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Democracy in Turkey

by Ali Resul Usul

This book examines the impact of European political conditionality on the process of democratization in Turkey over a twenty year period. Employing theoretical and conceptual approaches to the issue of EU conditionality,...


Secularism and Religion in Jewish-Israeli Politics

by Yaacov Yadgar

Offering a fresh approach to the study of contemporary Jewish identity, the author explores the implications of this identity from the perspective of traditionism, covering issues of religion, tradition, modernity...


Nationalisms and Politics in Turkey

by Marlies Casier & Joost Jongerden

This book examines some of the most pressing issues facing the Turkish political establishment, focusing in particular on the issues of nationalism, the Kurds and political Islam.


Iran: A Beginner's Guide

by Homa Katouzian

As the Western-Iranian impasse continues to dominate international affairs, politicians and the media confidently proclaim Iran the greatest threat to the Western World. But this villainous mask obscures a far...


Why They Don't Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil

by Mark Levine

This is a ground-breaking exploration of the roots of the current conflict between the US and the Muslim world.


Mehmed Ali: From Ottoman Governor to Ruler of Egypt

by Khaled Fahmy

Kavalali Mehmed Ali Pasha (c. 1770 – 1849), often dubbed "the founder of modern Egypt", was one of the most important figures in the history of the Ottoman Empire. Born in what is now Greece, and seemingly...


The Palestine-Israeli Conflict: A Beginner's Guide

by Dan Cohn-Sherbok & Dawoud El-Alami

With coverage of all the recent events, the new edition of this best-selling book gives a thorough and accessible account of the history behind the Palestine-Israeli conflict, its roots, and the possibilities...


The Middle East: A Beginner's Guide

by Philip Robins

Stuffed with historical background, real-life examples, profiles of key figures from Nasser to Gadaffi, and popular jokes from the region, The Middle East: A Beginner’s Guide is easy-to-read and full of insight....


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...