Book Notes

The US, Israel, and Egypt: Diplomacy in the Shadow of Attrition, 1967-70

The US, Israel, and Egypt: Diplomacy in the Shadow of Attrition, 1967-70 By Yehuda U. Blanga (London: Routledge, 2020), 269 pp. Reviewed by Michael Sharnoff, Associate Professor, National Defense University, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, Washington, DC Much scholarship has been devoted to the 1967 war and the 1973 war, two pivotal [&hell...    read more 

Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo

Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo  By Seth Anziska (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018) 464 pp. Reviewed by: Avi Shilon, PhD, The Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University   The question of the autonomy that Menachem Begin offered the Palestinians within the construct of the Israel–Egypt peace tr...    read more 

A Short History of Mozambique

A Short History of Mozambique  By Malyn Newitt (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017,) pp. 254   Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College A typical American asked to name European countries that created colonies in Africa would probably respond with either France or Britain and might not ...    read more 

Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country 

Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country  by Nigel Watt, revised (London, UK: Hurst & Company, 2016,) pp. 279. Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College A typical American has minimal knowledge of Africa in general and, if pressed, could probably name some of the major countries such [&...    read more 

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 

Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Female Islamic Radicals

Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Female Islamic Radicals By Farhana Qazi. (Oakland, CA: Berrett – Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2018) 188 pp. Reviewed by David Firester, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, The Graduate Center (City University of New York) Farhana Qazi investigates females who commit violent acts in the name of what she steadfast...    read more 

Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa

Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa By Chandra Sriram (Editor) (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017) 321 pp. Reviewed by: Elham Kazemi, PhD student of Political Science, University of California, Irvine The uprisings known as the “Arab Spring” started in Tunisia in December 2010 and soon engulfed the whole Middle East [&helli...    read more 

Political Islam in Tunisia the History of Ennahda

Political Islam in Tunisia the History of Ennahda by Anne Wolf (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017) 269 pp. Reviewed by Salih Yasun, PhD student at the Department of Political Science at Indiana University Anne Wolf’s “Political Islam in Tunisia” discusses the historical evolution of political Islam in Tunisia through an intersecting paradigm ...    read more