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Berbers and the Islamic State
Berbers_State
Shatzmiller, Maya

Subject: Africa, Middle East, Religion

The Arab conquest of North Africa in the eighth century gave birth to a new political body on the western Mediterranean shores, a Berber-Islamic state, which continued to evolve throughout the entire medieval period and achieved viability, coherence, and stability …

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Challenges to Democracy in the Middle East
Democracy_Middle_east
Arat, Yesim et al.

Subject: Middle East

This book provides in five essays background information of some of the most current problems affecting the modern Middle East. Ahmad Ashraf analyzes the appeal of modern conspiracy theories to Iranians, including the social, cultural, political and psychological factors contributing …

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Chinese Travelers to the Early Turkish Republic
chinese travelers
Fidan, Giray

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In the first quarter of the 20th century, China was in turmoil, facing an existential crisis. Chinese politicians and intellectuals looked to the Turkish Republic as a role model. Turkey defeated foreign invading forces and renegotiated unfair treaties, adapted …

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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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Constellations of the Caucasus
constellationscover
Michael A. Reynolds, Editor

Subject: Middle East

The Caucasus has fascinated humanity for millennia. A natural crossroads and a perpetual borderland, the region has often been described as the meeting place of East and West, Europe and Asia, Christendom and Islam. The Caucasus Mountains are home to a bewildering diversity …

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Corpus of Early Arabic Sources for West African History
Corpus_West_Africa
Hopkins, J. F. P. and Nehemiah Levtzion, editors

Subject: Africa, Middle East

From the eighth century onwards, the Muslim townsfolk of North Africa were well aware that fifty stages away across the desert to the south lay a land inhabited by black people which was the source of gold, ivory …

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Darfur: The Long Road to Disaster (Updated 2008 Edition)
Darfur
Burr, J. Millard and Robert O. Collins

Subject: Africa

Images of the genocide in Darfur have shocked the Western world; upwards of 300,000 of its inhabitants have died, and another 2.5 million have become refugees. Those affected by the violence are estimated at almost 4 million, 700,000 of whom …

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Eunuchs and Castrati: A Cultural History
Eunuchs
Scholz, Piotr (translated by Shelley L. Frisch)

Subject: World History

This fascinating study of eunuchs guides readers as they travel through various lands and periods, familiarizing themselves with the duties and responsibilities, the unspeakable torments, and the passions and joys of these individuals. Eunuchs were not simply “bedchamber attendants,” as …

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Faces of Lebanon: Sects, Wars, and Global Extensions
Faces_of_Lebanon
Harris, William

Subject: Middle East

“If there’s a gaping hole in your knowledge of the Middle East just north of Israel, Harris’s straightforward, thorough guide to Lebanon will more than plug the gap. Harris, a visiting professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, past …

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First Sultan of Zanzibar: Scrambling for Power in the Nineteenth-Century Indian Ocean
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Nicolini, Beatrice

Subject: World History

The Indian Ocean was long one of the world’s most important trade zones, controlled by Arab and Indian merchants. But in the 19th century, the British-French rivalry spilled over into the Indian Ocean. Pirates looted, adventurers sought their fortunes, and …

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