Subject: World History

The Levant: A Fractured Mosaic
Harris, William

Subject: Middle East: Israel/Palestine/Levant, World History

One of the “10 Must-Read Books on the Evolution of Terrorism in the Middle East” — The Wall Street Journal

In the wake of the November terrorist attack in Paris, the Wall Street Journal asked several experts for book recommendations …

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The Mongol Period: History of the Muslim World
Spuler, Bertold (introduction by Arthur Waldron)

Subject: Middle East, Religion

First published by E.J. Brill (The Netherlands) in 1969 as Geschichte der Islamischen Länder, this volume is still one of the few studies to deal — authoritatively, comprehensively, and clearly to the non-specialist — with the Mongols. It provides a …

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The Ottoman Empire: A Short History
Faroqhi, Suraiya (translated by Shelley Frisch)

Subject: Middle East

In a concise and colorful style, Suraiya Faroqhi lays out the history of one of the most powerful empires of the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern era. At its height, the Ottoman Empire spread over three continents and …

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The Revolt of African Slaves in Iraq in the 3rd/9th Century
Popovic, Alexandre (introduction by Henry Louis Gates)

Subject: Africa, Middle East, History of Slavery

The revolt of African slaves in Iraq from 869 to 883 C.E.* – the revolt of the Zanj – was one of the great rebellions of world history and the first major uprising in the history of the African diaspora. …

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The Travels of Ibn Battuta to Central Asia
Ibrahimovich, Ibrahimov Nemattula

Subject: Asia, Middle East

The original Travels of Ibn Battuta ranks high amongst the masterpieces of Arabic geographical literature and is of great significance in the understanding of the history of the peoples inhabiting the Central Asian states. In 1325, Ibn Battuta, a traveler …

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The Travels of Ibn Battuta to India, the Spice Islands, and China
Ibn Battuta, author; King, Noël Q., translator; Butters, Albion, M., editor

Subject: Middle Eastern History, World History, Asia, India, China, Religion

The era in which Ibn Baṭṭūṭa traveled to the East was exciting but turbulent, cursed by the Black Plague and the fall of mighty dynasties. His chronicle provides a first-hand account of increased globalization due to the rise of …

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The West and the World: A History of Civilization, Vol. I: From the Ancient World to 1700
Reilly, Kevin

Subject: World History

The West and the World engages students and provokes discussion by presenting the past through the prism of current and perennial issues. Interpretive chapters on such topics as gender, religion, war, ecology, and nationalism create both thematic narratives and the …

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The West and the World: A History of Civilization, Vol. II: From 1400 to the Present
Reilly, Kevin

Subject: World History

The West and the World engages students and provokes discussion by presenting the past through the prism of current and perennial issues. Interpretive chapters on such topics as gender, religion, war, ecology, and nationalism create both thematic narratives and the …

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Women in the Islamic World: From Earliest Times to the Arab Spring
Schneider, Irene (translated by Steven Rendall)

Subject: Middle Eastern Studies, Women Studies, Religion, World History

This book describes and analyzes the different roles women have played in the Islamic world, past and present. Starting with Sharia regulations and their applications in societies throughout history, Schneider observes and pinpoints the obstacles and opportunities women …

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Women’s Voices on Africa: A Century of Travel Writings
Romero, Patricia W.

Subject: Africa, Women's History

In African Women: A Historical Panorama, Patricia W. Romero seeks to address what she perceives as a gap in existing scholarship on the history of African women, namely a lack of personalisation and case studies in accounts of women who …

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