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Afghanistan on the Threshold of the 21st Century: Three Essays on Culture and Society
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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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African Identity in Asia: Cultural Effects of Forced Migration
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Jayasuriya, Shihan de Silva

Subject: Africa, Asia, History of Slavery

In contrast to the dispersion of slaves across the Atlantic, African movement to Asia has received scant attention because forced migrations across the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, which endured for centuries, were not part of a significant economic network.

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Age of the Caliphs: A History of the Muslim World
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Spuler, Bertold

Subject: Middle East, Religion

“In this concise history of the Muslim countries [which begins with Rome, Persia, and the pre-Islamic Bedouins and ends with the fall of Bagdad to the Mongols in 1258], Spuler has provided the educated reader with a reliable presentation. The …

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Al-Jabarti’s History of Egypt
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Al-Jabarti, Abd al Rahman (edited by Jane Hathaway)

Subject: Africa, Middle East, World History

The multi-volume chronicle of the Cairo scholar Abd al-Rahman al-Jabarti (1753-1825), known in Arabic as caja-’ib al-atha-r fi- al-tara-jim wa-al-akhba-r, which translates roughly as The Most Wondrous Achievements: Biographies and Reports of Events, is the single most important primary source …

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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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Ancient South Arabia: From the Queen of Sheba to the Advent of Islam
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Schippman, Klaus (translated by Allison Brown)

Subject: Middle East, Archaeology,Relion

At a crossroads between Africa, Asia, and Europe, the South Arabian kingdoms were major commercial and cultural players in world history. Their art and architecture, and especially their irrigation system, featuring a gigantic dam high in the mountains, give witness …

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Anti-Americanism in the Islamic World
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Faath, Sigrid

Subject: Middle East, Religion, U.S. History

Anti-Americanism is a far from homogenous phenomenon — even in the Islamic world, where the press would sometimes want to convince us that a near-unanimous hostility to the United States exists. This book, by dint of on-the-ground research into Muslim …

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Arabs: A Short History with Documents
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Halm, Heinz (edited by Luke Yarbrough and Oded Zinger; translated by Allison Brown and Tom Lampert)

Subject: Middle East

Heinz Halm is an internationally renowned scholar of the Middle East, whose books, including The Shiites: A Short History and The Arabs: A Short History, have been translated into many languages. The Arabs, Heinz Halm’s masterful narrative, is now available in …

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Aspects of Avicenna
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Wisnovsky, Robert, editor

Subject: Middle East, Religion, World Literature

The philosopher and physician Abû ‘Alî al-Husayn ibn ‘Abdallâh ibn Sînâ (d. 1037 c.e.), known in the West by his Latinized name Avicenna, was one of the most influential thinkers of the Islamic and European Middle Ages. Yet for a …

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Beauty in Arabic Culture
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Behrens-Abouseif, Doris

Subject: Middle East, Religion

Arabic Islamic thought allowed the development of autonomous norms of beauty that were independent of moral or religious criteria. The artistic work was viewed separately from the divine scheme and was free of metaphysical associations.

Beauty, however, had a significant …

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