Year: 2014

The Literature of the Lebanese Diaspora: Representation of Place and Transnational Identity

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By: Jumana Bayeh

Volume: 2 Issue: 12

December 2014

Review by:

Issa J. Boullata, PhD

McGill University

Montreal, QC, Canada

This book was mostly written at Macquarie University in Australia, where the author is a Fellow in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations. Her approach to literature is sociological and, as such, offers a uniquely original contribution by concentrating on the representation of place and transnational identity in the literary writings of the Lebanese Diaspora. By using the theories and findings of Diaspora studies, she sheds new light on the literature of…

Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination

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By: Stefan Ihrig

Volume: 2 Issue: 12

December 2014

Review by:

Seth J. Frantzman, PhD

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel

On October 30, 1934, two long rows of Nazi party members marched to the Tiergarten in Berlin. Ernst Rohm, the commander of the Brown Shirts was among them, as was the Berlin police commander. The men stood at attention from 11 am to midnight. At some point during the day, the Nazi dignitaries and police officials paid their respects to the Turkish Ambassador, whose embassy abutted the Tiergarten. It was the tenth anniversary of the…

Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-sex desire in Contemporary Iran

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By: Afsaneh Najmabadi

Volume: 2 Issue: 12

December 2014

Review by:

Nancy E. Gallagher, PhD

University of California

Santa Barbara

In November, 2-14, [2014] BBC World News aired a documentary entitled “Iran’s Sex Change Solution,” in which several Iranians who had sought refuge in Turkey to escape forced sex change operations, were interviewed. In Iran, government officials deny the existence of homosexuality and offer subsidized gender reassignment surgery to bring those perceived as deviant in line with accepted norms. Often, however, those forced to transition are actually gay or lesbian and not transgender. According to…

Arming the Sultan: German Arms Trade and Personal Diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire before World War I

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By: Naci Yorulmaz

Volume: 2 Issue: 12

December 2014

Review by:

Ramazan Hakkı Öztan,

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

The defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Ottoman War of 1877-78 not only brought about a financial catastrophe for the Ottomans due to losses of territory and tax base, topped with war indemnities and refugee inflow, but it also meant the end of Ottoman membership in the Concert of Europe. It was, therefore, right after the Treaty of Berlin (1878) when the Ottoman-German rapprochement began to crystallize. The maintenance of good relations with Germany…

Arab Spring: Reflections on Political Changes in the Arab World and its Future

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By: Anwar Alam, Editor

Volume: 2 Issue: 12

December 2014

Review by:

Issa J. Boullata, PhD

McGill University

Montreal, QC, Canada

Most of the nineteen chapters of this book were originally papers read at an international conference held February 15-17, 2012 at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, India, and organized by the Center for West Asian Studies, then edited for this volume; some other chapters were later added to complete the plan of the book. It begins with a magisterial Introduction by Anwar Alam entitled “Making Sense of Arab Spring,” followed by an essay by…

The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid

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By: Walid Phares

Volume: 2 Issue: 12

December 2014

Review by:

W. Lynn Rigsbee II, PhD

Central State University

Wilberforce, OH

It is difficult to determine what type of text Walid Phares has written in The Lost Spring . It is not an academic text, as this review will reveal. Neither is it a work of fiction, though the casual reader might mistake it for such. Rather, The Lost Spring is little more a political polemic designed to advance the right-wing agenda of its author. Walid Phares is a former advisor to the Mitt Romney campaign…

Christians and the Middle East Conflict

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By: Paul S. Rowe
John H. A. Dyck
Jens Zimmermann, Editor

Volume: 2 Issue: 12

December 2014

Review by:

Mauro Sierra III,

University of Texas – Pan-American

Edinburg, TX

Christians and the Middle East Conflict brings the thoughts of ten different authors — all who see the ME conflict through a Christian orientalist perspective. The book is divided into three sections: 1) Theological Perspectives; 2) Historical Perspectives; and 3) Contemporary Perspectives. The first part has three chapters, the second part has three chapters and the third part has four chapters. Paul S. Rowe, one of the three editors of the book is also author…

Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City

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By: Madelaine Adelman
Miriam Fendius Elman, Editor

Volume: 2 Issue: 11

November 2014

Review by:

Issa J. Boullata, PhD

McGill University

Montreal, Canada

Madelaine Adelman (an anthropologist) and Miriam Fendius Elman (a political scientist) have assembled in this book ten good studies about Jerusalem. The editors do not advocate for the use of different disciplines in order to bring to the subject a better and more comprehensive understanding of it, but they believe that different disciplines do have the capability of presenting a variety of insights, and the contributors to their book have been chosen from multiple disciplines….

Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace (This is the second review of this title)

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By: Seyed Hossein

Volume: 2 Issue: 11

November 2014

Review by:

Robert Mason, PhD

British University in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

Covering more than 150 years of bilateral U.S. – Iran relations which have oscillated between the cordial and the frozen, the pragmatic and ideological, the engaged and contained, this book is a useful summary of all that has gone right — but more often wrong — in the relationship. It is written by a former Iranian diplomat, Seyed Hossein Mousavian who was formerly Iran’s Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997) during the period when four Iranian Kurdish…

Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace

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By: Seyed Hossein
Shair ShahidSaless

Volume: 2 Issue: 11

November 2014

Review by:

Martin Scott Catino, PhD

Henley Putnam University

Santa Clara, CA

As dark clouds of hostility and conflict continue to overshadow US-Iran relations, a global public, including many in the United States, continues to look for a silver lining in this foreboding atmosphere. Unfortunately, Hossein Mousavian and Shair ShahidSaless appear in this storm as a bolt of lightning and thunder rather than a silver lining, offering little light and a lot of noise. Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and…

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