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The Sultan and his People
by C. Oscanyan

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English

Pages

265

Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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This vintage book from 1857 has been digitally converted to downloadable format with original illustrations. A great classic for the home or classroom, an interesting old-fashioned reference book, and an outstanding find.
The Elections in Israel 2015 (Elections of Israel)
by Routledge

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

May 23, 2017

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<P>The newest volume in the Elections in Israel series focuses on the twentieth Knesset elections held in March 2015 following the collapse of the third Netanyahu government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main opposition party, the Zionist Camp, ran a negative personalized election campaign, assuming that Israelis had grown tired of him. Netanyahu, however, achieved a surprising and dramatic victory by enhancing and radicalizing the same identity politics strategies that helped him win in 1996. </P><I><br /><P>The Elections in Israel 2015 </I>dissects these and other campaigns, from the perspective of the voters, the media and opinion polls, the political parties, and electoral competition. Several contributors delve into the Left and Arab fear mongering Likud campaign, which produced <I>strategic identity voting</I>. Other contributions analyze in-depth the Israeli party and electoral systems, highlighting the exceptional decline of the mainstream parties and the adoption of a higher electoral threshold. Providing a close analysis of electoral competition, legitimacy struggles, stability and change in the voting behavior of various groups, partisanship, personalization and political polarization, this volume is a crucial record of Israeli political history.</P>
A King Oppressed
by Bassil Mardelli

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English

Pages

495

Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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From childhood, Farouk learned how the foreign powers had been involved in colonization schemes beyond their shores. His Father wished him to be a rebuttal to Hassan el Banna, the mentor of Muslim Brotherhood - emerged in 1928, about eight years after Farouk was born. Fouad wanted Farouk to fit in line with the broad Islamic principle, a contradiction in the current practices as espoused by the fanatic Muslims. In this situation, Fouad was asking too much of a teenager.<br />Farouk's obnoxious personality veneered with good looks and charm; a new Egypt was arising out of the old. If Egyptians were looking forward to having a hero - Farouk ought to be the one. Egyptians called him "the honest good shepherd", young girls called him "Prince Charming". <br />World War II and Farouk's strong sentiments towards the Axis to help Egypt get rid of British occupation since 1882. Loose tongues never stopped, many heard stories about his extravagance, his idiosyncrasies and lust for power, and... women. It is possible that there is no more truth in those tales than in the ones that had circulated about the strength of the Junta, which ousted him. What's true is that Great Britain wanted him to leave and the United States did not object. King Farouk himself had hinted at it, not privately but publicly.
Nasser's Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel
by Michael Sharnoff

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

May 23, 2017

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<P>Gamal Abdel Nasser was arguably one of the most influential Arab leaders in history. As President of Egypt from 1956 to 1970, he could have achieved a peace agreement with Israel, yet he preferred to maintain his unique leadership role by affirming pan-Arab nationalism and championing the liberation of Palestine, a common euphemism for the destruction of Israel.</P><br /><P>In that era of Cold War politics, Nasser brilliantly played Moscow, Washington, and the United Nations to maximize his bargaining position and sustain his rule without compromising his core beliefs of Arab unity and solidarity. Surprisingly, little analysis is found regarding Nasser’s public and private perspectives on peace in the weeks and months immediately after the 1967 War. Nasser’s Peace is a close examination of how a developing country can rival world powers and how fluid the definition of “peace” can be.</P><br /><P>Drawing on recently declassified primary sources, Michael Sharnoff thoroughly inspects Nasser’s post-war strategy, which he claims was a four-tiered diplomatic and media effort consisting of his public declarations, his private diplomatic consultations, the Egyptian media’s propaganda machine, and Egyptian diplomatic efforts. Sharnoff reveals that Nasser manipulated each tier masterfully, providing the answers they desired to hear, rather than stating the truth: that he wished to maintain control of his dictatorship and of his foothold in the Arab world.</P>
An Uncertain Ally: Turkey under Erdogan's Dictatorship
by David L. Phillips

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English

Pages

218

Publication Date

May 23, 2017

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<P>Under the rule of Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey has descended into a dictatorship, promotes the Islamist agenda, abuses human rights, limits freedom of expression in the press, and wages war against the Kurds. While Turkey has historically been important geopolitically, it has become an outlier in Europe and an uncertain ally of the United States.</P><br /><P>An Uncertain Ally is a straightforward indictment of Erdogan. Drawing on inside sources in his Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the police, the book reveals corruption and money laundering schemes that benefitted Erdogan, his cronies, and family members. Erdogan has polarized Turkish society and created conditions that led to the coup attempt of July 2016. He has also deepened divisions by accusing Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic teacher in Pennsylvania, of establishing a parallel state and masterminding the coup attempt. Erdogan has seized on the failed coup to justify a witch hunt, arresting thousands and ordering the wholesale dismissal of alleged coup sympathizers. Rather than foster reconciliation, he pursued vendettas and turned Turkey into a gulag.</P><br /><P>An Uncertain Ally exposes Turkey’s ties to jihadists in Syria and the Islamic State, questioning its suitability as a NATO member. Under Erdogan, Turkey faces a dark future that poses a danger to the region and internationally.</P>
Israel in Bible Prophecy: Past, Present & Future
by David Reagan

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English

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Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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Dr. David Reagan presents an overview of Bible prophecy concerning the Jewish people. He shows how four prophecies were fulfilled before the beginning of the 20th Century and how seven others were fulfilled in whole or in part during the process of that century. He then presents the myriad of prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled between now and the end of the Lord’s millennial reign.<br /><br />He concludes the book by explaining how the fulfillment of God’s promises to the Jewish people are relevant to Christians today and should serve as a source of great encouragement to them.
Turkey's Last Century of Trouble
by Bassil Mardelli

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English

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Publication Date

May 21, 2017

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By 1924, Turkish Nationalists had already made away with every old practice of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, in a few years, broke apart with the past and imposed European ideals on her people. New Turkey accomplished radical improvements without apparent risk of revolution. Such great achievement was the power of Ataturk and his battalions as his opponents were displaying to the world Oriental passivity.<br />But what happened before 1924? The Sultans, their Harem. Multiple races. Minorities. Christian Missionaries. Russia’s desire to recover Constantinople. Spies’ activities. The Balkans? <br />“Turkey’s Last Century of Trouble” discusses the Powers that held their protecting hands over the assassins at Bosphorus. Kurdish rebels and Turkish mobs had their hands red with Armenian Christian blood. With the Ottomans, large regions in Europe changed hands time after time. Irrespective of religious constraints, what the eight Sultans successively tried, but failed to do, was migrating the various numbers of races in areas they had inhabited since the thirteenth century. The Sick Man of Europe neglected to establish reforms to resettle the people under his hegemony, something that has taught Europe nothing.
The Monk of Mokha
by Dave Eggers

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<b>From the best-selling author of <I>The Circle,</I> the true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war--and his riveting tale of escape.</b><br /><br />Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings brought up by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age twenty-four, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman, until a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen and visits countless farms, collecting samples, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the countryside. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015. The US Embassy closes, Saudi bombs began to rain down on the country, and Mokhtar is trapped in Yemen. Desperate to escape, he embarks on a passage that has him negotiating with dueling political factions and twice kidnapped at gunpoint. With no other options, he hires a skiff to take him, and his coffee samples, across the Red Sea. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man--a Muslim and a US citizen--following the most American of dreams.
Shari'a Scripts: A Historical Anthropology
by Brinkley Messick

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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A case study in the textual architecture of the venerable legal and ethical tradition at the center of the Islamic experience, <i>Sharīʿa Scripts</i> is a work of historical anthropology focused on Yemen in the early twentieth century. While colonial regimes, late Ottoman reformers, and early nationalists wrought decisive changes to the legal status of the sharīʿa, significantly narrowing its sphere of relevance, the Zaydī school of jurisprudence, rooted in highland Yemen for a millennium, still held sway.<br /><br />Brinkley Messick uses the richly varied writings of the Yemeni past to offer a uniquely comprehensive view of the sharīʿa as a localized and lived phenomenon.<i> Sharīʿa Scripts</i> reads a wide spectrum of sources in search of a new historical-anthropological perspective on Islamic textual relations. Messick analyzes the sharīʿa as a local system of texts, distinguishing between theoretical or doctrinal juridical texts (or the “library”) and those produced by the sharīʿa courts and notarial writers (termed the “archive”). Attending to textual form, he closely examines representative books of madrasa instruction; formal opinion-giving by muftis and imams; the structure of court judgments; and the drafting of contracts. Messick’s intensive readings of texts are supplemented by retrospective ethnography and oral history based on extensive field research. <i>Sharīʿa Scripts</i> also ventures a major methodological contribution by confronting anthropology’s longstanding reliance upon the observational and the colloquial, seeking to develop tools for the anthropologist as reader.
God and Man in Tehran: Contending Visions of the Divine from the ...
by Hossein Kamaly

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

January 16, 2018

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In <i>God and Man in Tehran</i>, Hossein Kamaly explores the historical processes that have made and unmade contending visions of God in Iran’s capital throughout the past two hundred years. Kamaly examines how ideas of God have been mobilized, contested, and transformed, emphasizing how notions of the divine have given shape to and in turn have been shaped by divergent conceptualizations of nature, reason, law, morality, and authority.<br /><br /><i>God and Man in Tehran </i>analyzes official government policies, modern textbooks, and university curricula; popular beliefs and ritual practices; and philosophical and juridical attitudes toward theological questions in traditional institutions. Kamaly considers continuity and change in religiosity under the Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties; the significance of outbreaks of messianic expectations; why a modernizing nation took a sudden turn toward state religiosity; and how the Islamic Republic deploys visions of God against foreign enemies and domestic critics. Beyond the majority Shia Muslim population, the book includes minority and suppressed voices, discussing the views of Sunni Muslims, Armenian and Assyrian Christians, Jews, Bahais, and Zoroastrians and investigating issues of gender and class. With a focus on the diversity of ideas of the divine, <i>God and Man in Tehran</i> offers a novel perspective on the intellectual movements that have shaped Iranian modernity.

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