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The Crisis of Islam
Holy War and Unholy Terror
Written by Bernard Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 2, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6785-2 (0-8129-6785-2)

“Terrorism requires only a few. Obviously the West must defend itself by whatever means will be effective. But in devising means to fight the terrorists, it would surely be useful to understand the forces that drive them.” —from the Introduction

In The Crisis of Islam, Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of... Read more >

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A Middle East Mosaic
Fragments of Life, Letters and History
Written by Bernard Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75837-9 (0-375-75837-2)

In times of war and in peace, from the earliest days of the Roman Empire to our own, Westerners have traveled to the lands of the Middle East, bringing back accounts of their adventures and impressions. But it was never a one-way journey. In this spirited collection of Western views of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Captivity
118 Days in Iraq and the Struggle for a World Without War
Written by James Loney


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39928-1 (0-307-39928-1)

The powerful account of the remarkable peace activist kidnapped while leading a peace delegation and held for ransom by Iraqi insurgents until his paradoxical release by a crack unit of Special Forces commandos.

In November 2005, James Loney and three other men – Canadian Harmeet Singh Sooden, British citizen Norman Kember and... Read more >
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Right to Exist
A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars
Written by Yaacov Lozowick


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3243-3 (1-4000-3243-1)

For more than a half-century, Israel has been forced to defend its existence against international political disapproval, racist calumny, and violence visited upon its citizens by terrorists of many stripes. While nations have always been made to defend their moral, political, economic, or social actions, Israel has the unique plight of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Written by Amin Maalouf


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 29, 1989
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0898-6 (0-8052-0898-4)

Translated by Jon Rothschild.  Maalouf has combed the works of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants, to give us "a readable and entertaining mirror image of events that are as familiar in the West as fairy tales" (The New Yorker). The book is a vivid portrait of a... Read more >

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Paris 1919
Six Months That Changed the World
Written by Margaret MacMillan
Foreword by Richard Holbrooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76052-5 (0-375-76052-0)

• Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize
• Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize
• Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Cairo Trilogy
Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Introduction by Edward W. Said


Format: Hardcover, 1368 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41331-5 (0-375-41331-6)



Naguib Mahfouz's magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prize—winning writer's masterwork is the engrossing story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain's occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century.

The novels of The Cairo Trilogy... Read more >

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The Ayatollah Begs to Differ
The Paradox of Modern Iran
Written by Hooman Majd


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 28, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2801-4 (0-7679-2801-6)

A Los Angeles Times and Economist Best Book of the Year

With a New Preface

The grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, journalist Hooman Majd is uniquely qualified to explain contemporary Iran's complex and misunderstood culture to Western readers.

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ provides an intimate look... Read more >
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The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay
An American Family in Iran
Written by Hooman Majd


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94669-0 (0-307-94669-X)

In February 2011, Hooman Majd disembarked at the Tehran airport, a place he had passed through many times to visit family or accompany a news crew. But this time he had his wife, Karri; his infant son, Khash; and an oversize stroller in tow—and plans to stay for a year. Few... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay
An American Family in Iran
Written by Hooman Majd


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53532-8 (0-385-53532-5)

With U.S.–Iran relations at a thirty-year low, Iranian-American writer Hooman Majd dared to take his young family on a year-long sojourn in Tehran. The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay traces their domestic adventures and closely tracks the political drama of a terrible year for Iran's government.

It was an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Good Muslim, Bad Muslim
America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror
Written by Mahmood Mamdani


Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: June 21, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51537-5 (0-385-51537-5)

In this brilliant look at the rise of political Islam, the distinguished political scientist and anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani brings his expertise and insight to bear on a question many Americans have been asking since 9/11: how did this happen?

Mamdani dispels the idea of “good” (secular, westernized) and “bad” (premodern, fanatical) Muslims... Read more >
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What Does Al Qaeda Want?
Unedited Communiques
Commentaries by Robert Marlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: November 23, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-548-5 (1-55643-548-7)

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, al-Qaeda has become the most infamous terrorist organization in history. While their actions are deplorable, it remains a populist and idealist movement - and one that continues to spread. Despite heavy media coverage, most people are unaware of the group's ultimate goals.

Sampling from... Read more >

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Salaam, Love
American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy
Edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7975-1 (0-8070-7975-8)

From the editors of the groundbreaking anthology Love, InshAllah comes a provocative new exploration of the most intimate parts of Muslim men’s lives. 
 
Muslim men are stereotyped as either oversexed Casanovas willing to die for seventy-two virgins in heaven or controlling, big-bearded husbands ready to rampage at the hint of dishonor. The truth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Dark Side
The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
Written by Jane Mayer


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45629-8 (0-307-45629-3)

The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Much Too Promised Land
America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace
Written by Aaron David Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38414-7 (0-553-38414-7)

Adopted in courses at:
Cornell University, George Mason University, New York University, Union College, Unviersity of Virginia, and Wofford College.

“Extraordinary…. Miller evinces genuine compassion for both sides in the conflict … while maintaining a detachment that allows him to draw hard conclusions…. Miller’s writing is both approachable and deeply smart.”
Publishers Weekly, starred... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Inheriting the Holy Land
An American's Search for Hope in the Middle East
Written by Jennifer Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 19, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46925-0 (0-345-46925-9)

Writing with fierce honesty, Jennifer Miller has created an extraordinary synthesis of history, reportage, and coming-of-age memoir in Inheriting the Holy Land. Her groundbreaking perspective on the conflict is presented through interviews with young Israelis and Palestinians and conversations with some of the most influential officials involved in the Middle East... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Geopolitics of Emotion
How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World
Written by Dominique Moisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38737-0 (0-307-38737-2)

In the first book to investigate the far-reaching emotional impact of globalization, Dominique Moïsi shows how the geopolitics of today is characterized by a “clash of emotions.” The West, he argues, is dominated and divided by fear. For Muslims and Arabs, a culture of humiliation is quickly devolving into a culture... Read more >
Also available as 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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Cities of Salt

Written by Abdelrahman Munif


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75526-7 (0-394-75526-X)

Set in an unnamed Persian Gulf kingdom in the 1930s, this remarkable novel tells the story of the disruption and diaspora of a poor oasis community following the discovery of oil there. The meeting of Arabs and the Americans who, in essence, colonized the remote region is a cultural confrontation in... Read more >

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Terrorism and the Economy
How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World
Written by Loretta Napoleoni


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-895-1 (1-58322-895-0)

Economist and best-selling author Loretta Napoleoni traces the link between the finances of the war on terror and the global economic crisis, finding connections from Dubai to London to Las Vegas that politicians and the media have at best ignored. In launching military and propaganda wars in the Middle East, America... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Dispensable Nation
American Foreign Policy in Retreat
Written by Vali Nasr


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80257-6 (0-345-80257-8)

Forcefully persuasive, The Dispensable Nation is a game changer for America as it charts a course in the Muslim world, Asia, and beyond. Vali Nasr shows how the Obama administration missed its chance to improve U.S. relations with the Middle East by continuing to pursue its predecessor’s questionable strategies there. Nasr... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and 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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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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