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The Dream Palace of the Arabs
A Generation's Odyssey
Written by Fouad Ajami


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70474-1 (0-375-70474-4)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

What constitutes the dream palace of the Arabs? "On their own, in the barracks and in the academies," Fouad Ajami writes, "in the principle cities of the Arab world--Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo--Arabs had built an intellectual edifice of secular nationalism and modernity."  What has... Read more >
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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Written by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58967-5 (0-307-58967-6)

“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”

Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from... Read more >
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Black Crack in Iran

Written by Aslon Arfa
Text by Steffen Gassel


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-554-4 (1-57687-554-7)

Creating an accurate picture of daily life in Iran is a difficult endeavor. Due to strict religious and moral codes, even photographing a woman inside her home without a scarf covering her head is all but impossible. Evidence of the censure of media in Iran has always been visible to Western... Read more >

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The Battle for God
A History of Fundamentalism
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 30, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-39169-8 (0-345-39169-1)

In the late twentieth century, fundamentalism has emerged as one of the most powerful forces at work in the world, contesting the dominance of modern secular values and threatening peace and harmony around the globe. Yet it remains incomprehensible to a large number of people. In The Battle for God, Karen... Read more >
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Holy War
The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 27, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72140-0 (0-385-72140-4)

In 1095, with the tomb of Jesus still in the hands of infidels and the Byzantine empire overrun by Muslim Turks, Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and their swords against the Turks and then recover the holy city of Jerusalem from Islam. It was to... Read more >

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Islam
A Short History
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 6, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6618-3 (0-8129-6618-X)

No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing... Read more >
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Jerusalem
One City, Three Faiths
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 29, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39168-1 (0-345-39168-3)

Karen Armstrong shows how Jerusalem has become that defining place for adherents of the three religions of Abraham. In her view, the city has been not only a symbol of God on earth, but is also a deeply rooted part of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim identity. She traces Jerusalem's physical... Read more >
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No god but God (Updated Edition)
The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Written by Reza Aslan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8244-2 (0-8129-8244-4)

In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexity. This updated edition addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for... Read more >
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Sleeping with the Devil
How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude
Written by Robert Baer


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 25, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5268-4 (1-4000-5268-8)

“Saudi Arabia is more and more an irrational state—a place that spawns global terrorism even as it succumbs to an ancient and deeply seated isolationism, a kingdom led by a royal family that can’t get out of the way of its own greed. Is this the fulcrum we want the global... Read more >
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Jihad vs. McWorld
Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy
Written by Benjamin Barber


Format: Trade Paperback, 426 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 30, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38304-4 (0-345-38304-4)

With an introduction that addresses the terrorist attacks of September 11th. This is a timely, compelling, and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. On the one hand, consumer capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers... Read more >
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I Saw Ramallah

Written by Mourid Barghouti
Translated by Ahdaf Soueif
Introduction by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3266-2 (1-4000-3266-0)

Barred from his homeland after 1967’s Six-Day War, the poet Mourid Barghouti spent thirty years in exile—shuttling among the world’s cities, yet secure in none of them; separated from his family for years at a time; never certain whether he was a visitor, a refugee, a citizen, or a guest. As... Read more >
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Congress and the Shaping of the Middle East

Written by Kirk Beattie


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 14, 2015
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-561-6 (1-60980-561-5)

The upside-down logic of US policy in the Middle East is one of the great foreign policy conundrums today precisely because it touches on so many different problematic areas. The March 2006 article by Walt and Meersheimer that appeared under the title The Israel Lobby in the London Review of Books... Read more >
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The Flight of the Intellectuals

Written by Paul Berman


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-98-1 (1-935554-98-0)

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie–and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into an entire social class”–an ever-growing group of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, especially critics from Muslim backgrounds, who survive only... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Power & Powerlessness in Jewish History

Written by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 260 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 10, 1986
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0841-2 (0-8052-0841-0)

WINNER OF THE 1987 JWB NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR HISTORY

In this radical reinterpretation of Jewish history, David Biale tackles the myth of Jewish political passivity between the fall of an independent Jewish Commonwealth in 70 C.E. and the rebirth of the state of Israel in 1948. He argues that Jews... Read more >
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Warriors of God
Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel
Written by Nicholas Blanford


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6836-4 (1-4000-6836-3)

Hezbollah is the most powerful Islamist group operating in the Middle East today, and no other Western journalist has penetrated as deeply inside this secretive organization as Nicholas Blanford. With Warriors and God, Blanford has written the first comprehensive inside account of Hezbollah and its enduring struggle against Israel.

Based on... Read more >
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Thermopylae
The Battle That Changed the World
Written by Paul Cartledge


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7918-6 (1-4000-7918-7)

In 480 B.C., the mighty Persian king Xerxes led a massive force to the narrow mountain pass called Thermopylae, anticipating no significant resistance in his bid to conquer Greece. But the Greeks, led by Leonidas and a small army of Spartan warriors, took the battle to the Persians and nearly halted... Read more >

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Raid on the Sun
Inside Israel's Secret Campaign that Denied Saddam the Bomb
Written by Rodger Claire


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 1, 2005
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1425-3 (0-7679-1425-2)

From the earliest days of his dictatorship, Saddam Hussein had vowed to destroy Israel. So when France sold Iraq a top-of-the-line nuclear reactor in 1975, the Israelis were justifiably concerned—especially when they discovered that Iraqi scientists had already formulated a secret program to extract weapons-grade plutonium from the reactor, a first... Read more >
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Empires of the Sea
The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
Written by Roger Crowley


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7764-6 (0-8129-7764-5)

In 1521, Suleiman the Magnificent, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. This would prove to be the opening shot in an epic struggle between rival empires and faiths for control of the Mediterranean and the... Read more >
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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Written by Edward Erickson


Format: Trade Paperback, 53 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-590-1 (1-78096-590-7)

Mustafa Kemal was one of the 20th century’s greatest combat commanders. Winston Churchill labeled him as a ‘Man of Destiny’, his service at Gallipoli and in the War of Independence were pivotal in the success of Turkish armies. Moreover, after leading the Nationalist army to victory and establishing the modern Turkish... Read more >
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The Arab World

Written by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea and Robert A. Fernea


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 16, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48520-3 (0-385-48520-4)

In the decade since Anchor first published Elizabeth and Robert Fernea’s award-winning The Arab World: Personal Encounters, vast political and economic shifts have taken place: the end of the Iran-Iraq War and the Lebanese civil war; the outbreak of the Gulf War; the historic 1993 peace accords between Israel and the... Read more >
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The Great War for Civilisation
The Conquest of the Middle East
Written by Robert Fisk


Format: Trade Paperback, 1136 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7517-1 (1-4000-7517-3)

WINNER OF THE 2006 LANNAN PRIZE FOR CULTURAL FREEDOM

A sweeping and dramatic history of the last half century of conflict in the Middle East from an award-winning journalist who has covered the region for over thirty years, The Great War for Civilisation unflinchingly chronicles the tragedy of the region from the... Read more >
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Streets of Afghanistan
Bridging Cultures through Art
Written by Shannon Galpin
Photographed by Libero Di Zinno


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-57826-467-4 (1-57826-467-7)

The fruit of years of collaborative work between Afghan and Western photographers and photojournalists, Streets of Afghanistan chronicles one of the most captivating efforts to connect communities and cultures through our common humanity and the power of art.

A collection of the spectacular photography of the Mountain2Mountain (M2M) project – a collaborative... Read more >

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American Priestess
The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27772-5 (0-307-27772-0)

For generations, The American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem has been a well-known retreat for journalists, diplomats, pilgrims and spies. However, few know the story of Anna Spafford, the enigmatic evangelist who was instrumental in its founding

Branded heretics by Jerusalem’s established Christian missionaries when they arrived in 1881, the Spaffords and... Read more >
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Home to Stay
One American Family's Chronicle of Miracles and Struggles in Contemporary Israel
Written by Daniel Gordis


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 28, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4959-2 (1-4000-4959-8)

In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved to Israel from Los Angeles. They planned to be there for a year, during which time Daniel would be a Fellow at the Mandel Institute in Jerusalem. This was a euphoric time in Israel. The economy was booming, and peace... Read more >
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All Russians Love Birch Trees

Written by Olga Grjasnova


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-584-6 (1-59051-584-6)

Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to... Read more >
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