Reviews

Author: 
Elyse Semerdjian
Reviewer: 
Dana Sajdi

Sajdi on Semerdjian, 'Off the Straight Path: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo'


Elyse Semerdjian. Off the Straight Path: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2008. xxxviii + 247 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8156-3173-6.

Reviewed by Dana Sajdi (Assistant Professor of History, Boston College)
Published on H-Levant (December, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Author: 
Juan Cole
Reviewer: 
Ziad Fahmy

Fahmy on Cole, 'Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East'


Juan Cole. Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Illustrations, maps. xi + 279 pp. $16.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-230-60603-6.

Reviewed by Ziad Fahmy (Assistant Professor, Modern Middle East history, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University)
Published on H-Levant (December, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Author: 
Eric Davis
Reviewer: 
Peter Sluglett

Sluglett on Davis, 'Memories of State - Politics, History, and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq'


Eric Davis. Memories of State - Politics, History, and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. 397 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-520-23546-5.

Reviewed by Peter Sluglett (Professor of History, University of Utah)
Published on H-Levant (December, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Author: 
Dina A. Amin
Reviewer: 
Bilal Maanaki

Maanaki on Amin, 'Alfred Farag and Egyptian Theater: The Poetics of Disguise, With Four Short Plays and a Monologue'


Dina A. Amin. Alfred Farag and Egyptian Theater: The Poetics of Disguise, With Four Short Plays and a Monologue. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2008. xxx + 321 pp. $34.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8156-3163-7.

Reviewed by Bilal Maanaki (Indiana University)
Published on H-Levant (November, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Author: 
John T. Chalcraft
Reviewer: 
Max Weiss

Weiss on Chalcraft, 'The Invisible Cage: Syrian Migrant Workers in Lebanon'


John T. Chalcraft. The Invisible Cage: Syrian Migrant Workers in Lebanon. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. xv + 310 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-5825-3; $24.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8047-5826-0.

Reviewed by Max Weiss
Published on H-Levant (November, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

The Dark Side of "Brotherly" Love

Author: 
Ilana Feldman
Reviewer: 
Atef Alshaer

Alshaer on Feldman, 'Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967'


Ilana Feldman. Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008. xii + 324 pp. 84.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8223-4222-9; 23.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8223-4240-3.

Reviewed by Atef Alshaer (SOAS - Faculty of Languages and Cultures)
Published on H-Levant (October, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Author: 
Joseph Andoni Massad
Reviewer: 
Wilson C. Jacob

Jacob on Massad, 'Desiring Arabs'


Joseph Andoni Massad. Desiring Arabs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. xiv + 453 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-226-50958-7.

Reviewed by Wilson C. Jacob (Concordia)
Published on H-Levant (September, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Other Inscriptions: Sexual Difference and History Writing between Futures Past and Present

Author: 
Robert I. Rotberg, ed.
Reviewer: 
Marwan Hanania

Hanania on Rotberg, 'Israeli And Palestinian Narratives of Conflict: History's Double Helix'


Robert I. Rotberg, ed. Israeli And Palestinian Narratives of Conflict: History's Double Helix. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. viii + 283 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-34767-1; $24.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-253-21857-5.

Reviewed by Marwan Hanania
Published on H-Levant (September, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Author: 
Nicholas Blanford
Reviewer: 
Hannes Baumann

Baumann on Blanford, 'Killing Mr. Lebanon: The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East'


Nicholas Blanford. Killing Mr. Lebanon: The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East. I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited, 2006. 256 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-84511-202-8.

Reviewed by Hannes Baumann (SOAS)
Published on H-Levant (June, 2009)
Commissioned by Amy A. Kallander

Rafiq Hariri: A Journalist’s Account of the Billionaire-Politician

Author: 
Peter Wien
Reviewer: 
Christopher Parker

Parker on Wien, 'Iraqi Arab Nationalism: Authoritarian, Totalitarian, and Pro-Fascist Inclinations, 1932-1941'


Peter Wien. Iraqi Arab Nationalism: Authoritarian, Totalitarian, and Pro-Fascist Inclinations, 1932-1941. SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East Series. London: Routledge, 2006. x + 162 pp. $150.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-415-36858-2.

Reviewed by Christopher Parker (Ghent University, Belgium)
Published on H-Levant (March, 2009)
Commissioned by Kevin W. Martin

Author: 
Nicholas Noe, ed
Reviewer: 
Joseph Alagha

Alagha on Noe, 'Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayed Hassan Nasrallah'


Nicholas Noe, ed. Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayed Hassan Nasrallah. Translated by Ellen Khouri. London: Verso, 2007. ix + 420 pp. $19.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-84467-153-3.

Reviewed by Joseph Alagha (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Published on H-Levant (January, 2009)
Commissioned by Kevin W. Martin

Author: 
William F. Tucker
Reviewer: 
Najam Haider

Haider on Tucker, 'Mahdis and Millenarians: Shi'ite Extremists in Early Muslim Iraq'


William F. Tucker. Mahdis and Millenarians: Shi'ite Extremists in Early Muslim Iraq. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. xxv + 176 pp. $85.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-521-88384-9.

Reviewed by Najam Haider (Georgetown University)
Published on H-Levant (January, 2009)
Commissioned by Kevin W. Martin

Author: 
Youssef Chaitani
Reviewer: 
Goetz Nordbruch

Nordbruch on Chaitani, 'Post-Colonial Syria and Lebanon: The Decline of Arab Nationalism and the Triumph of the State'


Youssef Chaitani. Post-Colonial Syria and Lebanon: The Decline of Arab Nationalism and the Triumph of the State. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2007. xiv + 210 pp. $72.50 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-84511-294-3.

Reviewed by Goetz Nordbruch
Published on H-Levant (December, 2008)
Commissioned by Kevin W. Martin

Author: 
Amaney A. Jamal
Reviewer: 
Penny Johnson

Johnson on Jamal, 'Barriers to Democracy: The Other Side of Social Capital in Palestine and the Arab World'


Amaney A. Jamal. Barriers to Democracy: The Other Side of Social Capital in Palestine and the Arab World. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. 216 pp. $37.50 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-691-12727-9.

Reviewed by Penny Johnson
Published on H-Levant (November, 2008)
Commissioned by Kevin W. Martin

Civil Society against Democracy?

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