New Books Network

K. B. Berzock, “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa” (Princeton UP, 2019)
The companion publication to the 2019-2020 traveling exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa (Princeton University Press, 2019, published in association with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University) tells the story of how trade routes across the Saharan... Read More
Martin Nguyen, “Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)
What precisely is “Muslim theology?” What would a “Muslim theology” in the present day look like? And what then is a “Muslim theology of engagement?” In Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), Martin Nguyen draws from – and critically engages... Read More
Narges Bajoghli, “Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In her book Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic (Stanford University Press, 2019), Narges Bajoghli takes an inside look at what it means to be pro-regime in Iran, and the debates around the future of the Islamic Republic. Now entering its fifth decade in power, the Iranian... Read More
Zahra Ali, “Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
In her powerful new book Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Zahra Ali presents a detailed and fascinating account of Muslim feminist discourses and politics in modern Iraq.  Women and Gender in Iraq represents historical anthropology at its best; it combines careful attention... Read More
Asma T. Uddin, “When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom” (Pegasus Books, 2019)
What happens when a religion is demonized to such an extent that it is no longer deemed a religion – but an ideology? What effect does such a political refashioning of a religion have on the rights to free expression of its adherents? What are the implications of politicizing and... Read More
Michael Krona and Rosemary Pennington, “The Media World of ISIS” (Indiana UP, 2019)
From efficient instructions on how to kill civilians to horrifying videos of beheadings, no terrorist organization has more comprehensively weaponized social media than ISIS. Its strategic, multi-platformed campaign is so effective that it has ensured global news coverage and inspired hundreds of young people around the world to abandon their... Read More
Maziyar Ghiabi, “Drug Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Iran has one of the planet’s highest rates of addiction. Maziyar Ghiabi‘s Drug Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2019) offers a fascinating, new, and nuanced perspective on the control and consumption of substances in Iran. Based on ethnographic and historical research, this fully Open Access... Read More