The Private World of Ottoman Women

Godfrey Goodwin

May 2006 | £14.99 | $24.95 | 264pp

Recovering the oft-neglected role of women in Ottoman high society and power politics, this book brings to life the women who made their mark in a male domain. Though historical records tend to favour the glitter of palaces […]

The Janissaries

Godfrey Goodwin

April 2006 | £14.99 | $19.95 | 288pp

From the fifteenth to the sixteenth century, the janissaries were the scourge of Europe. With their martial music, their muskets and their drilled march, it seemed that no one could withstand them. Their loyalty to their corps was […]

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Amin Maalouf

March 2006 | £14.99 | 296pp

European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and destructive invasion by barbarian hordes. Under Saladin, an unstoppable Muslim […]

Heart of Beirut

Samir Khalaf

March 2006 | £12.99 | $19.95 | 280pp

The Bourj in central Beirut is one of the world’s oldest and most vibrant public squares. Named after the mediaeval lookout tower that once soared above the city’s imposing ramparts, the square has also been known as Place […]


Robin Harris

February 2006 | £17.99 | $26.95 | 504pp

Since emerging as a settlement in the seventh century, Dubrovnik has faced Venetian aggressors, Ottoman plotters, a terrible earthquake in 1667 and, finally, the will of Napoleon. In 1991–92 the city survived the besieging Yugoslav army, which heavily […]


Mohammed Arkoun

February 2006 | £14.99 | $25.95 | 416pp

At a time when Islam is the focus of attention, vilified by some and a source of inspiration for others, Arkoun’s is one of few voices that seek to go against the stream. His radical review of mainstream […]

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