Faculty Books

  • 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...

  • 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.


  • 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...

  • 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-...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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—...
  • 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 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...
  • 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....

  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...