Subject: Middle East

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The Book of Strangers: Medieval Arabic Graffiti on the Theme of Nostalgia
Crone, Patricia and Shmuel Moreh, editors

Subject: Middle East

A tenth-century Iraqi longing for the happy days of the past took to collecting verse graffiti left behind by travelers and others who did not feel at home where they were in order to console himself. Some of the graffiti …

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The Golden Age of Islam
Lombard, Maurice

Subject: Middle East, Religion

In this book, Maurice Lombard portrays the Islamic world as the center of civilization at a time when the West was primitive and backward. Its reach extended from Córdoba to Samarkand, and it maintained and developed the tradition of wealth, …

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The Golden Trade of the Moors: West African Kingdoms in the Fourteenth Century
Bovill, E. W.

Subject: Africa, World History

“This book is the liveliest account of African history ever written, covering over [one] thousand years of trans-Saharan trade.

“Finely written and researched. … This edition will no doubt whet the appetites of a fresh generation of scholars and students …

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The Heritage of Central Asia: From Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion
Frye, Richard N.

Subject: Asia

Central Asia in ancient and medieval times was the crossroads of civilization, connecting China with the West. What we now call Central Asia was part of the empires conquered by Cyrus, Alexander the Great, Timur, and their successors during antiquity …

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The History of African Cities South of the Sahara: From the Origins to Colonization
Coquery-Vidrovitch, Catherine (translated by Mary Baker)

Subject: Africa

Outstanding Academic Book of the Year 2005, CHOICE Magazine

Cities have existed in sub-Saharan Africa since antiquity. But only now are historians and archaeologists rediscovering their rich heritage: the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe and Congo, the harbor …

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The History of Islamic Theology
Nagel, Tilman (translated by Thomas Thornton)

Subject: Middle East, Religion

The book presents Muslim beliefs about God’s relationship to humans by drawing on relevant Islamic sources from Muhammad to modern times. In connection with the social and political history of Islam, the reader is introduced to the central ideas and …

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The History of the Maritime Wars of the Turks
Çelebi, Kâtip (edited by Svatopluk Soucek)

Subject: Middle East, World History

This book spans the Turkish Empire’s expansion from the conquest of Constantinople to that of Crete, and recounts the story of Barbarossa, whom Süleyman the Magnificent appointed commander of the imperial navy, and many other highlights of Ottoman history. Katip …

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The Islamic Middle East and Japan: Perceptions, Aspirations, and the Birth of Intra-Asian Modernity
Worringer, Renée, editor

Subject: Asia, Middle East, Religion, World history

Iranian and Ottoman travelers to Japan in the late nineteenth century found a model to admire — a culture that was beginning to take its place in the modern world without sacrificing its traditional culture. Their admiration was bolstered when …

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The Kurds: A Divided Nation in Search of a State (2019 Edition)
Gunter Michael M.

Subject: Middle Eastern History, Middle East

Donald Trump betrayed the Kurds, America’s most reliable allies in the fight against ISIS, by announcing in a tweet that US troops would withdraw from Syria. Betrayal is nothing new in Kurdish history, especially by Western powers. The Kurds, a …

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The Kurds: A Modern History (2016 Edition)
Gunter, Michael

Subject: Middle Eastern History

“Professor Gunter’s easily accessible book offers readers an excellent state-of-the-art overview of Kurdish studies and reveals the continuities and violent ruptures that have shaped Kurdish history over the course of centuries.” — Hamit Borzarslan, École des hautes études en sciences …

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