The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty
The Husaynis 1700–1948
As an informal political organization, the Husayni family of Jerusalem dominated Palestinian history for almost 250 years. In this meticulously detailed history, Ilan Pappe traces the rise of the dynasty from a provincial Ottoman elite clan in the early 1700s to its leadership of the Palestinian national movement in the 20th century.
A Century of Myth and Politics
Rather than interpret the 1958 conflict within Lebanon as part of a broader upheaval of the Middle East along pro- and anti-Western fault lines, Kanaan argues that the Lebanese crisis originated in a failure of consensus over the nation’s identity, and traces the seeds of this conflict back to the 19th century and relationships between the Maronite and Druze communities.
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.
The Digital Caliphate
One of the Arab world's most distinguished commentators explores the origins, leadership and organization of Islamic State, especially the way it combines over 1,000 years of ideology with 21st-century information technology and the dark web to spread its violent fundamentalist message.
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.
Enemy on the Euphrates
The Battle for Iraq, 1914–1921
The 1914–1921 conflict in Iraq was a particularly inglorious episode in Britain’s imperial history. The post-war Arab revolt that followed was fuelled by resentment at the broken promises of independence that had won their wartime support, and was only defeated by a scorched earth policy. With Churchill and TE Lawrence among the central players, this is a vivid insight into the struggle, which was driven by greed for oil and territory.
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.