Beyond the Veil

Fatema Mernissi

June 2011 | £14.99 | 224pp

Does Islam as a religion oppress women? Is Islam against democracy? In this classic study, internationally renowned sociologist Fatema Mernissi argues that women’s oppression is not due to Islam because this religion celebrates women’s power. Women’s oppression, she […]

The Arabs and the Holocaust

Gilbert Achcar

June 2011 | £14.99 | 366pp

The Arab–Israeli conflict goes far beyond the wars waged on Middle East battlefields. There is also a war of narratives revolving around the two defining traumas of the conflict: the Holocaust and the Nakba. One side is charged […]

Unspeakable Love

Brian Whitaker

June 2011 | £10.99 | 288pp

Homosexuality is a taboo subject in the Arab world. While clerics denounce it as a heinous sin, newspapers write cryptically of ‘shameful acts’ and ‘deviant behaviour’. Amid the calls for reform in the Middle East, homosexuality is one […]

From The Mouth of the Whale

Sjón

May 2011 | £8.99 | 272pp

The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn’s horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret and both books and men are burnt. Jónas Pálmason, a […]

The Old Man and His Sons

Heðin Brú

April 2011 | £7.99 | $13.95 | 168pp

These are the Faroe Islands as they were some fifty years ago: sea-washed and remote, with one generation still tied to the sea for sustenance, and a younger generation turning towards commerce and clerical work in the towns. […]

Political Journeys

Fred Halliday

Edited by David Hayes

March 2011 | £14.99 | 288pp

Fred Halliday always combined the broad sweep of modern history, its currents and ideas, with a profound knowledge of modern revolutions, the Middle East and national movements. This collection of columns written for openDemocracy between 2004 and 2009 […]

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