet Rule

The Caucasus Under Soviet Rule

In The Caucasus Under Soviet Rule, Alex Marshall examines the complexities of internal politics in the Caucasus with its pre and post-Soviet...

Turkish Foreign Policy Islam Nationalism and Globalization

Turkish Foreign Policy, Islam Nationalism and Globalization

Although it is widely accepted that there have been important elements of continuity as well as changes in Turkish foreign policy (henceforth TFP)...

The Cyprus Issue The Four Freedoms in a Member State

The Cyprus Issue: The Four Freedoms in a Member State under Siege

Nikos Skoutaris has written a timely book on the European Union’s (EU) handling of the legal issues, pertaining in particular to the freedom of...

Crime and Punishment in Istanbul 1700-1800

Crime and Punishment in Istanbul, 1700-1800

Revisionist history is “in.” Indeed, there is no other history these days. This is the case for Ottoman history as well. This appears to be the...

he Roots of Balkanization Eastern Europe C E 500-1500

he Roots of Balkanization: Eastern Europe C.E. 500-1500

In his book, Ion Grumeza ambitiously sets about “to fill a gap with authoritative material on how the process of Balkanization came about, to...

Questioning the Veil Open Letters to Muslim Women

Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women

Leaving aside the academic discourse, the “theoretical and methodological shields that usually ensure a semblance of detachment,” (p.ix) Marnia...

Syria and the Doctrine of Arab Neutralism from Independence to

Syria and the Doctrine of Arab Neutralism: from Independence to Dependence

Rami Ginat’s monograph traces the development of Syria’s foreign policy of neutralism during its early years of independence in until the fall of...

Shoah Turkey the US and the UK

Shoah: Turkey, the US, and the UK

T“I was alive only because I had a Turkish passport,” tells Lazar Russo in Arnold Reisman’s Shoah: Turkey, the US and the UK. Lazar Russo was...

Turkey s Entente with Israel and Azerbaijan State Identity and

Turkey’s Entente with Israel and Azerbaijan: State Identity and Security in the Middle East and Caucasus

In this timely book Alexander Murinson explores the forces behind the entente between Turkey, Israel, and Azerbaijan. He juxtaposes these three...

Turkey in the 1960 s and 1970 s Through the

Turkey in the 1960’s and 1970’s Through the Reports of American Diplomats

Rıfat N. Bali has done us a great service by publishing reports of American diplomats about Turkey in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The book consists of...

Headscarf Politics in Turkey A Postcolonial Reading

Headscarf Politics in Turkey, A Postcolonial Reading

The distressing photo on the cover effectively represents the content of this book. The photo depicts a junior high school student amidst male and...

Cinema in Turkey A New Critical History

Cinema in Turkey: A New Critical History

Cinema in Turkey differs from other recent books on the subject – notably Gönül Dönmez-Colin’s Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging...

A Moveable Empire Ottoman Nomads Migrants and Refugees

A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants and Refugees

Reşat Kasaba is a well-established, highly competent social scientist with a profound interest in the study of socioeconomic processes of change...

Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire The Design

Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire: The Design of Difference

Professor Zilfi, a well-established, leading historian of the Ottoman Empire, has joined the small but constantly growing group of scholars...

Religious Pluralism Globalization and World Politics

Religious Pluralism, Globalization and World Politics

As the link between religion and international affairs has come under special scrutiny especially since 9/11, there has been an increase in the...

The Ethos of Europe Values Law and Justice in the

The Ethos of Europe: Values, Law and Justice in the EU

Although the analysis offered in this book is not very innovative in its details, the overall project is of some originality. Andrew Williams’s...

The Almohads The Rise of an Islamic Empire

The Almohads: The Rise of an Islamic Empire

As a dynasty based in medieval North Africa and southern Spain, the Almohads have received relatively little attention from Anglophone scholars in...

Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam

Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam

This brilliant, eloquent and insightful book is not, despite its title, a provocative one. It does not claim that in Islam being a wife is like...

A History of the Middle East From Antiquity to the

A History of the Middle East: From Antiquity to the Present Day

The Lebanese economist and historian Corm has written a timely book contributing to our understanding of a Middle East which is marked by...

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