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Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (1808-1883)

by John W. Kiser

A rousing biography and history of world hero Abd el-Kader's resistance to the French colonization of Algeria.


Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations

by Peter L. Hahn

The current state of affairs between the United States and the Middle East is probably the most volatile and absorbing relationship the U.S. is involved in today. Prior to 1941, however, the U.S. preferred to...


The Second Arab Awakening: Revolution, Democracy, and the Islamist Challenge from Tunis to Damascus

by Adeed Dawisha

An eye-opening survey of the recent Arab revolutions and their political consequences, comparing them to those of a previous generation. When Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, in...


AD 33: The Year That Changed The World

by Colin Duriez

This is a portrait of one of the great years in world history. It is a book comparable to Gavin Menzies 1421: The Year China discovered the World. AD 33 was the year when an obscure religious teacher died a...


God, Guns and Israel: Britain, The First World War And The Jews in the Holy City

by Jill Duchess of Hamilton

The roots of today's Middle East conflict are extremely deep and exceedingly tangled and Jill Hamilton has done a wonderful job of unravelling a complicated story. Describing the background to the present conflict...


New Kingdom Egypt

by Mark Healy & Angus Mcbride

Osprey's examination of the New Kingdom of Egypt (16th - 11th Century BC) and it's people. Builders of the Pyramids and most ancient of all the powers of the biblical world, the Egyptians remain one of history's...


Iraq: A Political History

by Adeed Dawisha

With each day that passed after the 2003 invasion, the United States seemed to sink deeper in the treacherous quicksand of Iraq's social discord, floundering in the face of deep ethno-sectarian divisions that...


The Golan Heights: Political History, Settlement and Geography Since 1949: Political History, Settlement and Geography Since 1949

by Yigal Kipnis

Presenting the settlement landscape of the Golan before and after June 1967, The Golan Heights deals with the issue of the border between Israel and Syria, and with the Israeli settlement process in the area...


The A to Z of Ancient Israel

by Niels Peter Lemche

For these very reasons, because Ancient Israel means so much to us and because we actually know so little for sure, The A to Z of Ancient Israel is particularly important. It examines the usual sources in the...


The A to Z of the Druzes

by Samy Swayd

This dictionary provides nearly 1,000 concise and informative cross-referenced A to Z entries on religious, political, and cultural themes, as well as entries on a number of major families and individuals (artists,...


Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World

by Shereen El Feki

**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)**

If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms.

 

As political change sweeps the streets and squares, the parliaments and presidential palaces...


When the Birds Stopped Singing: Life in Ramallah Under Siege

by Raja Shehadeh

The Israeli army invaded Ramallah in March 2002. A tank stood at the end of Raja Shehadeh's road; Israeli soldiers patrolled from the roof toops. Four soldiers took over his brother's apartment and then used...


Rise of the Ottoman Empire: Studies in the History of Turkey, Thirteenth Fifteenth Centuries

by Paul Wittek & Colin Heywood

Paul Wittek's The Rise of the Ottoman Empire was first published by the Royal Asiatic Society in 1938 and has been out of print for more than a quarter of a century. The present reissue of the text also brings...


A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948

by James Barr

“A provocative history . . . helps us to understand why the Arab spring is so important and valuable.”—David Ignatius, National Interest In the twentieth century, while fighting a common enemy in Europe,...


Britain, Palestine and Empire: The Mandate Years

by Rory Miller

In 1948, British troops withdrew from the Palestinian lands, ending over 30 years of the British Mandate of Palestine. Taking a fresh look at the years of the British mandate; its politics, economics, and culture,...


Anglo-Italian Relations in the Middle East, 1922-1940

by Massimiliano Fiore

Between 1923 and 1934, Britain and Italy waged war by proxy in the Middle East. This book provides in-depth analysis of the factors leading to the interwar breakdown of Anglo-Italian relations. Enhancing our...


Money, Power and Politics in Early Islamic Syria: A Review of Current Debates

by John Haldon

The transformation of the eastern provinces of the Roman empire from the middle of the seventh century CE under the impact of Islam has attracted a good deal of scholarly attention in recent years, and as more...


The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa: The History of the Expedition of the Emperor Frederick and Related Texts

by G.A. Loud

This is the first English translation of the main contemporary accounts of the Crusade and death of the German Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa (ruled 1152-90). The main text here, the 'History of the Expedition...


The Gesta Tancredi of Ralph of Caen: A History of the Normans on the First Crusade

by Bernard S. Bachrach & David S. Bachrach

This is the first translation into English of Ralph of Caen's Gesta Tancredi. The text provides an important narrative of the First Crusade and its immediate aftermath, covering the period 1096-1105. The work...


Palestine between Politics and Terror, 1945-1947

by Motti Golani

A fascinating look at the end of British rule in Palestine, through the eyes of its final high commissioner