Archives for 2019

Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism

Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism by John Calvert (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) 377 pp. Reviewed by: Ian Oxnevad, PhD In Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism, John Calvert provides a critical intellectual biography of Sunni Islamism’s most prominent 20th century proponent. Well documented and with detailed analysis of Qu...    read more 

Mediterranean Encounters: Trade and Pluralism in Early Modern Galata

Mediterranean Encounters: Trade and Pluralism in Early Modern Galata By Fariba Zarinebaf (Oakland: University of California Press, 2018) 404 pp. Reviewed by: Ian Oxnevad, PhD The adage of American politics that “all politics is local” is often unused to explain geopolitical affairs at the intimate level of individuals and urban spaces, let alone in other...    read more 

War and Collapse: World War I and the Ottoman State

War and Collapse: World War I and the Ottoman State Edited by M. Hakan Yavuz and Feroz Ahma (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2016) 1505 pp. Reviewed by: Ian Oxnevad,  PhD candidate at University of California, Riverside   Voluminous in scope and depth, War and Collapse: World War I and the Ottoman State is nothing short [&h...    read more 

Journal of the Middle East and Africa, Volume 9, Issue 4

Below is the full table of contents for Volume 9, Issue 4 (October – December 2018): Articles Half-hearted Devolution: A view of Kenya’s water governance from Siaya County, Kenya (Ornit Avidar) Glorification of the Past as a Political Tool: Ottoman history in contemporary Turkish politics (Umut Uzer) Resisting and Redefining State Violence: The gendered ...    read more