Book Notes

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 

Why Europe Intervenes in Africa: Security, Prestige and the Legacy of Colonialism

Why Europe Intervenes in Africa: Security, Prestige and the Legacy of Colonialism  By Catherine Gegout (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 400pp. Reviewed by: Paul Chiudza Banda, Ph.D. Candidate in History, West Virginia University Catherine Gegout highlights the various forms of European intervention in African affairs since the end of the Cold Wa...    read more 

The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know

The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know by James L. Gelvin (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018) 191 pp. Reviewed by Berkay Gülen, PhD Candidate in International Studies, University of Washington   James L. Gelvin’s The New Middle East, a part of ‘What Everyone Needs to Know’ series of the Oxford University Press, [&hellip...    read more 

The Soviet-Israeli War 1967-1973: The USSR’s Military Intervention in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict  

The Soviet-Israeli War 1967-1973: The USSR’s Military Intervention in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict   By Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez   (Oxford University Press, 2017.)  506 pp.    Reviewed by Prof. David A. Meier,  Dickinson State University Ginor and Remez drew positive acclaim for their book Foxbats Over Dimona...    read more