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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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Shattered Hopes
The Failure Of Obama's Middle East Peace Process
Written by Josh Ruebner

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-120-6 (1-78168-120-1)

President Barack Obama’s first trip abroad in his second term took him to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, where he despondently admitted to those waiting for words of encouragement, “It is a hard slog to work through all of these issues.” Contrast this gloomy assessment with Obama’s optimism on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Written by Marjane Satrapi

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 18, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71467-2 (0-375-71467-7)

From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough–talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors for an afternoon of tea drinking and talking. Naturally, the subject turns to love... Read more >

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The Balfour Declaration
The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Written by Jonathan Schneer

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7603-8 (0-8129-7603-7)

Winner, 2010 National Jewish Book Award (Writing Based on Archival Material)

Issued in London in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was one of the key documents of the twentieth century. It committed Britain to supporting the establishment in Palestine of “a National Home for the Jewish people,” and its reverberations continue to be... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sons of Abraham
A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims
Written by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali
Foreword by President Bill Clinton
Introduction by Samuel G. Freedman

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3307-4 (0-8070-3307-3)

A prominent rabbi and imam, each raised in orthodoxy, overcome the temptations of bigotry and work to bridge the chasm between Muslims and Jews
Rabbi Marc Schneier, the eighteenth generation of a distinguished rabbinical dynasty, grew up deeply suspicious of Muslims, believing them all to be anti-Semitic. Imam Shamsi Ali, who grew... Read more >
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Longing For Eternity
One Century of Modern and Contemporary Iraqi Art
Preface by Salam Atta Sabri
Edited by Mary Angela Schroth
Contribution by Silvia Naef and Aasim Abdul-Ameer

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $85.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1876-2 (88-572-1876-7)

This volume explores the principal trends of modern and contemporary art in Iraq through some 400 works in the private collection of Hussain Ali Harba, an Iraqi architect and designer. Read more >

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The Caliph's House
A Year in Casablanca
Written by Tahir Shah

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 26, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38310-2 (0-553-38310-8)

In the tradition of A YEAR IN PROVENCE and UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN, acclaimed English travel writer Tahir Shah shares a highly entertaining account of making an exotic dream come true. By turns hilarious and harrowing, here is the story of his family’s move from the gray skies of London to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Promised Land
The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Written by Ari Shavit

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52170-3 (0-385-52170-7)

A New York Times Notable Book
Natan Book Award Winner
National Jewish Book Award Winner
A Sophie Brody ALA Honor Book

An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today

Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem... Read more >

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Lion of Jordan
The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace
Written by Avi Shlaim

Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7828-8 (1-4000-7828-8)

The first major account of the life of an extraordinary soldier and statesman, King Hussein of Jordan.

Throughout his long reign (1953—1999), Hussein remained a dominant figure in Middle Eastern politics and a consistent proponent of peace with Israel. For over forty years he walked a tightrope between Palestinians and Arab radicals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Sikhs

Written by Patwant Singh

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: July 17, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50206-1 (0-385-50206-0)

Now numbering twenty million worldwide, the Sikhs have promoted beliefs that have incurred the wrath of both Hindus and Muslims for the last five hundred years. Here, Patwant Singh provides a compelling history of the Sikhs—their origins, traditions and beliefs, as well as more recent history. The story revealed is of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Valleys of the Assassins
and Other Persian Travels
Written by Freya Stark

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75753-2 (0-375-75753-8)

Hailed as a classic upon its first publication in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly established Freya Stark as one of her generation's most intrepid explorers. The book chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled between Iraq and present-day Iran, often with only a single guide and on... Read more >

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Koranic Allusions
The Biblical, Qumranian, and Pre-Islamic Background to the Koran
Edited by Ibn Warraq

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-759-4 (1-61614-759-8)

Scholars have long known that the text of the Koran shows evidence of many influences from religious sources outside Islam. For example, stories in the Koran about Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other characters from the Bible obviously come from the Jewish Torah and the Christian Gospels. But there is also evidence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism

Written by George Weigel

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52478-0 (0-385-52478-1)

With an unsettled Middle East, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups actively plotting against America and its allies, and spillover from religious conflict in Muslim countries spreading instability and violence worldwide, George Weigel’s Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism is an acute analysis of one of the most dynamic forces in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Our Man in Tehran
The True Story Behind the Secret Mission to Save Six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis & the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked w/the CIA to Bring Them Home
Written by Robert Wright

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-413-9 (1-59051-413-0)

The world watched with fear in November 1979, when Iranian students infiltrated and occupied the American embassy in Tehran. The Americans were caught entirely by surprise, and what began as a swift and seemingly short-lived takeover evolved into a crisis that would see fifty four embassy personnel held hostage, most for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes
Uncensored Iranian Voices
Edited by Lila Azam Zanganeh

Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0463-0 (0-8070-0463-4)

My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes aims to corrode fixed ideas and turns cultural and political clichés on their heads . . . Iranians themselves live in a complex and schizophrenic reality, at a surreal crossroads between political Islam and satellite television, massive national oil revenues, and... Read more >
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