New Books Network

Farhat Haq, “Shariʿa and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics” (Routledge, 2019)
Few doctrinal and political issues are more controversial in Pakistan today than that of blasphemy. In her excellent and engaging new book Shariʿa and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics (Routledge, 2019), Farhat Haq presents the history and present of blasphemy laws, debates, and politics in Pakistan, in a manner that... 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
Ather Zia, “Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism” (U Washington Press, 2019)
Ather Zia’s Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism (University of Washington Press, 2019) is a brilliant, bold, and urgent ethnography centered on Kashmiri women of the APDP (Association of the Parents of the Disappeared Persons). By combining meticulous historical analysis, ethnographic intimacy, and profound attention to the aspirations and... Read More
Zahra Ayubi, “Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and Society” (Columbia UP, 2019)
How are notions of justice and equality constructed in Islamic virtue ethics (akhlaq)? How are Islamic virtue ethics gendered, despite their venture into perennial concerns of how best to live a good and ethical life? These are the questions that Zahra Ayubi, an assistant professor of religion at Dartmouth college,... Read More
Elizabeth S. Kassab, “Enlightenment on the Eve of Revolution: The Egyptian and Syrian Debates” (Columbia UP, 2019)
The “Arab Spring” shook the world in 2011, revealing profound dissatisfaction throughout the Middle East and North Africa, as people throughout the region took to the streets demanding dramatic political change. The uprisings have been analyzed by scholars, journalists, and other observers of the region from many angles, but the... Read More
David Gaunt, “Let Them Not Return” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Sometimes it seems that there’s nothing left to say about mass violence in the 20th century.  But the new edited volume Let Them Not Return: Sayfo – The Genocide Against the Assyrian, Syriac, and Chaldean Christians in the Ottoman Empire (Berghahn Books, 2017), draws our attention to a conflict that... Read More