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 […]

Iraqi Jews

Abbas Shiblak

June 2005 | £9.99 | $19.95 | 215pp

The Jews of Iraq constituted one of the oldest and most deeply rooted Jewish communities in the world. But in the early 1950s most of them left for Israel, under circumstances that remain the subject of heated controversy. […]


Jamal Sankari

May 2005 | £18.00 | $42.50 | 397pp

This unique book traces the career trajectory of the most prominent figures in modern political Islam, against a background of cultural, political and economic upheaval in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon. From Sayyid Hussein Fadlallah’s early intellectual development through […]

Harun al Rashid

André Clot

May 2005 | £12.99 | $19.95 | 268pp

Harun al-Rashid, the legendary caliph portrayed in The Thousand and One Nights, was the son of a Yemenite slave who cleared Harun’s path to power, very probably by poisoning her eldest son. Harun reigned for a quarter of […]

Lebanon 1860-1960

Claude Boueiz Kanaan

May 2005 | £35.00 | $69.95 | 320pp

A brief, brutal clash in Lebanon in 1958 followed the build-up of tensions between the country’s most prominent communities – Maronites, Druze and Sunnis. This quickly escalated into a full-blown national crisis, which saw US Marines landing on […]

The Roots of Radical Islam

Gilles Kepel

March 2005 | £9.99 | 256pp

The suicide attacks of 11 September 2001 originated deep within Islamist circles. One of the prime suspects behind the attack, the Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, was heavily influenced by Egypt’s radical movements and by Sayyid Qutb, a Muslim Brother […]

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