Year: 2017

Islamic Law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

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By: Moataz El Fegiery

Volume: 5 Issue: 12

December 2017

Review by:

Sania Ismailee

Indian Institute of Technology

Delhi, India

Moataz El Fegiery’s book Islamic law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt presents a comprehensive account of Muslim Brotherhood’s evolving thought on Islamic law and International Human Rights. Broadly, the book opposes the setting up of a shari’a state in a democratic regime with religious diversity.  It proposes the reform of traditional Islamic law as proposed by hardline Muslim jurists in favor of an “evolutionary interpretation of Islamic law” in a constitutional setup….

Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West

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By: Gilles Kepel
Antoine Jardin

Volume: 5 Issue: 12

December 2017

Review by:

Christopher Anzalone, ABD

McGill University & Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Cambridge, MA

In this updated study and expansion upon previously published work, Gilles Kepel traces the contemporary history and evolution of Sunni radical Islamism and militancy in France from 2005 up to the launching of attacks by Islamic State in Paris and other locations in the country in 2015.  The backdrop of the book is not only the rise and increasing radicalization and organization of European jihadi cells on the continent but also the growing popularity of…

Jihad and Death: The Global Appeal of Islamic State

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By: Olivier Roy

Translated By: Cynthia Schoch

Volume: 5 Issue: 12

December 2017

Review by:

Christopher Anzalone, ABD

McGill University & Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Cambridge, MA

In his latest book, the noted French scholar of religion and Islam Olivier Roy turns his attention to the phenomenon of jihadism and the appeal of militant Islamist organizations such as Islamic State.  Expanding upon his earlier work in studies of secularism and fundamentalism, Islam, and modern and globalized religion, he argues, as he has in the past, that the specifically “Islamic” elements of the appeal of jihadi groups is much less than often assumed…

Modern Woman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Rights, Challenges and Achievements

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By: Hend T. Al-Sudairy

Volume: 5 Issue: 12

December 2017

Review by:

Najah Mahmi, PhD

Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, and Nice-Sophia Antipolis University, France

Fes, Morocco

Modern Woman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia : Rights, Challenges and Achievements is a book written by Hend T. Al-Sudairy and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2017. The book documents Saudi woman’s aspects of life, achievements and challenges, notably shaped by Saudi conservative traditions and social structures that have restricted her opportunities and played a major role in making her  unfamiliar to the world. Divided into six chapters, this book portrays Saudi woman’s life…

Queering Sexualities in Turkey: Gay Men, Male Prostitutes and the City

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By: Cenk Özbay

Volume: 5 Issue: 12

December 2017

Review by:

Saffo Papantonopoulou

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Based on over a decade of fieldwork and interviews with male sex workers and their clients in Istanbul, Cenk Özbey’s extensively researched study provides a much-needed insight into the issues of masculinity, (homo)eroticism, sexuality, gender and class in the world of transactional gay sex in neoliberal Turkey. His work will prove invaluable reading for those researchers across various disciplines interested in queer studies, sexuality and gender studies, masculinity, and sex work. The primary focus of…

Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress

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By: Elizabeth Bucar

Volume: 5 Issue: 11

November 2017

Review by:

Steven C. Dinero, Ph.D.

Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The subjects of veiling, hijab and modesty dress have all become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Given the rise in Muslim orthodoxy across the world, it is no wonder that women are donning burka and hijab like never before. Social media only further reflects this trend; “hijabbers” now communicate across the digital spectrum and #hijabfashion is a major trending topic of shared discussion. How timely then that Elizabeth Bucar has written this engaging, beautifully researched…

Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State

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By: David B. Roberts

Volume: 5 Issue: 11

November 2017

Review by:

Calvin H. Allen, Jr., PhD

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

David Roberts is an assistant professor of defense studies at King’s College, London, and a former director of the Qatar office of the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies. This book is a revised version of his Ph.D. dissertation at Durham University that analyzes modern Qatari politics through Gerd Nonneman’s (Analyzing Middle East Foreign Policies, Routledge, 2005) tripartite typology which examines state policies and actions within the context of the interplay of…

A History of Stability and Change in Lebanon: Foreign Interventions and International Relations

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By: Joseph Bayeh

Volume: 5 Issue: 11

November 2017

Review by:

Josef Olmert, PhD

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

Domestic politics and foreign interventions are at the very core of Lebanese politics. One cannot go without the other, and in this regard, a book which sets out to examine this phenomenon is always timely. When such a book is published, it is bound to be relevant, that is to say, coming at a time when this connection is so obvious, and so it is in this case. In an amazing move, even by the…

I Don’t Want This Poem to End

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By: Mahmoud Darwish

Translated By: Mohammad Shaheen

Volume: 5 Issue: 11

November 2017

Review by:

Issa J. Boullata, PhD

McGill University

Montreal, Canada

For anyone interested in the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), and generally in modern Arabic poetry in translation, this book is a valuable addition to the library. It contains three of Darwish’s collections totaling about eighty poems, most translated into English for the first time, namely (1) The End of the Night, (2) It is a Song, It is a Song, and (3) I Don’t Want This Poem to End. The introduction written by Darwish’s…

Mapping My Return: A Palestinian Memoir

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By: Salman Abu Sitta

Volume: 5 Issue: 10

October 2017

Review by:

Nancy Gallagher, PhD

University of California

Santa Barbara, CA

Salman Abu Sitta has a plan to return home after a long journey. His initial journey away from home began in al-Ma’an in May 1938 when Zionist forces attacked and drove his family from its home. Then a boy of ten, he fled with his older brother on the back of a horse to Khan Yunis and eventually to Egypt where he was able to enroll in school. He was from a prominent landowning family…

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