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Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

by Lawrence Wright

A dramatic, illuminating day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter convinced Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to sign a peace treaty--the...


Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

by Charles King

“Intrigue, violence, sex, and espionage, all set against the slow dimming of Ottoman magnificence. I loved this book.”—Simon Winchester At midnight, December 31, 1925, citizens of the newly proclaimed...


Shah of Shahs

by Ryszard Kapuscinski

In Shah of Shahs Kapuscinski brings a mythographer's perspective and a novelist's virtuosity to bear on the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, one of the most infamous of the United States' client-dictators,...


The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East

by Marc Lynch

Why did Tunisian protests following the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi lead to a massive wave of uprisings across the entire Arab world? Who participated in those protests, and what did they hope to achieve?...


Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946

by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

In Frontier Fictions, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet looks at the efforts of Iranians to defend, if not expand, their borders in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and explores how their conceptions of national...


The Punishment of Gaza

by Gideon Levy

Israel’s 2009 invasion of Gaza was an act of aggression that killed over a thousand Palestinians and devastated the infrastructure of an already impoverished enclave. The Punishment of Gaza shows how the ground...


Arab Responses to Fascism and Nazism: Attraction and Repulsion

by Israel Gershoni

The first book to present an analysis of Arab response to fascism and Nazism from the perspectives of both individual countries and the Arab world at large, this collection problematizes and ultimately deconstructs...


Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel

by Joshua Muravchik

During the Six Day War of 1967, polls showed that Americans favored the Israelis over the Arabs by overwhelming margins. In Europe, support for Israel ran even higher. In the United Nations Security Council,...


Islam Against the West: Shakib Arslan and the Campaign for Islamic Nationalism

by William L. Cleveland

This book gives a unique perspective on the interwar history of the Middle East. By telling the life story of one man, it illuminates the political and cultural struggles of an era. Shakib Arslan (1869-1946)...


Government and Society in Rural Palestine, 1920-1948

by Ylana Miller

In 1947, Arabs made up two-thirds of the population of Palestine, and they owned most of its cultivable land. Why then, did they "lose" their homes and land to a relatively small Jewish community just emerging...


Lebanon in Strife: Student Preludes to the Civil War

by Halim Barakat

In this study, an eminent sociologist of the Arab world analyzes student politics in Lebanon and their relationship to the civil war. This focus is part of a larger concern with upheaval in Arab society and...


Classical Mathematics from Al-Khwarizmi to Descartes

by Roshdi Rashed

This book follows the development of classical mathematics and the relation between work done in the Arab and Islamic worlds and that undertaken by the likes of Descartes and Fermat.

'Early modern,' mathematics...


Lords of the Horizons

by Jason Goodwin

Since the Turks first shattered the glory of the French crusaders in 1396, the Ottoman Empire has exerted a long, strong pull on Western minds. For six hundred years, the Empire swelled and declined. Islamic,...


Viewing the Islamic Orient: British Travel Writers of the Nineteenth Century: British Travel Writers of the Nineteenth Century

by Pallavi Pandit Laisram

The Islamic Orient studies the travel accounts of four British travelers during the nineteenth century. Through a critical analysis of these works, the author examines and questions Edward Said's concept of...


The Development of Pre-State Communities in the Ancient Near East: Studies in Honour of Edgar Peltenburg

by Diane Bolger & Louise C. Maguire

This book explores the dynamics of small-scale societies in the ancient Near East by examining the ways in which particular communities functioned and interacted and by moving beyond the broad neo-evolutionary...


Assyrian Stone Vessels and Related Material in the British Museum

by Ann Searight, Julian Reade & Irving Finkel

This catalogue makes available more than 600 complete or fragmentary stone vessels kept in the British Museum. Most of them were excavated at Nineveh and other major sites in northern Iraq and Syria, and are...


Calendars and Years: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient Near East

by John M. Steele

Dates form the backbone of written history. But where do these dates come from? Many different calendars were used in the ancient world. Some of these calendars were based upon observations or calculations of...


Textile Production and Consumption in the Ancient Near East: Archaeology, Epigraphy, Iconography

by Marie-Louise Nosch, Henriette Koefoed & Eva Andersson Strand

In the past, textile production was a key part of all ancient societies. The Ancient Near East stands out in this respect with the overwhelming amount of documentation both in terms of raw materials, line of...


Merchant Capital and Islam

by Mahmood Ibrahim

The rise of merchant capital in Mecca conditioned the development of Meccan social, economic, religious, and political structure. Mahmood Ibrahim traces the roots of capitalism from the emergence of merchants...


Reconstructing a Shattered Egyptian Army (1967 to 1971): War Minister Gen. Mohamad Fawzi's Memoirs, 1967¿1971

by Youssef H., Aboul-Enein

Central to CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein's career has been the mission to introduce America's military leaders to Arabic works of military significance. Just like American military leaders who had an obsession for...