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The Koran

Written by Everyman's Library

Format: Hardcover, 760 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 11, 1993
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-41736-1 (0-679-41736-2)

An explanatory translation by Marmaduke Pickthall
Introduction by William Montgomery Watt

While in the service of India's Nizam of Hyderabad, Marmaduke Pickthall converted to Islam, and, with the help of Muslim theologians and linguists, produced this clear and lovingly precise English interpretation of the Holy Koran. His work is honored by believer and... Read more >

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Blind Into Baghdad
America's War in Iraq
Written by James Fallows

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 15, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27796-1 (0-307-27796-8)

In the autumn of 2002, Atlantic Monthly national correspondent James Fallows wrote an article predicting many of the problems America would face if it invaded Iraq. After events confirmed many of his predictions, Fallows went on to write some of the most acclaimed, award-winning journalism on the planning and execution of... Read more >
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A Mirror Garden

Written by Monir Farmanfarmaian and Zara Houshmand

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27878-4 (0-307-27878-6)

In Persia in 1924, when a child still had to worry about hostile camels in the bazaar and a nanny might spin stories at her pillow until her eyes fell shut, the extraordinary and irresistible Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was born. From the enchanted basement storeroom where she played as a girl... Read more >
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The Jew is Not My Enemy
Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism
Written by Tarek Fatah

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4784-8 (0-7710-4784-3)

A liberal Muslim and critically acclaimed author explores the historical, political, and theological basis for centuries of Muslim animosity towards Jews, debunking long-held myths and tracing a history of hate and its impact today.

More than nine years after 9/11 and 60 years after the creation of the state of Israel, the... 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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Guests of the Sheik
An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
Written by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1995
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-01485-4 (0-385-01485-6)

In this absorbing account, Elizabeth Fernea examines the daily lives of women in a small rural village in southern Iraq. For two years, Fernea lived in El Nahra, Southern Iraq, where, in addition to cultural norms such as polygamy, no social communications between women and men are allowed. This ethnographic study... Read more >
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In Search of Islamic Feminism

Written by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 10, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48858-7 (0-385-48858-0)

To most Americans, the very idea of “Islamic feminism” would seem a contradiction in terms. We are taught to think of Islam as a culture wherein social code and religious law alike force Muslim women to accept male authority unconditionally. In In Search of Islamic Feminism, Elizabeth Fernea—acclaimed scholar, author of... Read more >
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The Forever War

Written by Dexter Filkins

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27944-6 (0-307-27944-8)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year:
New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Time

An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive account... 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)


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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Aladdin's Lamp
How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World
Written by John Freely

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27783-1 (0-307-27783-6)

Aladdin’s Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John Freely explains... 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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Passionate Nomad
The Life of Freya Stark
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75746-4 (0-375-75746-5)

Freya Stark—traveler, explorer, Arabist, and woman of letters—began the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her—and would catapult her into public life for the next sixty years—in 1927. And with the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, her legend was launched.

Leaving behind a miserable family life, Freya set out... Read more >
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In an Antique Land
History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale
Written by Amitav Ghosh

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72783-5 (0-679-72783-3)

Combining shrewd observations with painstaking historical research from his journey to a small village in Egypt, Ghosh serves up skeptics and holy men, merchants and sorcerers. Some imagined, some real, all emerge as vividly as the characters in a great novel. In An Antique Land is an inspired work that transcends... Read more >
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How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Written by Sarah Glidden

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2234-5 (1-4012-2234-X)

When Sarah Glidden took a “Birthright Israel” tour, she thought she knew what she was getting herself into. But when she got to Israel, she found that things weren’t quite so simple. How To Understand Israel is Sarah’s memoir not only of her Israeli government sponsored trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem... Read more >

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A Story of Friendship and Terror
Written by Jeffrey Goldberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72670-5 (0-375-72670-5)

During the first Palestinian uprising in 1990, Jeffrey Goldberg – an American Jew – served as a guard at the largest prison camp in Israel. One of his prisoners was Rafiq, a rising leader in the PLO. Overcoming their fears and prejudices, the two men began a dialogue that, over more... Read more >
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Cobra II
The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
Written by Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 27, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7539-3 (1-4000-7539-4)

Written by the chief military correspondent of the New York Times and a prominent retired Marine general, this is the definitive account of the invasion of Iraq.

A stunning work of investigative journalism, Cobra II describes in riveting detail how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency... 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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Journey from the Land of No
A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
Written by Roya Hakakian

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-81030-9 (0-609-81030-8)

"Journey From the Land of No is an immensely moving, extraordinarily eloquent, and passionate memoir. Its author begins what one may prophesy as a major literary career."
—Harold Bloom

This is an elegantly written memoir of a young Iranian-American poet and journalist about growing up in Iran during the revolution.

Roya Hakakian was raised... Read more >
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Storm over Iraq
Air Power and the Gulf War
Written by Richard Hallion

Format: Trade Paperback, 386 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1997
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-723-9 (1-56098-723-5)

An incisive account of the Persian Gulf War, Storm Over Iraq shows how the success of Operation Desert Storm was the product of two decades of profound changes in the American approach to defense, military doctrine, and combat operations. The first detailed analysis of why the Gulf War could be fought... Read more >

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An Autumn of War
What America Learned from September 11 and the War on Terrorism
Written by Victor Hanson

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3113-9 (1-4000-3113-3)

On September 11, 2001, hours after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the eminent military historian Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article in which he asserted that the United States, like it or not, was now at war and had the moral right to respond with force. An Autumn... Read more >
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The People Reloaded
The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future
Edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-38-7 (1-935554-38-7)

A definitive collection of essays and documents on the movement behind Iran's mass protests

Since June of 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran has seen the most dramatic political upheaval in its three decades of rule. What began as a series of mass protests over the official results of a presidential election—engendering... Read more >
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After the Prophet
The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
Written by Lesley Hazleton

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52394-3 (0-385-52394-7)

In this gripping narrative history, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic story at the heart of the ongoing rivalry between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the news now more than ever.

Even as Muhammad lay dying, the battle over who would take control of the new Islamic... Read more >
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Revolution in the Age of Social Media
The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet
Written by Linda Herrera

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-275-3 (1-78168-275-5)

Egypt's January 25 revolution was triggered by a Facebook page and played out both in virtual spaces and the streets. Social media serves as a space of liberation, but it also functions as an arena where competing forces vie over the minds of the young as they battle over ideas as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Arab-Israeli Wars
War and Peace in the Middle East
Written by Chaim Herzog and Shlomo Gazit

Format: Trade Paperback, 558 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7963-6 (1-4000-7963-2)

Now in its third edition, this classic study has been updated for the first time in more than twenty years.

Chaim Herzog, former President of Israel, was involved in every conflict involving Israel and its Arab neighbors from before the 1948 War of Independence. The Arab-Israeli Wars is Herzog’s acclaimed history of... Read more >
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