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Jerusalem
The Biography
Written by Simon Sebag Montefiore


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28050-3 (0-307-28050-0)

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0092-2 (1-4262-0092-7)

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for any student seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Righteous Victims
A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1998
Written by Benny Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 2001
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74475-7 (0-679-74475-4)

Tracing the roots of political Zionism back to the pogroms of Russia and the Dreyfus Affair, Morris describes the gradual influx of Jewish settlers into Palestine and the impact they had on the Arab population. Following the Holocaust, the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948 resulted in the establishment of the State... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Faithful Scribe
A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War
Written by Shahan Mufti


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-505-1 (1-59051-505-6)

A journalist explores his family’s history to reveal the hybrid cultural and political landscape of Pakistan, the world’s first Islamic democracy
 
Shahan Mufti’s family history offers an enlightened perspective on the mystifying history of Pakistan. Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Reading Lolita in Tehran
A Memoir in Books
Written by Azar Nafisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7106-4 (0-8129-7106-X)

Winner, 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction

"This book transcends categorization of memoir, literary criticism or social history, though it is superb in all three."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Among the Believers
An Islamic Journey
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1982
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71195-9 (0-394-71195-5)

Based on his seven-month journey across the Asian continent, Naipaul  explores the life, culture and current ferment inside four nations of Islam: Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  He depicts an Islamic world at odds with the modern world, fueled only by an implacable determination to believe. Naipaul's controversial account of his travels through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beyond Belief
Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70648-6 (0-375-70648-8)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Beyond Belief is a book about one of the more important and unsettling issues of our time: the effects of the Islamic conversion of Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia.  What has Islam done to the histories of these converted countries? How do the converted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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We Are All Suspects Now
Untold Stories from Immigrant Communities after 9/11
Written by Tram Nguyen
Foreword by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 212 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 15, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0461-6 (0-8070-0461-8)

In an ironic reversal of the American dream, a staggering 20,000 members of the immigrant community of Midwood, Brooklyn (known as Little Pakistan), voluntarily left the United States after 9/11. Tram Nguyen reveals the human cost of the domestic war on terror and examines the impact of post-9/11 policies on people... Read more >

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The Underground Girls of Kabul
In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
Written by Jenny Nordberg


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95249-3 (0-307-95249-5)

Forthcoming September, 2014.  To request a FREE advance reader's copy, email: rhacademic@randomhouse.com

“[A] searing exposé…Nordberg's subtle, sympathetic reportage makes this one of the most convincing portraits of Afghan culture in print.” –Publishers Weekly [starred]

“As affecting as the stories of these women are, Nordberg’s conclusion—that women’s rights are essential to ‘building peaceful civilizations’—is... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Abu Ghraib
The Politics of Torture
Contribution by David Levi Strauss, Barbara Ehrenreich and Mark Danner
Compiled by North Atlantic Books


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: November 23, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-550-8 (1-55643-550-9)

Abu Ghraib unveiled a lengthy list of disastrous actions and cover-ups by the Bush administration and the American military. Abu Ghraib examines the problem from many different perspectives, gathering together timely essays on the prison scandal from prominent progressive writers:

•Barbara Ehrenreich looks at the story through the lens of feminism, noting... Read more >

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Early Islam
A Critical Reconstruction Based on Contemporary Sources
Edited by Karl-Heinz Ohlig


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $45.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-825-6 (1-61614-825-X)

This successor volume to The Hidden Origins of Islam (edited by Karl-Heinz Ohlig and Gerd-R. Puin) continues the pioneering research begun in the first volume into the earliest development of Islam. Using coins, commemorative building inscriptions, and a rigorous linguistic analysis of the Koran along with Persian and Christian literature from the seventh... Read more >

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Six Days of War
June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Written by Michael B. Oren


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46192-6 (0-345-46192-4)

2003 Los Angeles Times Book Award for HISTORY

Though it lasted for only six tense days in June, the 1967 Arab-Israeli war never really ended. Every crisis that has ripped through this region in the ensuing decades, from the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to the ongoing intifada, is a direct consequence... Read more >

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Silent House

Written by Orhan Pamuk


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74483-8 (0-307-74483-3)

In a crumbling mansion in a gentrified former fishing village on the Turkish coast, the widow Fatma awaits the annual visit of her grandchildren: Faruk, a dissipated historian; his sensitive leftist sister, Nilgün; and Metin, a high schooler drawn to the fast life of the nouveaux riche. Bedridden, Fatma is attended... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Sacred Ground
Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America
Written by Eboo Patel


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7752-8 (0-8070-7752-6)

In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Sacred Ground
Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America
Written by Eboo Patel


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7748-1 (0-8070-7748-8)

In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Unspoken Alliance
Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa
Written by Sasha Polakow-Suransky


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38850-6 (0-307-38850-6)

A revealing account of how Israel’s booming arms industry and apartheid South Africa’s international isolation led to a secretive military partnership between two seemingly unlikely allies.

Prior to the Six-Day War, Israel was a darling of the international left: socialist idealists like David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir vocally opposed apartheid and built... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Afghan Campaign
A Novel
Written by Steven Pressfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2238-8 (0-7679-2238-7)

Steven Pressfield, the bestselling novelist of ancient warfare, has written a riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C.

In THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN, Pressfield brings to life the confrontation between an invading Western army and fierce Eastern warriors determined at all costs to defend... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Yom Kippur War
The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East
Written by Abraham Rabinovich


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1124-5 (0-8052-1124-1)

In this galvanizing account of the most dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who reported the conflict for the Jerusalem Post, transports us into the midst of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Rabinovich’s masterly narrative begins as Israel convinces itself there will be no war, while Egypt and Syria plot the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Patience Stone
The Patience Stone
Written by Atiq Rahimi
Translated by Polly Mclean
Introduction by Khaled Hosseini


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 19, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-344-6 (1-59051-344-4)

“For far too long, Afghan women have been faceless and voiceless. Until now. With The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi gives face and voice to one unforgettable woman—and, one could argue, offers her as a proxy for the grievances of millions…it is a rich read, part allegory, part a tale of retribution... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear

Written by Atiq Rahimi


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-361-3 (1-59051-361-4)

Farhad is a typical student, twenty-one years old, interested in wine, women, and poetry, and negligent of the religious conservatism of his grandfather. But he lives in Kabul in 1979, and the early days of the pro-Soviet coup are about to change his life forever. One night Farhad goes out drinking... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Against War with Iraq
An Anti-War Primer
Written by Michael Ratner, Jennie Green and Barbara Olshansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-591-2 (1-58322-591-9)

Despite public outcry at home and international opposition abroad, the Bush Administration deployed troops and invested millions in preparation for a massive military assault on Iraq. In this Open Media Series special edition, three legal scholars from the Center for Constitutional Rights argue persuasively that the looming war against Iraq is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dogs of God
Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors
Written by James Reston, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3191-7 (1-4000-3191-5)

From the acclaimed author of Warriors of God comes a riveting account of the pivotal events of 1492, when towering political ambitions, horrific religious excesses, and a drive toward international conquest changed the world forever.

James Reston, Jr., brings to life the epic story of Spain’s effort to consolidate its own burgeoning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Warriors of God
Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
Written by James Reston, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49562-2 (0-385-49562-5)

Warriors of God is the rich and engaging account of the Third Crusade (1187-1192), a conflict that would shape world history for centuries and which can still be felt in the Middle East and throughout the world today. Acclaimed writer James Reston, Jr., offers a gripping narrative of the epic battle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11
What the 9/11 Commission Report Failed to Tell Us
Written by James Ridgeway


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 6, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-712-1 (1-58322-712-1)

The 9/11 Commission Report is widely declared to be the definitive account of the most devastating attack ever to take place on American soil, but in truth the most vital questions about 9/11 have not been asked, and an ever-growing number of facts casts clouds of suspicion over the actions and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cairo
The City Victorious
Written by Max Rodenbeck


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76727-5 (0-679-76727-4)

The seat of pharaohs and sultans, the prize of conquerors from Alexander to Napoleon, Cairo has never stopped reinventing itself. Even in this century, as Max Rodenbeck shows us, the city has transformed itself yet again--from a glamorous European outpost into the nationalistic capital of the Arab world. And, most recently... Read more >
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