New Books Network

Michael Krona and Rosemary Pennington, “The Media World of ISIS” (Indiana UP, 2019)
From efficient instructions on how to kill civilians to horrifying videos of beheadings, no terrorist organization has more comprehensively weaponized social media than ISIS. Its strategic, multi-platformed campaign is so effective that it has ensured global news coverage and inspired hundreds of young people around the world to abandon their... Read More
Lyn Julius, “Uprooted: How 3000 Years of Jewish Civilization in the Arab World Vanished Overnight” (Vallentine Mitchell, 2018)
Who are the Jews from Arab countries? What were relations with Muslims like? What made Jews leave countries where they had been settled for thousands of years? And what lessons can we learn from the mass exodus of minorities from the Middle East? This neglected piece of history, as ancient... Read More
Maziyar Ghiabi, “Drug Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Iran has one of the planet’s highest rates of addiction. Maziyar Ghiabi‘s Drug Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2019) offers a fascinating, new, and nuanced perspective on the control and consumption of substances in Iran. Based on ethnographic and historical research, this fully Open Access... Read More
Afshin Matin-Asgari, “Both Eastern and Western: An Intellectual History of Iranian Modernity” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Following the Iranian Revolution of 1978—79, public and scholarly interest in Iran have skyrocketed, with a plethora of attempts seeking to understand and explain the events which led up to that moment. However, navigating the terrain of Iran’s modern historical trajectory has proven to be a daunting task which has... Read More
Lior Sternfeld, “Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran” (Stanford UP, 2019)
Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran (Stanford University Press, 2019) by Lior Sternfeld presents the first systematic study of the rich and variegated history of Jews in twentieth-century Iran. Lior begins his intervention by identifying a “lachrymose historical narrative” that has predominated modern Jewish history and framed... Read More
Christine D. Baker, “Medieval Islamic Sectarianism” (Amsterdam UP, 2019)
How do contemporary events shape the ways in which we read, understand, and interpret historical processes of identity formation? How can we resist framing conflicts of the past through frameworks of the present? What role does historical memory play in the forming and framing of group identity? In her book... Read More
Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, “In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi’ism between Pakistan and the Middle East” (UNC Press, 2019)
Scholarly and public discourse on Islamic intellectual thought in the modern period tend to frame it narrowly through the concept of “influence” as it emanates from the Middle Eastern “center” to the non-Middle Eastern “peripheries” without paying sufficient attention to the ways in which these variegated “peripheries” retain the autonomy... Read More