Ahmad Atif Ahmad, “Pitfalls of Scholarship: Lessons from Islamic Studies” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
Ahmad Atif Ahmad’s  Pitfalls of Scholarship: Lessons from Islamic Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) is a unique reflection on the field of Islamic studies. It is not quite a memoir, although it is reflective of Islamic studies, academia, and higher education in general. It is also not quite a book of theory, although... Read More
Aimée Israel-Pelletier, “On the Mediterranean and the Nile: The Jews of Egypt” (Indiana UP, 2017)
In On the Mediterranean and the Nile: The Jews of Egypt (Indiana University Press, 2017),  Aimée Israel-Pelletier, Professor and Head of French at the University of Texas at Arlington, looks at the work of five Egyptian Jewish writers. She confronts issues of identity, exile, language, immigration, Arab nationalism, European colonialism, and... Read More
Philip Zelikow and Ernest May, “Suez Deconstructed: An Interactive Study in Crisis, War, and Peacemaking” (Brookings Institution, 2018)
Experiencing a major crisis from different viewpoints, step by step:  the Suez crisis of 1956— one of the major crises of the 1950s offers a potential master class in statecraft and the politics of strategy. It was an explosive Middle East confrontation capped by a surprise move that reshaped the... Read More
Jamal Elias, “Alef is for Allah: Childhood, Emotion, and Visual Culture in Islamic Societies” (U California Press, 2018)
In his groundbreaking new book, Alef is for Allah: Childhood, Emotion, and Visual Culture in Islamic Societies (University of California Press, 2018), Jamal Elias takes his readers on a riveting intellectual tour thematically centered on the interaction of childhood, visual culture, and affect in contemporary Muslim majority societies, and in Muslim... Read More
Elisabeth A. Fraser, “Mediterranean Encounters: Artists Between Europe and the Ottoman Empire, 1774–1839” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Elisabeth A. Fraser‘s Mediterranean Encounters: Artists Between Europe and the Ottoman Empire, 1774–1839 (Penn State University Press, 2017) takes its readers on a journey through six illustrated travel albums covering territories held by the Ottomans in the Mediterranean basin and produced between 1774-1839. By decentring the importance of Europe, Elisabeth Fraser... Read More
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