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Jasmine and Fire
A Bittersweet Year in Beirut
Written by Salma Abdelnour


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88594-4 (0-307-88594-1)

As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil war in the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her family fled Lebanon to start a new life in the States. Ever since then— even as she built a thriving career as a food and travel writer in New... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Language of Baklava

Written by Diana Abu-Jaber


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7776-2 (1-4000-7776-1)

From the acclaimed author of Crescent, called “radiant, wise, and passionate” by the Chicago Tribune, here is a vibrant, humorous memoir of growing up with a gregarious Jordanian father who loved to cook. Diana Abu-Jaber weaves the story of her life in upstate New York and in Jordan around vividly remembered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization

Edited by Salim T. S. Al-Hassani


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0934-5 (1-4262-0934-7)

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization takes readers on a journey through years of forgotten Islamic history to discover one thousand fascinating scientific and technological inventions still being used throughout the world today. Take a look at all of the discoveries that led to the great technological advances of... Read more >

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Written by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58967-5 (0-307-58967-6)

“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”

Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Escape from Saddam
The Incredible True Story of One Man's Journey to Freedom
Written by Lewis Alsamari


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39402-6 (0-307-39402-6)

At the age of seventeen, Lewis Alsamari was conscripted into Saddam Hussein’s army. The training was brutal, with discipline enforced by regular beatings, and desertion punishable by mutilation or imprisonment. Somehow Lewis made it through and, thanks in part to his fluent English, was soon offered a post in Iraqi military... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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No god but God (Updated Edition)
The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Written by Reza Aslan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8244-2 (0-8129-8244-4)

In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexity. This updated edition addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Windows of the Soul
My Journeys in the Muslim World
Written by Alexandra Avakian


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Focal Point
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0320-6 (1-4262-0320-9)

She lived and worked for two years in the Gaza strip, often in Islamic dress, once beaten bloody by Hamas. For several terrifying days in Somalia she was pinned down by sniper fire on the way to her hotel. She careened across the snowy Tien-Shen Mountains with Islamic fundamentalists in an... Read more >

The Flight of the Intellectuals

Written by Paul Berman


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-98-1 (1-935554-98-0)

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie–and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into an entire social class”–an ever-growing group of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, especially critics from Muslim backgrounds, who survive only... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Flight of the Intellectuals
The Controversy Over Islamism and the Press
Written by Paul Berman


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-44-8 (1-935554-44-1)

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie–and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into an entire social class”–an ever-growing group of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, especially critics from Muslim backgrounds, who survive only... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Warriors of God
Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel
Written by Nicholas Blanford


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6836-4 (1-4000-6836-3)

Hezbollah is the most powerful Islamist group operating in the Middle East today, and no other Western journalist has penetrated as deeply inside this secretive organization as Nicholas Blanford. With Warriors and God, Blanford has written the first comprehensive inside account of Hezbollah and its enduring struggle against Israel.

Based on... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Hamas
From Resistance to Government
Written by Paola Caridi
Translated by Andrea Teti


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-382-7 (1-60980-382-5)

A nuanced history, through the eyes of the people involved, of one of the most controversial political movements in the world.

The Palestinian elections of 2006 changed modern Middle Eastern history–as well as changing the perception of the Israel/Palestine conflict around the world. How, Westerners asked, could a secular people elect a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paradise Beneath Her Feet
How Women Are Transforming the Middle East
Written by Isobel Coleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7855-1 (0-8129-7855-2)

“Outstanding . . . [Isobel Coleman] takes us into remote villages and urban bureaucracies to find the brave men and women working to create change in the Middle East.”—Los Angeles Times

In this timely and important book, Isobel Coleman shows how Muslim women and men across the Middle East are working within... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Paradise Beneath Her Feet
How Women Are Transforming the Middle East
Written by Isobel Coleman


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6695-7 (1-4000-6695-6)

Over the centuries and throughout the world, women have struggled for equality and basic rights. Their challenge in the Middle East has been intensified by the rise of a political Islam that too often condemns women’s empowerment as Western cultural imperialism or, worse, anti-Islamic. In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Isobel Coleman... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Struggle for Iran

Written by Christopher de Bellaigue


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: May 22, 2007
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-238-4 (1-59017-238-8)

Who rules Iran, and how secure is their grip on a young and restless society? How should the world respond to allegations that the Islamic Republic is building nuclear weapons and supporting terrorists?

Christopher de Bellaigue traces Iran’s political upheavals since the early 1990s, from the failures of the reformist efforts... Read more >

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Burnt Bread and Chutney
Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood
Written by Carmit Delman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: September 30, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44594-0 (0-345-44594-5)

**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

Contributing her own unique story to the growing genre of bi-cultural narratives (which includes Marie Arana’s critically-acclaimed American Chica) Carmit Delman has written a coming-of-age memoir that explores the life of an Indian Jewish girl... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Crusader
A Novel
Written by Michael Alexander Eisner


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72141-7 (0-385-72141-2)

A knight possessed by demons, an ambitious monk skilled in exorcism, and a bloody Crusade that ends in a terrible siege lie at the heart of Michael Alexander Eisner’s action-packed medieval adventure of Christian warriors and Muslim infidels in the Holy Land.

Francisco de Montcada, the young Spanish heir to a vast... Read more >

Beirut, I Love You
A Memoir
Written by Zena el Khalil


Format: eBook, 218 pages
Publisher: NYRB LIT
On Sale: October 16, 2012
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-59017-649-8 (1-59017-649-9)

Zena el Khalil, a young Beirut-based female artist, writer, and activist who had an unconventional but worldly upbringing growing up in Lagos, Nigeria and attending art school in New York, returns after 9/11 to her familial home of Beirut and its mountains, beaches, food, music and drugs. Beirut, I Love You... Read more >

The Battle for Egypt

Written by Yasmine El Rashidi
Preface by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: eBook, 69 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: May 17, 2011
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-1-59017-514-9 (1-59017-514-X)

In a series of riveting dispatches, Cairo native Yasmine El Rashidi provides an eyewitness account of the entire 2011 Egyptian Revolution as it unfolded, from its origins in the days leading up to the first January 25 protest in Tahrir Square through the violent confrontations with the regime and the fall... Read more >

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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Written by Edward Erickson


Format: Trade Paperback, 53 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-590-1 (1-78096-590-7)

Mustafa Kemal was one of the 20th century’s greatest combat commanders. Winston Churchill labeled him as a ‘Man of Destiny’, his service at Gallipoli and in the War of Independence were pivotal in the success of Turkish armies. Moreover, after leading the Nationalist army to victory and establishing the modern Turkish... Read more >

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The Force of Reason

Written by Oriana Fallaci


Format: Hardcover, 290 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: March 7, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-2753-4 (0-8478-2753-4)

Oriana Fallaci is back with her much-anticipated follow up to The Rage and the Pride, her powerful post-September 11 manifesto. The genesis for The Force of Reason was a postscript entitled Due Anni Dopo (Two Years Later), which was intended as a brief appendix to the thirtieth edition of The Rage... Read more >

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Daughter of Persia
A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution
Written by Sattareh Farman Farmaian and Dona Munker


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 27, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-33974-4 (0-307-33974-2)

The fifteenth of thirty-six children, Sattareh Farman Farmaian was born in Iran in 1921 to a wealthy and powerful shazdeh, or prince, and spent a happy childhood in her father’s Tehran harem. Inspired and empowered by his ardent belief in education, she defied tradition by traveling alone at the age of... 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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Al Qaeda Reader
The Essential Texts of Osama Bin Laden's Terrorist Organization
Edited by Raymond Ibrahim


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 7, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2262-3 (0-7679-2262-X)

What do our enemies believe?  What motivates their war against the West?  What is their vision of the ideal Islamic society?  Surprisingly, more than five years after 9/11, there is very little understanding of these questions. 

Despite our tendency to dismiss Islamic extremism as profoundly irrational, al-Qaeda is not without a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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