Subject: Asia

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Afghanistan on the Threshold of the 21st Century: Three Essays on Culture and Society
Afghanistan_21st
Centlivres, Pierre and Micheline Centlivres-Demont

Subject: Middle East

Two prominent anthropologists describe their long “journey” with the Afghan people, a journey that lasted thirty years and was punctuated by the events that caused Afghanistan’s transformation from the monarchic state of Zaher Shah to Daoud’s republic, from the Communist …

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Al-Narshakhi’s The History of Bukhara
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Narshakhi, Abu Bakr Muhammad (translated and edited by Richard N. Frye)

Subject: Middle East

Al-Narshakhi’s The History of Bukhara is unusual among histories of Middle Eastern cities because it provides a broad and perceptive overview of urban life of the time, as opposed to the standard biographies of religious leaders.

Richard Frye’s translation from …

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Bitter Bonds: A Colonial Divorce Drama of the Seventeenth Century
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Blussé, Leonard (translated by Diane Webb)

Subject: World History, European History, Asian History, Women's History

Book of the Year – Times Literary Supplement

In seventeenth-century Batavia, Cornelia van Nijenroode, the daughter of a geisha and a Dutch merchant in Japan, was known as “otemba” (meaning “untamable”), which made her a heroine to …

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Colonialism (Updated and Expanded Edition)
Colonialism2
Osterhammel, Jürgen

Subject: World History

“Osterhammel (History, U. of Constance) argues that the global mercantile expansion of the European powers of the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries bears a marked resemblance to the political imperialism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Further, although there are …

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Hinduism and Islam in India: Caste, Religion, and Society from Antiquity to Early Modern Times
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Desika Char, S. V. (edited by Noel Q. King)

Subject: Asia, Religion

While there are numerous books on Islam and the West, this analysis of Islam takes a novel approach by focusing on the Hindu perspective. Islam and Hinduism co-existed in India for hundreds of years, dominating, suppressing, and influencing one another.

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Ibn Fadlan’s Journey To Russia: A Tenth-Century Traveler From Baghdad to the Volga River
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Frye, Richard N., editor

Subject: Asia, Europe, Middle East, Religion

This is the first English translation of the famous Risala, letters by the tenth-century traveler Ibn Fadlan, one of the great medieval travelers in world history, akin to Ibn Battuta. Ibn Fadlan was an Arab missionary sent by the Caliph in …

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Japan’s Economy: A Bibliography of Its Past and Present
Wray, William D.

Subject: Asia

This useful bibliography covers Early Modern Japan (Tokugawa period through the Restoration era), Modern Japan (1868-1945, World War II, the Occupation and Postwar eras) and Contemporary Japan.

Kabul Under Siege: Fayz Muhammad’s Account of the 1929 Uprising
Kabul_Siege
Muhammad, Fayz (translated by R. D. McChesney)

Subject: Middle East

In January 1929, the reigning monarch of Afghanistan, Amir Aman Allah Khan, was driven from his capital by a former soldier turned outlaw. The uprising was a response to the ruler’s attempts to modernize the tribal culture of Afghanistan. Kabul, …

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Pilgrimage to Mecca: The Indian Experience, 1500–1800
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Pearson, Michael N.

Subject: Asia, Middle East, Religion

For over a thousand years, tens and hundreds of thousands of Muslim Indians have been making the pilgrimage to Mecca, the annual Hajj. In the early modern period, they followed a route over the Indian Ocean, producing an entanglement of politics, …

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The Chinese in the Caribbean
Chinese_Caribbean
Wilson, Andrew, editor

Subject: Asia, Caribbean, World History

The history of the Caribbean is a history of migrations. The peoples of the region came as conquerors and planters, slaves and indentured laborers from all parts of the globe. Each group contributed to the social fabric, culture, and commerce …

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