New Books Network

Shadaab Rahemtullah, “Qur’an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam” (Oxford UP, 2017)
Shadaab Rahemtullah‘s book Qur’an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam (Oxford University Press, 2017) offers a compelling comparative analysis of the works of four Muslim scholars of Islam – Asghar Ali Engineer, Farid Esack, Amina Wadud, and Asma Barlas. The book serves as an excellent introduction... Read More
Christopher Houston, “Istanbul, City of the Fearless: Urban Activism, Coup D’Etat, and Memory in Turkey” (U California Press, 2020)
Based on extensive field research in Turkey, Istanbul, Christopher Houston‘s new book Istanbul, City of the Fearless: Urban Activism, Coup D’Etat, and Memory in Turkey (University of California Press, 2020) explores social movements and the broader practices of civil society in Istanbul in the critical years before and after the... Read More
Arthur Asseraf, “Electric News in Colonial Algeria” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Arthur Asseraf’s Electric News in Colonial Algeria (Oxford University Press, 2019) examines the workings of the “news ecosystem” in Algeria from the 1880s to the beginning of the Second World War. The study of a society divided between a dominant (European) settler minority and an Algerian Muslim majority, the book... Read More
Jatin Dua, “Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean” (U California Press, 2019)
Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean (University of California Press, 2019) is a pirate story of a different kind. Based on years of ethnographic fieldwork in Somalia, the UK and other parts of Africa and the Middle East, Jatin Dua describes a tale that is not... Read More
Michael Fischbach, “The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left” (Stanford UP, 2019)
One of the most divisive international issues in American politics today is over Israel and Palestine. The close ties between Israel and the United States are very strong and see considerable cooperation between the two countries. However, that cooperation is also challenged because of the status of the Palestinian people... Read More
Adrian J. Boas, “The Crusader World” (Routledge, 2015)
The Crusader World (Routledge, 2015), edited by Adrian J. Boas, is a multidisciplinary survey of the current state of research in the field of crusader studies, an area of study which has become increasingly popular in recent years. In this volume Adrian Boas draws together an impressive range of academics,... Read More
Ahmet T. Kuru, “Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Ahmet T. Kuru’s new book Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment, A Global and Historical Comparison (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is a ground-breaking history and analysis of the evolution of the state in Muslim countries. Thoroughly researched and accessibly written, Kuru’s work traces the template of the modern-day state in many Muslim-majority... Read More
Carl W. Ernst, “Hallaj: Poems of a Sufi Martyr” (Northwestern UP, 2018)
“I am the Real,” is the ecstatic statement often associated with the early Sufi poet Mansur al-Hallaj. In popular narratives about Hallaj this declaration of absolute unity with God is what led to his execution in Abbasid Baghdad. Other accounts attribute it to Hallaj’s directive to build a symbolic Ka’ba... Read More