Archives for 2017

Iran in World History

Iran in World History  by Richard Foltz (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016), 151 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College Historically, particular countries often played a significant role within their geographical regions; in the Middle East, the 20th-century several countries such ...    read more 

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa Edited by Mark Gasiorowski and Sean L. Yom (Boulder: Westview Press, 2017) Eighth Edition, 578 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Shaul Bartal, Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University  This book sums up Middle Eastern politics, serves as an introduction for beginners on the government and [&...    read more 

The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz

The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz by Mostafa Minawi (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016), p. 213. Reviewed by Wyndham Whynot, Ph.D., Professor of History, Livingstone College Major European participants of the 1884-1885 Berlin Conference signed a treaty establishing “ownership” of colonies curren...    read more 

Citizen Hariri: Lebanon’s Neoliberal Reconstruction

Citizen Hariri: Lebanon’s Neoliberal Reconstruction By Hannes Baumann (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) 251 pp. Reviewed by: Natalie Ghosn, Esq., Attorney at Law, Ph.D. Candidate, International Studies, University of Miami On February 14, 2005, then Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafiq Hariri was assassinated when the motorcade he was travelling in was ...    read more 

Jihadism Transformed, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s Global Battle of Ideas

Jihadism Transformed, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s Global Battle of Ideas By Simon Staffell and Akil N. Awan (Editors) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 273 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Christine Sixta Rinehart, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina Palmetto College Jihadism Transformed is a collection of essays that elu...    read more 

Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa

After decades spent researching a wide range of African religious movements, Paul Gifford is uniquely positioned to offer a salient meta-level analysis of not only the types of religion currently practiced on the continent, but also of the ways in which academics have tended to discuss and dissect them. His recent volume titled Christianity, Development and ...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa, Vol 8, Issue 1

Below is the full table of contents for Volume 8, Issue 1 (January – March 2017): Articles Rereading the Qur’ān and challenging traditional authority: Political implications of Qur’ān hermeneutics (Rahel Fischbach)   The British and Irish press and the outbreak of war with the Ottoman Empire in 1914 (Justin Fantauzzo) From Christian brother to n...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa Vol 7, Issue 4

Below is the full table of contents for Volume 7, Issue 4 (October – December 2016): Articles Reading Khedival Khayamiya: Understanding the Epigrams of the Egyptian Tentmakers (Sam Bowker and Seif El Rashidi) The Atassis of Homs: The Rise and Decline of One of Syria’s Founding Families (Joel D. Parker) From Concessions to Repression: Explaining [&hel...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa Vol 7, Issue 3

Below is the full table of contents for Volume 7, Issue 3 (July – September 2016): Articles Investigating the Ties between Muhammed Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Early Wahhabism, and ISIS (Jeffrey R. Macris) From Holy War to Technocracy, 1571-1924:  The Spanish and Ottoman Empires in the Mediterranean (Wayne Bowen) North African Merchant Networks o...    read more