Faculty Books

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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?


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...

  • 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...
  • 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...

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

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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • 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...