Books Reviewed

The Ottoman ‘Wild West’: The Balkan Frontier in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

The Ottoman ‘Wild West’: The Balkan Frontier in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries deals with the genesis of the distinctive Muslim community in the...

The Future of Israeli-Turkish Relations

Since their inception, Israel-Turkey relations have been characterized by ups and downs; they have been particularly sensitive to developments related to the Arab-Israeli conflict....

Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention

In a collection of academic papers edited by Hendrik Kraetzschmar and Paola Rivetti, a number of Middle East scholars have brought forth their findings...

The Foundation of Norms in Islamic Jurisprudence and Theology

In this book, Omar Farahat presents a new way of understanding the work of classical Islamic theologians and legal theorists who maintained that divine...

Coping with Uncertainty: Youth in the Middle East and North Africa

Seven years after the Arab uprisings, the social situation has deteriorated across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Political, economic and personal insecurities...

A History of Modern Iran

More than a century has passed since one of the first democratically elected National Assemblies in the Middle East was established in Iran as...

Modern Egypt: What Everyone Needs to Know

Bruce Rutherford and Jeannie Sowers’s comprehensive and accessible book makes such a task perfectly achievable even for the inexperienced reader.  The book begins with...

Corporate Islam: Sharia and the Modern Workplace

This book discusses the trajectory and emplacement of sharia in the modern corporate workplace. The author examines Islam’s religious, moral, social, and gendered understandings as they...

Arabs and Jews in Ottoman Palestine, Two Worlds Collide

This book is extremely well written and well researched, although the title is somewhat misleading. The author maintains that a historical approach highlights that...

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