The Meaning of Mecca
The Politics of Pilgrimage in Early Islam
The hajj is the fifth and final pillar of Islam, which offers the chance to begin life anew, but even in its formative period the pilgrimage acquired political as well as spiritual significance. In a ‘foundational’ study, McMillan analyses how the early caliphs used their leadership of the hajj as an opportunity to reinforce their political legitimacy. Slightly off-mint.
Enemy on the Euphrates
The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt 1914–1921
During the First World War the need for oil was central to Britain’s continuing occupation of Mesopotamia (present day Iraq). This book presents a full account of the Arab uprising between July 1920 and February 1921, which came very close to defeating the occupying British.
The Azerbaijani Kitchen
Traditional Azerbaijani meals are comprised of a series of dishes, such as kebabs, stuffed leaves and stews, for diners to share. Both sweet and savoury versions of pilaf are especially popular and the wide variety of spices, fruits, vegetables, fish and meat reflects Eastern European and Middle Eastern influences. This collection features over 100 recipes, including Marinated Skewered Lamb, Fishcakes in Broth and Stuffed Aubergines, as well as ideas for desserts and sauces.
Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914–1948
From the First World War, when he fought in the Ottoman Army, to the 1948 war for Palestine, the military leader Fawzi Al-Qawuqji was highly influential in the Arab nationalist struggle. Drawing on published memoirs and private papers, this biography unravels the complexities of this controversial figure.
The Sultan's Sex Potions
Arab Aphrodisiacs in the Middle Ages
Arab erotological and erotic literature has a long and remarkably rich history stretching back to the ninth century. This volume presents a critical edition, translation and study of a 13th-century work from that tradition: The Sultan's Sex Potions, a sober treatise on aphrodisiacs for those afflicted with sexual impotence and other ailments, written by one of the leading scientists of the age. Edited, translated and introduced by Daniel L Newman.
A–Z of Arabic-English–Arabic Translation
This guide to common grammatical, lexical and semantic issues in Arabic translation is suitable for classroom use by university students and as a reference work for professional translators. The authors highlight common pitfalls in working both from English to Arabic and from Arabic to English, suggesting strategies for effective translation, offering guidance on correct usage and discussing idiomatic expressions in both languages. Each problem is illustrated with examples drawn from contemporary literature and media texts.
Brothers in Arms
The Story of al-Qa'ida and the Arab Jihadists
Since 2001, the US 'War on Terror' has achieved what Osama bin Laden could not: the unification of the jihad under the banner of Al-Qa'ida. In this important and meticulously researched study, Lebanese-born investigative journalist Camille Tawil draws on his unique access to key players to show how the failure of nationalist struggles in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere has drawn insurgents into Al-Qa'ida's orbit, with alarming implications for global security.