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Everything you want to know about the world’s religions: from beliefs and ceremonies to gods and sacred texts
From Hinduism to Zoroastrianism, take an in-depth look at all the major global religions, past and present.
Discover how each religion started, exploring their origins and history, from the moment of its founding to its spread across the world today. Find out all about the Gods and prophets from...
The Great War for Civilisation
The Conquest of the Middle East
Unflinching, provocative, and brilliantly written, this work of stunning reportage addresses the full complexity of recent history and political events in the Middle East.
The Age of the Warrior: Selected Essays
Robert Fisk has amassed a massive and devoted global readership with his eloquent and far-ranging articles on international politics. Now, for the first time, his brave and incisive essays have been collected in a single volume that ranges in scope from the recent war in Lebanon to the rise of Hamas;...
The World is Flat
In THE WORLD IS FLAT, the highly-regarded New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman advances the work on globalization that made his THE LEXUS AND THE OLIVE TREE a bestseller. Claiming that the world is now at an important historical point--as important as the changes brought by the discoveries by...
From Beirut to Jerusalem
Thomas L Freidman
Winner of the National Book Award (1989), this book "is the most intelligent and comprehensive account one is likely to read". (The New York Times Book Review). Updated with a new chapter.
Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How It Can Renew America
Thomas L Friedman
Friedman's bestseller "The World Is Flat" has helped millions of readers to see globalization in a new way. Now the author brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy.
Women in Islam and the Middle East
Edited by Ruth Roded
Much of the lively and often heated debate on the role of women in Islam and Middle Eastern society is grounded in different readings of the primary Arabic, Persian, Turkish and other sources and historical precedents. Yet these key texts remain inaccessible to English-speaking readers. Women in Islam...
What the Arabs Think of America
These days, Americans and America provoke strong opinions from Arabs of all sorts, from politicians and journalists to the ordinary men and women of the ‘Arab Street.’ Their voices aren’t always heard in the west, but for over a decade British journalist Andrew Hammond, based in the Middle East, has...
The War for Muslim Minds
Islam and the West
Translated by Pascale Ghazaleh
The events of September 11, 2001, forever changed the world as we knew it. In their wake, the quest for international order has prompted a reshuffling of global aims and priorities. In a fresh approach, Gilles Kepel focuses on the Middle East as a nexus of international disorder and decodes the complex...
The Illusion of Progress in the Arab World
A Critique of Western Misconstructions
Translated by David Wilmsen
With the razor pen and keen intellect that have won him numerous loyal readers for his previous books, Egyptian economist Galal Amin here takes on the terms of the debate between the Arab world and the west. Amin deconstructs in his own inimitable style the language and underlying assumptions with which...
Smoking, Culture, and Economy in the Middle East
The Egyptian Tobacco Market 1850–2000
How tobacco shaped modern Egypt’s society and economy
In this original and thought-provoking book, historian Relli Shechter focuses on tobacco consumption in Egypt to examine the emergence of ‘modern’ markets in the complex social environment of the Middle East. The history of Egypt’s tobacco habits—from the long-stem pipe to the water pipe and eventually...
Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East
Reexamines feminism in the postcolonial era, questioning many assumptions about women in the Middle Eas
Edited by Lila Abu-Lughod
Contrary to popular perceptions, newly veiled women across the Middle East are just as much products and symbols of modernity as the upper- and middle-class women who took off the veil almost a century ago. This book helps us understand why. The contributors question the familiar dichotomy between tradition...
Popular Culture in the Arab World
Arts, Politics, and the Media
Over the last fifty years the Arab world has witnessed two seemingly contradictory trends: governments have failed to unite the region politically but at the same time a vibrant popular culture has blossomed, strengthening the sense of a shared Arab identity. Egyptian soap operas, Arab pop stars, al-Jazeera...
Nubian Ceremonial Life
Studies in Islamic Syncretism and Cultural Change
Edited by John G. Kennedy
Foreword by Robert E. Fernea
The building of Egypt’s High Dam in the 1960s erased innumerable historic treasures, but it also forever obliterated the ancient land of a living people, the Nubians. In 1963–64, they were removed en masse from their traditional homelands in southern Egypt and resettled elsewhere. Much of the life of...
A Short Introduction to the Muslim World
LA Times Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Akbar S. Ahmed
Although there are over one billion Muslims in the world, most discussion of Islam in the west is based on clichés or outright prejudice. This lively and compelling book sets out to bridge the gulfs of misunderstanding. Islam, argues Akbar Ahmed, does not mean the subordination of women, contempt for...