Book Notes

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 

The Siege of Magdala: The British Empire Against the Emperor of Ethiopia

The Siege of Magdala: The British Empire Against the Emperor of Ethiopia By Volker Matthies, translated by Steven Rendall (Princeton, NJ: Wiener Publishers, 2012) pp. 209 Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham E. Whynot, Professor of History, Livingstone College A major power’s diplomats and other personnel taken hostage by a developing nation; a series of unsuccessful n...    read more 

Putin’s New Order in the Middle East

Putin’s New Order in the Middle East by Talal Nizameddin (London: C. Hurst & Co. Ltd., 2013) pp. 358 Reviewed By Moritz Pieper, PhD Researcher, University of Kent at Brussels At a time when Western observers and practitioners of international and Middle Eastern politics struggle to find solutions to the raging Syrian civil war, it [&hellip...    read more 

Conflict Analysis: Understanding Causes, Unlocking Solutions

Conflict Analysis: Understanding Causes, Unlocking Solutions by Matthew Levinger (Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace), 265 pp. Reviewed by Benjamin Arah, Associate Professor of Government & Philosophy, Department of History & Government, Bowie State University Conflict Analysis, by Levinger (2013), is an extraordinary and comprehensiv...    read more 

Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America

Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America By Ilan Berman (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2013) 256 pp Reviewed by Dr. Matthew Levitt, Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Washington Institute for Near East Policy With the world focused on Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, pundits are debating what Mo...    read more