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.

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…