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  • IRAN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR

    The First World War, leading to the overthrow of the Qajar regime and replacement by Reza Shah, was pivotal in the history of modern Iran. The Constitutional Revolution of 1906-09 aimed to abolish the arbitrary regime and bring in a modern constitution and parliament. But growing provincial unrest and rebellion by nomadic peoples, brought chaos and instability, heightened by the strains of war and intervention by foreign powers. Iran was on the brink of disintegration, modernisation had failed, and growing frustration and pressure from the disillusioned middle classes, intelligentsia and urban population, set the stage for centralisation of power under the “Man of Order”–Reza Shah.
    ISBN: 1860649645
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: BATTLEGROUND OF THE GREAT POWERS
    Author: TOURAJ ATABAKI

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  • THE ARABIAN NIGHTS AND ORIENTALISM

    To commemorate the tercentenary of the first Western edition of The Arabian Nights, Yamanaka and Nishio marry Western and Japanese perspectives to analyze the rich cross-cultural fertilization that ensued. Arabian Nights and Orientalism examines narrative motifs, and relates them to other cultures, traditions, and forms of representation. The authors place the tales in a whole range of new contexts, from 19th century British feminism to ancient Greek romance. This lavishly illustrated book explores the interplay between image and text in various editions, and sheds new light on the tales’ origin in the Persian professional storytelling tradition. Robert Irwin’s foreword offers an overview of critical responses to The Arabian Nights, which highlights the originality of this volume.
    ISBN: 1850437688
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: PERSPECTIVES FROM EAST & WEST
    Author: YURIKO YAMANAKA

     9,257 13,113
  • MUSLIMS AND THE NEWS MEDIA

    Set in both British and international contexts, this text is designed as a comprehensive and critical textbook which clearly establishes the links between context, content, production and audiences. Looking closely at a wide range of journalistic genres the authors examine the influence of Muslims in the processes of news production, and the ways in which audiences, both Muslim and non-Muslim, consume this media. The book brings together different perspectives to provide insights into the representation–and misrepresentation–of Islam and Muslims today.
    ISBN: 1845111710
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle:
    Author: ELIZABETH POOLE

     14,656
  • UNDERSTANDING IRAQ

    This book helps the reader comprehend Iraq, its diversities and contradictions, namely Arab and Kurd, Shia and Sunni, traditionalist and modern, secular and religious, pragmatic and radical. This book culminates in an indictment of the US for failing to learn the lessons of history in Iraq.
    ISBN: 1845111230
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: THE WHOLE SWEEP OF IRAQI HISTORY, FROM GENGHIS KHAN’S MONGOLS TO THE OTTOMAN TURKS TO THE BRITISH MANDATE TO THE AMERICAN OCCUPATION
    Author: WILLIAM R. POLK

     3,083
  • A PASSAGE TO NURISTAN

    A first hand account of extraordinary travel, it is a reminiscent of “Short Walk in the Hindu Kush”. This book about Afghanistan is highly topical. Despite its recent upheavals, for most of the twentieth century Afghanistan was a sleepy, faraway place of little interest to outsiders. Nowhere was the romance and mystery attached to the country more dramatically expressed than in its Nuristan region (formerly Kafiristan – Land of Infidels). Here, the spectacular mountains and lush but inaccessible valleys have, for centuries, been home to one of the world’s least known peoples. Isolated in their mountain villages, the Nuristanis were only converted to Islam at the end of the nineteenth century. “A Passage to Nuristan” is the story of three young westerners – a Briton, an American and a German – who in 1960 set out to penetrate a land that few westerners had set eyes on. Unable to rely on maps or information on what would confront them, they were guided step by precarious step into the unknown world previously immortalised by Kipling’s “The Man Who Would be King”. This is the contemporary record – now published for the first time – of an extraordinary journey. It will fascinate all who are interested in Afghanistan, Central Asia and travel. At the same time it captures the essence of a time and a place now gone forever.
    ISBN: 1845111753
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: EXPLORING THE MYSTERIOUS AFGHAN HINTERLAND
    Author: NICHOLAS BARRINGTON

     6,171
  • IRAQ ABLAZE

    The battle for Iraq is the most misunderstood struggle of our times. Very few observers are able to travel outside the American-controlled Green Zone, let alone meet members of the resistance. Internationally renowned Arab journalist Zaki Chehab, however, is different. Having grown up in a refugee camp in Lebanon, he knows how to talk the language of people who consider themselves under foreign occupation. As a result, he has been able to penetrate the inner structures of Saddam loyalists and Islamist radicals as well as reach out to ordinary people struggling to get by. Phenomenally well-connected, Chehab is the only journalist to have interviewed both the Leadership and the rank and file of the resistance. Now, for the first time, we are able to see an authoritative picture of the Iraqi insurgency in all its complexity, ferocity and passion.

    Reading the graffiti on what the locals call ‘RPG-J Alley’ in Tikrit, sitting down with the leaders of the most secret Islamic militias operating out of Kurdistan, and breaking out after curfew to traipse across tomato fields with idealistic young fighters in Ramadi, Chehab reveals the very different characters, motivations and strategies of the groups which make up the insurgency. He offers the first insider account of developments which left the on-looking world confused: why the rebels’ tactics shifted from conventional guerilla warfare to suicide bombing, why the Najaf uprising subsided so quickly, and how the insurgency spread to Kurdistan. He examines the regional networks of arms, soldiers and ideology feeding into Iraq, revealing some surprising links. Embedded with them for weeks on end, Chehab is able to show how the resistance fighters really view the post-Saddam regime, George W Bush and Al Qaeda. As well connected in diplomatic circles as he is amongst the footsoldiers of Fallujah, Chehab also reveals facets of the occupiers’ strategy never discussed in the West. Iraq Ablaze is the book that everyone who wants to understand Iraq today, and where it is heading, has been waiting for. This is the Middle East’s frontline as it has never been seen before.
    ISBN: 1845111109
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: INSIDE THE INSURGENCY
    Author: ZAKI CHEHAB

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  • PALESTINIAN NGOS IN ISRAEL: THE POLITICS OF CIVIL SOCIETY


    ISBN: 1850436304
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle:
    Author: PAYES

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  • THE QUEST FOR THE ARK OF THE COVENANT


    ISBN: 1850436681
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle:
    Author: STUART MUNRO- HAY

     6,015
  • OSAMA

    How is it possible for one middle-aged Saudi millionaire to threaten the world’s only superpower? This is the question at the centre of Jonathan Randal’s riveting account of Osama bin Laden’s role in the rise of terrorism in the Middle East. Randal – a journalist whose experience of the Middle East spans the past forty years – makes clear how Osama’s life epitomizes the fatal collision between the twenty-first century West and the Islamic world. His investigations into the history of Al Qaeda produce all kinds of surprises, such as the real sources of Osama’s money, and the possibility that Osama offered the Saudis his Al-Qaeda forces to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in 1991. In this new, updated edition, Randal explores the fate of Al Qaeda and its leader in the aftermath of the Iraq war, and discovers that Osama’s jihad has been strengthened, not weakened by the US invasion. With his long-maintained sources in the Middle East and his intimate understanding of the region, Randal gives us a clearer explanation than any we have had of why, where and how the world’s most feared terrorist operates.
    ISBN: 1845111176
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: THE MAKING OF A TERRORIST
    Author: JONATHAN RANDAL

     795
  • IRAQ CONFIDENTIAL

    Scott Ritter is the straight-talking former Marine officer whom the CIA wanted to silence. After the 1991 Gulf War Ritter helped lead the UN weapons inspections of Iraq, and found himself at the centre of a dangerous game between the Iraqi and US regimes. As Ritter now reveals in this book, Washington was only ever interested in disarmament as a tool for its own agenda: regime change. Operating in a fog of espionage and counter-espionage, Ritter and his team were determined to find out the truth about Iraq’s WMD. The CIA was equally determined to stop them. For the truth, we now know, was that Iraq was playing a deadly game of double-bluff, and actually had no WMD. But to have revealed this would have derailed America’s drive to topple Saddam Hussein.

    Iraq Confidential charts the disillusionment of a true patriot, who came to realise that his own government sought to undermine weapons control in the Middle East. Ritter shows us a world of deceit and betrayal, in which nothing is as it seems. Ricocheting between trigger-happy Iraqi soldiers in the desert and duplicitous spymasters in Washington, this book provides glimpses into the real workings of international diplomacy – Ritter reveals the truth about Saddam’s so-called secret SCUD force, the chief CIA intelligence source ‘Curveball’, the involvement of the Israelis and the full extent to which the CIA simply commandeered the UN disarmament mission. A host of characters from MI6 to the Romanian intelligence services flesh out this narrative, which will radically affect the ongoing debates about Iraq.
    ISBN: 1845110889
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA’S INTELLIGENCE CONSPIRACY
    Author: SCOTT RITTER

     995
  • THE BIRTH OF MODERN TURKEY

    The guide and mentor to the Ottoman military was Imperial Germany as the military developed its version of the Prussian ‘School of Empire’ – a set of ideas and practices which in the eyes of the officer corps saw the military as the embodiment of the Ottoman Turkish nation state. The military had intervened decisively in the 1908 Constitutional Revolution and were vital in bringing the Ottoman Empire into World War I on the side of the Central Powers. Based on original Ottoman and German sources, The Birth of Modern Turkey shows how military thinking and policy contributed to the triumph of Ataturk and the founding of the modern Turkish state.
    ISBN: 1850437971
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: THE OTTOMAN MILITARY AND THE MARCH TO WORLD WAR 1
    Author: HANDAN NEZIR-AKMESE

     13,883
  • HEZBOLLAH


    ISBN: 1860648932
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: THE CHANGING FACE OF TERRORISM
    Author: JUDITH PALMER HARIK

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  • THE PEACE BUSINESS


    ISBN: 1850434433
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: MONEY AND POWER IN THE PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT
    Author: MARKUS E. BOUILLON

     12,187
  • THE ECONOMIST: GUIDE TO BUSINESS PLANNING

    The west’s Orientalism — its construction of an Arab or Islamic ‘Other’ — has been exposed and examined under the critical theory microscope and thoroughly expelled, it seems, from academic thought. At the same time post modern thinkers from Nietzsche onwards have employed the motifs and symbols of the Islamic Orient within an ongoing critique of western modernity; an appropriation which, this hugely controversial book argues, runs every risk of becoming a new and more insidious Orientalist strain. Ian Almond sensitively yet rigorously examines the work of Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Julia Kristeva and Slavoj zizek, as well as that of post modern writers Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk. In doing so he exposes the implications of this ‘use’ of Islam for both the post modern project and for Islam itself. Taking apart the assumptions, omissions and contradictions inherent in these thinkers’ approaches to Islam and to the Arab world, and drawing on the work of prominent Muslim thinkers including Ziauddin Sardar, Aziz Al-Azmeh and Bobby S. Sayyid, The New Orientalists highlights the difficulty of ever speaking truly about the ‘Other’. In light of the current Western climate of fear and hysteria surrounding the Islamic world, this groundbreaking project could hardly be timelier.
    ISBN: 1845113988
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: VIVA BOOKS
    Author: GRAHAM FRIED AND STEFAN ZEHLE

     5,549
  • POST-COLONIAL SYRIA AND LEBANON


    ISBN: 1845112943
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: THE DECLINE OF ARAB NATIONALISM AND THE TRIUMPH OF THE STATE
    Author: YOUSSEF CHAITANI

     13,883
  • TALKING TO THE OTHER


    ISBN: 186064905X
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: JEWISH INTERFAITH DIALOGUE WITH CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS
    Author: JOMATHAN MAGONET

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  • FRAGMENTS OF CULTURE


    ISBN: 1860644279
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: THE EVERDAY OF MODERN TURKEY
    Author: DENIZ KANDIYOTI

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  • STRANGERS IN THE LAND THE RISE AND DECLINE OF THE BRITISH INDIAN


    ISBN: 1860647979
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH
    Author: RODERICK CAVALIERO

     7,714
  • JIHAD: THE TRAIL OF POLITICAL ISLAM


    ISBN: 1860646859
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle:
    Author: GILLES KEPEL

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  • BEAUTY AND ISLAM


    ISBN: 1860646913
    Publisher: I.B. TAURIS
    Subtitle: AESTHETICS IN ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE
    Author: VALERIE GONZALEZ

     7,714