Year: 2017

Salafism After the Arab Awakening: Contending with People’s Power

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By: Francesco Cavatorta
Fabio Merone, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Rolin G. Mainuddin

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina

What have been the theological and political impact of the Arab Spring on Salafism? This edited book addressed that question with a kaleidoscopic look at the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In his concluding chapter Roel Meijer argued that quietism has been vindicated and there has been a change in the nature of jihadism. In briefly locating salafiyya da’wiyya (evangelizing Salafism) or salafiyya ‘ilmiyya (scholastic Salafism)—quietist Salafism—in the context of the Arab Spring, particularly…

Contemporary Urban Landscapes of the Middle East

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By: Mohammad Gharipour, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

el-Sayed el-Aswad

United Arab Emirates University

Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates

This is a timely and rigorous scholarly work that focuses on contemporary urban landscapes of the Middle East through case study analyses in selected settings. The book is composed of 12 chapters addressing diverse projects of landscapes in different cities including Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Eskişehir, Islamabad, Muscat, Tehran and Tel Aviv among other cities. Illustrations, figures and photos of parks and landscapes are provided in all chapters except for Chapter 1. In addition to a…

Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge

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By: Seteney Shami
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Sanford R. Silverburg, Ph.D

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

Area studies has been a project study by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for the past fifteen years.  The collective effort of the Council’s research and participants at various levels of academia have resulted in this published effort focusing on the general notion of area studies and more particularly on the study of “the Middle East.”  How one studies any region of the world can be sliced according to discipline, cultural affiliation or a…

The Jarring Road to Democratic Inclusion: A Comparative Assessment of State-Society Engagements in Israel and Turkey

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By: Aviad Rubin
Yusuf Sarfati, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Sanford R. Silverburg, Ph.D

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

A great comparative political science collection of nine essays under the competent editorship of Aviad Rubin, a political scientist at the University of Haifa and Yusuf Safari, another political scientist, teaching at Illinois State University.  Together the authors deal with Kurds, non-Sunni Muslims, Armenians, and Greeks in Turkey, while in Israel the Jews, divided by Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Oriental-inclined believers, are living alongside Palestinian Muslims and Christians. The question to be studied, therefore, is how…

Islamophobia and Racism in America

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By: Erik Love

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

September 2017

Review by:

Mohammed M. Aman, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

The term Islamophobia gained frequency in the literature after the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent rising tidal wave of hate directed against Islam and Muslims, followed by the equally violent actions directed against Muslims in general and certain Muslim countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.  As a consequence of 9/11, Arab-American communities faced a hostile environment of “counter terrorism” activities directed against them by Western powers that view the war on terror as “us against them.” Through the 1990, FBI agents fanned out across the country in search of Arab…

Images of Istanbul

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By: Veronika Bernard

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

September 2017

Review by:

James C. A. Redman, PhD

Zayed University

Abu Dhabi

From the outset, Veronika Bernard’s recently published collection of photographs is clear about its purpose: “Istanbul Images is a photographic album devoted to the permanently changing urban face of Istanbul and trying to catch the manifold character of the city” (p. 7).  Taken over the course of a decade, from 2005 to 2014, Bernard’s photos are presented in color, black and white, as well as some that have had filtration effects applied to them.  In…

After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems

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By: Hasan Sijzi

Translated By: Rebecca Gould

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

September 2017

Review by:

Maryam El-Shall, PhD

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

IL-USA

After Tomorrow the Days Disappear:  Ghazals and Other Poems explores themes of romantic love, spiritual possession, self and other, being and non-being, the contingencies of mortal life, and the social chaos that ensues when all of these elements are entangled.  Ghazal 40, paradigmatic of this thematic versatility, captures this enmeshment and explores its repercussions: Lacking the ruby of your lips, my eyes filled with secret pearls. Pupil of the eye, cast your glance again. Your…

Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation

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By: Anthony Robinson
Annemarie Young

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

September 2017

Review by:

Mauro Sierra III

University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, TX

Young Palestinians Speak is a conjuncture of personal narratives of youth living in occupied Israel. It is the voices of witnesses to the gruesome treatment of Palestinians in the hands of Israelis and their military. These are children who live in despair and in a situation from which the world turns its face. Children are possibly the most essential part of our society. They are not only the future, but the present as well. Their…

The Teaching and Learning of Arabic in Early Modern Europe

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By: Jan Loop
Alastair Hamilton
Charles Burnett, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

September 2017

Review by:

Abderrahman Zouhir, Ph.D.

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Jan Loop, Alastair Hamilton, and Charles Burnett have brought together an impressive group of scholars and leading experts in the history of European Oriental Studies within the pages of The Teaching and Learning of Arabic in Early Modern Europe. The book is wide-ranging, rich in data and sources. This diversity of data and sources is matched by the diversity of views expressed in the book and the diverse background of the participating authors. The book…

Jihadism Transformed: Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s Global Battle of Ideas

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By: Simon Staffell
Akil N. Awan, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

September 2017

Review by:

David Grantham, PhD

National Security Consultant

Fort Worth, Texas

President Donald Trump announced the redeployment of 4,000 troops to Afghanistan in August 2017, signaling the War on Terror would continue indefinitely. Likewise, the flurry of published research since September 11th addressing Islamic extremism shows no signs of slowing. A problem persists, however, as far-reaching analysis and intense historical studies remain the primary avenue for explaining modern Islamic extremism. The information saturation is difficult to absorb. That is why Jihadism Transformed: Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s…

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