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120 L.E

Medieval Islamic Medicine

Peter E. Pormann and Emilie Savage-Smith
This illuminating new analysis by two preeminent scholars of medical history takes a fresh approach to the study of medicine in the lands of Islam during the medieval period (c. 650–1500). Drawing on numerous sources, Peter E. Pormann and Emilie Savage-Smith highlight topics such as surgery, hospital...

300 L.E

Islamic Civilization

History and Treasures
Text by Francesca Romana Romani
This full-color chronicle begins with the seventh-century origin of Islam in the desert oasis of Mecca and an account of the Bedouin society in which the Prophet Muhammad was raised. Then it moves on to explore the dynamic development of Islamic culture and society under the first ‘rightly guided’ caliphs...

80 L.E

In the House of Law Gender and Islamic Law in Ottoman Syria and Palestine

Judith Tucker
A man and a woman get married and consummate the union. After the wedding night, the man claims that his bride was already deflowered and sends her back to her family. He proceeds to kidnap his wife’s sister, who is already married, and asks to annul his marriage. His wife maintains that she was a virgin....

100 L.E

A Concise History of the Middle East 7th Edition

Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.
The seventh edition of Arthur Goldschmidt’s widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East, including the aftermath of the Gulf War and the issues surrounding the “Palestinian Question.” As an introduction to the history...

190 L.E

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...

100 L.E

What the Arabs Think of America

Andrew Hammond
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...

90 L.E

The War for Muslim Minds Islam and the West

Gilles Kepel 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...

75 L.E

The Illusion of Progress in the Arab World A Critique of Western Misconstructions

Galal Amin 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...

100 L.E

Smoking, Culture, and Economy in the Middle East The Egyptian Tobacco Market 1850–2000

How tobacco shaped modern Egypt’s society and economy
Relli Shechter
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...

80 L.E

Remaking Women 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...

100 L.E

Popular Culture in the Arab World Arts, Politics, and the Media

Andrew Hammond
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...

90 L.E

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...

180 L.E

Islam Today 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...

100 L.E

Islam and Textbooks in the Middle East Comparing Curricula

A close look at Islam in public education in nine Arab countries
Edited by Eleanor Abdella Doumato and Gregory Starrett
Exploring the political and social priorities behind religious education in nine Middle Eastern countries, the authors reveal dramatic differences in the way that Islam is presented in textbooks across the region. They also illustrate the perhaps surprising adaptability of Islam as leaders strive to...

90 L.E

Industrial Policy in the Middle East and North Africa Rethinking the Role of the State

A timely look at the role of governments in Middle East economies
Edited by Ahmed Galal
Most governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region use trade policy to protect certain industries, provide tax incentives to promote a particular type of investment, and make subsidized credit available to firms of a certain size. Such government intervention, known as industrial policy,...
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