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Identifying with Nationality

An Arab Anomaly

Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria

Safwan M. Masri Foreword by Lisa Anderson

“A wise and carefully drawn analysis of one of the mysteries of the Arab Spring. Safwan M. Masri explains why Tunisia, where the revolt germinated, has been the only country to give birth to a real democracy. In examining why Tunisia succeeded, Masri shows why other Arab countries failed. They lacked Tunisia’s culture of tolerance, moderation, and coexistence, which had been nurtured by decades of educational and social policy. Bottom line: Democracy needs deep roots, which sadly don’t exist in most of the Arab world.” —David Ignatius, Washington Post $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-179508-3

Will Hanley “A magisterial investigation into Alexandria’s diverse population, which comprised interwoven European, colonial, local, imperial, and national entities. Will Hanley examines this patchwork setting, clarifies that nationality at the end of the nineteenth century was a European privilege, and explores the process by which it would become what it is today: the most fundamental human right. An illuminating masterpiece.”—Patrick Weil, Yale University

Columbia Studies in International and Global History

The Nile: Natural and Cultural Landscape in Egypt

Militarizing the Nation

Proceedings of the International Symposium held at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität

The Army, Business, and Revolution in Egypt

Mainz, 22 & 23 February 2013

Zeinab Abul-Magd

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Gate of Mercy Family Secrets and the History of Modern Israel

Edited by Harco Willems and Jan-Michael Dahms Although Herodotus’ dictum that “Egypt is a gift of the Nile” is proverbial, there has been little attention paid to the way the river impacted ancient Egyptian society. Egyptologists frequently focus on the textual and iconographic record, whereas archaeologists and earth scientists approach the issue from the perspective of the natural sciences. These essays analyze the river both as a natural and as a cultural phenomenon. By adopting an approach of cultural ecology, contributors address such issues as ancient land use, administration and taxation, irrigation, and religious concepts. $55.00 paper 978-3-8376-3615-4 2017  3748 pages

Changing Gender Norms in Islam Between Reason and Revelation

Dorit Silverman

What would you do if your brother turned out to be your enemy? Gate of Mercy takes its readers into the heart of the Israeli-Arab conflict, bringing the history of modern Israel to the very personal level of intertwined Israeli-Arab families. $20.00 paper 978-3-8382-1098-8 2017  150 pages IBIDEM PRESS

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“A well-written novel, complex and perceptive towards the root of the Israeli-Arab conflict, as well as giving a new look at human nature and the nature of love.” -Amos Oz

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“No other work provides such a detailed account of the military’s penetration of the economy or the state administration, nor of the causes or consequences of that penetration. The topic is of major importance and the range of sources drawn upon is without parallel.”—Robert Springborg, author of Mubarak’s Egypt: Fragmentation of the Political Order


Marziyeh Bakhshizadeh Women’s movements in Islamic countries have had a long and arduous journey in their quest for the realization of human rights and genuine equality. Marziyeh Bakhshizadeh examines whether discriminatory laws against women do in fact originate from Islam and, ultimately, if there is any interpretation of Islam compatible with gender equality. She investigates women’s rights in Iran since the 1979 Revolution in light of Islamic thought, (fundamentalism, reformism, and secularism), and in terms of the family, economics, politics, and culture.

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In Search of the Lost Orient

The Creation of Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps

Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature

An Interview Olivier Roy

Nadya Hajj

“Nadya Hajj asks an important question - namely, why and how do property rights get institutionalized in “transitional” contexts? With so many places in the world characterized by unpredictability and NADYA HAJJ uncertainty, this question resonates far beyond the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon and Jordan....Hajj traces the evolution of property rights in the camps over time, showing how they evolved from informal understandings of ownership to formal legal claims as Palestinians sought greater predictability in their lives.”—Melani Cammett, Harvard University

“Olivier Roy is one of the most important analysts of political Islam working today, and arguably the single most insightful voice in a vast field. In Search of the Lost Orient provides a complete intellectual life story and argues that empirical research and a focus on concrete social practices must be the basis by which Islam and its intersection with politics is understood.”—Benjamin Brower, University of Texas at Austin, author of A Desert Named Peace

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2017 272 pages

2016 232 pages

Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

When Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, he was honored for using his craft as a novelist to bridge a troubling gap between the Judeo-Christian West and the Islamic East. Gloria Fisk contests this pervasive way of reading Pamuk to look skeptically at the ways Western literary cultures expand their reach around the world. $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-18326-0

“Nasasra uncovers marvelous material that illuminates the history of the Bedouins of southern Palestine and challenges prevailing understandings of their politics and social experiences. The long historical perspective that takes us from Ottoman times to the present relies on Nasasra’s prodigious original research and superb documentation to present a comprehensive and detailed picture of this Bedouin community struggling against state power.” —Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University

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$60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-17530-2 2017 304 pages

University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award

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Columbia Studies in International and Global History

2017 232 pages

Beyond the Secular West

“Eqbal Ahmad was a brilliant and penetrating critic and analyst, a courageous fighter for justice and freedom in much of the world, steeped in humanistic understanding, warm and compassionate, a dear friend. His accomplishments ranged from demolishing self-serving dogmas about the Cold War to such constructive work as bringing Indians and Pakistanis together in a search for an amicable settlement of a tragic conflict, and far too much more even to try to mention. His life, achievements, and legacy are vividly this outstanding study, a fine tribute to one of the most remarkable people I’ve been fortunate enough to know, or even to know about.”—Noam Chomsky

This book is a metaphor-based analysis of the texts produced by the missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in the Ottoman Empire from 1820-1898. Hami Inan Gümüș uses a synthesis of literary studies, linguistics, cultural history, and religious studies to analyze the missionary narrative in its historical context

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2017 260 pages

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2017 230 pages


Hami Inan Gümüș


Foreword by Susan Allen

Philip Gamaghelyan exposes patterns of exclusion and marginalization as well as conflict-promoting tendencies in current conflictresolution practice in the Nagorno-Karabakh and Syrian crises. He explores strategies that take a more flexible approach to diffusing the identity politics at the core of many international conflicts.

“This book explores debates within an Islamic legal tradition about the status of writing and thus of recorded truth.... No one else can move among these Yemeni texts with such assurance, and classic works such as those of Kitab alAzhar, Sharh al-Azhar and Sayl al-Jarrar are read more closely than any Western academic has attempted previously. A formative and distinguished book.”—Paul Dresch, St John’s College, Oxford. $70.00 / £58.95 cloth 978-0-231-17874-7 2017  512 pages

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Religion, Culture, and Public Life

Nadia Marzouki “Marzouki provides a unique approach to contemporary American political discourse surrounding Islam and documents vital results likely to remain relevant to readers in the United States and Europe for quite some time.”—Denise A. Spellberg, University of Texas at Austin Nadia Marzouki argues that public controversies over Islam in the United States primarily reflect the American public’s profound divisions and ambivalence toward freedom of speech and the legitimacy of liberal secular democracy. $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-17680-4

God and Man in Tehran

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After the American Century The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East Brian T. Edwards “This book is a rich account of what happens when cultural objects, literary texts, and films circulate between the Middle East and the United States: how they are interpreted and reinvented, in the process engendering new publics and counterpublics. A nuanced analysis of cultural politics that extends our understanding of the forms and limits of Western domination of the Middle East.”—Saba Mahmood, author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject $25.00 / £19.95 paper 978-0-231-17401-5 2017  288 pages

Contending Visions of the Divine from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic Hossein Kamaly

of the D I V I N E from the QA JA R S

to the I S L A M I C R E P U B L I C

In God and Man in Tehran, Hossein Kamaly explores the historical processes that have made and unmade contending visions of God in Iran’s capital throughout the past two hundred years. Kamaly examines how ideas of God have been mobilized, contested, and transformed, emphasizing how notions of the divine have given shape to and in turn have been shaped by divergent conceptualizations of nature, reason, law, morality, and authority. H O S S E I N K A M A LY

2017 288 pages

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Edited by Akeel Bilgrami “In counterpoint to Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, a stellar list of contributors offer a diverse range of critical perspectives exploring the ways in which the secular and secularism are translated and transformed as they travel beyond Latin Christendom: from China to India, from the Mexican Revolution to Sufi brotherhoods in Senegal. There is no comparable collection, as challenging and rewarding for expert and educated public alike.” —José Casanova, Georgetown University

An American Religion

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

$25.00 / £19.95 paper  978-0-231-17157-1

Conflict Resolution Beyond the Realist Paradigm


Stuart Schaar

W. Gabriel Carras Research Award

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Philip Gamaghelyan

Brinkley Messick

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Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age

Dana Burde

2017 288 pages

A Conceptual Metaphor Analysis of Missionary Narrative, 1820-1898

A Historical Anthropology

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar “Tabaar depicts Ayatollah Khomeini’s nimble ability to tailor religious and nationalist ideology to outmaneuver the Shah, the Iranian Left, and factional opponents. Though unabashed in arguing that political expediency has determined the regime’s selections from its toolkit of revolutionary religious doctrine, Religious Statecraft subtly portrays how factions struggle not so much to ‘tell people what to think’ as ‘what to think about.’”—Jack Snyder, Columbia University

Eqbal Ahmad

Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan

“This masterly book offers the first comprehensive fieldwork-based research on education in contemporary Afghanistan. Dana Burde makes the convincing case that NGOs have generally been neglecting education and that jihadist programs in the 1980s implied a huge exposure of children to the message of violence and intolerance.”-Gilles Dorronsoro, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Transformative Strategies and Inclusive Practices in Nagorno-Karabakh and Syria

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American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire

Religious Statecraft The Politics of Islam in Iran

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A Cultural History of America in Turkey

“Gürel offers an original perspective on how the Turkish elite and public have been refashioning images of America for their own political and social purposes for more than a century. The result is an extraordinarily well-written account of the role of culture in the international relations of both Turkey and the United States, allowing us to better grasp and critique the roots of contemporary Turkish and American narratives about identity and politics.” --Cemil Aydin, author of The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia

Despite the prestige of winning the Nobel Prize, Orhan Pamuk remains controversial with respect to his place in the literary tradition of his home country. In this volume, contributors examine a wide range of Pamuk’s novelistic oeuvre focusing on his use of allegory to portray tensions stemming from competing notions of national identity as well as strains between Western secularism and traditional Islam 2017 260 pages

The Limits of Westernization

Mansour Nasasra

Edited by Taner Can, Berkan Ulu, and Koray Melikoğlu

Literature Now

Columbia Studies in Middle East Politics

A Century of Politics and Resistance

Critical Essays on a Novelist Between Worlds

February 2018 288 pages

$35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-17934-8

The Naqab Bedouins

Orhan Pamuk

Gloria Fisk

Translated by C. Jon Delogu. Foreword by Jean-Louis Schlegel and Olivier Mongin

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When the State Winks

The Politics of Secularism

The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel

Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

Michal Kravel-Tovi

Murat Akan France and Turkey are critical sites of secularism: France exemplifies European political modernity, and Turkey has long been the model of secularism in a Muslimmajority country. Murat Akan analyzes prominent debates in both countries on topics such as the visibility of the headscarf and other religious symbols, religion courses in the public school curriculum, and state salaries for clerics and imams.

“The question of who is allowed to convert to Judaism in Israel, and how and when, is deeply charged with both spiritual and political commitments. Kravel-Tovi’s insightful, thoughtful book helps us to understand the nature of these contradictions and their consequences and the way that converts themselves come to experience their conversion.” -Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University $65.00 / £54.95 cloth 978-0-231-18324-6

$65.00 / £54.95 cloth 978-0-231-18180-8 2017 376 pages

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Religion, Culture, and Public Life

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