New Books Network

Lara Harb, “Arabic Poetics: Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Literature” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Lara Harb’s Arabic Poetics: Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2020) is a delightful and formidable study on the details and development of poetics and aesthetics in medieval Arabic literature. The central theme of this splendid book centers on the emergence of the evocation of wonder as... Read More
Garrett Felber, “Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State” (UNC Press, 2020)
Challenging incarceration and policing was central to the post-war Black Freedom Movement. In his new book Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State (UNC Press, 2020), Garrett Felber centers the Nation in the Civil Rights Era and the making of the... Read More
Mauro Nobili, “Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
In the early 19th century, on the floodplain of the Niger river’s inland delta in West Africa (present-day Mali), the Caliphate of Ḥamdallāhi emerged. The new State, locally known as the Maasina Diina, sought to consolidate its dominance over Fulani, Bamanan, and Arma military and political elites, as well as... Read More
Gabriel Said Reynolds, “Allah: God in the Qur’an” (Yale UP, 2020)
In Allah: God in the Qur’an (Yale University Press, 2020), Gabriel Said Reynolds argues that contrary to many scholarly and popular claims about the God of the Qur’an as either merciful or vengeful, God is in fact both. He suggests that God’s nature is a mystery and the descriptions of God, as... Read More
Chiara Formichi, “Islam and Asia: A History” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Challenging the geographical narrative of the history of Islam, Chiara Formichi’s new book Islam and Asia: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2020), helps us to rethink how we tell the story of Islam and the lived expressions of Muslims without privileging certain linguistic, cultural, and geographic realities. Focusing on themes... Read More
M’hamed Oualdi, “A Slave between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa” (Columbia UP, 2020)
In light of the profound physical and mental traumas of colonization endured by North Africans, historians of recent decades have primarily concentrated their studies of North Africa on colonial violence, domination, and shock. The choice is an understandable one. But in his new monograph, A Slave between Empires: A Transimperial... Read More
Yassir Morsi, “Radical Skin, Moderate Masks: De-radicalising the Muslim and Racism in Post-racial Societies” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
Muslims living in locations like Australia, Europe, or North America exist within a context dominated by white racial norms and are forced to grapple with those conventions on a daily basis. If they succeed in meeting the presiding criterion of secular liberalism they can be dubbed a “moderate” Muslim by... Read More
Jacqueline H. Fewkes, “Locating Maldivian Women’s Mosques in Global Discourses” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
What is a mosque? What are women’s mosques specifically? What historical values do women’s mosques offer, and what is the relationship between mosque spaces and women’s religious work? How do women leaders themselves identify with and conceptualize their leadership roles? Why are women’s mosques around the world, both historical and... Read More
Caleb Simmons, “Devotional Sovereignty: Kingship and Religion in India” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In his book Devotional Sovereignty: Kingship and Religion in India (Oxford University Press, 2020), Caleb Simmons examines the reigns of Tipu Sultan (r. 1782-1799) and Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (r. 1799-1868) in the South Indian kingdom of Mysore to demonstrate the extent to which both rulers–one Muslim and one Hindu–turned to... Read More