New Books Network

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
Ussama Makdisi, “Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World” (U California Press, 2019)
Building on nearly two decades of scholarship about sectarianism and communal relations in the Modern Middle East, Ussama Makdisi’s latest book, Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World (University of California Press, 2019) dispels the myth that the Middle East is inherently or inescapably... Read More
Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, “Revolution and Its Discontents: Political Thought and Reform in Iran” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In this new book, Revolution and its Discontents, Political Thought and Reform in Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi’s (of Goldsmiths University of London) studies the rise and evolution of reformist political thought in Iran and analyses the complex network of publications, study circles, and think tanks that encompassed... Read More
Humphrey Davies and Lesley Lababidi, “A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo” (AU in Cairo Press, 2018)
Guides have been written to the city of Cairo for generations. Whether they’re for foreigners who’ve come to the city or its residents. However, it might be safe to say that A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo (American University in Cairo Press, 2018) is a beast unto... Read More
Kfir Cohen Lustig, “Makers of Worlds, Readers of Signs: Israeli and Palestinian Literature of the Global Contemporary” (Verso, 2019)
Differently than existing accounts that concentrate on Israeli and Palestinian nationalism, Kfir Cohen Lustig‘s Makers of Worlds, Readers of Signs: Israeli and Palestinian Literature of the Global Contemporary (Verso, 2019) suggests a new theoretical and historical approach to Israeli and Palestinian literature as well as to the contemporary system of... Read More
Matthew Hughes, “Britain’s Pacification of Palestine” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In his splendid military history of Britain’s pacification of the Arab revolt in Palestine, Britain’s Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State, and the Arab Revolt, 1936-1939 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Professor Matthew Hughes of Brunel University shows how the British Army was so devastatingly effective against colonial... Read More