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.

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…