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Perspectives on Turkey s Multi-Regional Role in the 21st Century

Perspectives on Turkey’s Multi-Regional Role in the 21st Century

A cursory look at the map of Turkey brings home the appropriateness of the title under review. Sitting astride the Bosporus Straits that connect...

The Human Security Agenda How Middle Power Leadership Defied U

The Human Security Agenda: How Middle Power Leadership Defied U.S. Hegemony

There is no doubt that the 1990s were the years when the concept of human security came into popularity not only within scholarly circles but also...

Among the Ruins Syria Past and Present

Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present

It would be understandable, after four years of devastating civil war, to assume the title of Christian C. Sahner’s book, Among the Ruins refers...

State Faith and Nation in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Lands

State, Faith, and Nation in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Lands

In State, Faith, and Nation in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Lands, Frederick F. Anscombe frames his narrative around the themes of “state, faith, and...

A Land of Aching Hearts The Middle East in the

A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War

The First World War (WWI) was the biggest war that the world had ever seen, at least until the beginning of the 20th century, due to the large...

Law State and Society in Modern Iran Constitutionalism Autocracy and

Law, State, and Society in Modern Iran: Constitutionalism, Autocracy, and Legal Reform, 1906-1941

Like the neighboring Ottoman Empire, Iran escaped foreign rule in the age of imperialism. Its continued sovereignty notwithstanding, European...

Late Modernity Individualization and Socialism An Associational Critique of Neoliberalism

Late Modernity, Individualization and Socialism: An Associational Critique of Neoliberalism

Late Modernity, Individualization and Socialism brings together three much discussed and seemingly incompatible concepts in its title. According to...

Why the West Fears Islam An Exploration of Muslims in

Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracy

In Why the West Fears Islam, Jocelyne Cesari explores, analyzes, and compares the state of affairs of Muslims in France, the UK, the Netherlands,...

The Young Turks and the Boycott Movement Nationalism Protest and

The Young Turks and the Boycott Movement: Nationalism, Protest and the Working Classes in the Formation of Modern Turkey

The Young Turks and the Boycott Movement of Y. Doğan Çetinkaya represents valuable insight into three boycott movements that took place during the...

Ottomans Imagining Japan East Middle East and Non-Western Modernity at

Ottomans Imagining Japan: East, Middle East, and Non-Western Modernity at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

The division of the world into the “West and the “East” continues to exert substantial influence on the way we see, understand, and talk about the...

Depicting the Veil Transnational Sexism and the War on Terror

Depicting the Veil: Transnational Sexism and the War on Terror

In Depicting the Veil, Robin Lee Riley examines a critical and often overlooked effect of September 11th, 2001: the Western media’s portrayal of...

Muslims and Jews in France History of a Conflict

Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been, to a certain extent, shaping not just the relations between Israel and Muslim-majority countries but...

Capricious Borders Minority Population and Counter-conduct between Greece and Turkey

Capricious Borders: Minority, Population, and Counter-conduct between Greece and Turkey

Olga Demetriou’s work explores the relationship between state power and the Muslims of Western Thrace, Greece’s border region with Turkey. It...

Ally My Journey across the American-Israeli Divide

Ally: My Journey across the American-Israeli Divide

Given that we are approaching the end of his administration, President Obama’s American foreign policy has increasingly and critically been written...

Formation of the Turkish Nation-State 1920-1938

Formation of the Turkish Nation-State, 1920-1938

Yeşim Bayar’s Formation of the Turkish Nation-State, 1920-1938, an adaptation of the author’s doctoral dissertation, is a strong introduction to...

Latin America in the Global Political Economy Association Adaptation and

Latin America in the Global Political Economy: Association, Adaptation and Resistance

During the last several years, Latin America has been presented as a complex and enduring interaction between social forces and anti-hegemonic...

A New Historiography on the Ottoman Arab and Eastern Provinces

A New Historiography on the Ottoman Arab and Eastern Provinces

Beginning in the early 1980s, a number of works were published on the Arab provinces. These works criticized nationalistic approaches that treated...

The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom

The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom

In five chapters Smith looks into the standard story of the development of religious freedom in America and proposes a revised version of it, which...

NGOization Complicity Contradictions and Prospects

NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects

NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are proliferating dramatically in number (3.3 million in India, 1.5 million in the US), and they are present...

When Greeks and Turks Meet Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship

When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship since 1923

When Greeks and Turks Meet, a collection of essays compiled under the editorship of Vally Lytra, who pens also the historical and theoretical...

The Emancipation of Europe s Muslims The State s Role

The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims: The State’s Role in Minority Integration

As Jonathan Laurence observes in the preface to The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims, calling attention to the extent of European governments’...

State Formation and Identity in the Middle East and North

State Formation and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa

Christie and Masad analyze the role of State Formation and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by bringing together an...

Foreign Policy Domestic Politics and International Relations The Case of

Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and International Relations: The Case of Italy

Elisabetta Brighi’s book Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and International Relations: The Case of Italy, basically aspires to explain the...

Foreigners Minorities and Integration The Muslim Immigrant Experience in Britain

Foreigners, Minorities and Integration: The Muslim Immigrant Experience in Britain and Germany

In Foreigners, Minorities and Integration: The Muslim immigrant experience in Britain and Germany, Sarah Hackett focuses on Muslim immigrants’...

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