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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

by Ilan Pappé

The renowned Israeli historian revisits the formative period of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred, and around a million...


Turkey: The Quest for Identity

by Feroz Ahmad

This concise history tells the story of Turkey, a country caught between the ideologies of East and West. Feroz Ahmad provides a full survey of Turkey's checkered past, from its beginnings as a disparate group...


Pre-Industrial Societies: Anatomy of the Pre-Modern World

by Patricia Crone

This book offers a blueprint for a world now lost, focusing on such crucial issues as the role of politics and religion, and how communities developed social hierarchies.


Government and Society in Afghanistan: The Reign of Amir 'Abd Al-Rahman Khan

by Hasan Kawun Kakar

This is an authoritative study of the administrative, social, and economic structure of Afghanistan during a decisive stage in its history. The period covered-the reign of the "Iron" Amir Rahman Khan-was in...


Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect

by Reese Erlich & Noam Chomsky

Based on first-hand reporting from Syria and Washington, journalist Reese Erlich unravels the complex dynamics underlying the Syrian civil war. Through vivid, on-the-ground accounts and interviews with both...


Half Past Ten in the Afternoon

by James Budd

Much of this book is a record of the time the author spent between 1965 and 1970 as an English teacher in Aneiza - a provincial town in central Saudi Arabia. In an entertaining series of anecdotes, he describes...


1948. A Soldier's Tale ¿ The Bloody Road to Jerusalem

by Uri Avnery

The first eye-witness account ever published of the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, this riveting memoir of a young Israeli soldier became an instant bestseller on publication in 1949, and is still recognized...


Mecca: The Sacred City

by Ziauddin Sardar

Mecca is, for many, the heart of Islam. It is the birthplace of Muhammad, the direction to which Muslims turn when they pray, and the site of pilgrimage that annually draws some three million Muslims from all...


Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons

by Banu Bargu

Starve and Immolate tells the story of leftist political prisoners in Turkey who waged a deadly struggle against the introduction of high security prisons by forging their lives into weapons. Through an innovative...


Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?: Can it Survive?

by Richard Cohen

A very personal journey through Jewish history (and Cohen’s own), and a passionate defense of Israel’s legitimacy.

Richard Cohen’s book is part reportage, part memoir—an intimate journey through the history...


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...


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...


The Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to U.S. Citizenship

by Hani J. Bawardi

While conventional wisdom points to the Arab-Israeli War of 1967 as the gateway for the founding of the first Arab American national political organization, such advocacy in fact began with the Syrian nationalist...


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...


Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice

by Marion Katz

Juxtaposing Muslim scholars’ debates over women’s attendance in mosques with historical descriptions of women’s activities within Middle Eastern and North African mosques, this study shows how over the...


Crusading and Warfare in the Middle Ages: Realities and Representations. Essays in Honour of John France

by Nicholas Morton & Simon John

The fifteen essays in this volume cover a range of topics from the Carolingian period through to the early fourteenth century. Some offer new insight upon long-contested issues, some open up new areas of debate...


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...


Soldier in the Sinai: A General's Account of the Yom Kippur War

by Emanuel Sakal & Moshe Tlamim

In surprise attacks on Israel in October 1973, Egyptian and Syrian forces crossed ceasefire lines to enter the Israeli-held Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights, igniting what became known as the Yom Kippur War....


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,...