New Books Network

Scott S. Reese, “Imperial Muslims: Islam, Community and Authority in the Indian Ocean, 1839-1937” (Edinburgh UP, 2017)
Religion and empire are often intertwined. Regarding Muslims there are well known dynasties like the Umayyad, the Abbasid, the Fatimid, the Ottoman, and many others. But the empire governing the largest Muslim population was, of course, the British. In Imperial Muslims: Islam, Community and Authority in the Indian Ocean, 1839-1937 (Edinburgh University... Read More
Andreas Krieg, “Divided Gulf: The Anatomy of a Crisis” (Palgrave, 2019)
Andreas Krieg’s edited volume, Divided Gulf: The Anatomy of a Crisis (Palgrave, 2019), brings together a group of prominent Gulf scholars to discuss the Gulf crisis that pits a Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led alliance against Qatar. The alliance’s economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar since 2017 has implications that go far... Read More
Houri Berberian, “Roving Revolutionaries:  Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian and Ottoman Worlds” (U California Press, 2019)
In her newest book, Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian and Ottoman Worlds (University of California Press, 2019), Dr. Houri Berberian uses a transnational or transimperial approach to examine the interconnectedness of 1905 Russian Revolution, the Iranian Revolution and the Young Turk Revolution and the... Read More
Wendy Pearlman and Boaz Atzili, “Triadic Coercion: Israel’s Targeting of States That Host Nonstate Actors” (Columbia UP, 2018)
In the post–Cold War era, states increasingly find themselves in conflicts with nonstate actors. Finding it difficult to fight these opponents directly, many governments instead target states that harbor or aid nonstate actors, using threats and punishment to coerce host states into stopping those groups. In their book Triadic Coercion:... Read More
Ariel I. Ahram, “Break all the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Since 2011, civil wars and state failure have wracked the Arab world, underlying the misalignment between national identity and political borders. In Break all the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2019), Ariel I. Ahram examines the separatist movements that aimed to remake those... Read More
Dilip Hiro, “Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Struggle for Supremacy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In recent years, the concept of a ‘Cold War’ has been revived to describe the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two most influential states occupying positions of geopolitical importance in the Persian Gulf, who lay claim to leadership over the Islamic world. In the years after the 1979... Read More