Subject: Middle East: Religion

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Jihad: A History in Documents (2016 Expanded Edition)
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Peters, Rudolph F.

Subject: Religion, Middle East

This updated and expanded 2016 edition of the classic text on Muslim thinking about war and peace features new chapters on jihad after 9/11, including translations and analyses of fatwas from ISIS and al-Qaeda.

“Helps us understand the wider social and moral senses of jihad.” — Library …

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Modern Iran: A History in Documents
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Nabavi, Negin

Subject: Middle Eastern History

 

 Covering the period from the early nineteenth century to the present day, Modern Iran: A History in Documents brings   together primary sources in translation that shed light on aspects of the political, social, cultural, and intellectual history of   modern Iran. It …

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Political Words and Ideas in Islam
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Lewis, Bernard

Subject: Religion

This book brings together 11 essays on Islamic political thought by Bernard Lewis, the acknowledged doyen of Middle Eastern studies. Few historians have garnered such a broad audience as Lewis, whose works are widely read by scholars, politicians, journalists, and the general …

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Sudan in Turmoil: Hasan al-Turabi and the Islamist State, 1989-2003
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Collins, Robert O. and J. Millard Burr

Subject: Africa

Sudan was the first Islamist nation created within the larger Sunni community. The authors specifically focus on the activity of Sudanese intellectual Hasan al-Turabi, the eminence gris of the Sudanese Islamist movement and its political guide (murshid). Turabi, a prominent …

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The Levant: A Fractured Mosaic
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Harris, William

Subject: Middle East: Israel/Palestine/Levant, World History

One of the “10 Must-Read Books on the Evolution of Terrorism in the Middle East” — The Wall Street Journal

In the wake of the November terrorist attack in Paris, the Wall Street Journal asked several experts for book recommendations on the …

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The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil
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al Shihabi, Ali, Bernard Haykel

Subject: Middle Eastern History

The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil presents a candid and insightful analysis of Saudi Arabia’s political instability in light of the mounting domestic and international challenges facing the country today. Directly addressing Saudi Arabia’s inert …

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The Shiites: A Short History
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Halm, Heinz (translated by Allison Brown)

Subject: Middle East, Religion,

Combining history, comparative religion, and political interpretations, Heinz Halm elucidates Shi’ism and political developments in the Middle East for the uninformed reader. The author highlights three main aspects of Shi’a Islam: its historical development, especially the history of the Imans; the …

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The Travels of Ibn Battuta to India, the Spice Islands, and China
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Ibn Battuta, author; King, Noël Q., translator; Butters, Albion, M., editor

Subject: Middle Eastern History, World History, Asia, India, China, Religion

 The era in which Ibn Baṭṭūṭa traveled to the East was exciting but turbulent, cursed by the Black Plague and the   fall  of mighty dynasties. His chronicle provides a first-hand account of increased globalization due to the rise of   Islam, as …

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Women in the Islamic World: From Earliest Times to the Arab Spring
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Schneider, Irene (translated by Steven Rendall)

Subject: Middle Eastern Studies, Women Studies, Religion, World History

 This book describes and analyzes the different roles women have played in the Islamic world, past and present. Starting with Sharia regulations and their applications in societies throughout history, Schneider observes and pinpoints the obstacles and opportunities women have …

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