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Arab Spring

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The New Atlas of the Arab World

The New Atlas of the Arab World

by American University in Cairo Press

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

This authoritative atlas features striking maps and the latest information on the 22 countries of the Arab League, from Morocco across North Africa to the Arabia, Syria and the Sudan. (ARB134, $39.50)

Rock the Casbah, Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

Rock the Casbah, Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

by Robin Wright

  • RELIGION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

A veteran journalist in the Middle East, Wright (Dreams and Shadows) interviews the youth at the forefront of the Arab revolt in this insightful portrait of the region at a moment of change. (ISL100, $17.00)

Reset, Iran, Turkey, and America's Future

Reset, Iran, Turkey, and America's Future

by Stephen Kinzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

A master storyteller with an eye for grand characters and illuminating historical detail, Kinzer introduces grand themes and larger-than-life figures, like a Nebraska schoolteacher who became a martyr to democracy in Iran, a Turkish radical who transformed his country and Islam forever, and a colorful parade of princes, politicians, women of the world, spies, oppressors, liberators, and dreamers. (TKY239, $16.99)

The Future of Islam

The Future of Islam

by John Esposito

  • RELIGION
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

One of America's leading experts on Islam, Esposito provides a lucid analysis of the Muslim world today. (ISL90, $24.95)

No god but God

No god but God

by Reza Aslan

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 310 PAGES

A scholar of religion, Aslan looks back to Muhammad in Mecca and the original vision of Islam in this engaging report on the meaning and message of Islam in the 21st century. (ISL50, $17.00)

Generation Freedom, The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World

Generation Freedom, The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World

by Bruce Feiler

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

As engaged and thoughtful as ever, Feiler brings texture and insight to these thrilling tales of youthful revolt across the Arab world, weaving on-the-spot reports from Tahir Square and elsewhere with history and commentary. (MDE199, $11.99)

In the Country of Men

In the Country of Men

by Hisham Matar

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This hauntingly beautiful short novel, set in Tripoli in wake of Khadafy's 1969 revolution, shows the bewilderment and fear of the Libyan people through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy. (NAF53, $16.00)

Leaving Tangier

Leaving Tangier

by Tahar Ben Jalloun

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 275 PAGES

Capturing the ambitions of young people everywhere, Ben Jalloun traces the fate of Azel, his sister and other emigrants, who leave Morocco for the promise of a better life in Spain. (MRC127, $15.00)

Egypt on the Brink

Egypt on the Brink

by Tarek Osman

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Osman brings his thoroughly readable history of divided, complex modern Egypt since the rise of Nassar up to date with the events of the Arab Spring, the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and current uncertainty. (EGY371, $18.00)

 
Arab World Map

Arab World Map


by Geoprojects

  • 1983
  • MAP
  • FAVORITE

A full color shaded relief map of the North Africa and Southwest Asia at a scale of 1:10,000,000 with general information about each of the countries on the reverse. (ARB53, $21.95)

A History of the Arab Peoples

A History of the Arab Peoples


by Albert Hourani

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

Called a landmark, masterpiece and essential to understanding the Middle East, Hourani's acclaimed chronicle of the political, spiritual, religious and cultural traditions of the Arab peoples is brought up to date with an afterword by noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven. (MDE11, $22.00)

A Peace to End All Peace

A Peace to End All Peace


by David Fromkin

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

Indispensable to understanding current tensions, alliances and the colonial legacy of the region, Fromkin's vivid tale of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the making of the modern Middle East is out in a 20th anniversary edition. (ARB13, $24.00)

Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation

Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation


by Ali Jamale Ahmed

  • RELIGION
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 571 PAGES

A handsome bilingual edition of the Holy Book of Islam as elegantly translated by the Pakistani novelist, critic and diplomat Ahmed Ali. (ISL02, $22.95)

Blaming Islam

Blaming Islam


by John R Bowen

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 112 PAGES

One in a series of thought-provoking books on important contemporary issues, this short book uncovers the myths behind the fears of Islam. (ISL103, $16.95)

Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution, Voices from Tunis to Damascus

Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution, Voices from Tunis to Damascus


by Layla Al-Zubaidi

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

These essays and profoundly moving, often harrowing, firsthand accounts span the region from Tunisia to Syria and include contributors ranging from student activists to seasoned journalists -- half of whom are women. (MDE211, $17.00)

Dreams and Shadows, The Future of the Middle East

Dreams and Shadows, The Future of the Middle East


by Robin B. Wright

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Wright reports on the ideas, movements and obstacles to change in this incisive portrait. With chapters on the Palestinians, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Morocco. (MDE150, $18.00)

Engaging the Muslim World

Engaging the Muslim World


by Juan Cole

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 282 PAGES

In this well-reasoned primer, history professor and popular blogger Cole offers a clear analysis of American concerns about Islam and Muslim anxiety about the West. From Tehran to Beirut, Cole is an especially good guide to the many forms of Islam and how they play out politically. (MDE200, $17.00)

Europe and the Islamic World, A History

Europe and the Islamic World, A History


by Gilles Veinstein | Henry Laurens | John Toland

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 528 PAGES

Three eminent French historians trace the complex interplay, alliances, trade and conquests since the seventh century, when the armies of Constantinople and Medina fought for control of Syria and Palestine, (ISL105, $55.00)

Islam in the World

Islam in the World


by Malise Ruthven

  • RELIGION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

The third edition of Ruthvin's indispensable guide to Islam in its historical, geographical, political, spiritual and social setting. (ISL66, $19.95)

Islam, A Short History

Islam, A Short History


by Karen Armstrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam, from the birth of Mohammad to present-day challenges. (ISL15, $17.00)

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women


by Geraldine Brooks

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A highly readable overview of the role of women in Islamic society, drawn from the author's many interviews with women throughout the Arab World. (ARB06, $15.95)

The Islamic Enlightenment, The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times

The Islamic Enlightenment, The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times


by Christopher de Bellaigue

  • HISTORY
  • 2017
  • HARD COVER
  • 560 PAGES
  • COMING IN APRIL

With a fresh perspective on the major Islamic countries in the modern era, this authoritative work charts the reformations that began growing in Istanbul, Cairo and Tehran in the 19th century and continue today. (ISL124, $35.00)

The New Arabs, How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East

The New Arabs, How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East


by Juan Cole

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Journalist Juan Cole reveals the democratic and liberal leanings of the Arab Spring with a focus on the relationship between millennial activists and technology, adroitly combining primary interviews with personal experience. (ARB157, $16.00)

The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life

The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life


by Roger Owen

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 248 PAGES

A professor of Middle East History at Harvard, Owen explores in this timely study why rulers for life came to dominate the post-independence Arab world, providing the historical context and analysis of popular upheavals in the region. (ARB139, $24.95)

The Shia Revival, How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future

The Shia Revival, How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future


by Vali Nasr

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 310 PAGES

A lucid introduction to Shiism and the 1,400-year old dissent between Sunnis and Shias by an Iranian-born scholar. (ISL76, $16.95)

The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations


by Lee Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

Reporting from Cairo, Smith writes incisively the spotty history of democracy in Egypt and the long relationship between Mubarak and a succession of U.S. presidents. (ARB133, $16.95)

The Struggle for Egypt, From Nasser to Tahrir Square

The Struggle for Egypt, From Nasser to Tahrir Square


by Steven Cook

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 456 PAGES

The Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a leading expert on Arab and Turkish politics, Steven Cook illuminates Egyptian modern history with exceptional insight (EGY389, $27.95)

Understanding Arabs, A Guide for Modern Times

Understanding Arabs, A Guide for Modern Times


by Margaret K. Nydell

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

The fifth edition of Nydell's classic, concise and readable introduction to Arab society and culture, including chapters on attitudes toward America and fundamentalism. (ARB67, $22.95)

Voices of the Arab Spring, Personal Stories from the Arab Revolutions

Voices of the Arab Spring, Personal Stories from the Arab Revolutions


by Asaad Al-saleh

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Al-Saleh presents the testimonies of dozens of people involved in 2011's Arab Spring, the wave of protests that collapsed dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. (ARB166, $24.95)

What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam

What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam


by John L. Esposito

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Georgetown professor John L. Esposito organizes this brief popular primer as series of questions and answers about Islam, its history, culture, practice and belief, bringing clarity and balance to the project. Second edition. (ISL58, $21.95)

Arabian Sands

Arabian Sands


by Wilfred Thesiger

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The last of the great British traveler-explorers, Thesiger (1910-2003) journeyed among the nomadic camel-breeding peoples of Southern Arabia in the late 1940s, falling in love with the desert and ways of life of the Bedouin. This eloquent book is his tribute to them. (ARB15, $17.00)

Art of the Middle East, Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran

Art of the Middle East, Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran


by Saeb Eigner

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Showcasing over 500 illustrations and biographies of 200 featured artists, this revised and expanded guide to Middle Eastern art is a comprehensive overview of contemporary styles and themes. (MDE216, $39.95)

Hero, The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

Hero, The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia


by Michael Korda

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 784 PAGES

Korda celebrates the life and adventures of his hero in this lively portrait of the man and his times. (MDE191, $17.99)

Anatomy of a Disappearance

Anatomy of a Disappearance


by Hisham Matar

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Politics echo in miniature as father and son vie (with tragic consequences) for a young Anglo-Egyptian woman's eye in this second novel by the author of In The Country of Men, son of a Libyan dissadent, raised in Tripoli and Cairo. (EGY385, $15.00)

The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction

The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction


by Denys Johnson-Davies

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A sweeping and remarkably diverse collection of the work of 79 writers representing 14 countries. (ARB86, $17.95)

The Meursault Investigation

The Meursault Investigation


by Kamel Daoud

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

At once a retelling and a critical response to Camus' classic story of the murder of an Arab man on an Algerian beach in The Stranger (NAF94), this novel re-imagines the familiar narrative through the eyes of Harun, the brother of "the Arab" senselessly killed by the infamous Mersault. (NAF95, $14.95)

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