Book Notes

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 

The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey

The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey by Kabir Tambar (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2014) 218 pp. Reviewed by Maurizio Geri, PhD candidate in International Studies, Old Dominion University Kabir Tambar, a sociocultural anthropologist at Stanford University, wrote an interesting book on the re...    read more 

Military History of Late Rome: 284-361

Military History of Late Rome: 284-361 by Ilkka Syvanne (South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Military, 2015) 435 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Professor of History, Livingstone College When one thinks of Rome’s military history and forces, individuals often think of the pre-Augustinian era: Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars, the Punic Wars, while others...    read more 

Religion, Politics, and the Origin of Palestine Refugee Relief

Religion, Politics, and the Origin of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander H. Joffe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 2013) 254 pp. Reviewed by Joseph S. Spoerl, Professor, Philosophy Dept., Saint Anselm College This book is a carefully researched study of the earliest efforts to provide relief to the Palestinian Arabs who became refugees [...    read more 

A Road Map of a New Constitution for Turkey

Drafting of a new constitution in Turkey has been on the agenda of political parties, media, and civil society for a while. The idea of replacing the 1982 Constitution which was drafted by the military junta seems like a desirable goal for Turkey’s break away from its past and its eventual democratic consolidation. In spite of this general consensus on the...    read more 

From Arab Spring to Islamic Winter

From Arab Spring to Islamic Winter By Raphael Israeli (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2013) pp. 317. Reviewed by Prof. Eliezer Tauber, Professor of Middle Eastern History, Bar-Ilan University One may consider Israeli’s book a concise introductory course for the general reader about the current Middle East and some components of the Islamic reli...    read more 

The Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey

The Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey Edited by Metin Heper and Sabri Sayan (New York, NY: Routledge, 2012) pp. 400. Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Professor of History, Livingstone College During the latter 1900s the Library of Congress’ Federal Research Division printed a series of Country/Area Handbooks focusing on a number of different countries; ea...    read more 

Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities

Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities By Jacob Lassner (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014) 312 pp. Reviewed by Prof. David Meier, Department of Social Sciences, Dickinson State University Extending back over five decades, Jacob Lassner lectured on Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University and on the hi...    read more 

Old Texts, New Practices: Islamic Reform in Modern Morocco

Old Texts, New Practices: Islamic Reform in Modern Morocco by Etty Terem (Stanford University Press, 2014) 248 pp. Reviewed by Cynthia Scheopner, J.D., Senior Researcher, University of Hawaii A massive collection of legal opinions serves as both a window into a time of challenge and change for Morocco, and a reflection upon how the era [&hellip...    read more