Middle Eastern history

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  • Against the Loveless World

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    Against the Loveless World

    Nahr has been confined to the Cube: nine square metres of glossy grey cinderblock, devoid of time, its patterns of light and dark nothing to do with day and night. Journalists visit her, but get nowhere; because Nahr is not going to share her story with them. The world outside calls Nahr a terrorist, and a whore; some might call her a revolutionary, or a hero. But the truth is, Nahr has always been many things, and had many names. She was a girl who went to Palestine in the wrong shoes, and without looking for it found what she had always lacked in the basement of a battered beauty parlour: purpose, politics, friends. She found a dark-eyed man called Bilal, who taught her to resist; who tried to save her when it was already too late. Nahr sits in the Cube, and tells her story to Bilal. Bilal, who isn’t there; Bilal, who may not even be alive, but who is her only reason to get out.

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    £16.99
  • Apeirogon

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    Apeirogon

    Rami Elhanan’s license plate is yellow. Bassam Aramin’s license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam, down the same streets, takes an hour and a half. Both men are fathers of daughters. Both daughters were there, before they were gone. Rami and Bassam’s lives are completely symmetrical. Rami and Bassam’s lives are completely asymmetrical.

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    £18.99
  • Apeirogon

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    Apeirogon

    Rami Elhanan’s license plate is yellow. Bassam Aramin’s license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam, down the same streets, takes an hour and a half. Both men are fathers of daughters. Both daughters were there, before they were gone. Rami and Bassam’s lives are completely symmetrical. Rami and Bassam’s lives are completely asymmetrical.

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    £8.99
  • Black Wave

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    Black Wave

    ‘What happened to us?’. For decades, the question has haunted the Arab and Muslim world, heard across Iran and Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and in the author’s home country of Lebanon. Was it always so? When did the extremism, intolerance and bloodletting of today displace the region’s cultural promise and diversity? In this book, award-winning journalist and author Kim Ghattas argues that the turning point in the modern history of the Middle East can be located in the toxic confluence of three major events in 1979: the Iranian revolution; the siege of the Holy Mosque in Mecca; and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

    £20.00
  • Contested Lands

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    Contested Lands

    A history of the last century of tensions in the Middle East. Until the First World War, the Ottoman Empire had dominated the Middle East for four centuries. Its collapse, coupled with the subsequent clash of European imperial policies, unleashed a surge of political feeling among the people of the Middle East as they vied for national self-determination. Over the century that followed, the region has become almost synonymous with unrest and conflict. An accessible survey of the last century, ‘Contested Lands’ tells the story of what happened in the Middle East and what it means today.

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    £20.00
  • Debating Palestine and Israel

    £12.99

    Debating Palestine and Israel

    By outlining past and present events, the difficulties, rationales and emotions encountered in the creation of the Jewish state are confronted, so a greater understanding and sympathy between Jews, Christians and Muslims is engendered as well as making a contribution to a peaceful solution to what appears to be an intractable conflict. 

    £12.99
  • Iran

    £30.00

    Iran

    A masterfully researched and compelling history of Iran from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first
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    £30.00
  • The Battle For Syria

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    The Battle For Syria

    Most accounts of Syria’s brutal, long-lasting civil war focus on a domestic contest that began in 2011 and only later drew foreign nations into the escalating violence. Christopher Phillips argues instead that the international dimension was never secondary but that Syria’s war was, from the very start, profoundly influenced by regional factors, particularly the vacuum created by a perceived decline of U.S. power in the Middle East. This precipitated a new regional order in which six external protagonists-the United States, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar-have violently competed for influence, with Syria a key battleground.

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  • The Persians

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    The Persians

    During the first and second millennia BCE a swathe of nomadic peoples migrated outward from Central Asia into the Eurasian periphery. One group of these people would find themselves encamped in an unpromising, arid region just south of the Caspian Sea. From these modest and uncertain beginnings, they would go on to form one of the most powerful empires in history: the Persian Empire. In this book, Geoffrey and Brenda Parker tell the captivating story of this ancient civilization and its enduring legacy to the world. The authors examine the unique features of Persian life and trace their influence throughout the centuries. They examine the environmental difficulties the early Persians encountered and how, in overcoming them, they were able to develop a unique culture that would culminate in the massive, first empire, the Achaemenid Empire.

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    £15.00
  • The Siege of Acre, 1189-1191

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    The Siege of Acre, 1189-1191

    This title provides a comprehensive history of the most decisive military campaign of the Third Crusade and one of the longest wartime sieges of the Middle Ages, the Siege of Acre, 1189-1191.

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    £11.99
  • The State in Contemporary Islamic Thought

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    The State in Contemporary Islamic Thought

    The debates in ‘Islam and Modernity’ clearly include in their analysis notions of the state. Here the author charts the development of the concept of ‘the state’ in Islamic discourse over the last two centuries.

    £21.99
  • The Year 1000

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    The Year 1000

    When did globalization begin? Most observers have settled on 1492, the year Columbus discovered America. But as celebrated Yale professor Valerie Hansen shows, it was the year 1000, when for the first time new trade routes linked the entire globe, so an object could in theory circumnavigate the world. This was the ‘big bang’ of globalization, which ushered in a new era of exploration and trade, and which paved the way for Europeans to dominate after Columbus reached America. Drawing on a wide range of new historical sources and cutting-edge archaeology, Hansen shows, for example, that the Maya began to trade with the native peoples of modern New Mexico from traces of theobromine – the chemical signature of chocolate – and that frozen textiles found in Greenland contain hairs from animals that could only have come from North America.

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  • Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire

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    Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire

    Under Seleucid rule, time no longer restarted with each new monarch. Instead, progressively numbered years, identical to the system we use today, became the measure of historical duration. Paul Kosmin shows how this invention of a new kind of time-and resistance to it-transformed the way we organize our thoughts about the past, present, and future.

    £46.95