Subject: Religion

Afro-Cuban Myths: Yemaya and Other Orishas
Lachatañeré, Romulo (translated by Christine Ayorinde; illustrated by Siegfried Kaden; introduction by Jorge Castellanos)

Subject: Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, World Literature

A moving collection of myths and tales, Afro-Cuban Myths was first published in 1938 under the title Oh, Mío Yemayá! These stories lead readers into a marvelous and magical world: the extraordinary imaginations of Afro-Cubans. Destined to become a classic …

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Age of the Caliphs: A History of the Muslim World
Spuler, Bertold

Subject: Middle East, Religion

“In this concise history of the Muslim countries [which begins with Rome, Persia, and the pre-Islamic Bedouins and ends with the fall of Bagdad to the Mongols in 1258], Spuler has provided the educated reader with a reliable presentation. The …

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Al-Narshakhi’s The History of Bukhara
Narshakhi, Abu Bakr Muhammad (translated and edited by Richard N. Frye)

Subject: Middle East

Al-Narshakhi’s The History of Bukhara is unusual among histories of Middle Eastern cities because it provides a broad and perceptive overview of urban life of the time, as opposed to the standard biographies of religious leaders.

Richard Frye’s translation from …

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Ancient South Arabia: From the Queen of Sheba to the Advent of Islam
Schippman, Klaus (translated by Allison Brown)

Subject: Middle East, Archaeology,Relion

At a crossroads between Africa, Asia, and Europe, the South Arabian kingdoms were major commercial and cultural players in world history. Their art and architecture, and especially their irrigation system, featuring a gigantic dam high in the mountains, give witness …

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Anti-Americanism in the Islamic World
Faath, Sigrid

Subject: Middle East, Religion, U.S. History

Anti-Americanism is a far from homogenous phenomenon — even in the Islamic world, where the press would sometimes want to convince us that a near-unanimous hostility to the United States exists. This book, by dint of on-the-ground research into Muslim …

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Aspects of Avicenna
Wisnovsky, Robert, editor

Subject: Middle East, Religion, World Literature

The philosopher and physician Abû ‘Alî al-Husayn ibn ‘Abdallâh ibn Sînâ (d. 1037 c.e.), known in the West by his Latinized name Avicenna, was one of the most influential thinkers of the Islamic and European Middle Ages. Yet for a …

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Beauty in Arabic Culture
Behrens-Abouseif, Doris

Subject: Middle East, Religion

Arabic Islamic thought allowed the development of autonomous norms of beauty that were independent of moral or religious criteria. The artistic work was viewed separately from the divine scheme and was free of metaphysical associations.

Beauty, however, had a significant …

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Between Pit and Pedestal: Women in the Middle Ages
Williams, Marty; Echols, Anne

Subject: European History, Women's History

“A fascinating and highly readable survey.” — Library Journal

“Crusader and concubine, laundress and troubadour, mystic and midwife and miniaturist, beguine and bondwoman and the bersatrix rocking the cradle of kings — all find their rightful place in this …

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Capoeira & Candomblé: Conformity and Resistance Through Afro-Brazilian Experience
Merrell, Floyd

Subject: Africa, South America, Religion

Capoeira is a unique music-dance-sport-play activity created by African slaves in Brazil, and Candomblé is a hybrid religion combining Catholic and African beliefs and practices. The two are closely interconnected. Capoeira and Candomblé have for centuries made up a coherent …

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Corpus of Early Arabic Sources for West African History
Hopkins, J. F. P. and Nehemiah Levtzion, editors

Subject: Africa, Middle East

From the eighth century onwards, the Muslim townsfolk of North Africa were well aware that fifty stages away across the desert to the south lay a land inhabited by black people which was the source of gold, ivory …

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