Current Reviews

Here you will find a listing of all of the book and media reviews from the past year and current year. To find all reviews published to this site, please go to the All Reviews page.

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…

The Hebrew Republic: Israel’s Return to History

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By: Colin Shindler

Volume: 5 Issue: 9

September 2017

Review by:

Josef Olmert, PhD

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

Colin Shindler is a well-known historian of Zionism, particularly of Nationalist Zionism, the Revisionist movement established by Ze’ev Jabotinsky, and his previous books positioned him as a senior researcher and analyst of this important wing of the Zionist movement. It was an important wing before the establishment of Israel, and it is so much more important these days, considering the dominant role of the Likud Party in Israeli politics since 1977. It is arguably the…