Publications

658 Publications

Translation by Victoria Rowe Holbrook, Ph.D. 1985

This visual tour of every one of Le Corbusier's buildings across the world represents the most comprehensive photographic archive of the architect's work. In 2010, photographer Cemal Emden set out to document every building designed by the master architect Le Corbusier. Traveling…

This volume has its origins in a conference held at the UCLA G. E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies in October 2013 and brings together scholars from various disciplines and fields to consider Islamic revelation, with particular focus on the Qur'an. The collection provides a wide-ranging survey of the development and current state…

Edited by Intisar Rabb, Ph.D. 2009.

"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…

Amit Bein, Ph.D. 2006.

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…

Edited by  Petra Sijpesteijn, Ph.D. 2004.

This volume is a tribute to the work of legal and social historian and Arabist Rudolph Peters (University of Amsterdam). Presenting case studies from…

Ruth Miller, Ph.D. 2003.

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…

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,…

Şuhnaz Yılmaz, Ph.D. 2000

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…

Translated by Adam Sabra, Ph.D. 1998.

This mirror for princes sheds light on the relationship between spiritual and political authority in early modern Egypt

This guide to political behavior and expediency offers advice to Sufi shaykhs, or spiritual guides, on how to interact and negotiate with powerful secular officials,…

Co-translated by Mona Zaki, Ph.D. 2015.

Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award for poetry.

The Operating System is honored to publish the first Arabic-English full translation of Ashraf Fayadh's singular volume of poetry, INSTRUCTIONS WITHIN, which was published by the Beirut- based Dar al-Farabi in 2008 and later…

Translated by Luke Yarbrough, Ph.D. 2012.

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…

Shahab Ahmed, Ph.D. 1999.

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…

Boaz Shoshan, Ph.D. 1978

The early Arab conquests pose a considerable challenge to modern-day historians. The earliest historical written tradition emerges only after the second half of the eighth century- over one hundred years removed from the events it contends to describe, and was undoubtedly influenced by the motives and…

Covering the period from the early nineteenth century to the present day, Modern Iran: A History in Documents brings   together primary sources in translation that shed light on aspects of the political, social, cultural, and intellectual history of   modern Iran. It makes use of a combination of…

Jessica Marglin, Ph.D. 2012.

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…

Kenneth J. Perkins, Ph.D. 1973.

The demographically modest, but strategically significant, country of Tunisia has experienced profound and revolutionary change in the almost two decades since the publication of the previous edition of this volume (1997). Most dramatically, a populist uprising in 2011 ousted the entrenched dictatorship…

Louise Marlow, Ph.D. 1987

A textual and contextual study of an early Arabic mirror for princes

Mirrors for princes form a substantial and important genre in many pre-modern literatures. Their ostensible purpose is to advise the king; at the same time they assert that the king, if he is truly virtuous, will appreciate being…

Martin S. Kramer, Ph.D. 1982

In 'The War on Error', historian and political analyst Martin Kramer presents a series of case studies, some based on pathfinding research and others on provocative analysis, that correct misinformation clouding the public's understanding of the Middle East. He also offers a forensic exploration of how…

Translated by Victoria Rowe Holbrook, Ph.D. 1985

As the midfiwe announces the birth of a girl at the home of a government minister, a bomb exploding at the Istanbul mosque where the Sultan is attending the congregational prayer resounds over the Bosphorus.

Rana will grow up amidst the frenzied politics of the fall of the…

Nevzat Uyanık, Ph.D. 2012.

“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…

Translated by Eric L. Ormsby, Ph.D. 1981

Two major events occurred in the early centuries of Islam that determined its historical and spiritual development in the centuries that followed: the formation of the sacred scriptures, namely the Qur'an and the Hadith, and the chronic violence that surrounded the succession of the Prophet,…

Zachary Lockman, B.A. 1974.

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,…

Ruth A. Miller, Ph.D. 2003.

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…

Caner K. Dagli, Ph.D. 2006.

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."

“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…

A groundbreaking reassessment of Foucault’s writings on one of the greatest political upheavals of our time

Were the thirteen essays Michel Foucault wrote in 1978–1979 endorsing the Iranian Revolution an aberration of his earlier work or an inevitable pitfall of his stance on Enlightenment rationality, as critics have long alleged?…

Translated by Robert D. McChesney, B. A. 1967, Ph.D. 1973.

Through years of neglect, deliberate modernization, and the effect of decades of war, Kabul’s architectural history has virtually disappeared. By meticulous use of all available records including written works, photographs,…

Michael S. Doran, Ph.D. 1997.

In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt moved to take possession of the Suez Canal, thereby bringing the Middle East to the brink of war. The British and the French, who operated the canal, joined with Israel…

Set in the tumultuous aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979, Remembering Akbar weaves together the stories of a group of characters who share a crowded death row cell in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. A teeming world is evoked vividly through the relationships, memories, and inner lives of these…

Ami Ayalon, Ph.D. 1980

In a brief historic moment, printing presses, publishing ventures, a periodical press, circulation networks, and a mass readership came into being all at once in the Middle East, where none had previously existed, with ramifications in every sphere of the community's life. Among other outcomes, this significant…

Mona F. Hassan, Ph.D. 2009.

"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…

Co-edited by Fred McGraw Donner, B.A. 1968, Ph.D. 1975.

The papers in this first volume of the new Oriental Institute series LAMINE are derived from a conference entitled “Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians in the Umayyad State,” held at the University of Chicago on June 17–18,…

Edited by Robert Wisnovsky, Ph.D. 1994.

Understanding how medieval textual cultures engaged with the heritage of antiquity (transmission and translation) depends on recognizing that reception is a…

Edited by Abdelmajid Hannoum, Ph.D. 1996.

Islam in Africa is deeply connected with Sufism, and the history of Islam is in a significant way a history of Sufism. Yet even within this continent, the practice and role of Sufism varies across the regions.

Translated by David Selim Sayers, Ph.D. 2014.

 “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…

Ali S. Shihabi, B.A. Politics, Certificate in Near Eastern Studies, 1981.

"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…

Nadav Samin, Ph.D. 2013.

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…

Louise Marlow, Ph.D. 1987.

Received First Place Publication Award from The Association of Art Museum Curators.

Princeton's Great Persian Book of Kings presents the first…

Making sense of Saudi Arabia is crucially important today. The kingdom's western province contains the heart of Islam, 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 new generation, and its society, dominated…

Jacob Olidort, Ph.D. 2015.

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…

Edited by Michael A. Reynolds, Ph.D. 2003.

"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…

Tom Papademetriou, Ph.D. 2001.

“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…