• Across Legal Lines: Jews and Muslims in Modern Morocco

    Jessica M. Marglin

    A previously untold story of Jewish-Muslim relations in modern Morocco, showing how law facilitated Jews’ integration into the broader Moroccan society in which they lived

    Morocco went through immense upheaval in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through the experiences of a single Jewish family, Jessica Marglin charts...

  • Afghan Modern: The History of a Global Nation

    R. D. Crews
    “Rugged, remote, riven by tribal rivalries and religious violence, Afghanistan seems to many a country frozen in time and forsaken by the world. Afghan Modern presents a bold challenge to these misperceptions, revealing how Afghans, over the course of their history, have engaged and connected with a wider world and come to share in our...
  • Afghanistan: From Holy War to Civil War

    O. Roy
    Afghanistan: From Holy War to Civil War assesses the impact of the Afghan mujahidin movement as a case study of the success and limits of the Islamic political framework. The Afghan mujahidin movement is portrayed in all its specificity and in the broader context of its links to world Islamic fundamentalism.

      Olivier Roy combines intimate...

  • Afghanistan on the Threshold of the 21st Century: Three Essays on Culture and Society

    P. Centlivres; M. Centlivres-Demont
    “Two prominent anthropologists describe their long “journey” with the Afghan people, a journey that lasted thirty years and was punctuated by the events that caused Afghanistan’s transformation from the monarchic state of Zaher Shah to Daoud’s republic, from the communist dictatorship to the Taliban terror and then to the uncertainties of the...
  • The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Muslim World

  • Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qurʼanic Exegesis (2nd/8th–9th/15th Centuries)

    Karen Bauer

    Medieval interpretations of the Qur'an often serve as points of reference for Muslim thought; yet Qur'an commentaries were shaped not only by the Qur'an itself, but also by their authors' ideological viewpoints, their theories of interpretation, their methods, and the conventions of the genre. This volume is the first to focus solely on the...

  • Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa

    George Hatke

    Aksum and Nubia assembles and analyzes the textual and archaeological evidence of interaction between Nubia and the Ethiopian kingdom of Aksum, focusing primarily on the fourth century CE. Although ancient Nubia and Ethiopia have been the subject of a growing number of studies in recent years, little attention has been given to contact between...

  • Al-Jabartī’s History of Egypt: Edited and with an introduction by Jane Hathaway

  • Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective

    M. A. Cook
    "Why does Islam play a larger role in contemporary politics than other religions? Is there something about the Islamic heritage that makes Muslims more likely than adherents of other faiths to invoke it in their political life? If so, what is it? Ancient Religions, Modern Politics seeks to answer these questions by examining the roles of Islam,...
  • Arabic Thought against the Authoritarian Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Present

    Max Weiss; Jens Henssen

    In the wake of the Arab uprisings, the Middle East descended into a frenzy of political turmoil and unprecedented human tragedy which reinforced regrettable stereotypes about the moribund state of Arab intellectual and cultural life. This volume sheds important light on diverse facets of the post-war Arab world and its vibrant intellectual,...

  • Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda

    Max Weiss; Jens Hanssen

    What is the relationship between thought and practice in the domains of language, literature and politics? Is thought the only standard by which to measure intellectual history? How did Arab intellectuals change and affect political, social, cultural and economic developments from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries? This volume offers a...

  • The Arabs: A Short History

    H. Halm
    This new edition of Heinz Halm’s The Arabs: A Short History (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener, 2012) includes 150 pages of primary sources selected, edited, and in some cases translated by NES graduate students Luke Yarbrough and Oded Zinger. This new Appendix of primary sources enhances the text’s value for instructors as well as for general readers...
  • Asymetry of interest? Turkish-Iranian relations since 1979

    Elliot Hen-Tov

    This book examines the political and economic relations between Turkey and Iran since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. It shows that contrary to the expectation that the revolution would usher in an era of ideological hostility between the two neighbors, relations were primarily framed in an imbalanced manner irrespective of ideology. On the...

  • Atatürk: An Intellectual Biography

    M. Ş. Hanioğlu
    "When Mustafa Kemal Atatürk became the first president of Turkey in 1923, he set about transforming his country into a secular republic where nationalism sanctified by science—and by the personality cult Atatürk created around himself—would reign supreme as the new religion. This book provides the first in-depth look at the intellectual life of...
  • Beauty in Arabic Culture

    D. Behrens-Abouseif
  • The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq

    Dunya Mikhail

    Translated by Max Weiss and Dunya Mikhail.

    Since 2014, Daesh (ISIS) has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern Iraq: sowing destruction, killing those who won’t convert to Islam, and enslaving young girls and women.

    The Beekeeper, by the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, tells the harrowing stories of...

  • Between Christ and Caliph: Law, Marriage, and Christian Community in Early Islam

    Lev E. Weitz

    In the conventional historical narrative, the medieval Middle East was composed of autonomous religious traditions, each with distinct doctrines, rituals, and institutions. Outside the world of theology, however, and beyond the walls of the mosque or the church, the multireligious social order of the medieval Islamic empire was complex and...

  • The Black Rose of Halfeti

    Nazli Eray; Robert Finn * 78

    A novel of magical realism that encompasses love, aging, and the role of memory, The Black Rose of Halfeti takes readers on a journey through the landscapes of Turkey.

  • The Book of Strangers: Mediaeval Arabic Graffiti on the Theme of Nostalgia, Attributed to Abu ’l-Faraj Al-Iṣfahānī

  • A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire

    M. Ş. Hanioğlu
    "At the turn of the nineteenth century, the Ottoman Empire straddled three continents and encompassed extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity among the estimated thirty million people living within its borders. It was perhaps the most cosmopolitan state in the world—and possibly the most volatile. A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire now...
  • Building State and Security in Afghanistan

    Wolfgang Danspeckgruber; Robert Finn

    Bridging the pragmatic and the theoretical, leading scholars and policy analysts delve into the critical issues facing Afghanistan today. Their exploration of questions relating to security and peacekeeping, the rule of law, institutional design, mobilization of the economy, and relations within the region provides a crucial resource for...

  • Burying the Beloved: Marriage, Realism, and Reform in Modern Iran

    A. Motlagh
    Burying the Beloved traces the relationship between the law and literature in Iran to reveal the profound ambiguities at the heart of Iranian ideas of modernity regarding women's rights and social status. The book reveals how novels mediate legal reforms and examines how authors have used realism to challenge and re-imagine notions of "the real."...
  • Catholic Pirates and Greek Merchants: A Maritime History of the Early Modern Mediterranean

    M. Greene
    A new international maritime order was forged in the early modern age, yet until now histories of the period have dealt almost exclusively with the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Catholic Pirates and Greek Merchants shifts attention to the Mediterranean, providing a major history of an important but neglected sphere of the early modern maritime world...
  • Central Asia: Foundations of Change

    R. D. McChesney
    “Since the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989 and the subsequent break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, Central Asia has been undergoing considerable political, social, and economic change. In a Leon B. Poullada Memorial Lecture delivered at Princeton University in 1993, R. D. McChesney examined the historical roots of a number of...
  • The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem: From African Slave to Power Broker

    Jane Hathaway

    Eunuchs were a common feature of pre- and early modern societies that are now poorly understood. Here, Jane Hathaway offers an in-depth study of the chief of the African eunuchs who guarded the harem of the Ottoman Empire. A wide range of primary sources are used to analyze the Chief Eunuch's origins in East Africa and his political, economic,...

  • Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt: Female Adolescence, Jewish Law, and Ordinary Culture

    Eve Krakowski

    Much of what we know about life in the medieval Islamic Middle East comes from texts written to impart religious ideals or to chronicle the movements of great men. How did women participate in the societies these texts describe? What about non-Muslims, whose own religious traditions descended partly from pre-Islamic late antiquity?


  • A Common Justice: The Legal Allegiances of Christians and Jews under Early Islam

    Uriel I. Simonsohn

    "In A Common Justice Uriel I. Simonsohn examines the legislative response of Christian and Jewish religious elites to the problem posed by the appeal of their coreligionists to judicial authorities outside their communities. Focusing on the late seventh to early eleventh centuries in the region between Iraq in the east and present-day...

  • Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies in Iraq

    Samuel Helfont
    One of the first books to examine Iraqi state and Ba'th Party Archives, and the first book on this subject to use Ba'th Party records Provides a new explanation for Saddam Hussein's instrumentalizing of Islam in the 1990s and 2000s Offers a new explanation for the rise of religious insurgencies in post-2003 Iraq

    Samuel Helfont draws on...

  • Constellations of the Caucasus: Empires, Peoples, and Faiths

    M. A. Reynolds

    "The Caucasus has fascinated humanity for millennia. A natural crossroads and perpetual borderland, the Caucasus has often been described as the meeting place of East and West, Europe and Asia, Christendom and Islam. The Caucasus Mountains are home to a bewildering diversity of languages and ethnicities. In the imaginations of multiple great...

  • Cracks in the Foundation: Leadership Schisms in Al-Qaʹida from 1989–2006.

    Vahid Brown

    “From its beginnings in the wake of the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan, al-Qa’ida has been at war with itself. In disputes that have largely been invisible to the broader public, its leadership has been in a constant battle over what al-Qa’ida should be, what strategy it should pursue, even who its real enemies are. Very early in al-Qa’ida’s...

  • Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter

    J. M. Gribetz
    "As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict persists, aspiring peacemakers continue to search for the precise territorial dividing line that will satisfy both Israeli and Palestinian nationalist demands. The prevailing view assumes that this struggle is nothing more than a dispute over real estate. Defining Neighbors boldly challenges this view, shedding...
  • Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789–2009

    F. M. Göçek
    “While much of the international community regards the forced deportation of Armenian subjects of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, where approximately 800,000 to 1.5 million Armenians perished, as genocide, the Turkish state still officially denies it.

    In Denial of Violence, Fatma Müge Göçek seeks to decipher the roots of this...
  • Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies

    K. Richardson
    This book outlines the complex significance of bodies in the late medieval central Arab Islamic lands.

    "Did you know that blue eyes, baldness, bad breath and boils were all considered bodily 'blights' by Medieval Arabs, as were cross eyes, lameness and deafness? What assumptions about bodies influenced this particular vision of physical...

  • Dismantling the Ottoman Empire: Britain, America and the Armenian question

    N. Uyanık
    “Prior to World War I, American involvement in Armenian affairs was limited to missionary and educational interests. This was contrary to Britain, which had played a key role in the diplomatic arena since the Treaty of Berlin in 1878, when the Armenian question had become a subject of great power diplomacy. However, by the end of the war the...
  • Dīvān-i dū sarāyandah az qarn-i nuhum : Qāz̤ī ʻĪsá Sāvajī va Shaykh Najm al-Dīn Masʻūd

    A. Maḥallāati; Idris Bitlisi
    This volume is an annotated edition of a work by Idris Bitlisi, an Ottoman Kurdish religious scholar and administrator from Bitlis who began his career in the court of the Aq Qoyunlu (Ak Koyunlu), a dynasty which ruled Iran in the 15th century. After the dynasty was overthrown by the Safavid Isma'il I, he moved to the land of the Ottomans and...
  • Doubt in Islamic Law: A History of Legal Maxims, Interpretation, and Islamic Criminal Law

    Intisar Rabb

    This book considers an important and largely neglected area of Islamic law by exploring how medieval Muslim jurists resolved criminal cases that could not be proven beyond a doubt. Intisar A. Rabb calls into question a controversial popular notion about Islamic law today, which is that Islamic law is a divine legal tradition that has little...

  • The Early Turkish Novel: 1872–1900

    Robert Finn

    This study is an investigation of novels in Turkish of the end of the nineteenth century. After 1850, the impact of European economic and political influences in the Ottoman Empire led to the adoption of European cultural modes as well. It evokes the society of late Ottoman Istanbul from a study of the novels of the period as well as tracing...

  • Economics and Capitalism in the Ottoman Empire

    D. T. Kilinçoğlu
    “Is it possible to generate "capitalist spirit" in a society, where cultural, economic and political conditions did not unfold into an industrial revolution, and consequently into an advanced industrial-capitalist formation? This is exactly what some prominent public intellectuals in the late Ottoman Empire tried to achieve as a developmental...
  • The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, 1453 to 1774: The Ottoman Empire

    M. Greene
    “The period of Ottoman rule in Greek history has undergone a dramatic reassessment in recent years. Long reviled as four hundred years of unrelieved slavery and barbarity ('the Turkish yoke'), a new generation of scholars, based mainly but not exclusively in Greece, is rejecting this view in favor of a more nuanced picture of the Greek experience...
  • The Emperor Tea Garden

    Nazli Eray; Robert Finn

    In Eray’s world of fantasy and fun, there are few boundaries between reality and imagination. There is a roadside tea garden where spirits gather by night to carry on flirtations until they fade into the dawn, and there is a tavern in Bartin where men make their lost illusions of love come alive by thinking of them. The narrator exchanges...

  • Esclaves et maîtres: les Mamelouks des beys de Tunis du XVIIe siècle aux années 1880

    M. Oualdi
    "Des esclaves convertis à l'islam devenant maîtres de musulmans : c'est à travers ce paradoxe que furent pendant longtemps perçus les mamelouks appelés à exercer de hautes charges administratives et militaires dans le monde arabe, de leur émergence dans l'entourage des califes omeyyades puis abbassides au VIIe siècle jusqu'à leur disparition plus...
  • Faces of Lebanon: Sects, Wars, and Global Extensions

  • Facing Fear: The History of an Emotion in Global Perspective

    M. Weiss; M. Laffan
    "Fear is ubiquitous but slippery. It has been defined as a purely biological reality, derided as an excuse for cowardice, attacked as a force for social control, and even denigrated as an unnatural condition that has no place in the disenchanted world of enlightened modernity. In these times of institutionalized insecurity and global terror,...
  • Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States

    Zachary Lockman

    Field Notes reconstructs the origins and trajectory of area studies in the United States, focusing on Middle East studies from the 1920s to the 1980s. Drawing on extensive archival research, Zachary Lockman shows how the Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Ford foundations played key roles in conceiving, funding, and launching postwar area studies,...

  • Fountainhead of Jihad: The Haqqani Nexus, 1973-2012

    Vahid Brown; Don Rassler

    Drawing on a wealth of previously unstudied primary sources in several languages, Vahid Brown and Don Rassler map the anatomy of a group frequently described as the most lethal actor in the Afghan insurgency. The Haqqani network has for decades operated at the centre of a transnational nexus of Islamist militancy, lending support to the...

  • From paper state to caliphate: The ideology of the Islamic State

    Cole Bunzel

    While the Islamic State dominates headlines through its brutal tactics and pervasive propaganda, there is little awareness of the unique ideology driving the group's strategy. Drawing from private correspondence, statements, speeches, and Islamic theology, Cole Bunzel unpacks the ideology of the Islamic State in a new analysis paper.


  • Gender Hierarchy in the Qur'ān: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses

    K. Bauer

    “This book explores how medieval and modern Muslim religious scholars ('ulamā') interpret gender roles in Qur'ānic verses on legal testimony, marriage, and human creation. Citing these verses, medieval scholars developed increasingly complex laws and interpretations upholding a male-dominated gender hierarchy; aspects of their interpretations...

  • Harem Ghosts: What One Cemetery Can Tell Us About the Ottoman Empire

    D. S. Brookes; A. Ziyrek
    “Since 1840 countless visitors to Turkey’s metropolis have passed this beautiful building and its garden graveyard without, it seems to me, realizing the gems of architecture and culture that await discovery within its dignified walls. Now, over a century and a half after the tomb arose on the heights above the Golden Horn, we have a guide that...
  • Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate

    M. Rustow
    “In a book with a bold new view of medieval Jewish history, written in a style accessible to nonspecialists and students as well as to scholars in the field, Marina Rustow changes our understanding of the origins and nature of heresy itself. Scholars have long believed that the Rabbanites and Qaraites, the two major Jewish groups under Islamic...
  • The Heritage of Central Asia from Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion

  • The History of an Islamic School of Law: The Early Spread of Hanafism

    Nurit Tsafrir

    The Hanafi school of law is one of the oldest legal schools of Islam, coming into existence in the eighth century in Iraq, and surviving up to the present. So closely is the early development of the Hanafi school interwoven with non-legal spheres, such as the political, social, and theological, that the study of it is essential to a proper...

  • The History of Islamic Theology: From Muhammad to the Present: Translated from the German by Thomas Thornton

  • The History of the Maritime Wars of the Turks

    Katip Çelebi; S. Soucek
    This book encompasses the entire scope of the Ottoman Empire’s expansion from the conquest of Constantinople to that of Crete. It is also the story of Hayrettin Barbarossa, the great corsair whom Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent appointed commander of the imperial navy. The author, Kâtip Çelebi (1609–57), was the quintessential Ottoman...
  • In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi'ism between Pakistan and the Middle East

    Simon W. Fuchs

    Centering Pakistan in a story of transnational Islam stretching from South Asia to the Middle East, Simon Wolfgang Fuchs offers the first in-depth ethnographic history of the intellectual production of Shi'is and their religious competitors in this “Land of the Pure." The notion of Pakistan as the pinnacle of modern global Muslim aspiration...

  • In the Shadow of sectarianism: Law, Shi’ism, and the Making of Modern Lebanon

    M. Weiss
    "Contrary to the conventional wisdom that sectarianism is intrinsically linked to violence, bloodshed, or social disharmony, Max Weiss uncovers the complex roots of Shi’i sectarianism in twentieth-century Lebanon.   The template for conflicted relations between the Lebanese state and Shi’i society arose under French Mandate rule through a...
  • The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State

    W. McCants
    “The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. Thousands of its followers have marched across Syria and Iraq, subjugating millions, enslaving women, beheading captives, and daring anyone to stop them. Thousands more have spread terror beyond the Middle East under the Islamic...
  • İslâm, İktisat, Ordu ve Reform: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda İlk İktisat Eseri ve Tarihsel Bağlamı (Risâle-i Tedbîr-i ‘Umrân-ı Mülkî)

    Deniz T. Kılınçoğlu

    Deniz T. Kılınçoğlu, İslâm, İktisat, Ordu ve Reform isimli bu çalışmasında, Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda kaleme alınmış ilk modern iktisat eseri olan Risâle-i Tedbîr-i ‘Umrân-ı Mülkî’yi tarihsel ve düşünsel bağlamı içinde ele alıyor. Kitabın ilk kısmında, Risâle üzerine kapsamlı bir inceleme kaleme alan yazar; Adam Smith...

  • Islam in Pakistan: A History

    Muhammad Qasim Zaman

    The first book to explore the modern history of Islam in South Asia

    The first modern state to be founded in the name of Islam, Pakistan was the largest Muslim country in the world at the time of its establishment in 1947. Today it is the second-most populous, after Indonesia. Islam in Pakistan is the first comprehensive book to...

  • Islam, Judaism and Christianity: Theological and Historical Affiliations: Translated from German by Allison Brown

  • Islamic Law and the Crisis of the Reconquista: The Debate on the Status of Muslim Communities in Christendom

    A. Verskin
    “The Reconquista left unprecedentedly large numbers of Muslims living under Christian rule. Since Islamic religious and legal institutions had been developed by scholars who lived under Muslim rule and who assumed this condition as a given, how Muslims should proceed in the absence of such rule became the subject of extensive intellectual...
  • İsmail Bey Gaspıralı İçin*

    Hakan Kırımlı; Dündar Akarca; et al.

    “İsmail Bey Gaspıralı hakkında hazırlanmış en geniş makaleler derlemesi olan kitap Kırım Türkleri Kültür ve Yardımlaşma Derneği Genel Merkezi Yayınlarından çıktı.

    Kitabın başeditörlüğünü Hakan Kırımlı, editörlüğünü Bülent Tanatar, Dündar Akarca, İbrahim Köremezli yaptılar.

    700 sayfalık bu muazzam başvuru kitabı Gaspıralıyı...

  • İsmail Bey Gaspıralı ve Ziya Gökalp Sempozyumları-Bildiriler*

    Dündar Akarca

    *This work was published before Akarca entered Princeton as a graduate student.

  • Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern Times: A Festschrift in Honor of Mark R. Cohen

    M. Rustow; A. E. Franklin; R. E. Margariti; U. Simonsohn

    "This volume brings together articles on the cultural, religious, social and commercial interactions among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the medieval and early modern periods. Written by leading scholars in Jewish studies, Islamic studies, medieval history and social and economic history, the contributions to this volume reflect the profound...

  • Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam

  • Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts

    Intisar Rabb; Abigail Krasner Balbale

    "The papers in this volume largely arise out of proceedings from a conference organized in honor of Professor Roy Mottahedeh upon the occasion of his retirement."

    This book presents an in-depth exploration of the administration of justice during Islam’s founding period, 632–1250 CE. Inspired by the scholarship of Roy Parviz Mottahedeh...

  • Kabul under Siege: Fayz Muhammad’s Account of the 1929 Uprising: Translated, abridged, re-worked, and annotated by R.D. McChesney

  • Kemalist Turkey and the Middle East

    Amit Bein

    To better understand the lasting legacy of international relations in the post-Ottoman Middle East, we must first re-examine Turkey's engagement with the region during the interwar period. Long assumed to be a period of deliberate disengagement and ruptured ties between Turkey and its neighbours, Amit Bein instead argues that in the volatile...

  • The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia

    Gregory Johnsen

    A gripping account of how al-Qaeda in Yemen rebounded from an initial defeat to once again threaten the United States.

    Far from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and al-Qaeda are fighting a clandestine war of drones and suicide bombers in an unforgiving corner of Arabia.

    The Last Refuge...

  • Law and Society in Islam

    D. Stewart; B. Johansen; A. Singer
  • Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought: Studies in Honor of Professor Hossein Modarressi

    Michael A. Cook; Najam Haider; Intisar Rabb; Asma Sayeed

    "Bringing together essays on topics related to Islamic law, this book is composed of articles by prominent legal scholars and historians of Islam. The authors cover a wide swath of issues, ranging from a detailed examination of Shi'i traditions governing legal interpretations about everyday affairs like prayer to the intellectual exchanges...

  • The Levant: A Fractured Mosaic

    W. W. Harris
  • The Levant: A Fractured Mosaic

    W. W. Harris
  • The Lighthouse and the Observatory: Islam, Science, and Empire in Late Ottoman Egypt

    Daniel A. Stolz

    An observatory and a lighthouse form the nexus of this major new investigation of science, religion, and the state in late Ottoman Egypt. Astronomy, imperial bureaucrats, traditionally educated Muslim scholars, and reformist Islamic publications, such as The Lighthouse, are linked to examine the making of knowledge, the performance of piety,...

  • Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History

    M. Hassan
    "In the United States and Europe, the word 'caliphate' has conjured historically romantic and increasingly pernicious associations. Yet the caliphate’s significance in Islamic history and Muslim culture remains poorly understood. This book explores the myriad meanings of the caliphate for Muslims around the world through the analytical lens of two...
  • Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR

    Adeeb Khalid

    Honorable mention, Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies (Association for the Study of Nationalities)

    In Making Uzbekistan, Adeeb Khalid chronicles the tumultuous history of Central Asia in the age of the Russian revolution. Traumatic upheavals—war, economic collapse, famine—transformed...

  • Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak ve Günlükleri

    N. Hatemi
    "Bir ulusun yıkılış ve kurtuluş günlüğü... Modern Türkiye'nin kurucularından Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak'ın kaleminden, "imparatorluğun en uzun bir yılı"nın (1911-1921) öyküsü...   Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak'ın, 1 Ocak 1911'den vefatından bir hafta öncesine, 2 Nisan 1950'ye kadar titizlikle ve askeri bir disiplinle tuttuğu günlükleri ilk kez gün ışığına...
  • The Middle East Economy: Decline and Recovery: Selected Essays

  • Middle East Focus: The Persian Gulf

    T. C. Young
    Conference Proceedings
  • Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism

    M. Q. Zaman
    "Among traditionally educated scholars in the Islamic world there is much disagreement on the crises that afflict modern Muslim societies and how best to deal with them, and the debates have grown more urgent since 9/11. Through an analysis of the work of Muhammad Rashid Rida and Yusuf al-Qaradawi in the Arab Middle East and a number of scholars...
  • Muhacirnâme: Poetry’s Voice for the Karamanlidhes Refugees

    E. Balta; A. S. Alpan; D. S. Sayers
    “In the midst of the daily toil for food and shelter, the struggle for survival and their daily bread, in indescribably harsh conditions, the Turkish-speaking Anatolian refugees penned poetry whose inner depths portray it all. The death of loved ones during the flight from their native lands, tuberculosis, typhoid and malaria that wiped out many...
  • Nasser's Gamble: How Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six-Day War and the Decline of Egyptian Power

    Jesse Ferris

    Winner of the 2013 Reuven Chaikin Prize, University of Haifa

    One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013

    Nasser's Gamble draws on declassified documents from six countries and original material in Arabic, German, Hebrew, and Russian to present a new understanding of Egypt's disastrous five-year intervention in Yemen,...

  • Natural Disasters in the Ottoman Empire: Plague, Famine, and Other Misfortunes

    Yaron Ayalon

    This book explores the history of natural disasters in the Ottoman Empire and the responses to them on the state, communal, and individual levels. Yaron Ayalon argues that religious boundaries between Muslims and non-Muslims were far less significant in Ottoman society than commonly believed. Furthermore, the emphasis on Islamic principles and...

  • The New Cambridge History of Islam

    M. A. Cook
    Winner of the 2011 Waldo G. Leland Prize for the “most outstanding reference tool in the field of history” published between May 1, 2006, and April 30, 2011!   "The New Cambridge History of Islam offers a comprehensive history spanning fourteen centuries of Islamic civilization, from its beginnings in the oases and deserts of seventh-century...
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  • Of Sand or Soil: Genealogy and Tribal Belonging in Saudi Arabia

    N. Samin
    Why do tribal genealogies matter in modern-day Saudi Arabia? What compels the strivers and climbers of the new Saudi Arabia to want to prove their authentic descent from one or another prestigious Arabian tribe? Of Sand or Soil looks at how genealogy and tribal belonging have informed the lives of past and present inhabitants of Saudi...
  • One Hundred and One Nights

    B. Buchholz

    "After 13 years in America, Abu Saheeh has returned to his native Iraq, a nation transformed by the American military presence. Alone in a new city, he has exactly what he wants: freedom from his past. Then he meets Layla, a whimsical fourteen-year-old girl who enchants him with her love of American pop culture. Enchanted by Layla's stories and...

  • Oppressed in the Land? Fatwās on Muslims Living under Non-Muslim Rule from the Middle Ages to the Present

    A. Verskin
    Does Islamic law allow Muslims to live under the rule of non-Muslims? Does it matter who the non-Muslims are? Does it matter how Muslims are treated? How does minority status influence the practice of Islamic forms of worship, charity, familial relationships, and community organization? What relationship should exist between Muslim communities who...
  • Orpheus

    Nazli Eray; Robert Finn

    The first English translation of a novel by popular Turkish writer Nazlı Eray.

    The myth of Orpheus has inspired revisions and retellings from writers and artists around the world—from poet Rainer Maria Rilke, to novelist Salman Rushdie, to filmmakers Jean Cocteau and Marcel Camus. In this version, celebrated Turkish author Nazlı Eray...

  • “Ottomans and Jews in the Literary Imagination of the Other, From the Fifteenth through the Twentieth Century”

  • The Politics of "Quietist" Salafism

    Jacob Olidort

    Ultraconservative Muslims, or Salafis, have had a tremendous impact on politics in the Middle East over the past decade. Violent Salafis like al-Qaida have fomented revolution in the region and Salafi political parties such as the Al-Nour Party in Egypt have helped determine the destiny of the Arab Spring countries. In a new analysis paper,...

  • Practicing Islam in Egypt: Print Media and Islamic Revival

    Aaron Rock-Singer

    Following the ideological disappointment of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, an Islamic revival arose in Egypt. Yet, far from a mechanical reaction to the decline of secular nationalism, this religious shift was the product of impassioned competition among Muslim Brothers, Salafis and state institutions and their varied efforts to mobilize Egyptians...

  • The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought

    M. Q. Zaman
    "The first encyclopedia of Islamic political thought from the birth of Islam to today, this comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible reference provides the context needed for understanding contemporary politics in the Islamic world and beyond. With more than 400 alphabetically arranged entries written by an international team of specialists,...
  • Princeton Geniza Lab - Newsletter No. 1

    Lab Geniza
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    NES; Antonis Hadjikyriacou

    Special Issue title: Insularity in the Ottoman World

    Guest editor: Antonis Hadjikyriacou

    Islands have no single obvious attribute, geographic or otherwise. Insularity, then, should not be taken literally, i.e. isolation. Rather, it addresses the question of what it means to be, and be perceived as, an...

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  • Proper Signposts for the Camp: The Reception of Classical Authorities in the Ǧihādī Manual al-ʻUmda fī Iʻdād al-ʻUdda*

    Simon Wolfgang Fuchs

    This book is an attempt to explore how jihadi authors make use of the Sunni tradition in order

    to bolster their case. Such a discussion is a desideratum even in Islamic studies since oftentimes radical authors are chastised a priori for their untenable misrepresentation of religion. Similarly, their arguments are tossed aside...

  • A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire

    F. M. Göçek; R. G. Suny; N. M. Naimark
    One hundred years after the deportations and mass murder of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and other peoples in the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the history of the Armenian genocide is a victim of historical distortion, state-sponsored falsification, and deep divisions between Armenians and Turks. Working together for the first time,...
  • The Reader in al-Jahiz: The Epistolary Rhetoric of an Arabic Prose Master

    T. Hefter
    “The 9th-century essayist, theologian and encyclopaedist ‘Amr b. Baḥr al-Jāḥiẓ has long been acknowledged as a master of early Arabic prose writing. Many of his most engaging writings were clearly intended for a broad readership but were presented as letters to individuals. Despite the importance and quantity of these letters, surprisingly little...
  • Reading the Islamic City: Discursive Practices and Legal Judgment

    A. I. Kahera
    Reading the Islamic City offers insights into the implications the practices of the Maliki school of Islamic law have for the inhabitants of the Islamic city, the madinah. The problematic term madinah fundamentally indicates a phenomenon of building, dwelling, and urban settlement patterns that evolved after the 7th century CE in the Maghrib (...
  • Religion in Diktatur und Demokratie: zur Bedeutung religiöser Werte, Praktiken und Institutionen in politischen Transformationsprozessen*

    Simon Wolfgang Fuchs; Stephanie Garling

    "Politik und Religion ist wieder Thema wissenschaftlicher Agenda. Mit dem Zuwachs an Diskursen geht auch deren Ausdifferenzierung einher. Ein Teilbereich dieser Auseinandersetzungen beinhaltet die Analyse des Verhältnisses von Demokratie und Religion. Dieser Sammelband untersucht diesbezüglich drei Loslösungsprozesse und verfolgt zum einen die...

  • Render unto the Sultan: Power, Authority, and the Greek Orthodox Church in the Early Ottoman Centuries

    T. Papademetriou
    “The received wisdom about the nature of the Greek Orthodox Church in the Ottoman Empire is that Sultan Mehmed II reestablished the Patriarchate of Constantinople as both a political and a religious authority to govern the post-Byzantine Greek community. However, relations between the Church hierarchy and Turkish masters extend further back in...
  • Revival and Reform in Islam: The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani

    B. Haykel
    "This intellectual biography of Muhammad al-Shawkani, one of the founding fathers of modern Islamic reformism, is also a study of an important transitional period in Yemeni history which saw the shift from traditional Shi'ism to Sunni reformism. The transition propelled political, religious and social change. While Shawkani espoused a socio-...
  • The Revolt of African Slaves in Iraq in the 3rd/9th Century: With a new introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; translated from French by Léon King

  • Russian-Turkmen Encounters: The Caspian Frontier before the Great Game

    Peter Poullada

    In the mid-eighteenth century the Russian tsar sent two expeditions across the Caspian Sea in response to an extraordinary plea for assistance from the recently subjugated Kalmyk Khan. The official journals of these expeditions, here translated into English for the first time, record the encounters of Captains Tebelev and Kopitovskii (in 1741...

  • Saudi Arabia in Transition: Insights on Social, Political, Economic and Religious Change

    B. Haykel; T. Hegghammer; S. Lacroix
    “Making sense of Saudi Arabia is crucially important today. The kingdom's western province contains the heart of Islam, its two holiest mosques in Mecca and Medina, and it is the United States' closest Arab ally and the largest producer of oil in the world. However, the country is undergoing rapid change: its aged leadership is ceding power to a...
  • The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil

    A. Shihabi; B. Haykel

    "The Saudi Kingdom  presents a candid and insightful analysis of Saudi Arabia’s political instability in light of the mounting domestic and international challenges facing the country today. Directly addressing Saudi Arabia’s inert monarchical ruling system, its foundational alliance with the Wahhabi establishment, and its increasingly...

  • Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908–1918

    M. A. Reynolds
    Co-Winner of the 2011 American Historical Association George Louis Beer Prize for the best work on any phase of European international history since the year 1895!   The break-up of the Ottoman empire and the disintegration of the Russian empire were watershed events in modern history. The unravelling of these empires was both cause and...
  • Shi’a Islam: From Religion to Revolution: Translated from the German by Allison Brown

  • The Shiites: A Short History: Translated from the German by Allison Brown

  • Silent House

    Orhan Pamuk; Robert Finn

    “In a crumbling mansion in a gentrified former fishing village on the Turkish coast, the widow Fatma awaits the annual visit of her grandchildren: Faruk, a dissipated historian; his sensitive leftist sister, Nilgün; and Metin, a high schooler drawn to the fast life of the nouveaux riche. Bedridden, Fatma is attended by her faithful servant...

  • Society, Law, and Culture in the Middle East: “Modernities” in the Making

    E. R. Toledano; D. Ze’evi
    Society, Law, and Culture in the Middle East: “Modernities” in the Making is an edited volume that seeks to deepen and broaden our understanding of various forms of change in Middle Eastern and North African societies during the Ottoman period. It offers an in-depth analysis of reforms and gradual change in the longue durée, challenging...
  • The Space Between Us

    Zūyā Piīrzād; Amy Motlagh

    Love, family and religion clash in Pirzad's follow up to the internationally acclaimed Things We Left Unsaid

    In a small town on the edge of the Caspian Sea, Edmond Lazarian and his best friend Tahereh pass their days playing together, drifting between the delights of beachcombing and the joys of the sherbet shop. Although Edmond is...

  • Sufism in Central Asia: New Perspectives on Sufi Traditions, 15th–21st Centuries

    Devin DeWeese; Jo-Ann Gross

    Sufism in Central Asia: New Perspectives on Sufi Traditions, 15th-21st Centuries brings together ten original studies on historical aspects of Sufism in this region. A central question, of ongoing significance, underlies each contribution: what is the relationship between Sufism as it was manifested in this region prior to the Russian...

  • The Sword of Ambition: Bureaucratic Rivalry in Medieval Egypt

    ʻUthmān Nābulusī; Luke B. Yarbrough

    Patronage, power, and competition in the Sultan’s court. The Sword of Ambition opens a new window onto interreligious rivalry among elites in medieval Egypt. Written by the unemployed bureaucrat 'Uthmān ibn Ibrāhīm al-Nābulusī, it contains a wealth of little-known historical anecdotes, unusual religious opinions, obscure and witty...

  • Tajrid sayf al-himmah li-stikhraj ma fi dhimmat al-dhimmah: A Scholarly Edition of 'Uthman ibn Ibrahim al-Nabulusi's Text

    ʻUthmān Nābulusī; Luke B. Yarbrough

    Tajrid sayf al-himmah li-stikhraj ma fi dhimmat al-dhimmah is a scholarly, Arabic-only edition of a text by 'Uthmān ibn Ibrāhīm al-Nābulusī, which is also available in English translation from the Library of Arabic Literature as The Sword of Ambition. In this work addressed to the Ayyubid sultan, al-Nābulusī argues against...

  • Tārīkhiyāt: Majmūʻah-i Maqālāt va Taḥqīqāt-i Tārīkhī

    Hossein Modarresi

    "Since 2007, five volumes of the collection of Modarressi's early (pre-1979) Persian articles have been published. These include volumes entitled Ijtima'iyat, Qummiyat, Sanadiyat, Kitabiyat, and Tarikhiyat. Having access to these reprints is most welcome given the fact that most of the articles included in these volumes were originally printed...

  • Tashayyuʻ va valā-yi Ahl-i Bayt dar adab-i qadīm-i Fārsī: jung-i ʻAbd al-Karīm Maddāḥ, muvarrakh 849

    A. Maḥallātī
    This volume is an annotated edition of a 9th/15th-century literary anthology of Persian poetry on the affection and love for the House of Prophet Muhammad in pre-Safavid Iran. The book is edited on the basis of a unique manuscript dated 849/1445. It contains 81 panegyrics in praise of the Prophet Muhammad and his House, many by poets who are...
  • Tıflî hikâyeleri

    David S. Sayers

    The Tıflî stories are a corpus of prose fiction produced in the Ottoman Empire from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries and often regarded as the main precursor of the Ottoman novel. At a time when Ottoman high literature consisted almost exclusively of epic or mystical poetry, the Tıflî stories depicted the mundane adventures of everyday...

  • Tradition and Survival: A Bibliographic Survey of Early Shi’ite Literature

    H. Modarressi
    Featuring over 250 key thinkers both major and less well-known, and spanning three centuries, this is a comprehensive survey of early Shi'ite literature, and the first of its kind. For each figure, the author offers a summary of their life and achievements, before outlining their literary and scholarly contributions to the canon, and documenting...
  • Transformation of Turkey: Reinterpreting State and Society from the Empire to the Republic

    F. M. Göçek
    In 1923, the Modern Turkish Republic rose from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, proclaiming a new era in the Middle East. However, many of the contemporary issues affecting Turkish state and society today have their roots not only in the in the history of the republic, but in the historical and political memory of the state's imperial history....
  • "Turkey's Forgotten Political Opposition: The Demise of Kadirbeyoğlu Zeki Bey."

    A. E. Balistreri
    Journal Article

    This article encourages a reevaluation of the role of Anatolian Muslim merchants and notability in the Turkish nationalist movement after World War I. It offers the political career of Gümüşhane merchant Kadirbeyoğlu Zeki Bey (1884–1952) as one step toward such a reevaluation. Zeki is known to historians of Turkey for his seemingly unusual...

  • The Turks in World History

    C. V. Findley
    “Beginning in Inner Asia two thousand years ago, the Turks have migrated and expanded to form today's Turkish Republic, five post-Soviet republics, other societies across Eurasia, and a global diaspora. For the first time in a single, accessible volume, this book traces the Turkic peoples' trajectory from steppe, to empire, to nation-state....
  • Veiled Voices

    Brigid Maher; Karen Bauer

    A documentary by Brigid Maher; [Tiny Leaps Productions & School of Communication at American University present]; produced and directed by Brigid Maher; co-produced [and written] by Karen Bauer].

    "Women across the Middle East are trying to reclaim their role as leaders in Islam. Veiled voices goes in-depth into the world of three...

  • Violence in the Middle East: From the Political Struggle to Self-Sacrifice

    H. Bozarslan
    “Violence has been a central political issue in many Middle Eastern countries during the past two decades, either episodically (Syria, Iran), or continually (Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine). This groundbreaking new study sheds light on the dynamics of this phenomenon by going beyond factors usually cited as the...
  • A Vision of Yemen: The Travels of a European Orientalist and His Native Guide: A Translation of Hayyim Habshush's Travelogue

    Alan Verskin

    In 1869, Hayyim Habshush, a Yemeni Jew, accompanied the European orientalist Joseph Halévy on his archaeological tour of Yemen. Twenty years later, Habshush wrote A Vision of Yemen, a memoir of their travels, that provides a vivid account of daily life, religion, and politics. More than a simple travelogue, it is a work of trickster-...

  • What Is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic

    S. Ahmed
    What is Islam? How do we grasp a human and historical phenomenon characterized by such variety and contradiction? What is "Islamic" about Islamic philosophy or Islamic art? Should we speak of Islam or of islams? Should we distinguish the Islamic (the religious) from the Islamicate (the cultural)? Or should we abandon "Islamic" altogether as an...
  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Islam and Modernity*

    Samuel R. Helfont

    Yusuf al-Qaradawi is one of the most influential Islamic scholars living in the Middle East today. Though classically trained in Islamic studies at al-Azhar, his religious and political thought has been heavily influenced by modernity. Using the ideas of prominent philosophers such as Kant and Hegel, as well as of contemporary social scientists...

  • The Ẓāhirī Madhhab (3rd/9th–10th/16th Century): A Textualist Theory of Islamic Law

    Amr Osman

    In this book, Amr Osman seeks to expand and re-interpret what we know about the history and doctrine of the Ẓāhirī madhhab. Based on an extensive prosopographical survey, he concludes that the founder, Dāwūd al-Ẓāhirī, was closer in profile and doctrine to the Ahl al-Ra’y than to the Ahl al-Ḥadīth. Furthermore, Ibn...