• 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...

  • Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade: 150 Years in the Life of a Medieval Arabian Port

    Eleni Roxani Margariti

    Positioned at the crossroads of the maritime routes linking the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Yemeni port of Aden grew to be one of the medieval world's greatest commercial hubs. Approaching Aden's history between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries through the prism of overseas trade and commercial culture, Roxani Eleni...

  • 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...

  • Aivali: A Story of Greeks and Turks in 1922

    Soloup; Tom Papademetriou

    A journey in time … a previous refugee crisis in the Mediterranean … the momentous historical events of 1922 seen through the eyes of third and fourth-generation descendants of those who lived and died through them.

    This graphic novel dramatically tells the story of Greeks and Turks living as neighbors in the town of Aivali and other...

  • 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,...
  • Ancient South Arabia through History: Kingdoms, Tribes, and Traders

    George Hatke; Ronald Ruzicka

    South Arabia, an area encompassing all of today’s Yemen and neighboring regions in Saudi Arabia and Oman, is one of the least-known parts of the Near East. However, it is primarily due to its remoteness, coupled with the difficulty of access, that South Arabia remains under-researched, for this region was, in fact, very important during pre-...

  • And God Knows the Soldiers: The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses

    Khaled Abou El Fadl

    This is a substantially expanded edition of the author's seminal work "The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses: A Contemporary Case Study". Beginning with the case study of a Muslim basketball player who refused to stand up while the American national anthem was playing, the author documents the disintegration of the Islamic...

  • 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...
  • Authority and Control in the Countryside: From Antiquity to Islam in the Mediterranean and Near East (6th–10th Century)

    Alain Delattre; Marie Legendre; Petra Sijpesteijn

    Authority and Control in the Countryside looks at the economic, religious, political and cultural instruments that local and regional powers in the late antique to early medieval Mediterranean and Near East used to manage their rural hinterlands. Measures of direct control – land ownership, judicial systems, garrisons and...

  • 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...

  • Before Orthodoxy: The Satanic Verses in Early Islam

    Shahab Ahmed

    One of the most controversial episodes in the life of the Prophet Muhammad concerns an incident in which he allegedly mistook words suggested by Satan as divine revelation. Known as the Satanic verses, these praises to the pagan deities contradict the Islamic belief that Allah is one and absolute. Muslims today—of all sects—deny that the...

  • The Believer: How an Introvert with a Passion for Religion and Soccer Became Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of the Islamic State

  • 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...

  • Beyond Dominant Paradigms in Ottoman and Middle Eastern/North African Studies: A Tribute to Rifa‘at Abou-El-Haj

    Donald Quataert; Baki Tezcan

    Rifa‘at Abou-El-Haj (Ph.D., Princeton, 1963) started teaching at California State University, Long Beach, in 1964, and moved to the State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton, in 1992. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, as well as two books, The 1703 Rebellion and the Structure of Ottoman Politics (1984;...

  • The Biopolitics of Embryos and Alphabets: A Reproductive History of the Nonhuman

    Ruth A. Miller
    Proposes a new feminist theory of nonhuman biopolitics Argues that gender and sexuality are essential in understanding nostalgia as a political force Reconceptualizes the politics of reproduction Decenters the brain as the sole site of political thought

    Biopolitics and posthumanism have been passé theories in the academy for a while now,...

  • 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.

  • Blood Ties: Religion, Violence and the Politics of Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia, 1878–1908

    Ipek K. Yosmaoglu

    The region that is today Macedonia was long the heart of the Ottoman Empire in Europe. It was home to a complex mix of peoples and faiths who had for hundreds of years lived together in relative peace. To be sure, these people were no strangers to coercive violence and various forms of depredations visited upon them by bandits and state agents...

  • 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 Charismatic Community: Shi'ite Identity in Early Islam

    Maria Massi Dakake

    Looks at the emergence of Shiism as a distinct communal identity within Islam.

    The Charismatic Community examines the rise and development of Shiite religious identity in early Islamic history, analyzing the complex historical and intellectual processes that shaped the sense of individual and communal religious vocation. The...

  • 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...

  • On Companionship and Belief: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 43-45

    Samer F. Traboulsi; Toby Mayer; Ian Richard Netton

    The Ikhwan al-Safa' (Brethren of Purity), the anonymous adepts of a tenth-century esoteric fraternity based in Basra and Baghdad, hold an eminent position in the history of science and philosophy in Islam due to the wide reception and assimilation of their monumental encyclopaedia, the Rasa 'il Ikhwan al-Safa' (Epistles of the...

  • 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...

  • Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam

    Khaled Abou El Fadl

    Based on actual cases, these original essays present an honest and critical evaluation of the problems and challenges that confront Muslims in the Contemporary world. Using the Muslim experience in the United States as a lens, the author examines what he identifies as a pervasive alienation suffered by Muslims over their place in history,...

  • 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...
  • The Deliverance: Logic

    Asad Q. Ahmed

     This book offers for the first time a complete scholarly translation, commentary, and glossary in a modern European language of the logic section of Ibn Sina's (d. 1037 CE) very important compendium al-Najat (The Deliverance). The original, written in Arabic, is the product of the middle period of the most renowned Muslim philosopher...

  • 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...

  • Diplomacy and Displacement: Reconsidering the Turco-Greek Exchange of Populations, 1922–1934

    Onur Yıldırım

    This study presents a comprehensive, balanced and factually grounded narrative of the Turco-Greek Exchange of Populations as a historic event that has been the subject of much distortion in the historiographical traditions of nationalist lore in Greece and Turkey, as well as in scholarly publications of various sorts elsewhere over the span of...

  • 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...
  • Documents and the History of the Early Islamic World

    Petra Sijpesteijn; Alexander T. Schubert

    Historians have long lamented the lack of contemporary documentary sources for the Islamic middle ages and the inhibiting effect this has had on our understanding of this critically important period. Although the field is richly served by surviving evidence, much of it is hard to locate, difficult to access, and philologically intractable....

  • 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...
  • An Eleventh-Century Egyptian Guide to the Universe: The Book of Curiosities

    Emilie Savage-Smith; Yossef Rapoport

    Acquired by the Bodleian Library in 2002, the Book of Curiosities is now recognized as one of the most important discoveries in the history of cartography in recent decades. This eleventh-century Arabic treatise, composed in Egypt under the Fatimid caliphs, is a detailed account of the heavens and the Earth, illustrated by an...

  • 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...

  • Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

    Norman A. Stillman; Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman; Yaron Ayalon; al. et

    The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World covers an area of Jewish history, religion, and culture which until now has lacked its own cohesive, discrete reference work. The Encyclopedia fills the gap in academic reference literature on the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods....

  • The Erotics of Corruption: Law, Scandal, and Political Perversion

    Ruth A. Miller

    A provocative retelling of the story of political corruption in the modern period.

    In this provocative retelling of the story of political corruption in the modern period, Ruth A. Miller argues that narratives of political corruption rely upon an explicitly pornographic rhetoric and have been instrumental in carving out...

  • 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,...
  • Fatwas of Condemnation: Islam and The Limits of Dissent

    Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad

    Fatwas of condemnation : Islam and the limits of dissent examines a particularly rich and relatively untapped source for Islamic intellectual history, namely the genre of legal writing represented by the compendia of Islamic legal response to examine the limits of dissent in Islam. Not confining himself to a particular period of history, but...

  • 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,...

  • Flourishing Thought: Democracy in an Age of Data Hoards

    Ruth A. Miller

    Insightful reinterpretation of data-gathering, surveillance, cloning, and reproductive tissue and their implications for democratic politics.

    Challenging the posthumanist canon that celebrates the preeminence of matter, Ruth Miller, in Flourishing Thought contends that what nonhuman systems contribute to democracy is...

  • Formations of Belief: Historical Approaches to Religion and the Secular.

    Philip Nord; Katja Guenther; Max Weiss

    For decades, scholars and public intellectuals have been predicting the demise of religion in the face of secularization. Yet religion is undergoing an unprecedented resurgence in modern life―and secularization no longer appears so inevitable. Formations of Belief brings together many of today's leading historians to shed critical...

  • Founding Gods, Inventing Nations: Conquest and Culture Myths from Antiquity to Islam

    William F. McCants

    From the dawn of writing in Sumer to the sunset of the Islamic empire, Founding Gods, Inventing Nations traces four thousand years of speculation on the origins of civilization. Investigating a vast range of primary sources, some of which are translated here for the first time, and focusing on the dynamic influence of the Greek, Roman...

  • 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...

  • Friends of the Emir: Non-Muslim State Officials in Premodern Islamic Thought

    Luke B. Yarbrough

    The caliphs and sultans who once ruled the Muslim world were often assisted by powerful Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, and other non-Muslim state officials, whose employment occasioned energetic discussions among Muslim scholars and rulers. This book reveals those discussions for the first time in all their diversity, drawing on unexplored...

  • From al-Andalus to Khurasan: Documents from the Medieval Muslim World

    Petra Sijpesteijn

    As in many areas of pre-modern history, the study of medieval Islamic history has been critically hindered by the lack of available evidence. Unlike many parallel fields, however, the shortage of contemporary documentary evidence for medieval Islam has less to do with the survival of documents and archives as with their accessibility.

  • 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.


  • Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam

    Ibn al-ʻArabī; Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad
  • Gatekeepers of the Arab Past: Historians and History Writing in Twentieth-Century Egypt

    Yoav Di-Capua

    This groundbreaking study illuminates the Egyptian experience of modernity by critically analyzing the foremost medium through which it was articulated: history. The first comprehensive analysis of a Middle Eastern intellectual tradition, Gatekeepers of the Past examines a system of knowledge that replaced the intellectual and...

  • 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...

  • The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists

    Khaled Abou El Fadl

    Despite President George W. Bush's assurances that Islam is a peaceful religion and that all good Muslims hunger for democracy, confusion persists and far too many Westerners remain convinced that Muslims and terrorists are synonymous. In the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the recent bombings...

  • 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

  • Histories of the Middle East: Studies in Middle Eastern Society, Economy and Law in Honor of A.L. Udovitch

    Eleni Roxani. Margariti; Adam Sabra; Petra Sijpesteijn

    For four decades Abraham L. Udovitch has been a leading scholar of the medieval Islamic world, its economic institutions, social structures, and legal theory and practice. In pursuing his quest to understand and explain the complex phenomena that these broad rubrics entail, he has published widely, collaborated internationally with other...

  • 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...
  • Ibn al-'Arabi and Islamic Intellectual Culture: From Mysticism to Philosophy

    Caner K. Dagli

    Ibn al-'Arabi (d. 1240) was one of the towering figures of Islamic intellectual history, and among Sufis still bears the title of al-shaykh al-akbar, or "the greatest master."

    Ibn al-'Arabi and Islamic Intellectual Culture traces the history of the concept of "oneness of being" (wahdat al-wujud) in the school of Ibn al- 'Arabi, in...

  • Ibn Taymiyya and His Times

    Shahab Ahmed; Yossef Rapoport
    Written by leading authorities in the field Examines one of the most controversial thinkers in Islamic history

    Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328) is one of the most controversial thinkers in Islamic history. Today he is revered by what is called the Wahhabi movement and championed by Salafi groups who demand a return to the pristine golden...

  • Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman World: A Volume of Essays in Honor of Norman Itzkowitz

    Baki Tezcan; Karl K. Barbir

    Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman World is a collection of articles authored by the students and colleagues of Norman Itzkowitz. The contributors include Engin Deniz Akarli, Karl K. Barbir, Cornell H. Fleischer, Jane Hathaway, Cemal Kafadar, Metin Kunt, Rudi Paul Lindner, Heath W. Lowry, Scott Redford, Vamik D. Volkan, and...

  • Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel

    Orit Bashkin

    Co-Winner of the 2018 Nikki Keddie Book Award, sponsored by the Middle East Studies Association.

    Between 1949 and 1951, 123,000 Iraqi Jews immigrated to the newly established Israeli state. Lacking the resources to absorb them all, the Israeli government resettled them in maabarot, or transit camps, relegating them to poverty....

  • 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...
  • Infectious Ideas: Contagion in Premodern Islamic and Christian Thought in the Western Mediterranean

    Justin K. Stearns

    Infectious Ideas is a comparative analysis of how Muslim and Christian scholars explained the transmission of disease in the premodern Mediterranean world.

    How did religious communities respond to and make sense of epidemic disease? To answer this, historian Justin K. Stearns looks at how Muslim and Christian communities conceived of...

  • 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...
  • Islam and the Challenge of Democracy

    Khaled Abou El Fadl; Joshua Cohen; Deborah Chasman

    The events of September 11 and the subsequent war on terrorism have provoked widespread discussion about the possibility of democracy in the Islamic world. Such topics as the meaning of jihad, the role of clerics as authoritative interpreters, and the place of human rights and toleration in Islam have become subjects of urgent public debate...

  • 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 Cultures, Islamic Contexts: Essays in Honor of Professor Patricia Crone

    Asad Q. Ahmed; Behnam Sadeghi; et al.

    This volume brings together articles on various aspects of the intellectual and social
    histories of Islamicate societies and of the traditions and contexts that contributed to their
    formation and evolution. Written by leading scholars who span three generations and
    who cover such diverse fields as Late Antique Studies,...

  • 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...
  • Islamic Maps

    Yossef Rapoport

    Spanning the Islamic world, from ninth-century Baghdad to nineteenth-century Iran, this book tells the story of Islamic cartography and the key Muslim map-makers who shaped the art over the centuries. Muslim geographers like al-Khwārazmī and al-Idrīsī developed distinctive styles, often based on geometrical patterns and calligraphy, and their...

  • The Islamic Scholarly Tradition: Studies in History, Law, and Thought in Honor of Professor Michael Allan Cook

    Asad Q. Ahmed; Michael Bonner; Behnam Sadeghi

    The volume contains highly original articles on Islamic history, law, and thought, each either proposing new hypotheses or readjusting existing ones. The contributions range from studies in the formulation of the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar to notes on the "blood-money group" in Islamic law, and to transformations in Arabic logic in the post-...

  • 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.

  • A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog throughout Jewish History

    Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman; Rakefet Zalashik

    The dog has captured the Jewish imagination from antiquity to the contemporary period, with the image of the dog often used to characterize and demean Jewish populations in medieval Christendom. In the interwar period, dogs were still considered goyishe nakhes (‘a gentile pleasure’) and virtually unheard of in the Jewish homes of the shtetl....

  • 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...

  • Law in Crisis: The Ecstatic Subject of Natural Disaster

    Ruth A. Miller

    Taking natural disaster as the political and legal norm is uncommon. Taking a person who has become unstable and irrational during a disaster as the starting point for legal analysis is equally uncommon. Nonetheless, in Law in Crisis Ruth Miller makes the unsettling case that the law demands an ecstatic subject and that natural...

  • Legal Documents as Sources for the History of Muslim Societies: Studies in Honour of Rudolph Peters

    Maaike van Berkel; Léon Buskens; Petra Sijpesteijn

    This volume is a tribute to the work of legal and social historian and Arabist Rudolph Peters (University of Amsterdam). Presenting case studies from different periods and areas of the Muslim world, the book examines the use of legal documents for the study of the history of Muslim societies. From examinations of the conceptual status of legal...

  • Legislating Authority: Sin and Crime in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey

    Ruth A. Miller

    Legislation Authority addresses issues of law, state violence, and state authority within the Ottoman and Turkish context.


    Historical context -- Legal context -- 1840 to 1850 : crime and the bureaucracy -- 1851 to 1858 : the disappearance of the victim -- 1859 to 1876 : crimes against the state...

  • 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,...

  • The Limits of Bodily Integrity: Abortion, Adultery, and Rape Legislation in Comparative Perspective

    Ruth A. Miller

    This volume argues that legislation on abortion, adultery, and rape has been central to the formation of the modern citizen. The author draws on rights literature, biopolitical scholarship, and a gender-studies perspective as a foundation for rethinking the sovereign relationship. In approaching the politicization of reproductive space from...

  • The Logic of Law Making in Islam: Women and Prayer in the Legal Tradition

    Behnam Sadeghi

    This pioneering study examines the process of reasoning in Islamic law. Some of the key questions addressed here include whether sacred law operates differently from secular law, why laws change or stay the same, and how different cultural and historical settings impact the development of legal rulings. In order to explore these questions, the...

  • 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...
  • Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo

    Yossef Rapoport; Emilie Savage-Smith

    About a millennium ago, in Cairo, an unknown author completed a large and richly illustrated book. In the course of thirty-five chapters, this book guided the reader on a journey from the outermost cosmos and planets to Earth and its lands, islands, features, and inhabitants. This treatise, known as The Book of Curiosities, was unknown...

  • 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 Margins of Empire: Kurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone

    Janet Klein

    At the turn of the twentieth century, the Ottoman state identified multiple threats in its eastern regions. In an attempt to control remote Kurdish populations, Ottoman authorities organized them into a tribal militia and gave them the task of subduing a perceived Armenian threat. Following the story of this militia, Klein explores the...

  • Marriage, Money and Divorce in Medieval Islamic Society

    Yossef Rapoport

    High rates of divorce, often taken to be a modern and western phenomenon, were also typical of medieval Islamic societies. By pitting these high rates of divorce against the Islamic ideal of marriage,Yossef Rapoport radically challenges usual assumptions about the legal inferiority of Muslim women and their economic dependence on men. He argues...

  • The Middle East Economy: Decline and Recovery: Selected Essays

  • Middle East Focus: The Persian Gulf

    T. C. Young
    Conference Proceedings
  • Middle Powers and Regional Powers

    Şuhnaz Yılmaz

    Online resource.

    The terms “middle powers” and “regional powers” are increasingly used by politicians, pundits, and scholars, even though both words remain vague and their meanings are contentious. Middle powers often refer to states that occupy a middle-level position in the international power spectrum, just below superpowers or great...

  • Militant Ideology Atlas

    William F. McCants

    The Militant Ideology Atlas identifies the most influential thinkers in the Jihadi Movement and delineates the movement’s key ideological vulnerabilities. It situates the Jihadi Movement within the various Muslim constituencies that Jihadi leaders seek to influence and persuade.  Each constituency is responsive to leaders in the broader...

  • The Military Costume of the Ottoman Empire

    Tamer El-Leithy

    A stunning collection of annotated plates of thirty military ranks and roles in the early nineteenth-century Imperial Ottoman army

    English writings on the Ottoman Empire grew in the seventeenth century, following the establishment of official commercial relations between London and the Sublime Porte in 1580 and a permanent English...

  • 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...

  • New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq

    Orit Bashkin

    Although Iraqi Jews saw themselves as Iraqi patriots, their community—which had existed in Iraq for more than 2,500 years—was displaced following the establishment of the state of Israel. New Babylonians chronicles the lives of these Jews, their urban Arab culture, and their hopes for a democratic nation-state. It studies their ideas...

  • 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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  • No Exit: Arab Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Decolonization

    Yoav Di-Capua

    It is a curious and relatively little-known fact that for two decades—from the end of World War II until the late 1960s—existentialism’s most fertile ground outside of Europe was in the Middle East, and Jean-Paul Sartre was the Arab intelligentsia’s uncontested champion. In the Arab world, neither before nor since has another Western...

  • 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...
  • The Origins of the Sh‘īa: Identity, Ritual, and Sacred Space in Eighth-Century Kūfa

    Najam Haider

    The Sunnī-Shi'a schism is often framed as a dispute over the identity of the successor to Muhammad. In reality, however, this fracture only materialized a century later in the important southern Iraqi city of Kūfa (present-day Najaf). This book explores the birth and development of Shī'i identity. Through a critical analysis of legal texts,...

  • 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...

  • The Other Iraq: Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite Iraq

    Orit Bashkin

    The Other Iraq challenges the notion that Iraq has always been a totalitarian, artificial state, torn by sectarian violence. Chronicling the rise of the Iraqi public sphere from 1921 to 1958, this enlightening work reveals that the Iraqi intellectual field was always more democratic and pluralistic than historians have tended to...

  • The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War

    Mustafa Aksakal

    Why did the Ottoman Empire enter the First World War in late October 1914, months after the war's devastations had become clear? Were its leaders 'simple-minded,' 'below-average' individuals, as the doyen of Turkish diplomatic history has argued? Or, as others have claimed, did the Ottomans enter the war because War Minister Enver Pasha,...

  • Ottoman Ulema, Turkish Republic: Agents of Change and Guardians of Tradition

    Amit Bein

    To better understand the diverse inheritance of Islamic movements in present-day Turkey, we must take a closer look at the religious establishment, the ulema, during the first half of the twentieth century. During the closing years of the Ottoman Empire and the early decades of the Republic of Turkey, the spread of secularist and anti-religious...

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

  • Papyrology and the History of Early Islamic Egypt

    Petra Sijpesteijn; Lennart Sundelin

    Tens of thousands of documents dating form the late Byzantine and early Islamic periods have been found in Egypt. These texts, written on papyrus and a variety of other materials, in Greek, Coptic Egyptian, and Arabic, offer a unique, but underutilized resource for the study of a society experiencing a profound transformation, this volume...

  • Patronage and Poetry in the Islamic World: Social Mobility and Status in the Medieval Middle East and Central Asia

    Jocelyn Sharlet

    Arabic and Persian panegyric poetry was one of the most important genres of literature in the medieval Middle East and Central Asia. Jocelyn Sharlet argues that panegyric poetry is important not only because it provides a commentary on society and culture in the medieval Middle East, but also because panegyric writing was one of the key means...

  • Philosophy and the Intellectual Life in Shīʻah Islam

    Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad; Sajjad H. Rizvi

    Contains a series of studies into the philosophical trends and thinkers associated with the Shīʻī tradition from a symposium held September 2-4, 2015, at the Warburg Institute in London, England. The volume offers insight into the rich intellectual history in Shīʻah Islam of examining enduring and integral theological, mystical, metaphysical...

  • The Place of Tolerance in Islam

    Khaled Abou El Fadl; Joshua Cohen; Ian Lague

    Khaled Abou El Fadl, a prominent critic of Islamic puritanism, leads off this lively debate by arguing that Islam is a deeply tolerant religion. Injunctions to violence against nonbelievers stem from misreadings of the Qur’an, he claims, and even jihad, or so-called holy war, has no basis in Qur’anic text or Muslim theology but instead grew out...

  • 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,...

  • Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation

    Christopher Reed Stone

    Based on an award-winning thesis, this volume is a pioneering study of musical theatre and popular culture and its relation to the production of identity in Lebanon in the second half of the twentieth century.

    In the aftermath of the departure of the French from Lebanon and the civil violence of 1958, the Rahbani brothers (Asi and...

  • A Potential Kurdistan: The Quest for Statehood

  • 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,...
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    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 as a...

  • 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 (...
  • Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari‘ah in the Modern Age

    Khaled Abou El Fadl

    In light of recent concern over Shari’ah, such as proposed laws to prohibit it in the United States and conflict over the role it should play in the new Egyptian constitution, many people are confused about the meaning of Shari‘ah in Islam and its role in the world today. In Reasoning with God, renowned Islamic scholar Khaled Abou El...

  • The Rebel and the Imam in Early Islam: Explorations in Muslim Historiography

    Najam Haider

    Engaging with contemporary debates about the sources that shape our understanding of the early Muslim world, Najam Haider proposes a new model for Muslim historical writing that draws on Late Antique historiography to challenge the imposition of modern notions of history on a pre-modern society. Haider discusses three key case studies - the...

  • Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law

    Khaled Abou El Fadl

    Khaled Abou El Fadl's book represents the first systematic examination of the idea and treatment of political resistance and rebellion in Islamic law. Pre-modern jurists produced an extensive and sophisticated discourse on the legality of rebellion and the treatment due to rebels under Islamic law. The book examines the emergence and...

  • Rebuilding a Partnership: Turkish-American Relations for a New Era: A Turkish Perspective

  • 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...
  • Rethinking Political Islam

    Shadi Hamid; William F. McCants
    Shows an in-depth understanding of the ideology and goals of Islamist movements Features the original field research of leading specialists who interviewed Islamist leaders and activists in 12 countries across the Middle East and Asia Provides a nuanced and thorough analysis of contemporary political Islam in light of the "twin shocks" of the...
  • 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

  • Routledge Handbook of Islamic Law

    Khaled Abou El Fadl; Ahmad Atif Ahmad; Said Fares Hassan

    This handbook is a detailed reference source comprising original articles covering the origins, history, theory and practice of Islamic law. The handbook starts out by dealing with the question of what type of law is Islamic law and includes a critical analysis of the pedagogical approaches to studying and analysing Islamic law as a discipline...

  • Rural Economy and Tribal Society in Islamic Egypt: A Study of al-Nābulusī’s 'Villages of the Fayyum'

    Yossef Rapoport

    This study of a unique and unparalleled thirteenth-century Arabic tax register of the province of the Fayyum in Middle Egypt offers a radically new perspective on the social and economic history of the medieval Islamic countryside.

    The Villages of the Fayyum is a unique and unparalleled thirteenth-century Arabic tax register of...

  • 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...

  • The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books

    Khaled Abou El Fadl

    Khaled Abou El Fadl is a classically-trained Islamic jurist, an American lawyer and law professor, and one of the most important Islamic thinkers today. In this updated and expanded edition of The Search for Beauty in Islam, Abou El Fadl offers eye-opening and enlightening insights into the contemporary realities of the current state of Islam...

  • The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World

    Baki Tezcan

    Although scholars have begun to revise the traditional view that the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries marked a decline in the fortunes of the Ottoman Empire, Baki Tezcan’s book proposes a radical new approach to this period. While he concurs that decline did take place in certain areas, he constructs a new framework by foregrounding the...

  • Seven Stories of Threatening Speech: Women's Suffrage Meets Machine Code

    Ruth A. Miller

    Treating language as a type of machine code opens new avenues for the study of history and politics.

    Ruth A. Miller demonstrates the potential of taking nonhuman linguistic activity—such as the running of machine code—as an analytical model. Via a lively discussion of 19th-century pro- and antisuffragists, Miller tells a new...

  • Shaping a Muslim State: The World of a Mid-Eighth-Century Egyptian Official

    Petra Sijpesteijn
    Accessible history of the formation of Islam and the first hundred years of Muslim rule in Egypt Examines a corpus of previously unknown Arabic papyrus letters Illustrated with 35 black and white plates

    Shaping a Muslim State provides a synthetic study of the political, social, and economic processes which formed early Islamic...

  • 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

  • Shi‘i Islam: An Introduction

    Najam Haider

    During the formative period of Islam, in the first centuries after Muhammad's death, different ideas and beliefs abounded. It was during this period of roughly three centuries that two particular intellectual traditions emerged, Sunnism and Shi'ism. Sunni Muslims endorsed the historical caliphate, while Shi'i Muslims, supporters of 'Ali, cousin...

  • 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...

  • Snarl: In Defense of Stalled Traffic and Faulty Networks

    Ruth A. Miller

    It is possible to imagine a theory of democracy and a constitutional history independent of human subjectivity.

    Ruth A. Miller excavates a centuries-old history of nonhuman and nonbiological constitutional engagement and outlines a robust mechanical democracy that challenges existing theories of liberal and human political participation...

  • 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...
  • Temporary Migration, Transformation and Development: Evidence from Europe and Asia

    Pirkko Pitkänen; Mustafa Aksakal; et al.

    In a world grappling with refugee crisis, political unrest and economies on the verge of collapse, temporary migration has become an increasingly common phenomenon.

    This volume presents a comprehensive picture of the transformative and development potential of temporary transnational migration in political, legal, economic, social and...

  • This Noble House: Jewish Descendants of King David in the Medieval Islamic East

    Arnold E. Franklin

    This Noble House explores the preoccupation with biblical genealogy that emerged among Jews in the Islamic Near East between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries. Arnold Franklin looks to Jewish society's fascination with Davidic ancestry, examining the profusion of claims to the lineage that had already begun to appear by the year 1000, the...

  • 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...

  • "Turkish - US Relations." Journal of Balkan & Near Eastern Studies Special Issue

  • Turkish-American Relations, 1800–1952: Between the Stars, Stripes and the Crescent

    Şuhnaz Yılmaz

    This book aims to take the reader on a journey along the intricate web of Turkish-American relations. It critically examines the process, during which the relations evolved from those of strangers into an occasionally troubled, yet resilient alliance. Through the extensive use of Turkish, American and British archival documents and numerous...

  • Türkiye için bir Mevduat Sigorta Sistemi Önerisi

    Şuhnaz Yılmaz; Rıza Kadılar
  • 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....
  • Universal Science: An Introduction to Islamic Metaphysics

    Mahdī Hā'irī Yazdī; Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad

    The Universal Science (ʿIlm-i kullī) by Mahdī Ḥāʾirī Yazdī, is a concise, but authoritative, outline of the fundamental discussions in Islamic metaphysics. For many years used as a textbook in Iran, this short text offers English readers a readily accessible, lucid, and yet deeply learned, guide through the Sadrian, Avicennan, and...

  • 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...

  • The Villages of the Fayyum: A Thirteenth-Century Register of Rural, Islamic Egypt

    Yossef Rapoport

    Richly annotated and with a detailed introduction, this volume offers the first academic edition and translation of a first-hand account of the Egyptian countryside, offering a key insight into the rural economy of medieval Islam.

    Medieval Islamic society was overwhelmingly a society of peasants, and the achievements of Islamic...

  • 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...
  • Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam

    Asma Sayeed

    Asma Sayeed's book explores the history of women as religious scholars from the first decades of Islam through the early Ottoman period (seventh to the seventeenth centuries). Focusing on women's engagement with ḥadīth, this book analyzes dramatic chronological patterns in women's ḥadīth participation in terms of developments in Muslim social,...

  • Women without Men: A Novella

    Shahrnush Parsipur; Kamran Talattof; Jocelyn Sharlet

    This novella interweaves the stories of five women who set out to escape the restrictions of family and social life in contemporary Iran. Through murder, suicide and even rape, as well as love, contemplation and spiritual transformation, they succeed, only to face new challenges.

  • 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...