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Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Mediterranean World After 1492

by Alisa Meyuhas Ginio

The expulsion of the Jews, and later the Muslims from the Iberian Peninsula marked the beginning of a new era in the life of the Mediterranean world. The articles in this volume discuss the aftermath of the...


Israel: The First Hundred Years: Volume I: Israel's Transition from Community to State

by Efraim Karsh

The Zionist Movement was born in the wake of Jewish emancipation in Western Europe, and at a time of increased persecution in Eastern Europe. This volume addresses the intellectual, social and political ramifications...


Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel's Soul

by Daniel Gordis

Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel’s underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was...


The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East

by Caroline Glick

A  manifesto that exposes the flaws in the two-state policy of the United States toward Israel and the Palestinians and offers a direct and powerful call for Israeli sovereignty in the region.

 

The reigning...


History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness

by Lucian Boia

Based on the idea that there is a considerable difference between reality and discourse, the author points out that history is constantly reconstructed, adapted and sometimes mythicized from the perspectives...


A Young Palestinian's Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami 'Amr

by Kimberly Katz & Salim Tamari

Writing in his late teens and early twenties, Sāmī 'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle: The Battle of Life, encapsulating both the political climate of Palestine in the waning years of the British Mandate...


Palestinians Born in Exile: Diaspora and the Search for a Homeland

by Juliane Hammer

In the decade following the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, some 100,000 diasporic Palestinians returned to the West Bank and Gaza. Among them were children and young adults who were born in exile and whose sense of...


Negotiating for the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941

by James F. Goode

The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 was a landmark event in Egyptology that was celebrated around the world. Had Howard Carter found his prize a few years earlier, however, the treasures of Tut...


North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present

by Phillip C. Naylor

North Africa has been a vital crossroads throughout history, serving as a connection between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Paradoxically, however, the region's historical significance has been chronically underestimated....


Danger Pay: Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, 1984-1994

by Carol Spencer Mitchell & Ellen Spencer Susman

"You're going where?" Carol Spencer Mitchell's father demanded as she set off in 1984 to cover the Middle East as a photojournalist for Newsweek and other publications. In this intensely thoughtful memoir, Spencer...


Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City

by Aseel Sawalha

Once the cosmopolitan center of the Middle East, Beirut was devastated by the civil war that ran from 1975 to 1991, which dislocated many residents, disrupted normal municipal functions, and destroyed the vibrant...


Israel's Years of Bogus Grandeur: From the Six-Day War to the First Intifada

by Nissim Rejwan

On the eve of the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel was nineteen years old and as much an adolescent as the average nineteen-year-old person. Issues of identity and transition were the talk among Israeli intellectuals,...


Outsider in the Promised Land: An Iraqi Jew in Israel

by Nissim Rejwan

In 1951, Israel was a young nation surrounded by hostile neighbors. Its tenuous grip on nationhood was made slipperier still by internal tensions among the various communities that had immigrated to the new...


The Last Jews in Baghdad: Remembering a Lost Homeland

by Nissim Rejwan & Joel Beinin

Once upon a time, Baghdad was home to a flourishing Jewish community. More than a third of the city's people were Jews, and Jewish customs and holidays helped set the pattern of Baghdad's cultural and commercial...


The Great Syrian Revolt and the Rise of Arab Nationalism

by Michael Provence

The Great Syrian Revolt of 1925 was the largest and longest-lasting anti-colonial insurgency in the inter-war Arab East. Mobilizing peasants, workers, and army veterans, rather than urban elites and nationalist...


Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance

by Yaron Peleg

Over the past two decades, profound changes in Israel opened its society to powerful outside forces and the dominance of global capitalism. As a result, the centrality of Zionism as an organizing ideology waned,...


A Tribal Order: Politics and Law in the Mountains of Yemen

by Shelagh Weir

A Tribal Order describes the politico-legal system of Jabal Razih, a remote massif in northern Yemen inhabited by farmers and traders. Contrary to the popular image of Middle Eastern tribes as warlike, lawless,...


Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey: The Paradox of Moderation

by Günes Murat Tezcür

Moderation theory describes the process through which radical political actors develop commitments to electoral competition, political pluralism, human rights, and rule of law and come to prefer negotiation,...


Western Window in the Arab World

by Leon Borden Blair

Since November 8, 1942, when American troops in Operation Torch first landed on the beaches of North Africa, almost a million Americans-military personnel and their dependents-have lived in Morocco. Their impact...


The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism and the Sheikh Said Rebellion, 1880-1925

by Robert Olson & William F. Tucker

The last quarter of the nineteenth century was crucial for the development of Kurdish nationalism. It coincided with the reign of Abdulhamid II (1876-1909), who emphasized Pan-Islamic policies in order to strengthen...