New Books Network

Najam Haider, “The Rebel and the Imam in Early Islam” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In the absence of any real certainty about the nature and intention of the early sources that tell us the story of the early Islamic period, how can we use them? What sort of methodological approaches may we deploy to elucidate the meanings of texts, often similar in their core... Read More
Bruce Riedel, “Beirut 1958: How America’s Wars in the Middle East Began” (Brookings, 2019)
In July 1958, U.S. Marines stormed the beach in Beirut, Lebanon, ready for combat. Farcically. they were greeted by vendors and sunbathers. Fortunately, the rest of their mission—helping to end Lebanon’s first civil war—went nearly as smoothly and successfully, thanks in large part to the skillful work of American diplomats... Read More
Dan Jones, “Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands” (Viking, 2019)
Much has been written about the Crusades, the religiously-inspired wars that pockmarked the later centuries of the Middle Ages. Yet for all of the many books on the subject there has been surprisingly little focus on the men and the women who were entangled in these conflicts. In his book... Read More
Joanna Lillis, “Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan” (I. B. Tauris, 2018)
Joanna Lillis’ Dark Shadows, Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan (I. B. Tauris, 2018) takes the reader on a penetrating, colourfully written journey into the recesses of a little known Central Asian nation on the frontier of tectonic shifts across Eurasia. Kazakhstan, a sparsely populated oil-rich former Soviet republic that... Read More
Mohammed Dajani Daoudi, “Teaching Empathy and Reconciliation In Midst Of Conflict” (Wasatia Press, 2016)
“Moderation in times of extremism is a revolutionary idea. It is a positive, courageous value, as opposed to a defeatist attitude. It is swimming against the tide, rather than following the crowd on a path obviously leading to the abyss. We need to create our own vision rather than just... Read More
Perin Gürel, “The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey” (Columbia UP, 2017)
In today’s podcast, host Robert Elliott speaks with Dr. Perin Gürel about her new book The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey (Columbia University Press, 2017), which examines how Turkish perceptions of the United States intersected with debates around “westernization” in the twentieth century. In a... Read More
Jennifer L. Derr, “The Lived Nile: Environment, Disease, and Material Colonial Economy in Egypt” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In October 1902, the reservoir of the first Aswan Dam filled, and Egypt’s relationship with the Nile River forever changed. Flooding villages of historical northern Nubia and filling the irrigation canals that flowed from the river, the perennial Nile not only reshaped agriculture and the environment, but also Egypt’s colonial... Read More