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Modern Arab Kingship Modern Arab Kingship: Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East Adam Mestyan

How the “recycling” of the Ottoman Empire’s uses of genealogy and religion created new political orders in the Middle East

Origins of the Just War Origins of the Just War: Military Ethics and Culture in the Ancient Near East Rory Cox

A groundbreaking history of the ethics of war in the ancient Near East

Tales Things Tell Tales Things Tell: Material Histories of Early Globalisms Finbarr Barry Flood and Beate Fricke

New perspectives on early globalisms from objects and images

The Kings of Algiers The Kings of Algiers: How Two Jewish Families Shaped the Mediterranean World during the Napoleonic Wars and Beyond Julie Kalman

A richly detailed history of the Bacris and the Busnachs, two renowned Jewish families whose influence and reputation shook the capitals of Europe and America

A History of the Muslim World A History of the Muslim World: From Its Origins to the Dawn of Modernity Michael A. Cook

A panoramic history of the Muslim world from the age of the Prophet Muḥammad to the birth of the modern era

The End of Empires and a World Remade The End of Empires and a World Remade: A Global History of Decolonization Martin Thomas

A capacious history of decolonization, from the decline of empires to the era of globalization

Neshat-isms Neshat-isms Shirin Neshat

A vivid and compelling collection of quotations from the influential contemporary artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat

Sacred Language, Vernacular Difference Sacred Language, Vernacular Difference: Global Arabic and Counter-Imperial Literatures Annette Damayanti Lienau

How Arabic influenced the evolution of vernacular literatures and anticolonial thought in Egypt, Indonesia, and Senegal

The Making of the Modern Muslim State The Making of the Modern Muslim State: Islam and Governance in the Middle East and North Africa Malika Zeghal

An innovative analysis that traces the continuity of the state’s custodianship of Islam as the preferred religion in the Middle East and North Africa

The Paradox of Islamic Finance The Paradox of Islamic Finance: How Shariah Scholars Reconcile Religion and Capitalism Ryan Calder

How the booming Islamic finance industry became an ultramodern hybrid of religion and markets

Devotion to the Administrative State Devotion to the Administrative State: Religion and Social Order in Egypt Mona Oraby

Why the pursuit of state recognition by seemingly marginal religious groups in Egypt and elsewhere is a devotional practice

Reading Herzl in Beirut Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO Effort to Know the Enemy Jonathan Marc Gribetz

How the Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center informed the PLO’s relationship to Zionism and Israel

Wahhābism Wahhābism: The History of a Militant Islamic Movement Cole M. Bunzel

An essential history of Wahhābism from its founding to the Islamic State

Through the Lens Through the Lens: Latif Al Ani's Visions of Ancient Iraq Edited by Pedro Azara

A beautifully illustrated exploration of how Latif Al Ani’s photographs and contemporary Iraqi artists continue to challenge the colonial appropriation of Iraq’s ancient past

Sunni Chauvinism and the Roots of Muslim Modernism Sunni Chauvinism and the Roots of Muslim Modernism Teena U. Purohit

Muslim intellectuals who sought to establish the boundaries of modern Muslim identity

Key Terms of the Qur'an Key Terms of the Qur'an: A Critical Dictionary Nicolai Sinai

An essential single-volume companion to the critical interpretation of Islamic scripture

The Emperor and the Elephant The Emperor and the Elephant: Christians and Muslims in the Age of Charlemagne Sam Ottewill-Soulsby

A new history of Christian-Muslim relations in the Carolingian period that provides a fresh account of events by drawing on Arabic as well as western sources

Revolution of Things Revolution of Things: The Islamism and Post-Islamism of Objects in Tehran Kusha Sefat

An exploration of the ways that shifting relations between materiality and language bring about different forms of politics in Tehran

The Shamama Case The Shamama Case: Contesting Citizenship across the Modern Mediterranean Jessica M. Marglin

How a nineteenth-century lawsuit over the estate of a wealthy Tunisian Jew shines new light on the history of belonging

Popular Politics and the Path to Durable Democracy Popular Politics and the Path to Durable Democracy Mohammad Ali Kadivar

A groundbreaking account of how prolonged grassroots mobilization lays the foundations for durable democratization

The Scythian Empire The Scythian Empire: Central Eurasia and the Birth of the Classical Age from Persia to China Christopher I. Beckwith

A rich, discovery-filled history that tells how a forgotten empire transformed the ancient world

Refuge Refuge: How the State Shapes Human Potential Heba Gowayed

How states deny the full potential of refugees as people and perpetuate social inequality

Teachers as State-Builders Teachers as State-Builders: Education and the Making of the Modern Middle East Hilary Falb Kalisman

The little-known history of public school teachers across the Arab world—and how they wielded an unlikely influence over the modern Middle East

Sonorous Desert Sonorous Desert: What Deep Listening Taught Early Christian Monks—and What It Can Teach Us Kim Haines-Eitzen

Enduring lessons from the desert soundscapes that shaped the Christian monastic tradition

Jews and the Qur'an Jews and the Qur'an Meir M. Bar-Asher

A compelling book that casts the Qur’anic encounter with Jews in an entirely new light

Promised Lands Promised Lands: The British and the Ottoman Middle East Jonathan Parry

A major history of the British Empire’s early involvement in the Middle East

The Last Muslim Conquest The Last Muslim Conquest: The Ottoman Empire and Its Wars in Europe Gábor Ágoston

A monumental work of history that reveals the Ottoman dynasty's important role in the emergence of early modern Europe

Rediscovering the Islamic Classics Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition Ahmed El Shamsy

The story of how Arab editors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries revolutionized Islamic literature

Syrian Requiem Syrian Requiem: The Civil War and Its Aftermath Itamar Rabinovich and Carmit Valensi

A compact, incisive history of a war that was an ominous prelude to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The Only Woman in the Room The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power Pnina Lahav

A feminist biography of the only woman to become prime minister of Israel