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The Multiple Identities of the Middle East

Written by Bernard Lewis

Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 30, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1118-4 (0-8052-1118-7)

The Middle East is the birthplace of ancient civilizations, but most of the modern states that occupy its territory today are of recent origin, as are many key concepts of communal and individual identity and loyalty that the peoples of the region now confront. In The Multiple Identities of the Middle... Read more >

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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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Travels with a Tangerine
From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam's Greatest Traveler
Written by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Illustrated by Martin Yeoman

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7164-4 (0-8129-7164-7)

In 1325, the great Arab traveler Ibn Battutah set out from his native Tangier in North Africa on pilgrimage to Mecca. By the time he returned nearly thirty years later, he had seen most of the known world, covering three times the distance allegedly traveled by the great Venetian explorer Marco... Read more >

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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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From Fatwa to Jihad
The Rushdie Affair and Its Aftermath
Written by Kenan Malik

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-405-9 (1-61219-405-2)

Twenty years after the Rushdie fatwa, From Fatwa to Jihad tells, for the first time, the full story of this defining episode and explores its repercussions and resonance through to contemporary debates about Islam, terror, free speech and Western values.

When a thousand Muslim protesters paraded through a British town with a copy... Read more >
Also available as 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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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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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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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:

“[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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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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Memories and the City
Written by Orhan Pamuk

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 11, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3388-1 (1-4000-3388-8)

A portrait, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s great cities, by its foremost man of letters, author of the acclaimed novels Snow and My Name Is Red.

Blending reminiscence with history; family photographs with portraits of poets and pashas; art criticism, metaphysical musing, and, now and again, a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Life of David

Written by Robert Pinsky

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1153-5 (0-8052-1153-5)

Poet, warrior, and king; sweet singer of Israel and adulterous lover of Batsheva; devoted friend of Jonathan and wily opponent of Saul, the complex character of King David looms large in our contemporary minds as it has in myth and legend for centuries. “He must have actually existed, and most of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Military Error
Baghdad and Beyond in America's War of Choice
Written by Thomas Powers

Format: Trade Paperback, 140 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-299-5 (1-59017-299-X)

Why did George W. Bush invade Iraq? What were the real motives, the overarching policy decisions that drove events from September 11 until the war began?

To a large extent, we still don’t know. But by now we do know in some detail, as Thomas Powers carefully explains in the essays collected... Read more >

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The Making of a Terrorist
Written by Jonathan Randal

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70823-7 (0-375-70823-5)

How is it possible for one middle-aged Saudi millionaire to threaten the world's only superpower? This is the question at the center of Jonathan Randal's riveting, timely account of Osama bin Laden's life and role in the rise of terrorism in the Middle East. Randal traces the current sources of Osama's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Those Who Forget the Past
The Question of Anti-Semitism
Afterword by Cynthia Ozick
Edited by Ron Rosenbaum

Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7203-0 (0-8129-7203-1)

"Rosenbaum's outstanding compilation of nearly 50 sharp essays has the advantage of not only displaying a wide range of views but juxtaposing pieces in debate with one another...This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

After the horrors... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shattered Hopes
Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Written by Josh Ruebner

Format: Hardcover, 368 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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A History of Israel
From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time
Written by Howard M. Sachar

Format: Trade Paperback, 1296 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71132-9 (0-375-71132-5)

Sachar gives us the full story of Israel from its early-19th-century ideological beginnings through its ensuing growth as a sovereign republic, giving full weight to diplomatic, political, economic, cultural and military factors—always against the matrix of parallel and interacting events in other countries.

Sachar's updating begins with negotiations toward the interim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Peace And Its Discontents
Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process
Written by Edward W. Said

Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76725-1 (0-679-76725-8)

In this probing and impassioned collection of essays, Edward Said explains why the much-vaunted peace process between Israel and the Palestinian people has yet to produce peace--and is unlikely to as presently constituted.  Whether Said is addressing the fatal flaws in the PLO's bargain, denouncing fundamentalists on both sides of the religious... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Politics of Dispossession
The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination, 1969-1994
Written by Edward W. Said

Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76145-7 (0-679-76145-4)

In this collection of thirty-nine essays--which have appeared over the past twenty-five years in a wide range of publications--Said explores the issues behind the Palestinian struggle for statehood.  He provides a detailed context for understanding the recent autonomy agreement between the P.L.O. and Israel; critically assesses of United States policy toward the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Question of Palestine

Written by Edward W. Said

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73988-3 (0-679-73988-2)

Updated with a new Preface and Epilogue in 1992.  Praised as "a compelling call for identity and justice" (Anthony Lewis) when first published in 1977, Said's impassioned and authoritative account of the history and politics of Palestine and the struggles of the Palestinian people has now been expanded to portray the changed... Read more >
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