The 100 Best Middle East History & Politics Books


camel train in the Middle East
A camel train passing Jerusalem in 1918, from The Library of Congress


The 100 Best Middle East History & Politics Books is a reading list for those with a serious interest in understanding the modern Middle East and Muslim periphery. Aimed at Western readers, the texts are the kind you'd expect to find on a Middle Eastern studies course at university.

1. A History of the Modern Middle East

By William L. Cleveland

This comprehensive work provides a penetrating analysis of modern Middle Eastern history, from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms, through the challenge of Western imperialism, to the impact of US foreign policies. After introducing the reader to the region’s history from the origins of Islam in the seventh century, ... More »

A History of the Modern Middle East
Orientalism

2. Orientalism

By Edward W. Said | Used Price: 70% Off

Orientalism is a book published in 1978 by Edward Said that has been highly influential and controversial in postcolonial studies and other fields. In the book, Said effectively redefined the term "Orientalism" to mean a constellation of false assumptions underlying Western attitudes toward the Middle East. This body ... More »

3. The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East

By Juan Cole | Used Price: 80% Off

Renowned blogger and Middle East expert Juan Cole takes us “inside the youth movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, showing us how activists used technology and social media to amplify their message and connect with like-minded citizens” (The New York Times) in this “rousing study of the Arab ... More »

The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East
Resurrecting Empire

4. Resurrecting Empire

By Rashid Khalidi | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Begun as the United States moved its armed forces into Iraq, Rashid Khalidi's powerful and thoughtful new book examines the record of Western involvement in the region and analyzes the likely outcome of our most recent Middle East incursions. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the political and ... More »

5. Colonising Egypt

By Timothy Mitchell

Extending deconstructive theory to historical and political analysis, Timothy Mitchell examines the peculiarity of Western conceptions of order and truth through a re-reading of Europe's colonial encounter with nineteenth-century Egypt. More »

Colonising Egypt
A History of the Arab Peoples

6. A History of the Arab Peoples

By Albert Hourani | Used Price: 60% Off

A History of the Arab Peoples is the authoritative account of Arabic civilisation. A history with a grand scope, it covers the beginnings of the Islamic empire right up until the present day. More »

7. The Hidden Face of Eve

By Nawal El Saadawi | Used Price: 50% Off

This powerful account of brutality against women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. It was the horrific female genital mutilation that she suffered aged only six, which first awakened Nawal el Saadawi's sense ... More »

The Hidden Face of Eve
From Deep State to Islamic State

8. From Deep State to Islamic State

By Jean-Pierre Filiu

In his disturbing and timely book Jean-Pierre Filiu lays bare the strategies and tactics employed by the Middle Eastern autocracies, above all those of Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Algeria, that set out to crush the democratic uprisings of the 'Arab Revolution.'In pursuit of these goals they turned to ... More »

9. Islam and the Arab Awakening

By Tariq Ramadan | Used Price: 80% Off

One of the most important developments in the modern history of the Middle East, the so-called Arab Spring began in Tunisia in December 2010, bringing down dictators, sparking a civil war in Libya, and igniting a bloody uprising in Syria. Its long-term repercussions in Egypt and elsewhere remain ... More »

Islam and the Arab Awakening
The Modern Middle East

10. The Modern Middle East

By James L. Gelvin | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Newly revised and updated to explain events that have occurred since the American occupation of Iraq, the second edition of The Modern Middle East: A History explores how the forces associated with global modernity have shaped the social, economic, cultural, and political life in the region over the ... More »

11. The Venture of Islam

By Marshall G. S. Hodgson

Hodgson's The Venture of Islam has been considered an exemplar work of history since its publication in 1975. The study traces the development of Islamic civilisation from its beginnings to the 12th century. Volume one examines the world before Muhammad and then the beginnings of the Muslim state. More »

The Venture of Islam
Being Arab

12. Being Arab

By Samir Kassir | Used Price: 70% Off

Before his assassination in 2005, Samir Kassir was one of Lebanon’s foremost public intellectuals. In Being Arab, a thought-provoking assessment of Arab identity, he calls on the people of the Middle East to reject both Western double standards and Islamism in order to take the future into their ... More »

13. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

By Ilan Pappe

The renowned Israeli historian revisits the formative period of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred, and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint. Denied for almost six decades, had ... More »

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Beware of Small States

14. Beware of Small States

By David Hirst | Used Price: 80% Off

In this magisterial history of Lebanon, from the end of Ottoman rule to the Hezbollah and Hamas wars of today, acclaimed and fiercely independent Middle East journalist and historian David Hirst charts the interplay between a uniquely complex country and the broader struggles of the modern Middle East. ... More »

15. The Mantle of the Prophet

By Roy Mottahedeh | Used Price: 50% Off

Drawn from the first-hand accounts of eyewitnesses, Roy Mottahedeh's gripping account of Islam and Politics in revolutionary Iran is widely regarded as one of the best records of that turbulent time ever written.The true story of a young mullah, his life in the sacred shrine city of Qom, ... More »

The Mantle of the Prophet
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962

16. A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962

By Alistair Horne | Used Price: 80% Off

The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict ... More »

17. The Old Social Classes & The Revolutionary Movement In Iraq

By Hanna Batatu

Now back in print, this classic work has assumed a new significance in light of Iraq's recent history. The late Hanna Batatu's landmark study of Iraq's social formation during the twentieth century is widely regarded as one of the most significant works of recent times dealing with Middle ... More »

The Old Social Classes & The Revolutionary Movement In Iraq
When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World

18. When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World

By Hugh Kennedy | Used Price: 60% Off

The "golden age of Islam" in the eighth and ninth centuries was as significant to world history as the Roman Empire was in the first and second centuries. The rule of Baghdad's Abbasid Dynasty stretched from Tunisia to India, and its legacy influenced politics and society for years ... More »

19. A History of Islamic Societies

By Ira M. Lapidus | Used Price: 80% Off

Long considered a classic, A History of Islamic Societies is now that much more useful a reference for general readers and scholars alike. Widely praised for its balanced and comprehensive account, Ira Lapidus' work has been fully revised in its coverage of each country and region of the ... More »

A History of Islamic Societies
State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East

20. State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East

By Roger Owen | Used Price: 90% Off

Roger Owen has fully revised and updated his authoritative text to take into account the latest developments in the Middle East. This book continues to serve as an excellent introduction for newcomers to the modern history and politics of this fascinating region. This third edition continues to explore ... More »

21. Over-Stating the Arab State

By Nazih N. Ayubi | Used Price: 90% Off

This study of politics and the role of the state in the Arab world is aimed at students of Middle East politics, political theory and political economy. Ayubi's main objective is to place the Arab world within a theoretical framework that avoids both ""orientalist"" and ""fundamentalist"" insistence on ... More »

Over-Stating the Arab State
Iran: A People Interrupted

22. Iran: A People Interrupted

By Hamid Dabashi | Used Price: 90% Off

Praised by leading academics in the field as "extraordinary," "a brilliant analysis," "fresh, provocative and iconoclastic," Iran: A People Interrupted has distinguished itself as a major work that has single-handedly effected a revolution in the field of Iranian studies.In this provocative and unprecedented book, available for the first ... More »

23. No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

By Anand Gopal | Used Price: 50% Off

Told through the lives of three Afghans, the stunning tale of how the United States had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the deadIn a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces in vivid detail the lives of three Afghans caught in America’s war on terror. He ... More »

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

24. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

By David Fromkin | Used Price: 60% Off

Published with a new afterword from the author?the classic, bestselling account of how the modern Middle East was createdThe Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and ambitions. All of these conflicts?including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis, and the violent challenges posed ... More »

25. A History of Saudi Arabia

By Madawi al-Rasheed | Used Price: 50% Off

This updated edition analyses the challenges, both internal and external, facing Saudi Arabia in the twenty-first century. Two new chapters discuss the political, economic and social developments in the aftermath of 9/11, painting a vivid picture of a country shocked by terrorism and condemned by the international community. ... More »

A History of Saudi Arabia
Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

26. Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

By Robin Yassin-Kassab; Leila Al-Shami

In 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al-Assad. Today, much of Syria has become a warzone and many worry that the country is on the brink of collapse.   Burning Country explores the complicated reality of ... More »

27. The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History

By Ibn Khaldun | Used Price: 60% Off

The Muqaddimah, often translated as "Introduction" or "Prolegomenon," is the most important Islamic history of the premodern world. Written by the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldûn (d. 1406), this monumental work laid down the foundations of several fields ... More »

The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History
Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya

28. Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya

By Ali Abdullatif Ahmida | 70% Off

In Forgotten Voices, Ali Abdullatif Ahmida employs archival research, oral interviews and comparative analysis to rethink the history of colonial and nationalist categories and analyses of modern Libya. More »

29. Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism

By Zachary Lockman

Zachary Lockman's informed and thoughtful history of European Orientalism and U.S. Middle East studies, the 'clash of civilizations' debate and America's involvement in the region has become a highly recommended and widely used text since its publication in 2004. The second edition of Professor Lockman's book brings his ... More »

Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism
Greek Thought, Arabic Culture

30. Greek Thought, Arabic Culture

By Dimitri Gutas

From the middle of the eighth century to the tenth century, almost all non-literary and non-historical secular Greek books, including such diverse topics as astrology, alchemy, physics, botany and medicine, that were not available throughout the eastern Byzantine Empire and the Near East, were translated into Arabic.Greek Thought, ... More »

31. Beyond the Green Zone

By Dahr Jamail | Used Price: 80% Off

“International journalism at its best.”—Stephen Kinzer“Every conflict spawns a handful of journalists who are willing to not only brave the war zone but to seek out the stories ignored by the press pack. The Iraq War has brought us Dahr Jamail. . . . I suspect Jamail’s account ... More »

Beyond the Green Zone
Turkey: A Modern History

32. Turkey: A Modern History

By Erik J. Zurcher | Used Price: 80% Off

This revised edition builds upon and updates the twin themes of Turkey's continuing incorporation into the capitalist world and the modernization of state and society. It begins with the forging of closer links with Europe after the French Revolution, and the changing face of the Ottoman Empire in ... More »

33. Water on Sand: Environmental Histories Of The Middle East And North Africa

By Alan Mikhail

From Morocco to Iran and the Black Sea to the Red, Water on Sand rewrites the history of the Middle East and North Africa from the Little Ice Age to the Cold War era. As the first holistic environmental history of the region, it shows the intimate connections ... More »

Water on Sand: Environmental Histories Of The Middle East And North Africa
A Political Economy of the Middle East

34. A Political Economy of the Middle East

By Melani Cammett; Ishac Diwan; Alan Richards

A Political Economy of the Middle East is the most comprehensive analysis of developments in the political economy of the region over the past several decades, examining the interaction of economic development processes, state systems and policies, and social actors in the Middle East.The fourth edition, with new ... More »

35. Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman

By Montgomery Watt | Under $1.00

A short account of the life and achievements of one of the great figures of history, this volume also serves as an excellent introduction to one of the world's major religions. More »

Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman
The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800

36. The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800

By Jonathan P. Berkey | Used Price: 60% Off

Jonathan Berkey surveys the religious history of the peoples of the Near East from approximately 600 to 1800 c.e. After examining the religious scene in the Near East in late antiquity, he investigates Islam's first century, the "classical" period from the accession of the Abbasids to the ... More »

37. The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global

By Fawaz A. Gerges | Used Price: 80% Off

Fawaz Gerges' book on al Qaeda and the jihadist movement has become a classic in the field since it was published in 2005. Here he argued that far from being an Islamist front united in armed struggle, or jihad against the Christian West, as many misguided political commentators ... More »

The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global
The People's Spring: The Future of the Arab Revolution

38. The People's Spring: The Future of the Arab Revolution

By Samir Amin

The 2011 outburst of uprisings by the Arab peoples caught the world’s attention, and this incisive analysis shows that the current Arab uprisings are primarily anti-imperialist—rather than anticapitalist—movements. Arguing that, to take control of their future, Arab peoples need to unify in a ... More »

39. Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam

By Gilles Kepel | Used Price: 90% Off

The late twentieth century has witnessed the emergence of an unexpected and extraordinary phenomenon: Islamist political movements. Beginning in the early 1970s, militants revolted against the regimes in power throughout the Muslim world and exacerbated political conflicts everywhere. Their jihad, or “Holy Struggle,” aimed to establish a global ... More »

Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam
The Modern History of Iraq

40. The Modern History of Iraq

By Phebe Marr | Used Price: 50% Off

The Modern History of Iraq places in historical perspective the crises and upheavals that continue to afflict the country. The book focuses on several important themes: the search for national identity in a multiethnic, multireligious state; the struggle to achieve economic development and modernity in a traditional society; ... More »

41. This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion

By Norman G. Finkelstein

For the Palestinians who live in the narrow coastal strip of Gaza, the Israeli invasion of December 2008 was a nightmare of unimaginable proportions: In the 22-day-long action 1,400 Gazans were killed, several hundred on the first day alone.And yet, while nothing should diminish Palestinian suffering through those ... More »

This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion
Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East

42. Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East

By Geoffrey Wawro | Under $1.00

An unprecedented history of our involvement in the Middle East that traces our current quandaries there-in Iraq, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan, and elsewhere-back to their roots almost a century ago. Geoffrey Wawro approaches America's role in the Middle East in a fundamentally new way-by encompassing the last ... More »

43. Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed

By John Phillips; Martin Evans | Price: $0.01

After liberating itself from French colonial rule in one of the twentieth century’s most brutal wars of independence, Algeria became a standard-bearer for the non-aligned movement. By the 1990s, however, its revolutionary political model had collapsed, degenerating into a savage conflict between the military ... More »

Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

44. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

By John J. Mearsheimer; Stephen Walt | 70% Off

The Israel Lobby," by John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, it provoked both ... More »

45. Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising

By Jonathan Littell | Used Price: 50% Off

A blistering firsthand account of the conflict in Homs by the internationally acclaimed author of The Kindly Ones “We fight for our religion, for our women, for our land, and lastly to save our skin. As for them, they’re only fighting to save their skin.”In 2012, Jonathan Littell ... More »

Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising
Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993

46. Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993

By Yezid Sayigh

Built upon an unprecedented amount of access to PLO archives, official publications, and the internal documents of various guerrilla groups, as well as over four hundred interviews conducted by the author with the rank-and-file of the PLO, this groundbreaking book affords a definitive account of the Palestinian National ... More »

47. The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World

By Avi Shlaim | Under $1.00

"Fascinating. . . . Shlaim presents compelling evidence for a revaluation of traditional Israeli history."—New York Times Book Review As it celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the State of Israel could count many important successes, but its conflict with the Palestinians and the Arab world at large casts a ... More »

The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World
Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate

48. Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate

By Leila Ahmed | Used Price: 70% Off

This book presents an historical overview of women and gender in Islam. It is written from a feminist perspective, using the analytic tools of contemporary gender studies. The results of its investigations cast new light on the issues covered. More »

49. Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History

By Thomas Barfield | Used Price: 70% Off

Afghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic ... More »

Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History
Inside Inequality in the Arab Republic of Egypt

50. Inside Inequality in the Arab Republic of Egypt

By Paolo Verme; Branko Milanovic

Inside Inequality in the Arab Republic of Egypt: Facts and Perceptions Across People, Time, and Space comprises four papers prepared in the framework of the Egypt inequality study fi nanced by the World Bank. The first paper, by Sherine Al-Shawarby, reviews the studies on inequality in Egypt since ... More »

51. The Society of the Muslim Brothers

By Richard P. Mitchell | Used Price: 80% Off

First published in 1969 as part of a series edited by renowned Islamic scholar Albert Hourani, this book has been the standard source for the history of the revivalist Egyptian movement--the Muslim Brethren up to the time of Nasser. The Muslim Brethren are now well-recognized for their foundational ... More »

The Society of the Muslim Brothers
Arab Politics: Search for Legitimacy

52. Arab Politics: Search for Legitimacy

By Michael C. Hudson | Under $1.00

"An impressive work of scholarship on the political culture and changing society of the entire Arab world. The author gives us a good picture of each country as he pursues his general themes of legitimacy, nationalism, Arabism, and the inevitable 'modernization.'" -Foreign Affairs More »

53. Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution

By Nikki R. Keddie | Under $1.00

In this updated edition of Nikki Keddie’s Modern Iran?itself a substantially revised and expanded version of her classic work Roots of Revolution?the  author provides a new preface and a fully annotated and indexed epilogue, reviewing recent developments in Iran since 2003. Keddie provides insightful commentary on Iran’s nuclear and ... More »

Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution
Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria

54. Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria

By Lisa Wedeen

In Syria, the image of President Hafiz al-Asad is everywhere. In newspapers, on television, and during orchestrated spectacles Asad is praised as the "father," the "gallant knight," even the country's "premier pharmacist." Yet most Syrians, including those who create the official rhetoric, do not believe its claims. Why ... More »

55. Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam

By Jason Burke | Under $1.00

Award-winning reporter Jason Burke shows how the threat from Islamic terrorism comes not from a single criminal mastermind, or even from one group. In this revealing account, he characterizes it is a broad movement with profound roots in the politics, societies and history of the Islamic world. Using ... More »

Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam
Drone Warfare

56. Drone Warfare

By Medea Benjamin | Used Price: 80% Off

Drone Warfare is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of nearly 7,500, and the US Air Force ... More »

57. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

By Amin Maalouf | Used Price: 80% Off

The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chronicles of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants. He retells their story and offers insights into the historical forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today. More »

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

58. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

By Mahmood Mamdani | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In this brilliant look at the rise of political Islam, the distinguished political scientist and anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani brings his expertise and insight to bear on a question many Americans have been asking since 9/11: how did this happen? Good Muslim, Bad Muslim is a provocative and important ... More »

59. On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines--and Future

By Karen Elliott House | Used Price: 60% Off

With over thirty years of experience writing about Saudi Arabia, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal Karen Elliott House has an unprecedented knowledge of life inside this shrouded kingdom. Through anecdotes, observation, analysis, and extensive interviews, she navigates the maze in which Saudi citizens ... More »

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines--and Future
Bad News from Israel

60. Bad News from Israel

By Mike Berry; Greg Philo | 90% Off

This superb study . . . is extensive in scope, and scrupulously fair. It will be a landmark.' Edward S. Herman, co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent 'Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often dangerously superficial. Bad News from Israel is a strong contribution to scholarship ... More »

61. Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance

By George Saliba

The Islamic scientific tradition has been described many times in accounts of Islamic civilization and general histories of science, with most authors ... More »

Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance
Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

62. Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

By John L. Esposito; Dalia Mogahed | Under $1.00

In a post-9/11 world, many Americans conflate the mainstream Muslim majority with the beliefs and actions of an extremist minority. But what do the world’s Muslims think about the West, or about democracy, or about extremism itself? Who Speaks for Islam? spotlights this silenced majority. The book ... More »

63. Beyond Islam

By Sami Zubaida | Used Price: 70% Off

In this magisterial work, Sami Zubaida draws on a distinguished career’s worth of experience trying to understand the region to address the fundamental question in Middle East studies: what is the Middle East? He argues, controversially, that to see it through the prism of Islam, as it is conventionally ... More »

Beyond Islam
The Road to Iraq

64. The Road to Iraq

By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad | 50% Off

What were the causes of the Iraq War? Who were the main players? How was the war sold to the decision makers? Despite all that has been written on the Iraq war the myriad scholarly, journalistic and polemical works the answers to these questions remain shrouded ... More »

65. Defending the Holy Land

By Zeev Maoz | Used Price: 50% Off

This is a landmark analysis of the entire history of Israel's defense and foreign policies and a fundamental reassessment of its security doctrine. A scathing and brilliant revisionist history, "Defending the Holy Land" is the most comprehensive analysis to date of Israel's national security and foreign policy, from ... More »

Defending the Holy Land
A House of Many Mansions: The History of Lebanon Reconsidered

66. A House of Many Mansions: The History of Lebanon Reconsidered

By Kamal S. Salibi | Used Price: 70% Off

Today Lebanon is one of the world's most divided countries. But paradoxically the faction-ridden Lebanese, both Christians and Muslims, have never shown a keener consciousness of common identity. How can this be? In the light of modern scholarship, a famous Lebanese writer and scholar examines the historical myths ... More »

67. Pakistan: A Hard Country

By Anatol Lieven | Used Price: 80% Off

In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis ... More »

Pakistan: A Hard Country
Islam, Charity, and Activism: Middle-Class Networks and Social Welfare in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen

68. Islam, Charity, and Activism: Middle-Class Networks and Social Welfare in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen

By Janine A. Clark | Used Price: 60% Off

Throughout the Middle East, Islamist charities and social welfare organizations play a major role in addressing the socioeconomic needs of Muslim societies, independently of the state. Through case studies of Islamic medical clinics in Egypt, the Islamic Center Charity Society in Jordan, and the Islah Women’s Charitable Society ... More »

69. The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922

By Donald Quataert | Used Price: 60% Off

The Ottoman Empire was one of the most important non-Western states to survive from medieval to modern times, and played a vital role in European and global history. It continues to affect the peoples of the Middle East, the Balkans and central and western Europe to the present ... More »

The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922
Middle East Authoritarianisms: Governance, Contestation, and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran

70. Middle East Authoritarianisms: Governance, Contestation, and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran

By Steven Heydemann; Reinoud Leenders

The developments of early 2011 changes the political landscape of the Middle East. But even as urgent struggles continue, it remains clear that authoritarianism will survive this transformational moment. The study of authoritarian governance, therefore, remains essential for our understanding of the political dynamics and inner workings of ... More »

71. A Modern History of the Kurds

By David McDowall | Used Price: 70% Off

The division of the Kurdish people among four modern nation states--Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran--and their struggle for national rights have been constant themes of recent Middle East history. The Kurdish lands have been contested territory for many centuries. In this detailed history of the Kurds from the ... More »

A Modern History of the Kurds
Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied

72. Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied

By Toby Dodge | Used Price: 70% Off

Offering a penetrating history of the formation of modern Iraq, Dodge uncovers numerous troubling parallels between the policies of a declining British empire and those of the current American government, which together form a timely and trenchant cautionary tale. More »

73. Suez: Britain's End of Empire in the Middle East

By Keith Kyle | Used Price: 80% Off

On July 26, 1956, the British Empire received a blow from which it would never recover. On this day, Egypt's President Gamal Abdul Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal Company, one of the gems of Britain's imperial portfolio. It was to be a fateful day for Britain as a ... More »

Suez: Britain's End of Empire in the Middle East
Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair

74. Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair

By Adeed Dawisha | Used Price: 50% Off

Like a great dynasty that falls to ruin and is eventually remembered more for its faults than its feats, Arab nationalism is remembered mostly for its humiliating rout in the 1967 Six Day War, for inter-Arab divisions, and for words and actions distinguished by ... More »

75. Egypt: The Moment of Change

By Rabab El-Mahdi; Philip Marfleet | 80% Off

Millions of Egyptians have demonstrated in Cairo's Tahrir Square to claim freedom after 30 years of oppression and autocracy, while Western commentators marvel about the timing and causes of what will soon be known as the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. With remarkable foresight, Zed authors Rabab El-Mahdi and Philip ... More »

Egypt: The Moment of Change
Yemen Chronicle: An Anthropology of War and Mediation

76. Yemen Chronicle: An Anthropology of War and Mediation

By Steven C. Caton | Under $1.00

In 1979, Steven C. Caton went to a remote area of Yemen to do fieldwork on the famous oral poetry of its tribes. The recent hostage crisis in Iran made life perilous for a young American in the Middle East; worse, he was soon embroiled in a dangerous ... More »

77. France, the United States, and the Algerian War

By Irwin M. Wall | Used Price: 80% Off

In this pioneering book, Irwin M. Wall unravels the intertwining threads of the protracted agony of France's war with Algeria, the American role in the fall of the Fourth Republic, the long shadow of Charles de Gaulle, and the decisive postwar power of the United States. At the ... More »

France, the United States, and the Algerian War
The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980

78. The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980

By Lisa Anderson | Used Price: 60% Off

"At once steeped in detailed contextual knowledge and fully engaged with basic theoretical issues, Lisa Anderson's fine book can serve as an inspiration and a model for all who would push the analysis of state building in relation to social structure well beyond the European settings in which ... More »

79. All in the Family

By Michael Herb | Used Price: 50% Off

One of the most insightful and important contributions of the book lies in its well-articulated critique of the (simplistic) 'rentier state' theory, which attributes the resilience of Gulf regimes to their oil wealth and consequent ability to buy off the opposition. Such a critique is long overdue. The ... More »

All in the Family
A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanctions Regime in Iraq

80. A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanctions Regime in Iraq

By Hans von Sponeck

""In this sober and impressive study, Sponeck reminds us of the provisions of the Hague Convention of 1907 that bar any penalty inflicted on people for actions for which they are not responsible...he demonstrates with care and precision that the UN Security Council...radically violated these minimal conditions of ... More »

81. The Coup

By Ervand Abrahamian | Used Price: 50% Off

In August 1953, the CIA orchestrated the swift overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected leader and installed Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in his place. Over the next twenty-six years, the United States backed the unpopular, authoritarian shah and his secret police; in exchange, it reaped a huge share of ... More »

The Coup
The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited

82. The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited

By Benny Morris

Morris' earlier work exposed the realities of how 700,000 Palestinians became refugees during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. While the focus of this edition remains the war and exodus, new archival material considers what happened in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa, and how these events led to the collapse of ... More »

83. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

By Maria Rosa Menocal | Used Price: 80% Off

Widely hailed as a revelation of a "lost" golden age, this history brings to vivid life the rich and thriving culture of medieval Spain where, for more than seven centuries, Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, and literature, science, and the arts flourished. ... More »

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak

84. Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak

By Tarek Osman | Used Price: 60% Off

In this immensely readable and thoroughly researched book, Tarek Osman explores what has happened to the biggest Arab nation since President Nasser took control of the country in 1954. This new edition takes events up to summer 2013, looking at how Egypt has become increasingly divided under its ... More »

85. Remaking Women

By Lila Abu-Lughod | Used Price: 90% Off

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 courageously took off the veil almost a century ago. To make this point, these essays focus on ... More »

Remaking Women
Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity

86. Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity

By Afsaneh Najmabadi | Used Price: 50% Off

Drawing from a rich array of visual and literary material from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking book rereads and rewrites the history of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality. Peeling away notions of a rigid pre-modern Islamic gender system, Afsaneh Najmabadi provides a compelling demonstration of ... More »

87. Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That is Challenging the West

By Hugh Miles | Used Price: 80% Off

With more than fifty million viewers, Al-Jazeera is one of the most widely watched news channels in the world. It’s also one of the most controversial. Now, journalist Hugh Miles uncovers the true story behind the Arab world’s most influential outlet. Financed by one of the wealthiest countries ... More »

Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That is Challenging the West
The Gulf Monarchies and Climate Change

88. The Gulf Monarchies and Climate Change

By Mari Luomi

At the heart of Mari Luomi's salutary book is whether oil- and gas-dependent authoritarian monarchies can keep their natural resource use and the environment in balance. She argues that the Gulf monarchies have already reached their limits of 'natural sustainability', given that several of them are dependent on ... More »

89. The Rise of Colleges

By George Makdisi

Makdisi's important work traces the development and organisational structure of learning institutions in Islam, and reassesses scholarship on the origins and growth of the Madrasa. More »

The Rise of Colleges
The Middle East in International Relations

90. The Middle East in International Relations

By Fred Halliday | Used Price: 90% Off

The international relations of the Middle East have long been dominated by uncertainty and conflict. External intervention, interstate war, political upheaval and interethnic violence are compounded by the vagaries of oil prices and the claims of military nationalist and religious movements. Fred Halliday sets this region and ... More »

91. Cairo: The City Victorious

By Max Rodenbeck | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

From a noted journalist who has spent much of his life in Cairo, here is a dazzling cultural excavation of that most ancient, colorful, and multifaceted of cities. The seat of pharaohs and sultans, the prize of conquerors from Alexander to Saladin to Napoleon, Cairo--nicknamed "the Victorious"--has never ... More »

Cairo: The City Victorious
The Egypt of Nasser and Sadat: The Political Economy of Two Regimes

92. The Egypt of Nasser and Sadat: The Political Economy of Two Regimes

By John Waterbury

A balance sheet of thirty years of revolutionary experiment, this work is a comprehensive analysis of the failure of the socialist transformation of Egypt during the regimes of Nasser and Sadat. Testing recent theories of the nature of the developing states and their relation ... More »

93. Hell in the Holy Land: World War One in the Middle East

By David R. Woodward | Used Price: 70% Off

In the modern popular imagination, the British Army's campaign in the Middle East during World War I is considered somehow less brutal than the fighting on European battlefields. A romantic view of this conflict has been further encouraged by such films as Lawrence of Arabia and The Light ... More »

Hell in the Holy Land: World War One in the Middle East
Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism

94. Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism

By Robert A. Pape | Under $1.00

Includes a new AfterwordFinalist for the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book AwardOne of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of suicide terrorism, the esteemed political scientist Robert Pape has created the first comprehensive database of every suicide terrorist attack in the world from 1980 until ... More »

95. Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution

By Thomas Pierret | Used Price: 70% Off

While Syria has been dominated since the 1960s by a determinedly secular regime, the uprising that began there in 2011 has raised many questions about the role of Islam in the country's politics. This book, which is based on the author's extensive fieldwork in Syria's mosques and schools ... More »

Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution
The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

96. The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

By Emma Sky | Used Price: 50% Off

When Emma Sky volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, she had little idea what she was getting in to. Her assignment was only supposed to last three months. She went on to serve there longer than any other senior military or ... More »

97. Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya

By Annick Cojean | Under $1.00

Soraya was just fifteen, a schoolgirl in the coastal town of Sirte, when she was given the honor of presenting a bouquet of flowers to Colonel Gaddafi, ?the Guide,” on a visit he was making to her school the following week. This one meeting?a presentation of flowers, a ... More »

Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya
Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945

98. Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945

By Melani McAlister | Used Price: 80% Off

Epic Encounters examines how popular culture has shaped the ways Americans define their "interests" in the Middle East. In this innovative book—now brought up-to-date to include 9/11 and the Iraq war—Melani McAlister argues that U.S. foreign policy, while grounded in material and military realities, is also developed in ... More »

99. An Introduction to Arabic Literature

By Roger Allen | Used Price: 70% Off

Roger Allen provides a comprehensive introductory survey of literary texts in Arabic, from their unknown beginnings in the fifth century AD to the present day, and from Islam's sacred text, the Qur'an, to popular literature including The Arabian Nights and a wealth of poetry, narrative prose, drama and ... More »

An Introduction to Arabic Literature

Author: David Thomson


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