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The Development of Trans-Jordan 1929-1939, The: A History of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

by Maan Abu Nowar

Very little has been written about the history of Trans-Jordan between 1929-39, a decade of importance in the history of its struggle for independence and sovereignty, its progress and development, its relations...


Yemen into the Twenty-First Century: Continuity and Change

by Kamil Mahdi

In 1990 the Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen united to form the Republic of Yemen. The following decade was marked by the political process of unification on the one hand, and...


Slavery and Manumission: British Policy in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf in the First Half of the 20th Century

by Jerzy Zdanowski

I am a free-born woman, and not a slave of anyone' , Manuy bint Khalfan, Speaking to a British Agency in Sharjah on 24th October 1938. Manuy bint Khalfan was a female slave who was sold and mortgaged several...


Might Over Right: How the Zionists Took Over Palestine

by Adel Safty

"Might Over Right" provides a critical account of one of the most remarkable stories in the twenty century's history of international relations - the history of how in the relatively short time of 30 years,...


Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter

by Jonathan Marc Gribetz

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict persists, aspiring peacemakers continue to search for the precise territorial dividing line that will satisfy both Israeli and Palestinian nationalist demands. The prevailing...


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...


Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy

by Moti Kfir, Ram Oren & Shlomo (Ret.) Gazit

"There is a lack of quiet in Sylvia that craves for action.... She knows that she is special and that she possesses unusual and varied abilities." -- From the Mossad's psychological evaluation of Sylvia Rafael...


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)...


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...


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...


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...


Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity

by Cynthia Becker

In southeastern Morocco, around the oasis of Tafilalet, the Ait Khabbash people weave brightly colored carpets, embroider indigo head coverings, paint their faces with saffron, and wear ornate jewelry. Their...


Prickly Pears of Palestine: The People Behind the Politics

by Hilda Reilly

An account providing a human face to the realities of life in Palestine The Palestinian–Israeli conflict is one of the most widely reported and long standing struggles in the world, yet for many, misunderstanding...


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?...


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,...


Israel vs. Utopia

by Joel Schalit

Israeli American journalist Schalit distinguishes between the Israel he knows and the image of it in the minds of Americans.


Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powers and the Persian Gulf

by Jeffrey R. Macris & Saul Kelly

For centuries the world’s Great Powers, along with their fleets, armies, and intelligence services, have been drawn to the Persian Gulf region. Lying at the junction of three great continents – Asia, Europe,...


The Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921

by Eleanor H. Tejirian, Reeva Spector Simon & Gary Sick

Leading scholars consider Iraq's history and strategic importance from the vantage point of its residents, neighbors (Iran, Turkey, and Kurdistan), and the Great Powers.


Palestine and the Palestinians: A Social and Political History

by Samih K. Farsoun & Naseer Aruri

Palestine and the Palestinians is a sweeping social, economic, ideological, and political history of the Palestinian people, from antiquity to the Road Map to Peace. This second edition is thoroughly revised...


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...