Alumni Books

  • In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi'ism between Pakistan and the Middle East

    Simon W. Fuchs
    Book

    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...

    ISBN 978-1-4696-4978-8 cloth; ISBN 978-1-4696-4979-5 paper
  • A Vision of Yemen: The Travels of a European Orientalist and His Native Guide: A Translation of Hayyim Habshush's Travelogue

    Alan Verskin
    Book

    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-...

    Cloth ISBN: 9781503607033; Paper ISBN: 9781503607736; Digital ISBN: 9781503607743
  • The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem: From African Slave to Power Broker

    Jane Hathaway
    Book

    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,...

    9781107108295
  • Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies in Iraq

    Samuel Helfont
    Book
    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...

    9780190843311
  • The Lighthouse and the Observatory: Islam, Science, and Empire in Late Ottoman Egypt

    Daniel A. Stolz
    Book

    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,...

    9781107196339
  • Between Christ and Caliph: Law, Marriage, and Christian Community in Early Islam

    Lev E. Weitz
    Book

    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...

    9780812250275
  • İslâm, İktisat, Ordu ve Reform: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda İlk İktisat Eseri ve Tarihsel Bağlamı (Risâle-i Tedbîr-i ‘Umrân-ı Mülkî)

    Deniz T. Kılınçoğlu
    Book

    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...

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

    Peter Poullada
    Book

    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...

  • Kemalist Turkey and the Middle East

    Amit Bein
    Book

    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...

    9781107198005
  • Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States

    Zachary Lockman
    Book

    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,...

    Cloth: 9780804798051; paper: 9780804799065
  • Across Legal Lines: Jews and Muslims in Modern Morocco

    Jessica M. Marglin
    Book

    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...

    9780300218466
  • What Is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic

    S. Ahmed
    Book
    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...
  • Muhacirnâme: Poetry’s Voice for the Karamanlidhes Refugees

    A bilingual edition with 25 sketches by Semih Poroy
    E. Balta; A. S. Alpan; D. S. Sayers
    Book
    “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...
  • Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History

    M. Hassan
    Book
    "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...
  • Dismantling the Ottoman Empire: Britain, America and the Armenian question

    N. Uyanık
    Book
    “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...
  • The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil

    A. Shihabi; B. Haykel
    Book

    "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...

    9781558766129
  • Society, Law, and Culture in the Middle East: “Modernities” in the Making

    E. R. Toledano; D. Ze’evi
    Book
    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...
  • Render unto the Sultan: Power, Authority, and the Greek Orthodox Church in the Early Ottoman Centuries

    T. Papademetriou
    Book
    “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...
  • Of Sand or Soil: Genealogy and Tribal Belonging in Saudi Arabia

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

    A. Verskin
    Book
    “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...
  • The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State

    W. McCants
    Book
    “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...
  • Gender Hierarchy in the Qur'ān: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses

    K. Bauer
    Book

    “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 Edinburgh History of the Greeks, 1453 to 1774: The Ottoman Empire

    M. Greene
    Book
    “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...
  • Economics and Capitalism in the Ottoman Empire

    D. T. Kilinçoğlu
    Book
    “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...
  • Constellations of the Caucasus: Empires, Peoples, and Faiths

    M. A. Reynolds
    Book

    "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...

    9781558766044
  • Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789–2009

    F. M. Göçek
    Book
    “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...
  • 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
    Book

    "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...

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

    A. Verskin
    Book
    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...
  • Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies

    K. Richardson
    Book
    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...

  • The Arabs: A Short History

    Expanded edition with documents selected and edited by Luke Yarbrough and Oded Zinger.
    H. Halm
    Book
    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...
    9781558765450
  • Transformation of Turkey: Reinterpreting State and Society from the Empire to the Republic

    F. M. Göçek
    Book
    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....
  • Reading the Islamic City: Discursive Practices and Legal Judgment

    A. I. Kahera
    Book
    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 (...
  • A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire

    F. M. Göçek; R. G. Suny; N. M. Naimark
    Book
    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,...
  • One Hundred and One Nights

    B. Buchholz
    Book

    "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...

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

    A. Motlagh
    Book
    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."...
  • Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908–1918

    M. A. Reynolds
    Book
    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...
  • Catholic Pirates and Greek Merchants: A Maritime History of the Early Modern Mediterranean

    M. Greene
    Book
    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...
  • Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak ve Günlükleri

    N. Hatemi
    Book
    "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...