Book Notes

From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy

From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy by Jean-Pierre Filiu (Oxford University Press, New York, 2015) 311 pp. Reviewed by Z. Asli Elitsoy, Ph.D. Student, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey Global jihadist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are a post-Cold War phenomenon that scholars have examined from [&h...    read more 

Upheavals in the Middle East: The Theory and Practice of a Revolution

Upheavals in the Middle East: The Theory and Practice of a Revolution by Ronen A. Cohen (Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2014) 318 pp. Reviewed by Gianni Del Panta, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Siena, Siena, Italy The uprisings that swept through the Arab world in 2010 — Eleven have triggered an endless cascade of studies on the [&hellip...    read more 

Women in the Islamic World from Earliest Times to the Arab Spring

Women in the Islamic World from Earliest Times to the Arab Spring by Irene Schneider, translated from the German by Steven Rendall (Markus Wiener Publishers Princeton, 2014) 279 pp. Reviewed by Miyase Yavuz, PhD Candidate, SOAS, University of London Women in the Islamic World from Earliest Times to the Arab Spring is a welcome contribution [&hellip...    read more 

The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy: Ensuring Access and Promoting Security

The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy: Ensuring Access and Promoting Security By Peter Dombrowski and Andrew C. Winner, Editors (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2014) 232 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Kevin E. Grimm, Assistant Professor of History, Regent University In The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy, the authors assembled by Peter Dombrowski an...    read more 

The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant

The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant By Michael Kerr and Craig Larkin (editors) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) 384pp. Reviewed by Mr. Carl Yonker, Junior Research Fellow, MDC-Tel Aviv University, & Ph.D. Candidate, Tel Aviv University The renewed focus on, and interest in, the region’s ethnic and religious minorities, [...    read more 

The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins

The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins By Johannes J. G. Jansen (New York: RVP Press, reprint 2013) 270 pp. Reviewed by Norvell B. DeAtkine, Colonel (USA Retired), Consultant This book is an important one for those interested in the intellectual mind-set of the Jihadi mentality and their method of arriving at a comfort [&hellip...    read more 

A Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq

A Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq by Liora Lukitz (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014 [2006]) 320 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Justin Fantauzzo, Assistant Professor, History Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland Gertrude Bell, a young, affluent, Oxford-educated Briton, was at the center of the diplomatic discussions and occasion...    read more 

Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi

Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi By Gerard Prunier and Eloi Ficquet (editors). (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) 521 pp. Reviewed by Mr. Christopher Bailey, National Intelligence University Drs. Gerard Prunier and Eloi Ficquet have edited a comprehensive study that weaves together a broad range ...    read more 

Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency

Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency By Virginia Comolli (London: C. Hurst & Company, Ltd., 2015) 239 pp. Reviewed by Benjamin Arah, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government & Philosophy, Bowie State University Comolli, a research fellow for security and development at the London International Institute for Strategic Studies, has added an inva...    read more 

Between Terror and Tolerance: Religious Leaders, Conflict, and Peacemaking

Between Terror and Tolerance: Religious Leaders, Conflict, and Peacemaking by Timothy D. Sisk, ed. (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2011) 280 pp. Reviewed by Ms. Rachel Winter, M.A. Candidate, University of Iowa, Department of Religious Studies At face value, the title Between Terror and Tolerance makes the reader question if yet another volum...    read more