New Books Network

Robert Haug, “The Eastern Frontier: Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia” (I. B. Tauris, 2019)
Robert Haug’s new book, The Eastern Frontier: Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia (I. B. Tauris, 2019) is an in-depth look at the frontier zone of the Sassanian, Umayyad, and Abbasid Empires. Employing an impressive array of literary, archaeological, and numismatic sources, combined with a... Read More
Violet Moller, “The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found” (Doubleday, 2019)
Violet Moller has written a narrative history of the transmission of books from the ancient world to the modern. In The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found (Doubleday, 2019), Moller traces the histories of migration of three ancient authors, Euclid, Ptolemy and Galen,... Read More
David Stenner, “Globalizing Morocco: Transnational Activism and the Postcolonial State” (Stanford UP, 2019)
The story of Morocco’s independence struggle against France and Spain is a complicated one. Because it occurred around the same time of the long-running war for independence in Algeria, it has received greater scholarly attention. Moreover, Morocco’s continuing alignment with both the United States and France after 1956 has deemphasized... Read More
Emrah Şahin, “Faithful Encounters: Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire” (McGill-Queens UP, 2018)
The past decade has seen a tremendous production of scholarship on American missionary endeavors in the Middle East. In Faithful Encounters: Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire (McGill-Queens University Press, 2018), Emrah Şahin approaches this dynamic field of inquiry from a less-common perspective, that of the Ottoman Empire. Relying on largely... Read More
Richard Foltz, “History of the Tajiks: Iranians of the East” (I.B. Tauris, 2019)
In History of the Tajiks: Iranians of the East (I.B. Tauris, 2019), Richard Foltz provides a comprehensive cultural, political, and linguistic history of the Tajik people. Throughout the book, he traces the history of this Persian-speaking Iranian ethnic group, starting with the pre-historic groups who first settled in the regions... Read More
Erik Sjöberg, “The Making of the Greek Genocide: Contested Memories of the Ottoman Greek Catastrophe” (Berghahn Books, 2018)
Most of the time, memory studies focuses on well-known case studies. The result Is that we know lots about commemoration and memory regarding the Holocaust, about slavery, about apartheid, and other cases, but much less about how memory works in smaller states and less well-known tragedies. Erik Sjöberg‘s new book... Read More
Jeremy F. Walton, “Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey” (Oxford UP, 2017)
The social history of Turkey across the twentieth century has produced a tension between state governance and religion. This history informs and shapes modern subjects as they try to live out an authentic vision of the present. In Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey (Oxford University Press,... Read More