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.

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…