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This bibliography was made possible in part by grants from the Culpepper Foundation in the Spring of 1988, and the Critical Languages and Area Studies Consortium in 1992. Some works appear in more than one category. Annotations in red are included. Some entries contain links to other parts of the History of the Middle East Database.

Thanks to my Northfield Mount Hermon School colleague Richard Schwingel and also to colleagues at the International Academic Partnership at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts especially Peter Drench and the Aga Khan Education Service worldwide.

* indicates highly recommended.

 

 

 
 

 

General History, Geography, Political Science, Culture

Dionisius A. Agius.Seafaring in the Arabian Gulf and Oman: The People of the Dhow. London: Kegan Paul, 2005.

Akbar S. Ahmed.Making Sense of Muslim History and Society. New York: Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd., 1988.

Taner Akçam. A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility. New York: Metropolitan, 2006.

Ammiel Alcalay. After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1990.

Abdulaziz bin Khalid Alsudairy et al.Five War Zones: The Views of Local Military Leaders. Washington, D.C.: Pergamon-Brassey's International Defense Publishers, 1986.

*George Antonius.The Arab Awakening:  The Story of the Arab National Movement. Beirut:  Khayats, 1938. Some regard this book as the one that inaugurated the discipline of Middle East Studies; contains the most complete collection of the Husayn-McMahon correspondence in print. 

Richard T. Antoun.Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Movements. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001.

Hanna Batatu. The Egyptian, Syrian, and Iraqi Revolutions:  Some Observances on Their Underlying Causes and Social Character. Washington, D.C.:  Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1983.

Daniel Bates and Amal Rassam. Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1983.

David Blundy and Andrew Lycett. Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1987. 

H.W. Brands. Into the Labyrinth: The United States and the Middle East, 1945-1993. New York: McGraw Hill, 1994.

Donna Lee Brown and Evelyn A. Early (eds.). Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East. Bloomington, IN:  Indiana University Press, 1993.

Richard Bulliet. The Camel and the Wheel. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1975.

Nikshoy C. Chatterji. A History of the Modern Middle East. New York: Envoy Press, 1987.

*William L. Cleveland. A History of the Modern Middle East, third edition. Boulder, CO:  Westview Press, 2004. Superb history text.

Adeed Dawisha. Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century:  From Triumph to Despair. Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press, 2003.

Suraiya Faroqhi. The Ottoman Empire and the World Around It. New York: I.B. Taurus, 2004.

Suraiya Faroqhi. Subjects of the Sultan: Culture and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire, second edition. New York: I.B. Taurus, 2005.

*Elizabeth and Robert Fernea, The Arab World: Personal Encounters New York: Doubleday, 1985

Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, Guests of the Sheikh: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village New York: Doubleday, 1965

Sidney Nettleton Fisher, The Middle East: A History, third edition New York: Knopf, 1978

*David Fromkin, A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East New York: Henry Holt, 1989

*Deborah J. Gerner ed., Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, second edition Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003 Superb introductory text.  Has worked well with secondary school students. 

*Arthur Goldschmidt, Jr. and Lawrence Davidson, A Concise History of the Middle East, eighth edition Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2005 A classic text: thorough, readable.  A standard text in our secondary school for years. 

Sidney H. Griffith, The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam Princeton University Press, 2007

John S. Guest, The Yezidis: A Study in Survival London and New York: Kegan Paul International, 1987

Fred Halliday, Nation and Religion in the Middle East Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner, 2000

The World at 2000:  Perils and Promises New York:  Palgrave, 2001

Lillian Craig Harris, Libya: Qadhafi's Revolution and the Modern State Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1986

*Philip Hitti, History of the Arabs from the Earliest Times to the Present, 10th edition New York: St. Martin's Press, 1970 Superb, thorough.

Tony Horwitz, Baghdad Without a Map and other Misadventures in Arabia New York: Plume Books, 1991 Good introductory text for students. Study Guide

*Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991

Said Eddin Ibrahim, The New Arab Social Order Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1982

James Jankowski and Stephen H. Longrigg, The Middle East: A Social Geography Chicago: Aldine, 1970

Hugh Kennedy, The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In New York: Da Capo Press, 2007

*Gilles Kepel, Bad Moon Rising: A Chronicle of the Middle East Today, trans. by Pascal Ghazaleh London: Saqi Books, 2003 Superb, readable, by one of the field's leading scholars.  An excellent introductory text for secondary level students and a principal source for the Islamic Middle East course. Study Guide

Charles King, The Black Sea: A History New York: Oxford University Press, 2004

David Lamb, The Arabs New York: Random House, 1987

T. E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1935

Bernard Lewis, The Arabs in History, 2nd rev. ed. New York: Harper and Row, 1967

    The Shaping of the Modern Middle East, New York: Oxford University Press, 1994

    From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East New York: Oxford University Press, 2004

William Roger Louis, The British Empire in the Middle East, 1945-1951 Oxford: Clarendon, 1984

Kanan Makiya Samir al-Khalili, Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World New York: W.W. Norton, 1993

*Amin Maalouf, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, trans. by Jon Rothschild Schocken Books, New York, 1984

M.A. Mannan, Islamic Economics: Theory and Practice Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1986

*Abraham Marcus, The Middle East on the Eve of Modernity: Aleppo in the Eighteenth Century New York: Columbia University Press, 1989 Vivid portrait of day to day life in a late Ottoman period city. 

Maria Rosa Menocal, The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain New York:  Little, Brown and Company, 2002

*Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac, Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East. New York: Norton, 2008

Hugh Miles, Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That is Challenging the West New York: Grove, 2005

Matti Moosa, The Maronites in History Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1986

Ted Morgan, My Battle of Algiers: A Memoir New York: Harper Collins, 2005

V.S. Naipaul, Among the Believers New York: Random House, 1982

*Margaret K. Nydell, Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Westerners Yarmouth, ME: International Press, Inc., 1987 Very useful source for Arab manners, customs, etiquette.

Amal Obeidi, Political Culture in Libya Curzon Press, 2001

Michael B. Oren, Power, Faith, and Fanstasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present New York: Norton, 2007

Richard Parker, Uncle Sam in Barbary: A Diplomatic History Gainesville:  University of Florida Press, 2004

*Robert P. Pearson and Leon E. Clark, Through Middle Eastern Eyes, Third Revised Edition New York: CITE Books, 1993 Superb text for secondary level students.

Rudolf Peters, Islam and Colonialism: The Doctrine of Jihad in Modern History Hawthorne, NY: Mouton de Gruyter, 1984

William R. Polk, The Arab World Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1980

William B. Quandt, The Middle East: Ten Years After Camp David Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institute, 1988

*Ahmed Rashid, Taliban New Haven, CT:  Yale University Press, 2001

Maxime Rodinson. Islam and Capitalism, trans. by Brian Pierce. New York: Pantheon Books, 1974.

Olivier Roy. The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East, trans. by Ros Schwartz. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.

Muhammad Rumaihi, Beyond Oil: Unity and Development in the Gulf, trans. by James Dickens Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1986

Nadaf Safran, Saudi Arabia: The Ceaseless Quest for Security Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1985

*Patrick Seale, Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988 The best biography of Asad; also an excellent general source on the region in the '70s and '80s.

Viola Shafik, Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2007

Milton Viorst, Sandcastles: The Arabs in Search of the Modern World New York: Knopf, 1994

Malcolm Wagstaff, The Middle East: A Geographical Study New York, 1976

Samuel F. Wells and Mark Bruzonsky eds., Security in the Middle East: Regional Change and Great Power Strategies Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1987

Robin Wright, Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East New York: Penguin Press, 2008

Dirk Vandewalle, A History of Modern Libya Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006

*Karl Yambert ed., The Contemporary Middle East: A Westview Reader Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2006

Zeine N. Zeine, The Emergence of Arab Nationalism Beirut: Khayat's, 1966

 

The 1967 Arab-Israeli War

Ami Gluska, The Decisive Meeting in Planning the 1967 War London: Taylor and Francis, 2006

*Michael B. Oren, Six Days of War:  June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East New York:  Ballantine Books, 2003 Best book on '67 war; gripping.

Ilan Pappe, Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-1951 New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1988

Tom Segev, 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East New York: Metropolitan, 2007

Avi Shlaim, Collusion Across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine New York: Columbia University Press, 1988

 

 

Women in the Muslim World

Leila Ahmed, Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1992

Soraya Altorki, Women in the Field Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Univ. Press, 1988

        Women in Saudi Arabia, Cairo: American Univ. Cairo Press, 1986

*Nayra Atiya, Khul-Khaal: Five Egyptian Women Tell Their Stories Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1982 Works well with secondary level students.

Nicholas Awde, ed., Women in Islam:  An Anthology From the Qur'an and Hadiths New York:  St. Martin's Press, 2000

Margot Badran, Feminists, Islam, and Nation: Gender and the Making of Modern Egypt Princeton University Press, 1996

Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 1990

Beth Baron, The Women’s Awakening in Egypt: Culture, Society, and the Press New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1994

Lois Beck and Nikki Keddie eds., Women in the Muslim World Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1978

Herbert L. Bodman and Nayereh Tohidi, eds., Women in Muslim Societies:  Diversity Within Unity Boulder:  Lynne Rienner, 1998

Laurie A. Brand, Women, the State, and Political Liberalization: Middle Eastern and North African Experiences New York:  Columbia University Press, 1998

Evelyn Early, Baladi Women of Cairo:  Playing with an Egg and a Stone Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner, 1993

Halah Esfandiari, Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution Washington, D.C.:  Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1997

John Esposito and Yvonne Haddad eds., The Daughters of Abraham:  Feminist Thought in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Gainesville, FL:  The University of Florida Press, 2001

*Elizabeth Fernea and B.Q. Bezirgan, eds., Middle Eastern Muslim Women Speak Austin: University of Texas Press, 1977

Elizabeth Warnock Fernea ed, Women and the Family in the Middle East Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985

In Search of Islamic Feminism:  One Woman's Global Journey New York:  Doubleday, 1998

Erika Friedl,  Women of Deh Koh : Lives in an Iranian Village Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian, 1989

Monique Gadant ed., Women of the Mediterranean London: Zed Press, 1986

S. D. Goitein, Mediterranean Society London: Zed Press, 1986

Jan Goodwin, Price of Honor : Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Muslim World Boston:  Little, Brown, 1994

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and John L. Esposito, eds., Islam, Gender, and Social Change New York:  Oxford University Press, 1998

Lesley Hazelton, Israeli Women New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978

Azizah al-Hibri, ed., Women and Islam New York:  Pergamon, 1982

R. S. Hossain, Sultana's Dream and Selections from the Secluded Ones Feminist Press, 1998

Courtney W. Howland, Religious Fundamentalism and the Human Rights of Women New York: Palgrave, 2001

International Conference on Islamic Laws and Women in the Modern World:  Islamabad, December 22-23, 1996 Islamabad: Giant Forum  ISBN:  969-8414-00-2

Hifaa Jawad, The Rights of Women in Islam New York:  St. Martin's Press, 1998

Nikki Keddie, Women in Middle East History: Shifting Boundaries on Sex and Gender New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1992

Nikki Keddie, Women in the Middle East: Past and Present Princeton University Press, 2006

Soha Abdel Kader, Egyptian Women in a Changing Society, 1899-1987 Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner, 1987

Loolwa Khazzoom ed., The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage New York: Seal Press, 2003

Arlene Macleod, Accommodating Protest: Working Women, the New Veiling, and Change in Cairo Boulder, CO: Univ. Colorado Press, 1990

*Fatima Mernissi, Beyond the Veil, revised edition Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press, 1987

The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam, trans. by Mary Jo Lakeland New York: Addison-Wesley, 1987

        Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World, trans. by Mary Jo Lakeland New York: Addison-Wesley, 1992

Mona Mikhail, Images of Arab Women Washington, D.C.: Three Continents, 1990

Naila Minai, Women in Islam: Tradition and Transition in the Middle East New York: Seaview, 1981

Guity Nashat, ed., Women and Revolution in Iran Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1983

Parvin Paidar, Women and the Political Process in Twentieth Century Iran Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1995

Nuha al-Radi, Baghdad Diaries: A Woman's Chronicle of War and Exile New York: Vintage Books, 2003

Anne-Sofie Roald, Women in Islam: The Western Experience Toronto: Routledge, 2001

Ruth Roded, Women in Islam and the Middle East:  A Reader New York:  I.B. Taurus, 1999

*Andrea Rugh, Family in Contemporary Egypt Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Univ. Press, 1984 Vivid, readable anthropological portraits.  An important research text.

Suha Sabbagh ed., Arab Women:  Between Defiance and Restraint New York:  Olive Branch Press, 1992

*Nawal El-Saddawi, The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World, Boston: Beacon Press, 1982

Jean Sasson, Princess:  A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia New York:  Morrow, 1992

Joan Wallach Scott, Politics of the Veil Princeton University Press, 2007

Boutheina Shaaban, Both Right and Left Handed: Arab Women Talk About Their Lives Bloomington, IN: Univ. Indiana Press, 1991

Huda Shaarawi, Harem Years New York: Feminist Press, 1987

Faegheh Shirazi, The Veil Unveiled:  The Hijab in Modern Culture Gainesville:  The University of Florida Press, 2000

Philippa Strum, The Women are Marching:  The Second Sex and the Palestinian Revolution Chicago:  Lawrence Hill Books, 1992

Sirin Tekeli ed., Women in Modern Turkish Society London:  Zed Books, 1995

Judith Tucker, Women in 19th Century Egypt, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985

 

Islam - general

Hammudah Abdalati, Islam in Focus Islamic Teaching Center, Library of Congress Catalog No. 75-4382

Akbar S. Ahmed, Islam Today:  A Short Introduction to the Muslim World London:  I.B. Taurus, 1999

Arthur J. Arberry, The Doctrine of the Sufis Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977

Karen Armstrong, Islam:  A Short History New York: Modern Library, 2000

*Reza Aslan, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam New York: Random House, 2005 A principal text in our Islamic Middle East course since 2006. This is the best introductory book on Islam we have yet seen. Beautifully written. Works extremely well with secondary school students. Study Guide

Julian Baldick, Mystical Islam: An Introduction to Sufism, New York: NYU Press, 1989, ISBN 0-8147-1138-3

*M. Cherif Bassiouni, Introduction to Islam Chicago: Rand McNally, 1988 Beautifully illustrated, concise.

*Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair, Islam:  A Thousand Years of Faith and Power New Haven, CT:  Yale University Press, 2002

Richard W. Bulliet, Islam:  The View from the Edge New York:  Columbia University Press, 1994

*The Cambridge History of Islam, two vols., P.M. Holt, Ann K. S. Lambton, and Bernard Lewis, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1977

*Kenneth Cragg, The Call of the Minaret New York: Oxford University Press, 1956

Kenneth Cragg and Marston Speight, Islam From Within: Anthology of a Religion Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1980

J.T.P. De Bruijn, Persian Sufi Poetry: An Introduction to the Mystical Use of Classical Persian Poems Richard, Surrey:  Curzon, 1997

Natana DeLong-Bas, Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2004 -- A sympathetic portrait of the Wahhabis.

Frederick Denny, An Introduction to Islam, second edition New York: MacMillan, 1994

Emile Dermenghem, Muhammad and the Islamic Tradition, trans. by Jean Watt Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, 1981

Gerhard Endress, An Introduction to Islam New York: Columbia University Press, 1988

Carl Ernst, Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2003

*John Esposito, Islam in Asia New York: Oxford, 1987

    *Islam: The Straight Path, Third Edition New York: Oxford, 1998 We have used this book as a main text with secondary students for many years. Gets good reviews from Muslims.  

*John Esposito ed.. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World , four vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995

*John Esposito ed., The Oxford History of Islam New York:  Oxford University Press, 2000

Ismail and Lois Lamya Al Faruqi, The Cultural Atlas of Islam New York: Macmillan, 1986

Shems Friedlander, When You Hear Hoofbeats Think of a Zebra New York: Harper and Row, 1987

Clifford Geertz, Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968

Ahmad Ghazalli, Sawanih: Inspirations from the World of Pure Spirits, translated by Nasrollah Purjavady New York: Methuen Books, 1986

*H.A.R. Gibb ed, Encyclopedia of Islam Leiden: E.J. Brill, 196O

Cyril Glassé, Concise Encyclopedia of Islam, Revised Edition Lanham, MD: Altimira Press, 2001

Philip Hitti, Islam: A Way of Life Chicago: Regnery Gateway, 197O

*Marshall Hodgson, The Venture of Islam, 3 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974

Najla M. Abu-Izzedin, The Druzes: A New Study of Their History, Faith, and Society Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1984

G. H. Jansen, Militant Islam New York: Harper and Row, 1979

Zachary Karabell, Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007

Nikkie R. Keddie, ed., Scholars, Saints, and Sufis: Muslim Religious Institutions in the Middle East Since 15OO Berkeley: The University of California Press, 1972

Fuad I. Khuri, Being a Druze London: Druze Heritage Foundation, 2004

Charles Kurzman, ed., Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook New York, Oxford University Press, 1998

*Ira Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies, second edition Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2002 Superb research text, comprehensive, global in scope. 

Nehemiah Levtzion and Randall L. Pouwels eds., The History of Islam in Africa Athens, OH:  Ohio University Press, 2000

Bernard Lewis, Islam in History: Ideas, Men, and Events in the Middle East London: Alcove Press, 1973

Islam and the Arab World, ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1976

    *The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror New York: Modern Library, 2003 Works well as a secondary level introductory text on Islam.  One of the best summaries of the history  of the concept of jihad in print chapter 2, "The House of War". Study Guide

Muhammad Jawad Maghniyya, Taharah Ritual Purity, Salat Prayer, Fasting and Zakat Alms, The Hajj, Divorce, Inheritance, Waqf a form of gift such as an endowment or foundation, Hajr Legal Disability, Wasaya will/bequest According to the Five Schools of Islamic Law, vols. 1-8 Tehran: Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, 1997

Richard Martin, Islam: A Cultural Perspective Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1982 I used this book as a main text with secondary students for several years; especially good on Islamic philosophy.

*Roy Mottahedeh, The Mantle of the Prophet:  Religion and Politics in Iran New York:  Pantheon Books, 1985 Beautifully written; still perhaps the best source on religion in Iran.

Moojan Momen, An Introduction to Sh'i Islam: The History and Doctrines of Twelver Shi'ism New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985

Mehdi Mozaffari, Authority in Islam from Muhammad to Khomeni New York, Armonk Books, 1987

Amir al-Mu'minin, Supplications, translated by William C. Chittick New York: Methuen Books, 1987

Yitzhak Nakash, Reaching for Power: The Shi'a in the Modern Arab World Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006

Azim A. Nanji, ed., The Muslim Almanac:  A Reference Work on the History, Faith, Culture, and People of Islam New York:  Gale Research, 1996

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Traditional Islam in the Modern World New York: Methuen Books, 1987

Islamic Life and Thought Albany: SUNY Press, 1985 Albany: SUNY Press, 1985

Sufi Essays Albany: SUNY Press, 1972

Vali Nasr, The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future New York: Nortion, 2006

Ian Richard Netton, A Popular Dictionary of Islam Surrey: Curzon, 1992

F. E. Peters, Allah's Commonwealth: A History of Islam in the Near East, 600 - 1000 A.D. New York: New York University Press, 1973

The Hajj:  The Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Holy Places Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 1994

        Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: The Classical Texts and Their Interpretation Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990 ISBN 07356-2

Ali Rahnema ed., Pioneers of Islamic Revival Atlantic Highlands, NJ:  Zed Books, 1994 Excellent student research text on major figures Afghani, Abduh, al-Banna, Qutb, Mawdudi, Khomeini, al-Sadr, Shariati.

Tariq Ramadan, In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad New York: Oxford University Press, 2007 Ramadan, grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, is a controversial figure who says he favors the moderate accommodation of Islam with the West and tolerance for all religions; however, he has been accused of ambiguities on such matters as the stoning of adulterers and terror. more on Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam New York: Oxford University Press, 2003

*John Renard, Seven Doors to Islam Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996

Renard ed., Windows on the House of Islam:  Muslim Sources on Spirituality and Religious Life Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1998

*Fazlur Rahman, Islam Chicago: Chicago Univ. Press, 1979

D.S. Roberts, Islam: A Concise Introduction New York: Harper and Row, 1981

Francis Robinson, ed., Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World London:  Cambridge University Press, 1996

Andrew Rippin, Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices Toronto: Routledge, 2000

*Maxime Rodinson, Europe and the Mystique of Islam, trans. by Roger Veinus Seattle:  University of Washington Press, 1987

Barnaby Rogerson, The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad and the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism Boston: Little, Brown, 2006

Malise Ruthven, Islam in the World New York: Oxford University Press, 1984

Islam:  A Very Short Introduction New York:  Oxford University Press, 1997

John J. Saunders, A History of Medieval Islam New York: Barnes and Noble, 1965

Joseph Schacht and C.E. Bosworth, eds., The Legacy of Islam, 2nd edition Oxford: The Clarenden Press, 1979

Annemarie Schimmel, As Through a Veil: Mystical Poetry in Islam Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987 ISBN 0-231-05247-2

Islam:  An Introduction Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1992

        Mystical Dimensions of Islam Chapel Hill, N.C.: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1975

Yvonne Seng, Men in Black Dresses: A Quest for the Future Among Wisdom Makers of the Middle East New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003

Idries Shah, The Sufis Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1964

Jane I. Smith, Islam in America New York: Columbia University Press, 1999

Wilfred Cantwell Smith, On Understanding Islam: Selected Studies Hawthorne, N.Y.: Mouton de Gruyter, 1984

J. Spencer Trimingham, The Sufi Orders in Islam New York:  Oxford University Press, 1998

John Voll, Islam:  Continuity and Change in the Modern World, second edition Syracuse, NY:  Syracuse University Press, 1994

William Montgomery Watt, A History of Islam in Spain Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 1965

A Short History of Islam Oxford:  One World, 1996

Richard V. Weekes, ed., Muslim People: A World Ethnographic Survey, Westport Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1978

John Alden Williams, ed., The Word of Islam Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994

Michael Wolfe, ed., One Thousand Roads to Mecca:  Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing About the Muslim Pilgrimage New York:  Grove Press, 1997

The Hajj:  An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca New York:  Grove Press, 1998

 

The Qur'an, Hadith, Life of Muhammad

The Holy Qur'an, trans. by A. Yusef Ali Brentwood, Maryland: Amana Corporation, 1989 -- available free, see Arab World Notebook, p. 14.

Maulana Muhammad Ali, A Manual of Hadith New York: Olive Branch Press, 1977

Tor Andrae, Muhammad, The Man and His Faith New York: Ayer Co., 1960

Arberry, The Holy Koran New York: Macmillan, 1964

Kenneth Cragg, The Event of the Qur'an London: George Allen and Unwin, 1971

The Mind of the Qur'an London: George Allen and Unwin, 1973

    Readings in the Qur'an Collins, 1988 and 1995

Farid Esack, The Qur'an: A Short Introduction Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2002

Shems Friedlander, Submission: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad New York: Harper and Row, 1977

*Helmut Gatje, The Qur'an and its Exegesis Los Angeles, 1976

A. Guillaume, The Life of Muhammad New York, 1970

Muslim-Christian Research Group, The Bible and the Qur'an, trans. by Stuart Brown Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1989

Mustansir Mir, Dictionary of Quranic Terms and Concepts New York: Garland, 1987

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Muhammad: Man of Allah London: Muhammadi Trust, 1982

Christina Nelson, The Art of Reciting the Qur'an Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985

Javad Nurbakhsh, Traditions of the Prophet New York: Khaniqahi-Nimatullahi Publications, 1981

*Fazlur Rahman, Major Themes of the Qur'an, second edition Minneapolis:  Bibliotheca Islamica, 1994

*Michael Sells translation and commentary, Approaching the Qur'an:  The Early Revelations Ashland, OR:  White Cloud Press,  1999 Superb introduction; includes compact disc containing recitations of texts. 

William Montgomery Watt, Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman London: Oxford University Press, 1961

John Wansbrough, Quranic Studies: Sources and Methods of Scriptural Interpretation Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 1977 and 2004 This is a controversial book which argues that Islam was originally a Judeo-Christian sect that did not begin to think of itself as a distinct religion until the end of the eighth century.

Alford Welch ed., Studies in Qur'an and Tafsir, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, thematic Issue, American Academy of Religion, 1980 available through Scholars Press, Ithaca, New York

Xend Industries, The Attributes of Divine Perfection Jidda, Saudi Arabia: Xend Industries, Ltd.,1989

 

Islamic Philosophy, Science, Culture

A.J. Arberry, Arabic Poetry: A Primer for Students Cambridge, 1965

Ali S. Asani, Ecstasy and Enlightenment:  The Ismaili Devotional Literature of South Asia London:  Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2002

L. Carl Brown ed., From Madina to Metropolis Princeton N.J.: Darwin Press, 1973

Mawil Izzi Dien, The Environmental Dimensions of Islam London:  Lutterworth Press, 2000

Majid Fakhry, A History of Islamic Philosophy, revised edition New York: Columbia University Press, 1982

*John R. Hayes ed, The Genius of Arab Civilization Cairo: American University of Cairo Press, 1983 Originally published by MIT Press in the USA and Westerham Press in the United Kingdom.

Robert Hefner and Muhammad Qasim Zaman eds., Schooling Islam: The Culture and Politics of Modern Muslim Education Princeton University Press, 2007

A. Hourani and S. M. Stern eds., The Islamic City New York: Oxford, 1970

Hugh Kennedy, When Baghdad Ruled the World: The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty New York: Da Capo Press-Perseus Books, 2004

*Ira Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies, second edition Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2002 Superb research text, comprehensive, global in scope. 

Ira Lapidus ed, Middle Eastern Cities Berkeley and Los Angeles: Univ. of California International Studies, 1969

Muslim Cities in the Later Middle Ages Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1967

Oliver Leaman, A Brief Introduction to Islamic Philosophy Cambridge, U.K: Polity Press, 1999

Seyyed Hossain Nasr and Oliver Leaman eds., History of Islamic Philosophy Toronto: Routledege, 2001

F. Rosenthal, Ibn Khaldun: The Muqaddimah, 3 vols., 2nd edition Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1967

R.M. Savory, Introduction to Islamic Civilization New York: Cambridge University Press, 1976

Iran Under the Safavids Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980

Mian Muhammad Sharif ed, A History of Muslim Philosophy, 2 vols. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1963-1966

Gaston Wiet, Baghdad: Metropolis of the Abbasid Caliphate, trans. by Seymour Feiler Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1971

 

Islamic Art and Architecture

T. Arnold, Painting in Islam, 2nd edition New York: Oxford, 1965

Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Cairo of the Mamluks: A History of Architecture and Patronage Cairo: American Univeristy in Cairo Press, 2007

Wilfrid Blunt, Isfahan: Pearl of Persia New York: Stein and Day, 1966

K. A. C. Creswell, Bibliography of the Architecture, Arts, and Crafts of Islam Cairo: American Univ. of Cairo Press, 1961

The Muslim Architecture of Egypt Cairo, 1959

J.T.P. De Bruijn, Persian Sufi Poetry: An Introduction to the Mystical Use of Classical Persian Poems Richard, Surrey:  Curzon, 1997

*Holly Edwards, Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures:  Orientalism in America, 1870-1930 Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press and Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2000

R. Ettinghausen, Arab Painting Geneva, 1962

Hasan Fathy, Architecture for the Poor Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press, 1973

Oleg Grabar, The Formation of Islamic Art New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973

Ernest Grube, The World of Islam New York and Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1966

J. D. Hoag, Islamic Architecture New York: Rizzoli International, 1977

Renata Holod and Hasan-Uddin Khan, The Mosque and the Modern World:  Architects, Patrons, and Designs Since the 1950s London:  Thames and Hudson, 1997

Robert Irwin, Islamic Art London:  Lawrence King, 1997

*Nasser D. Khalili, Islamic Art and Culture: A Visual History New York: Overlook Press, 2006

Ernst Kuhnel, Islamic Art and Architecture, Katherine Watson, trans. London: G. Bell and Sons, Ltd., 1966

George Michell, ed., Architecture of the Islamic World:  Its History and Social Meaning London:  Thames and Hudson, 1995

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Islamic Art and Spirituality Albany, NY: SUNY Albany Press, 1987

Gülru Necipoglu, The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire Princeton University Press, 2005

A. Pope, Persian Architecture Ashiya, Japan: Personally Oriented, Ltd., 1976

David Talbot Rice, Islamic Art New York: Praeger, 1965

Annemarie Schimmel, Calligraphy and Islamic Culture, New York: NYU Press, 1984 ISBN 0-814-7830-5

H. Stierlin, Architecture of Islam New York: Van Nos Reinhold, 1980

Nicholas Warner, The Monuments of Historic Cairo Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2004

Paul Wheatley, The Places Where Men Pray Together:  Cities in Islamic Lands Seventh Through Tenth Centuries Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2001

Caroline Williams, Islamic Monuments in Cairo Cairo:  The American University in Cairo Press, 2002

 

Islam and Politics

M.J. Akbar, Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam and Christianity, revised second edition Toronto: Routledge, 2003

Ziad Abu-Amr, Islamic Fundamentalism in the West Bank and Gaza Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994

Fouad Ajami, The Vanished Imam:  Musa al-Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon Ithaca, NY:  Cornell University Press, 1986

*Karen Armstrong,  The Battle for God New York:  Ballantine Books, 2000

Raymond William Baker, Islam Without Fear:  Egypt and the New Islamists Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003

Phyllis Bennis and Michael Moushabeck, Beyond the Storm: A Gulf Crisis Reader Interlink, 1991

Michael Bonner, Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practice Princeton University Press, 2006

Benazir Bhutto. Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West. New York: Harper Collins, 2008.

Noam Chomsky, The Culture of Terrorism Boston: South End Press, 1988

Adeed Dawisha, The Arab Radicals New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1986

Hrair Dekmejian, Islam in Revolution: Fundamentalism in the Arab World Syracuse NY: Syracuse University Press, 1985

Faisal Devji, Landscapes of the Jihad Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005

*John Esposito, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? New York, Oxford, 1992

Unholy War:  Terror in the Name of Islam New York:  Oxford University Press, 2002

Noah Feldman, After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy New York:  Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2003

Fawaz A. Gerges, The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005

Peter Gottschalk and Gabriel Greenberg, Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy Rowman and Littlefield, 2007

John Gray, Al-Qaeda and What it Means to Be Modern The New Press, 2003

Mary Habeck, Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror New Haven, CT. and London: Yale University Press, 2006

Hassan Haddad and Donald Wagner eds., All in the Name of the Bible, Brattleboro, VT: Amana Books, 1986

Ahmad Nizar Hamzeh, In the Path of Hizbullah: Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2004

Mervyn Hiskett, The Sword of Truth:  The Life and Times of the Shehu Usuman dan Fodio Evanston, IL:  Northwestern University Press, 1973 More on this figure.

Raymond Ibrahim, The Al-Qaeda Reader New York: Doubleday, 2007

John Kelsay, Arguing the Just War in Islam Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007

Gilles Kepel, Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East. Belknap Press, 2008

*Gilles Kepel, Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam, trans. by Anthony F. Roberts  Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press at Harvard University Press, 2002 Works well as a text with secondary students although challenging; superb and thorough political analysis of militant Islamic movements. Study Guide

Gilles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli (eds.). Al-Qaeda in Its Own Words (trans. Pascale Ghazaleh). New York: Belknap Press, 2008.

Brynjar Lia, Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus'ab al-Suri New York: Columbia University Press, 2007

Abul A'la Mawdudi, Human Rights in Islam Leicester: The Islamic Foundation, 1976

Richard P. Mitchell, The Society of the Muslim Brothers New York: Oxford, 1969

Mansoor Moaddel and Kamran Talattof, eds., Contemporary Debates in Islam:  An Anthology of Modernist and Fundamentalist Thought New York:  St. Martin's Press, 2000

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr, The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: the Jama’at-i Islami of Pakistan Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994

*Rudolph Peters, Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam Princeton, NJ:  Marcus Wiener Publishers, 1996 One of the best research texts on jihad.

Tariq Ramadan, In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad New York: Oxford University Press, 2007 Ramadan is a controversial figure who says he favors the moderate accommodation of Islam with the West and tolerance for all religions; however, he has been accused of ambiguities on such matters as the stoning of adulterers and terror.

Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia New York: Yale Nota Bene, 2000

Jihad:  The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia New Haven: Yale University, Press, 2002

Louise Richardson, What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat New York: Random House, 2006

Olivier Roy, The Failure of Political Islam, trans. by Carol Volk Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998

Olivier Roy, Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah New York, Columbia University Press, 2004

Abdolaziz Sachedina, The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism New York: Oxford University Press, 2001

Ziauddin Sardor and Merryl Wyn Davies, eds., Faces of Islam:  Conversations on Contemporary Issues Kuala Lampur:  Berita Publishing, 1989

Ghulam Sarwar, ed., OIC:  Contemporary Issues in the Muslim World Rawalpindi: Friends, 1997

Stephen Schwartz, The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Saud from Tradition to Terror New York:  Doubleday, 2002

Joan Wallach Scott, Politics of the Veil Princeton University Press, 2007

Micah Sifry and Christopher Cerf eds. The Gulf War Reader New York: Random House, 1991

Emanuel Sivan, Radical Islam: Medieval Theology and Modern Politics New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1985

Amir Taheri, Holy Terror: Inside the World of Islamic Terrorism Bethesda, MD: Adler and Adler, 1987

*Bassam Tibi, The Challenge of Fundamentalism:  Political Islam and the New World Disorder Berkeley, CA:  University of California Press, 1998

John Obert Voll, Islam: Continuity and Change in the Modern World Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1982

*Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006

Robin Wright, Sacred Rage, revised ed., New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986

Fareed Zakaria, The Future of Freedom:  Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad New York:  Norton, 2003 -- See especially chapter four "The Islamic Exception",  pp. 119-159. 

 

Islam and the West

Akbar S. Ahmed, Islam Under Siege Cambridge:  Polity Press, 2003

Humayun Ansari, "The Infidel Within": Muslims in Britain Since 1800 London: C. Hurst and Company, 2004

John R. Bowen, Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space Princeton University Press, 2006

Fernand Braudel, Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, trans. Sian Reynolds New York: Harper and Row, 1984

Richard Bulliet, The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization New York: Columbia University Press, 2004

Stefano Carboni ed., Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797, an Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007

Roger Crowley, 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and The Clash of Islam and The West New York: Hyperion, 2005

*Norman Daniel, Islam and the West:   The Making of an Image Chatham, N.Y.: One World, 1993 Excellent research text; especially strong on anti-Muslim polemics in the Middle Ages.

Kristian Davies, The Orientalists: Western Artists in Arabia, the Sahara, Persia, and India New York: Laynfaroh, 2006

*Holly Edwards, Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures:   Orientalism in America, 1870-1930 Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press and Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2000

Jonathan Elukin, Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish-Christian Relations in the Middle Ages Princeton University Press, 2007

Richard Fletcher, The Cross and the Crescent:  Christianity and Islam from Muhammed to the Reformation New York:  Penguin, 2003

*Yvonne Yazbeck and Wadi Z. Haddad eds., Christian-Muslim Encounters Gainesville, FL:  University Press of Florida, 1995

Nelly Hanna, Making Big Money in 1600: The Life and Times of Isma'il Abu Taqiyya, Egyptian Merchant Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1998

Lee Harris, The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam's Threat to the Enlightenment Basic Books, 2007

Deborah Howard, Venice and the East New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000

*Rana Kabbani, Europe's Myths of the Orient Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1986

*Gilles Kepel, The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West New York: Belknap, 2004

Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong?:  Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response New York:  Oxford University Press, 2001

*The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror New York: Modern Library, 2003 Works well as a secondary level introductory text on Islam.  One of the best summaries of the history of the concept of jihad in print chapter 2, "The House of War". Study Guide

David Levering Lewis, Islam and the Making of Europe: 570-1215 New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2007

Rosamond E. Mack, Bazaar to Piazza: Islamic Trade and Italian Art, 1300-1600 Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002

Gerald MacLean ed., Re-Orienting the Renaissance: Cultural Exchanges with the East New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

*Timothy Mitchell, Colonising Egypt New York:  Cambridge University Press, 1988

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, What's Right With Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West New York: Harper Collins, 2004

*Edward Said, Orientalism New York:   Vintage Books, 1979

Covering Islam New York: Pantheon Books, 1981

    Reflections on Exile and Other Essays Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 2000

Paul M. Sniderman and Louk Hagendoorn, When Ways of Life Collide: Multiculturalism and its Discontents in the Netherlands Princeton University Press, 2007

W. Montgomery Watt, The Influence of Islam on Medieval Europe Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press,1972

Andrew Wheatcroft, The Conflict Between Christendom and Islam 638-2002 New York:  Viking, 2003

Andrew Wheatcroft, The Enemy at the Gate: Hapsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe. New York: Basic Books, 2009

 

Works Critical of Islam

Khaled M. Abou el-Fadl, The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam From the Extremists San Francisco: Harper, 2005

Akbar S. Ahmed, Islam Under Siege Cambridge, England: Polity Press, 2003

Fouad Ajami, The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey  New York: Pantheon, 1998

Efraim Karsh, Islamic Imperialism: A History New Haven, Yale University Press, 2006

Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong?:  Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response New York:  Oxford University Press, 2001

*The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror New York: Modern Library, 2003 Study Guide

Irshad Manji, The Trouble With Islam Today New York: St. Martin's, 2003

Ziauddin Sardar, Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Skeptical Muslim London: Granta Books, 2004

Islamic Futures: The Shape of Ideas to Come London: Mansell, 1985

Stephen Schwartz, The Two Faces of Islam:  The House of Sa'ud From Tradition to Terror New York: Doubleday, 2002

Ibn Warraq, Why I am not a Muslim Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1995

 

Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Anthony Arnold, Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion in Perspective, 2nd edition Stanford: Hoover Institution, 1985

Benazir Bhutto. Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West. New York: Harper Collins, 2008.

Stephen Philip Cohen, The Idea of Pakistan Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2004

Sarah Chayes, The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban New York: Penguin, 2006

Steve Coll, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 New York: Penguin, 2004

James F. Dobbins, After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan. Potomac Books, 2008

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner New York: Riverhead Books, 2003 This novel would make an excellent introductory text for a study of the history of Muslim societies in Central and East Asia.

*Zahid Hussain, Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle With Militant Islam New York: Columbia University Press, 2007

Robert D. Kaplan, Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan New York: Vintage Books, 2001

Yasmin Khan, The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007

Ben Macintyre, The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2004 About Josiah Harlan, the Pennsylvania Quaker whose ambitions inspired Kipling's great story.

Pervez Musharraf, In the Line of Fire: A Memoir New York: Free Press, 2007

Shuja Nawaz, Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the War Within (New York: Oxford, 2008)

Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. New York: Viking, 2009

*Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia New York: Yale Nota Bene, 2000

*Jihad:  The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia New Haven: Yale University, Press, 2002

 

Egypt

*Richard Adams, Development and Social Change in Rural Egypt Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1986 A penetrating participant-observation study of agricultural village life.

Galal Amin, Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?: Changes to Egyptian Society from 1950 to the Present Cairo and New York: American University in Cairo Press: 2000

Alaa al-Aswany, The Yacoubian Building, trans. by Humphrey Davies Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2004 -- A novel. Good warmup material for a class on modern Egypt or the Middle East.

*Henry Ayrout, The Egyptian Peasant, new edition Boston: Beacon Press, 1963

Raymond William Baker, Islam Without Fear:  Egypt and the New Islamists Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003

Kirk J. Beattie, Egypt During the Sadat Years New York: Palgrave Press, 2000

Ray Bush, Economic Crisis and the Politics of Reform in Egypt Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999

Juan R.I. Cole, Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt’s Urabi Movement Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993

Juan Cole, Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East New York: St. Martin's Press, 2007

Virginia Danielson, The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song, and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997

Khaled Fahmy, All the Pasha’s Men: Mehmed Ali, His Army and the Making of Modern Egypt Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997

Arthur Goldschmidt, Modern Egypt:  The Formation of a Nation-State Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1988

Biographical Dictionary of Modern Egypt Boulder:  Lynne Rienner, 2000

Taha Hussein, An Egyptian Childhood Washington, D.C.: Three Continents, 1980

Christiana Phelps Harris, Nationalism and Revolution in Egypt The Hague, 1964

Derek Hopwood, Egypt: Politics and Society 1945-1984, second edition, Boston: Allen and Unwin, 1985

Jill Kamil, Coptic Egypt Cairo: American University of Cairo Press, 1987 ISBN 977-424-104-5

*Gilles Kepel, Muslim Extremism in Egypt:  The Prophet and the Pharaoh, trans. by Jon Rothschild Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1984

Wladyslaw B. Kubiak, Al-Fustat: Its Foundation and Early Urban Development Cairo: American Univ. Cairo Press, 1987

Jean and Simonne Lacoutre, Egypt in Transition London:  Methuen and Co., Ltd.,1958

Otto F. A. Meinardus, Monks and Monasteries of the Egyptian Deserts Cairo: AUC Press, 1989 ISBN 977-424-188-6

Richard P. Mitchell, The Society of the Muslim Brothers London:  Oxford University Press, 1969

*Timothy Mitchell, Colonising Egypt New York:  Cambridge University Press, 1988

Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2002

Viola Shafik, Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class, and Nation Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2007

*Desmond Stewart, Great Cairo: Mother of the World Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 1981

*Afaf Lutfi al-Sayyid-Marsot, Egypt's Liberal Experiment:  1922-1936 Berkeley:   University of California Press, 1977

P.J. Vatikiotis, The History of Egypt, third edition Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1986

John Waterbury, Egypt: Burdens of the Past, Options for the Future Washington, D.C.: American Field Staff Reports, 198O

Bibliography for Egypt's Nasser Period

Raymond William Baker, Egypt’s Uncertain Revolution Under Nasser and Sadat Harvard University Press,  Cambridge, MA, 1978

Jacques Berque,  Egypt: Imperialism and Revolution Faber and Faber, London, 1972

Israel Gershoni, The Emergence of Pan-Arabism in Egypt Tel Aviv University,  Tel Aviv 1981

Joel Gordon,   Nasser’s Blessed Movement:  Egypt’s Free Officers and the July Revolution Oxford University Press, New York, 1992

Mohammed Hassanein Heikal,  The Cairo Documents Doubleday,  New York, 1973

Derek Hopwood, Egypt: Politics and Society 1945-1984, second edition Allen and Unwin, Boston, 1985

Joachim Joesten,  Nasser:  The Rise to Power Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1974

Mahmoud Hussein,  Class Conflict in Egypt, 1945-1970, translated by Michel and Susanne Chirman ... [and others],  2d ed. Monthly Review Press, New York,  1977

Rashid Khalidi,  “Consequences of the Suez Crisis in the Arab World,” in Albert Hourani, Philip S. Khoury, Mary C. Wilson eds., The Modern Middle East  Berkeley University Press,  Berkeley, 1993

Keith Kyle, Suez St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1991

Jean Lacouture,  Nasser:  A Biography Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Thomas W. Lippman,  Egypt After Nasser Paragon House,  New York, 1989

Joseph P. Lorenz, Egypt and the Arabs:  Foreign Policy and the Search for National Identity Westview Press,   Boulder, Co., 1990

Peter Mansfield, Nasser Methuen Educational Limited,  London, 1969

Jamal Abd al-Nasser, Falsafat al-Thawra:  Watha‘iq Thawrat Yulyu Al-Lajnah al-Arabiyah li-Takhlid al-Qaid Jamal Abd al-Nasir,  Cairo n.d.

Anthony Nutting, Nasser Dutton, New York, 1972

Abd al-Rahman al-Rafai, Muqaddimat Thura Thalatha wa Ashreen Yulio Alf Tussamiyya  Ithnein wa Khamseen  "Prologues to the July 23, 1952 Revolution Cairo, 1956

Anwar al-Sadat, In Search of Identity Harper and Row, New York, 1977

Amin Said, Al-Thawra min 23 Yulio 1952 illi 29 October 1956 Isa al-Babi al-Halabi,  Cairo, 1959

Robert Stephens,  Nasser:  A Political Biography Penguin,  London, 1971

P. J. Vatikiotis, Nasser and His Generation Croom Helm, London , 1978

Keith Wheelock, Nasser’s New Egypt:  A Critical Analysis Praeger, New York, 1960

Peter Woodward,  Nasser Longman, New York, 1992

 

Iran

Ervand Abrahamian, A History of Modern Iran. Cambridge University Press, 2008

Jasim Abdulghani, Iraq and Iran: The Years of Crisis Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1984

Shaul Bakhash, The Reign of the Ayatollohs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution New York: Basic Books, 1984

Daniel Brumberg, Reinventing Khomeini:  The Struggle for Reform in Iran Chicago and London:  University of Chicago Press, 2001

Richard Cottam, Nationalism in Iran, 2nd edition, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1979

Richard N. Frye, Persia New York: Schocken, 1968

Mark Gasiorowski and Malcolm Burne eds., Mohammad Mosaddaq and the 1953 Coup in Iran Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2004

Stephen Kinzer, All the Shah's Men:  An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2003

John W. Limbert, Iran At War With History Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1987

*Baqer Moin, Khomeini:  Life of the Ayatollah   New York:  Thomas Dunne, 2000

*Roy Mottahedeh, The Mantle of the Prophet:  Religion and Politics in Iran New York:  Pantheon Books, 1985

Kenneth M. Pollack, The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America New York: Random House, 2004

Lloyd Ridgeon ed., Religion and Politics in Modern Iran: A Reader London: I.B. Taurus, 2005

Gary Sick, All Fall Down: America's Tragic Encounter with Iran New York: Random House, 1985

Ray Takeyh, Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic New York: Times Books, 2006

 

Iraq

Jasim Abdulghani, Iraq and Iran: The Years of Crisis Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1984

Patrick Cockburn, Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq. New York: Scribner, 2008

Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, Guests of the Sheikh: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village New York: Doubleday, 1965

Shams Inati ed., Iraq: Its History, People, and Politics Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2004

Kanan Makiya, Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998

Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2004

Freya Stark, Baghdad Sketches London:  J. Murray, 1946

Charles Tripp, A History of Iraq New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2000

Janet Wallach, Desert Queen:  The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell New York:  Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1996

 

Wars in Iraq

Fouad Ajami, The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq New York: Free Press, 2006

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007

Noah Feldman, What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004

Charles Ferguson, No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent into Chaos Public Affairs, 2008

Peter W. Galbraith, The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006

Michael Goldfarb, Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq New York: Carroll and Graf, 2006

Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor, Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq New York: Pantheon, 2006

John Keegan, The Iraq War New York: Knopf, 2004

*Rashid Khalidi, Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East Boston: Beacon Press, 2004 Highly readable and informed: this was a principal text in the Islamic Middle East course, spring, 05. Study Guide

George McGovern and William R. Polk, Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006

George Packer, The Assassins' Gate New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2005 A principal text in our Islamic Middle East Course, spring, 2008. Study Guide

Todd S. Purdum, A Time of Our Choosing: America's War in Iraq New York:  Times Books, 2003 Worked well as a key text in our course; unfortunately it went rapidly out of date.

Nuha al-Radi, Baghdad Diaries: A Woman's Chronicle of War and Exile New York: Vintage Books, 2003

James Risen, State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration New York: Free Press, 2006

Aram Roston, The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary LIfe, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi. Nation Books, 2008.

Anthony Shadid, Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War New York: Henry Holt, 2005 A principal text in our Islamic Middle East Course, spring, 2006. Study Guide

William Shawcross, Allies: The U.S., Britain, Europe, and the War in Iraq New York:  Public Affairs, 2004

Micah L. Sifry and Christopher Cerf eds. The Gulf War Reader New York: Random House, 1991

Micah L. Sifry and Christopher Cerf eds., The Iraq War Reader New York: Touchstone, 2003

Rory Stewart, The Prince of the Marshes and Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq New York: Harcourt, 2006

Ron Suskind, The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of its Enemies Since 9/11 New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006

Bob Woodward, State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006

 

Jordan

Norman N. Lewis, Nomads and Settlers in Syria and Jordan, 1800-1980 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987

Samir A. Mutawi, Jordan in the 1967 War Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987

Curtis R. Ryan, Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2002

Avi Shlaim, Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace New York: Knopf, 2008

Mary C. Wilson, King Abdullah, Britain, and the Making of Jordan New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987

 

The Kurds

Kevin McKiernan, The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland New York: St. Martin's PRess, 2006

Quil Lawrence, Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East (Walker and Company, 2008)  (click here for a review of this book)

Denise Natali, The Kurds and the State: Evolving National Identity in Iraq, Turkey, and Iran Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005

Jonathan Randall, After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness: My Encounters With Kurdistan Boulder, CO: Westview, 1997

David Romano, The Kurdish Nationlist Movement: Opportunity, Mobilization, and Identity New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006

 

Lebanon

Nicholas Blanford, Killing Mr. Lebanon:The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East I.B. Tauris, 2006

Helena Cobban, The Making of Modern Lebanon Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1985

Robert Fisk, Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon Atheneum, 1990

Thomas Friedman, From Beirut to Jerusalem New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Girouxm 1989

Dilip Hiro, Fire and Embers: A History of the Lebanese Civil War London: Orion,1993

David Gilmour, Lebanon: The Fractured Country New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc., 1984

Walid Khalidi, Conflict and Violence in Lebanon Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1979

Jonathon S. Randal, Going All the Way: Christian Warlords, Israeli Adventurers, and the War in Lebanon New York: Viking, 1983

Salibi Kamal, A House of Many Mansions: The History of Lebanon Reconsidered Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1990

Modern History of Lebanon New York: Caravan Books, 1977

Augustus Richard Norton, Hezbollah: A Short History Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2007

Naomi Weinberger, Syrian Intervention in Lebanon, 1975-76 Civil War New York: Oxford University Press, 1986

 

Palestine-Israel

Ibrahim Abu Lughod ed., The Transformation of Palestine Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1971

Ali Abunimah, One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006

Y. Aharoni and M. Avi-Yonah, The Macmillan Bible Atlas New York: Macmillan, 1968

Bernard Avishai.The Hebrew Republic: How Secular Democracy and Global Enterprise Will Bring Israel Peace at Last.New York: Harcourt, 2008.

Swee Chai Ang, From Beirut to Jerusalem: A Woman Surgeon with the Palestinians London, Grafton Books, 1989

Geoffrey Aronson, Creating Facts: Israel, Palestine, and the West Bank Washington, D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1987

Fouzi El-Asmar, Through the Hebrew Looking-Glass: Arab Stereotypes in Children's Literature Brattleboro, VT: Amana Books, 1986

Naim Stiffan Ateek, Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1989

Shlomo Avineri, The Making of Modern Zionism New York: Basic Books, 1981

Mubarak Awad and R. Scott Kennedy, Non-Violent Struggle in the Middle East Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1985

George Azar, Palestine: A Photographic Journey Berkeley, CA: Univ. CA Press, 1991

J. Bowyer Bell, Terror Out of Zion New York: Avon Books, 1985

Schlomo Ben-Ami, Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy New York: Oxford University Press, 2006

Phyllis Bennis and Neal Cassidy, From Stones to Statehood: The Palestinian Uprising Interlink, 1990

Meron Benvenisti, The West Bank Data Project Washington D.C.: The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1984

Yoram Binur, My Enemy, Myself New York: Penguin Books, 1989

Hyman Bookbinder and James G. Abourezk, Through Different Eyes, moderated by David Shipler Bethesda, Maryland: Adler and Adler, 1987

Kamal Boulata, Palestine Today Washington, D.C.: Palestine Center for the Study of Non-Violence

Ze'ev Chafets, Heroes, Hard Hats and Holy Men: Inside the New Israel New York: Morrow, 1987

Colin Chapman, Whose Promised Land? Lion Press, 1992

*Noam Chomsky, The Fateful Triangle, second edition Boston: South End Press, 2001

Richard H. Curtiss, A Changing Image: American Perceptions of the Arab-Israeli Dispute Washington, D.C.: American Educational Trust, 1986

Uri Dan, Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006

Davies and Johnson, The Uzi and the Stone Calgary, 1990

Roland DeVaux, The Early History of Israel, trans. by David Smith Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1978

Abba Eban, My Country New York: Random House, 1972

Amos Elon, The Israelis: Founders and Sons, revised ed., New York: Penguin Books, 1983

        Jerusalem: City of Mirrors Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1989

Gloria Emerson, Gaza. A Year in the Intifada: A Personal Account from an Occupied Land New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1991

Europa Publications, A Survey of Arab-Israeli Relations, 1947-2001 Independence, KY:  Europa Publications, 2002

*Simha Flapan, The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities New York, Pantheon, 1987

*Thomas Friedman, From Beirut to Jerusalem New York: Farrar, Strauss, Groux, Inc., 1989

James L. Gelvin, The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005

Galia Golan, Israel and Palestine: Peace Plans and Proposals From Oslo to Disengagement New York: Markus Wiener, 2007

Gershom Gorenberg, The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977 Times Books, 2006

Stephen Green, Living by the Sword: America and Israel in the Middle East Brattleboro, VT: Amana Books, 1988

*David Grossman, The Yellow Wind, trans. by Haim Watzman New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1988

B. Halpern, The Idea of the Jewish State, revised edition Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1969

*Grace Halsell, Journey to Jerusalem New York: Macmillan, 1981

Yehoshafat Harkabi, Israel's Fateful Hour, trans. by Lenn Schramm New York: Harper and Row, 1988

Alan Hart, Arafat: A Political Biography Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1988

* Amira Hass, Drinking the Sea at Gaza, trans. by Elana Wesley and Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta New York:  Henry Holt, 1996  Vivid vignettes of life in Gaza during the period just after Oslo.

*Sana Hasan, Enemy in the Promised Land New York: Schocken Books, 1986

Nir Hefez and Gadi Bloom, Ariel Sharon: A Life, trans. by Mitch Ginsburg New York: Random House, 2006

Rashid Khalidi, Palestinian Identity:  The Construction of Modern National Consciousness New York:  Columbia University Press, 1997

Rashid Khalidi, The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood Boston: Beacon Press, 2006

Walid Khalidi, At a Critical Juncture: The United States and the Palestinian Peoples Washington, D.C.: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1989

Fred J. Khouri, The Arab-Israeli Dilemma, Third edition Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1985

Baruch Kimmerling and Joel S. Migdal, Palestinians: The Making of a People New York: The Free Press, 1993

Baruch Kimmerling, Politicide: The Real Legacy of Ariel Sharon New York: Verso, 2006

Laurence Louër. To Be an Arab in Israel. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.

M. Lowenthal ed, The Diaries of Theodor Herzl New York, 1956

Philip Mattar ed., Encyclopedia of the Palestinians New York:  Facts on File, 2000

Everett Mendelsohn and the American Friends Service Committee, A Compassionate Peace: A Future for Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East, Revised Edition New York: Noonday Press, 1989

*Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988

*Benny Morris. A History of the First Arab-Israeli War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.

Issa Nakhleh, Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, 2 vols., 1131 pp. with photos and maps. Intercontinental Books, 1991. Order through AET for discount price of $48, or, from Intercontinental Books, P.O. Box 756, NY, NY, 10163-756, telephone: 212-758-7411

Khalil Nakhleh and Elia Zureik eds., The Sociology of the Palestinians New York: St. Martins Press, 1980

Sari Nusseibeh, Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2007

*Michael B. Oren, Six Days of War:  June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East New York:  Ballantine Books, 2003 Best book on '67 war; gripping.

*Amos Oz, In the Land of Israel New York: Harcourt-Brace, 1983 Vivid pictures of politics and everyday life in Israel in the early 1980s.

Don Peretz, The Intifada Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1990

The West Bank: History, Politics, Society and Economy Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1986

Cheryl Rubenberg, Israel and the American National Interest Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1986

*Richard L. Rubenstein, The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future New York: Harper and Row, 1975

Howard Sachar, A History of Israel, two vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987

Edward Said, After the Last Sky New York: Pantheon Books, 1985

Blaming the Victims, edited with Christopher Hitchens London-New York: Verso, 1988

*The Question of Palestine New York: Vintage Books, 1992

*Kirsten E. Schulze, The Arab-Israeli Conflict Longman Ltd:  London, 1999 Concise, readable, with excellent collection of documents.  Works very well with secondary level students. Study Guide

Yaacov Shavit, The New Hebrew Nation: A Study in Israeli Heresy and Fantasy Totowa, NJ: Biblio Distribution Center, 1987

Raja Shehadeh, Strangers in the House:  Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine New York: Penguin Books, 2002

*David Shipler, Arab and Jew New York: Penguin Books, 1986 Penetrating psychological portraits of the parties to the conflict. 

David Shulman, Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007

Steven J. Sosebee, "Seeds of the Haram al-Sharif Massacre," Arab-American Affairs, Washington, D.C.: American-Arab Affairs Council, Spring, 1991, pp. 104-117.

*Charles D. Smith, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Fifth Edition New York:  Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004 Best single resource on the conflict.

Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar, Lords of the Land: The War for Israel's Settlements in the Occupied Territories New York: Nation Books, 2007

 

Saudi Arabia

Paul Aarts and Gerd Nonneman eds., Saudi Arabia in the Balance: Political Economy, Society, Foreign Affairs New York: New York University Press, 2006

John R. Bradley, Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

Rachel Bronson, Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership With Saudi Arabia New York: Oxford University Press, 2006

Nathan J. Citino, From Arab Nationalism to OPEC: Eisenhower, King Saud, and the Making of U.S.-Saudi Relations Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2002

F. Peters, Mecca:  A Literary History of the Muslim Holy Land Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press, 1994

International Crisis Group, Can Saudi Arabia Reform Itself? Brussels, July 14, 2004

Thomas Lippman, Inside the Mirage: America's Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia Boulder, CO: Westview, 2004

Madawi al-Rasheed, A History of Saudi Arabia Cambridge, UK:  Cambridge University Press, 2002

Madawi al-Rasheed, Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2006

William Simpson, The Prince: The Secret Story of the World's Most Intriguing Royal, Prince Bandar bin Sultan New York: Regan, 2006

J. Teitelbaum, The Rise and Fall of the Hashemite Kingdom of Arabia London:  C. Hurst, 2001

 

Sudan

M. W. Daly, Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide New York: Century, 2007

Dominic Green, Armies of God: Islam and Empire on the Nile, 1869-1899 - The First Jihad of the Modern Era Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007

 

Syria

Norman N. Lewis, Nomads and Settlers in Syria and Jordan, 1800-1980 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987

David Roberts, The Baath and the Creation of Modern Syria New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987

Naomi Weinberger, Syrian Intervention in Lebanon, 1975-76 Civil War New York: Oxford University Press, 1986

 

Turkey

Feroz Ahmad, Turkey: The Quest for Identity Oxford, England: Oneworld Press, 2003

Alev Lytle Croutier, Harem, The World Behind the Veil, Abbeville Press, 1989

Roger Crowley, 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and The Clash of Islam and The West New York: Hyperion, 2005

Graham Fuller, The New Turkish Republic: Turkey as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World, U.S. Institute of Peace, 2007

Douglas A. Howard, The History of Turkey Westport, CT and London:  Greenwood Press, 2001

Stephen Kinzer Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2001

Bernard Lewis, The Emergence of Modern Turkey, second edition New York:   Oxford University Press, 1968

Andrew Mango, Ataturk:  The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey Woodstock, NY:  Overlook Press, 2000

              The Turks Today New York: Overlook, 2004

Mary Lee Settle, Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place New York: Touchstone, 1991

Stanford J. and Ezel Kural Shaw. History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, two vols., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.

Judaism

*H.H. Ben-Sasson ed., A History of the Jewish People Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1976

John Bright, A History of Israel, third edition Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1969

*Encyclopedia Judaica, Cecil Roth ed., 16 vols. Jerusalem: Keter Publishing House, 1972

Leonard Fein, Where Are We?: The Inner Life of America's Jews New York: Harper and Row, 1988

Michael Fishbane, Judaism New York: Harper and Row, 1987

Abraham Heschel, Between God and Man , ed. by Fritz Rothschild New York: Macmillan, 1959

*Jacob Neusner, Between Time and Eternity: The Essentials of Judaism Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1975 Works well as a text for secondary level students.

Louis Newman ed., Hasidic Anthology New York: Schocken, 1975

*Chaim Potok, Wanderings New York: Fawcett Crest Books, 1978

Nissim Rejwan, The Last Jews in Baghdad: Remembering a Lost Homeland Austin TX: The University of Texas Press, 2004

*Elie Wiesel, Night, trans. by Stella Rodway New York: Avon, 1958 A classic; excellent  with secondary level students.

David S. Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews New York: Pantheon Books, 1984

 

Literature: Novels, Drama, Poetry

Leila Abouzeid, Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence Austin, TX: University of Texas, 1989

Arabian Nights, 16 vols., trans. by Sir Richard Burton London: 1886

Said Aburish, Children of Bethany: The Story of a Palestinian Family Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1988 To order, call 1-800-842-6796.

Yahya Taher Abdullah, The Mountain of Green Tea Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1983

Ghazi Algosaibi, Lyrics from Arabia Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1986 anthology of poetry - Arabic, English, Urdu

Tawfiq Yusuf Awwad, Death in Beirut Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1978

Michel Azrak and M.J.L. Young eds., Modern Syrian Short Stories Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1988

Louis De Bernières, Birds Without Wings New York, Vintage, 2005 - a novel set at the end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of modern Turkey.

Joel Blocker, Israeli Stories New York: Schocken, 1962

Inea Bushnaq, Arab Folktales New York: Pantheon, 1986

Pierre Cachia, An Overview of Modern Arabic Literature Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1990 ISBN 0-7486-0132-5

Driss Chraibi, Flutes of Death Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1985

Mahmoud Darwish, The Music of Human Flesh Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1980

*Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim, Adonis, Victims of a Map, trans. by Abdullah al-Udhari London: Al Saqi Books, 1984

Waguih Ghali, Beer in the Snooker Club New York: New Amsterdam Books/Meredith Press, 1987

Gamal al-Ghitani, Zayni Barakat, trans. by Farouk Abdel Wahab Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2004

Michael Gorken, Days of Honey, Days of Onion Boston: Beacon Press, 1991

Tawfiq al-Hakim, Fate of a Cockroach and Other Plays Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1973

Tawfiq al-Hakim, Maze of Justice, trans. by Abba Eban Austin: University of Texas Press, 1989

William Hutchins, ed., Egyptian Short Stories, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 1987

*Yusuf Idris, The Cheapest Nights and other stories Washington, D.C., 1989

Hala Deeb Jabbour, A Woman of Nazareth New York: Olive Branch Press, 1989

Selma Jayyusi, The Literature of Modern Saudi Arabia London and New York: Kegan Paul, 1988

Denys Johnson-Davies, Modern Arabic Short Stories London: Heinemann, 1967, available through Three Continents Press

Egyptian Short Stories Washington: Three Continents, 1991 Washington: Three Continents, 1991

*The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction New York: Anchor Books, 2006

Ghassan Kanafani, All That's Left to You Austin: Univ. Texas, 1990

All That Remains Three Continents Press, 1984

   *Men in the Sun, Three Continents Press, 1984 A collection of stories about Palestinians that has worked very well with secondary level students.

    Palestine's Children T hree Continents Press,1984

Sahar Kahlifeh, Wild Thorns New York, Olive Branch Press, 1989

James Kritzeck ed., Anthology of Islamic Literature New York: Mentor, 1966

Modern Islamic Literature New York: Mentor, 197O

*Naguib Mahfouz, Cairo Trilogy, Washington, D.C.: Three Continents, 1987 The work that established Mahfouz' reputation as the Hugo or Dickens of Arabic letters.  See "Mahfouz' Egypt." 

                  Cairo Modern, trans. William M. Hutchins.Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2008

    Children of Gebelawi, 1981

    The Beggar, 1987

    The Dreams, trans. by Raymond Stock Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2004

   Fountain and Tomb, 1988

    Miramar, 1984

    *Midaq Alley, 1981 -- Excellent as a text with secondary level students.See Study Guide.

Mahmoud Mazalaoui, ed., Arabic Short Stories, Cairo: AUC Press, 1986

*James Michener, The Source New York: Fawcett Crest Books, 1965 I used this for many years as a text with secondary level students; readable, gripping.

Ibrahim Muhawi and Sharif Kanaana, Speak, Bird, Speak Again: Palestinian Arab Folktales, Berkeley, CA: Univ. California Press, 1989

Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran New York: Random House, 2004

Orhan Pamuk, Snow, New York: Vintage, 2004

Yusef al-Qaid, War in the Land of Egypt London: Al Saqi Books, 1986

*Tayib Salih, Season of Migration to the North Washington, D.C.: Three Continents, 1969 -- A contemporary "Othello" from a Middle Eastern point of view. 

Anton Shammas, Arabesques, trans. by Vivian Eden New York: Harper and Row, 1988

Soraya Sullivan trans., Stories by Iranian Women Since the Revolution Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1991

*Malcolm X, Autobiography New York: Ballantine Books, 1965 Especially the chapter on his pilgrimage to Mecca.

John D. Yohannon, The Poet Sa'idi: A Persian Humanist Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987

 

Textbooks, Yearbooks, Atlases, Slides, and Miscellaneous Resources

Jere L. Bacharach, A Middle East Studies Handbook, second edition, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1986

C. E. Bosworth ed. et al., The Encyclopedia of Islam CD-ROM English Language Version Leiden, The Netherlands:  Brill, 1999 Two compact disks.

William Brice, ed., An Historical Atlas of Islam Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1981

The Cambridge Atlas of the Middle East and North Africa Cambridge: The Cambridge University Press, 1988 Cambridge: The Cambridge University Press, 1988

Frank Clements, Historical Dictionary of Arab and Islamic Organizations Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001

Dudley, The Middle East: Opposing Viewpoints Greenhaven, 1992

The Middle East and North Africa London: Europa Publications, 1950 - current year London: Europa Publications, 1950 - current year

Colbert C. Held, Middle East Patterns, second edition Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1994

Ahmad S. Moussalli, Historical Dictionary of Islamic Fundamentalist Movements in the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements, No. 23 Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1999

Francis Robinson, Atlas of the Islamic World Since 1500 New York: Facts on File, 1982

*Audrey Shabbas and Ayad al-Qazzaz, Arab World Notebook, secondary school level, Berkeley, CA: AWAIR, 1989 $39.95, ISBN 0-9624988-07.

*Dan Smith, The State of the Middle East: An Atlas of Conflict and Resolution Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006

William Spencer, The Middle East, Global Studies series Guilford, CT: Dushkin Publishing Group, 1986

University of Texas at Austin slide series on the culture of the Middle East: Professor Elizabeth Fernea, editor, Austin, Texas

 

Arabic Language

Peter F. Abboud and Ernest N. McCarus eds., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, two vols. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983

Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate Level, two vols., New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983, Intermediate Level, two vols., New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983

*Ahmed Hassanein and Mona Kamel, Let's Chat in Arabic Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 1986

*J. A. Haywood and H. M. Nahmad, A New Arabic Grammar of the Written Language, Second Revised Edition London and Burlington, VT: Lund Humphries, 2000

*Ohio State University Foreign Language Publications, Ahlan wa Sahlan, write to: OSU Foreign Language Publications, 1070 Commack Raod, 83 Pressing Hall, Columbus, OH 43210. Also forthcoming in Yale University Press

Rajy M. Rammuny, Business Arabic Intermediate Level: Language, Culture and Communication Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 2000

Business Arabic Advanced Level: Authentic Texts and Audiovisual Materials Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 2000

*Virginia Stevens and Maurice Salib, A Pocket Dictionary of the Spoken Arabic of Cairo English - Arabic Cairo: AUC Press, 1987 ISBN 977-424-167-3.

Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic Ithaca, New York: Spoken Language Services, Inc., 1976

Y. A. El-Ezabi et al, English-Arabic Reader's Dictionary Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984

Munther A. Younes, Tales from Kalila wa Dimna: An Arabic Reader New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989

 

Statistics, etc.

Mark Hoffman ed., The World Almanac New York: Pharos Books, current year

Statesman's Yearbook

State Department Reports by country by country

UNICEF Report on World's Children

 

Journals and periodicals Also click for "News Resources"

*International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Middle East Studies Association of North America and Cambridge University Press

MERIP Middle East Report Room 518, 475 Riverside Drive, NY, NY 1O115 Room 518, 475 Riverside Drive, NY, NY 1O115

Middle East International, PO Box 53329, Washington, D.C., 20009

Middle East Insight

Middle East Journal, Middle East Institute quarterly, 1761 N St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 Middle East Institute quarterly, 1761 N St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Middle East Times, c/o American Educational Trust, P.O. Box 53O62, Washington, D.C. 2OOO9 c/o American Educational Trust, P.O. Box 53O62, Washington, D.C. 2OOO9

ARAMCO WORLD MAGAZINE, Annual Editions, Global Studies: Middle East, 224 pp., $10.95ISBN 0-87967-745-7

Journal of Palestine Studies

The Message, monthly Muslim magazine

The Washington Report for Middle East Affairs

 

Audio/Visual Materials

Art and the Islamic World, Middle East Institute 1993.

*The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo 1965.

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs.  Produced by WGBH, Boston and Brian Lapping Associates in association with the BBC and La Sept/ARTE. PBS Home Video 1999

*Hajj: The Pilgrimage, Shojun Hata director, from the "Islam Rising" series, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, N.J. 1998.

Introduction to the Arab World, AMIDEAST, Washington, D.C. A very useful video divided into three sections of approximately fifteen minutes each dealing with geography, culture, economies, language, religion, history, and the impact of modernization 1988.

Kandahar: Journey into the Heart of Afghanistan Avatar Films, 2001

The Lion of the Desert, directed by Moustapha Akkad. About Libyan freedom fighter Umar Mukhtar who led the resistance against Italian colonization from 1929 to 1931. Filmco International 1981.

The Message, Moustapha Akkad. About the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the founding of Islam. Filmco International 1977. See class film notes.

*No End in Sight, on the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, a film by Charles Ferguson, Magnolia Entertainment, 2006.

Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said, a film by Sato Makoto, ICARUS films 2006. About Mount Hermon alumnus, social critic and professor, Edward Said.

Paradise Lies at the Feet of the Mother, a film about women in the Muslim world, from the "Islam Rising" series, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Princeton, N.J. 1998

*Searching for Peace in the Middle East, a film by Landrum Bolling 2006, Foundation for Middle East Peace. Landrum Bolling is a former Rector of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem 1983-1988 and has been active in Middle East peace projects throughout his long career.

*The Traditional World of Islam, six part series produced by Stephen Cross for the World of Islam Festival 1976.

*Turtles Can Fly, Bahman Ghobadi, Director, 2004, set in a Kurdish village in Iraq that has been overrun by refugees on the eve of the U.S. invasion of 2003.

Umm Kulthum Michael Goldman, Director, 68 mins., Waltham, MA: Filmakers Cooperative, 1997

A Time for Drunken Horses Bahman Ghobadi, Director, 2000 Powerful feature film about a family of Kurdish orphans stranded on the border between Iraq and Iran. more on the Kurds

A Veiled Revolution, produced by Elizabeth Fernea, Icarus Films 1982. About women in Egypt.

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