Books Reviewed

China’s Global Identity: Considering the Responsibilities of Great Power

Hoo Tiang Boon embarks on the first sustained study of China’s great power identity. The focus of the book is China’s positioning of itself...

Fear: Trump in the White House

Fear: Trump in the White House, written by Bob Woodward, is the latest contribution to a growing library of commentary on the early days...

Living Sharia: Law and Practice in Malaysia

In his book, Timothy P. Daniels examines the different streams of thought and worldviews regarding the practice of sharia in Malaysia, and how these...

Faithful Encounters: Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire

Emrah Şahin, in his book, Faithful Encounters: Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire, focuses on the American missionary activities through reviewing nearly...

Mahathir’s Islam: Mahathir Mohamad on Religion and Modernity in Malaysia

In his book, Mahathir’s Islam: Mahathir Mohamad on Religion and Modernity in Malaysia, Sven Schottmann provides a detailed analysis of Dr. Mahathir’s statements and...

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

Daniel A. Stolz, in his book, The Lighthouse and the Observatory: Islam, Science, and Empire in the Late Ottoman Egypt, tells the interesting story...

Contemporary Perspectives on Turkey’s EU Accession Process: A Reluctant European?

This review is a critical evaluation of the book, “Contemporary Perspectives on Turkey’s EU Accession Process: A Reluctant European?” edited by Catherine MacMillan. The...

When the War Came Home: The Ottomans’ Great War and the Devastation of an Empire

The Ottoman Empire was unprepared for the massive conflict of World War I. Lacking the infrastructure and resources necessary to wage a modern war,...

Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures, and the Struggle for Political Reform

The question of why democracy in Africa failed or succeeded has long been debated in academia. Nic Cheeseman, in his book, Democracy in Africa:...

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