Islam and Capitalism

Maxime Rodinson

April 2007 | £14.99 | $24.95 | 344pp

Islam and Capitalism is a learned, engaged rebuttal of the cultural reductionism of Max Weber and others who have tried to explain the politics and society of the Middle East by reference to some unchanging entity called ‘Islam,’ […]

The Life of Saladin

Sir Hamilton Gibb

September 2006 | £9.99 | $14.95 | 94pp

Saladin, the Kurdish founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty, ruled Egypt and Syria, made enemies of the fabled Assyrians and conquered Jerusalem in 1187, repelling the Crusaders (and prompting their resurgence in the Third Crusade). His chivalry and impeccably […]

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 […]

Imagined Masculinities

Edited by Mai Ghoussoub and Emma Sinclair-Webb

April 2006 | £14.99 | $19.95 | 296pp

Writings on gender in the Middle East have tended to focus on the status of women. Issues of male identity, in a region which has seen enormous social change over the past thirty years, have been somewhat neglected.  […]

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 […]

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