Archives for 2015

Religion, Politics, and the Origin of Palestine Refugee Relief

Religion, Politics, and the Origin of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander H. Joffe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 2013) 254 pp. Reviewed by Joseph S. Spoerl, Professor, Philosophy Dept., Saint Anselm College This book is a carefully researched study of the earliest efforts to provide relief to the Palestinian Arabs who became refugees [...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa Vol 6, Issue 3/4

Below is the full table of contents for Volume 6, Issue 3 (July – December 2015): Articles The Political Economy of US-Iranian Relations (2005-2014) (Amir Kamel) The Quest for Legitimacy in Post-Revolutionary Egypt: Propaganda and Controlling Narratives (Joyce van de Bildt) The “Jew” as Metaphor for Evil in Arab Public Discourse (Esther Webman) D...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa Vol 6, Issue 2

Below is the full table of contents for Volume 6, Issue 2 (April – June 2015): Articles Israel’s International Squadron and the “Never Again” Mentality (Asher Orkaby) Cold War, Hot Summer: Superpower Involvement in the War of Attrition in 1970 (George L. Simpson, Jr.) Realism or Radicalism: Explaining Authoritarian Rulers’ Strategic Choices ...    read more 

A Road Map of a New Constitution for Turkey

Drafting of a new constitution in Turkey has been on the agenda of political parties, media, and civil society for a while. The idea of replacing the 1982 Constitution which was drafted by the military junta seems like a desirable goal for Turkey’s break away from its past and its eventual democratic consolidation. In spite of this general consensus on the...    read more 

From Arab Spring to Islamic Winter

From Arab Spring to Islamic Winter By Raphael Israeli (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2013) pp. 317. Reviewed by Prof. Eliezer Tauber, Professor of Middle Eastern History, Bar-Ilan University One may consider Israeli’s book a concise introductory course for the general reader about the current Middle East and some components of the Islamic reli...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa Vol 6, Issue 1

Below is the full table of contents for Volume 6, Issue 1 (January – March 2015): Articles The Rejection of Muhammad’s Message by Jews and Christians and Its Effect on Islamic Theological Argumentation (Francisco del Río Sánchez) From West Africa to Mecca and Jerusalem: The Tijāiniyya on the Hajj Routes (Irit Bak) Ending Ottoman Misrule: Britis...    read more 

The Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey

The Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey Edited by Metin Heper and Sabri Sayan (New York, NY: Routledge, 2012) pp. 400. Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Professor of History, Livingstone College During the latter 1900s the Library of Congress’ Federal Research Division printed a series of Country/Area Handbooks focusing on a number of different countries; ea...    read more 

Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities

Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities By Jacob Lassner (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014) 312 pp. Reviewed by Prof. David Meier, Department of Social Sciences, Dickinson State University Extending back over five decades, Jacob Lassner lectured on Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University and on the hi...    read more 

Old Texts, New Practices: Islamic Reform in Modern Morocco

Old Texts, New Practices: Islamic Reform in Modern Morocco by Etty Terem (Stanford University Press, 2014) 248 pp. Reviewed by Cynthia Scheopner, J.D., Senior Researcher, University of Hawaii A massive collection of legal opinions serves as both a window into a time of challenge and change for Morocco, and a reflection upon how the era [&hellip...    read more