New Books Network

Khurram Hussain, “Islam as Critique: Sayyid Ahmad Khan and the Challenge of Modernity” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Delighting in Khurram Hussain’s consistently sparkling prose is reason enough to read his new book Islam as Critique: Sayyid Ahmad Khan and the Challenge of Modernity (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). But there is much more to this splendid book, framed around the profoundly consequential conceptual and political question of can Muslims... Read More
Iraj Bashiri, “The History of the Civil War in Tajikistan” (Academic Studies Press, 2020)
In The History of the Civil War in Tajikistan (Academic Studies Press, 2020) Iraj Bashiri provides an overview of the Civil War in Tajikistan that emerged amidst the collapse of the Soviet Union. Based on personal observations, interviews, and a variety of primary and secondary publications, Bashiri places the conflict... Read More
Shahla Haeri, “The Unforgettable Queens of Islam: Succession, Authority and Gender” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
The Unforgettable Queens of Islam: Succession, Authority and Gender (Cambridge University Press, 2020) by Shahla Haeri (Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University) is a captivating book on the biographies of Muslim women rulers and political leaders. Drawing from extensive historical archives as well as from ethnographic research, Haeri reflects... Read More
Assan Sarr, “Islam, Power, and Dependency in the Gambia River Basin” (Rochester UP, 2016)
An original, rigorously researched volume that questions long-accepted paradigms concerning land ownership and its use in Africa. Islam, Power, and Dependency in the Gambia River Basin (Rochester University Press, 2016) draws on new sources to offer an original approach to the study of land in African history. Documenting the impact... Read More
Oludamini Ogunnaike, “Poetry in Praise of Prophetic Perfection: A Study of West African Arabic Madih Poetry and its Precedents” (Islamic Texts Society, 2020)
Around the world Muslims praise the Prophet Muhammad through the recitation of lyrical poetry. In West Africa, Arabic praise poetry has a rich history informed by local literary, spiritual, and ritual elements. Oludamini Ogunnaike, assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, explores this abundant heritage in Poetry... Read More
Sara Smith, “Intimate Geopolitics: Love, Territory and the Future on India’s Northern Threshold” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
What’s love got to do with it? Intimate Geopolitics: Love, Territory and the Future on India’s Northern Threshold (Rutgers University Press, 2020) by feminist political geographer Sara Smith tell us – everything! Smith’s book centers intimacy in the consideration of geopolitics which is otherwise only seen as a game between... Read More
Aliyah Khan, ”Far From Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
Muslims have lived in the Caribbean for centuries. Far From Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean (Rutgers University Press, 2020) examines the archive of autobiography, literature, music and public celebrations in Guyana and Trinidad, offering an analysis of the ways Islam became integral to the Caribbean, and the ways the Caribbean shaped... Read More
Pernilla Myrne, “Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World: Gender and Sex in Arabic Literature” (IB Taurus, 2020)
In this episode, I talk with Pernilla Myrne about her exciting and excellently researched book Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World: Gender and Sex in Arabic Literature, published with I. B. Tauris in 2020. Pernilla Myrne is an Associate Professor of Arabic Literature and History at the University of... Read More
Hafsa Lodi, ”Modesty: A Fashion Paradox” (Neem Tree Press, 2020)
Modest fashion is a growing, global multi-billion-dollar market. As a fashion trend, it has increasingly made its way into high-profile runways, has been endorsed by celebrities, and profiled in major fashion publications and news outlets.   Hafsa Lodi’s  Modesty: A Fashion Paradox (Neem Tree Press, 2020) investigates how and why modest fashion became a mainstream... Read More
Ahmed El-Shamsy, “Rediscovering the Islamic Classics” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Ahmed El-Shamsy’s Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2020) is an astonishing scholarly feat that presents a detailed, sophisticated, and thoroughly enjoyable intellectual and social history of the modern publishing industry on what we today consider canonical books of Islamic... Read More