Subject: Middle East


Germany and the Middle East: 1871–1945
Schwanitz, Wolfgang G., editor

Subject: Europe, Middle East

Before World War II, Germany intended to set up a greater Arabia under the influence of the Axis powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan. But the war changed everything. Now the Middle East became a potential battlefield at the crossroads …

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Harem Ghosts: What One Cemetery Can Tell Us About the Ottoman Empire
Brookes, Douglas Scott, Ziyrek Ali

Subject: Middle East, Ottoman Empire

“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 …

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History of the Middle East
Halm, Heinz, Suraiya Faroqhi, Monika Gronke

Subject: Middle Eastern History, Textbook

The Arabs: A Short History by Heinz Halm

The Ottoman Empire: A Short History by Suraiya Faroqhi

Iran:A Short History by Monika Gronke

Now combined into a single volume, these three brief history texts provide a concise and eye-opening …

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Holy City on the Nile: Omdurman During the Mahdiyya, 1885–1898
Kramer, Robert S.

Subject: Africa, Religion, Middle East

The late 19th century of the Common Era also marked the end of the 13th Islamic century, a time when millions of Muslims—especially in sub-Saharan Africa—fervently expected the arrival of a Mahdi, a “divinely guided one,” who would fill the …

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Ibn Battuta in Black Africa
Ibn Battuta, Abu Abdalla (edited by Said Hamdun and Noël Q. King)

Subject: Africa, Middle East, World History

Abu Abdalla ibn Battuta (1304–1354) was one of the greatest travelers of pre-modern times. He traveled to Black Africa twice. He reported about the wealthy, multi-cultural trading centers of the African East coast, such as Mombasa and Kilwa, and the …

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Ibn Fadlan’s Journey To Russia: A Tenth-Century Traveler From Baghdad to the Volga River
Frye, Richard N., editor

Subject: Asia, Europe, Middle East, Religion

This is the first English translation of the famous Risala, letters by the tenth-century traveler Ibn Fadlan, one of the great medieval travelers in world history, akin to Ibn Battuta. Ibn Fadlan was an Arab missionary sent by the Caliph …

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Iran: A Short History
Gronke, Monika (translated by Steven Rendall)

Subject: Middle East, Religion

No country in the Islamic Middle East presents as unique and distinguished a history and culture as Iran, which has managed to maintain its inherent characteristics — some of them from pre-Islamic times — over the course of centuries of …

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Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism
Göle, Nilüfer

Subject: Europe, Middle East, Religion

French Selection for the PEN World Voices Literary Festival

Islam in Europe is a book full of striking images: the assassination of and the death threats against artists and intellectuals; violent demonstrations demanding Sharia [Koranic] law for …

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Islam, Judaism, and Christianity: Theological and Historical Affiliations
Busse, Heribert (translated by Allison Brown)

Subject: Middle East, Religion

Islam is by nature and history related to Judaism and Christianity. Muhammad grappled with conflicting attitudes toward both religions for a long period before opting for his own way. Ultimately, he acknowledged Judaism and Christianity as independent but less legitimate …

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Islamic Art and Literature
Grabar, Oleg and Cynthia Robinson, editors

Subject: Middle East, Religion

Edited by Oleg Grabar, one of the leading experts in Islamic art history, along with Cynthia Robinson, this book breaks new ground in the field of Middle Eastern art history.

While illuminated manuscripts from Persia and the Arab world are …

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