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Middle East Studies 2019/2020

New and Noteworthy Titles

CO LUMBIA UNIVE R SI T Y P R ESS C U P. C O L U M B I A . E D U


Letter from the editor: We are delighted to present the Columbia University Press Middle East Studies catalog of new books for 2019-2020. The books gathered here span many fields in Middle East studies—literary studies, philosophy, religion, history, sociology, and politics—and reflect the interdisciplinary and global approach of our list. 2019 marks the release of a landmark primary source studies text from Columbia, The Empires of the Near East and India: Source Studies of the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Literate Communities, edited by Hani Khafipour. This unique, comprehensive volume collects a wide array of newly translated texts from three major empires from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries, accompanied by scholarly essays illuminating the historical significance of each work. Other new humanities releases of note include M’hamed Oualdi’s microhistory of social and imperial mobility in A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa; Raja Adal’s Beauty in the Age of Empire: Japan, Egypt, and the Global History of Aesthetic Education, a global study of the diffusion and transformation of aesthetic ideals on the edges of the colonial world; and Hamid Dabashi’s The Shahnameh: The Persian Epic as World Literature, a celebration of the origins and legacy of a world literature classic. We also offer several important new works on the religions and religious philosophy of the Middle East, in keeping with a long tradition of such offerings at the press. Zahra Ayubi’s Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and Society and Anna M. Gade’s Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations both look at pressing contemporary intellectual concerns through the lens of Islamic religious tradition. In philosophy, Wael B. Hallaq’s latest work, Reforming Modernity: Ethics and the New Human in the Philosophy of Abdurrahman Taha, explores the uniqueness of contemporary Arab thought through the work of Islamic philosopher Abdurrahman Taha. Finally, in the social sciences, Columbia authors continue to unpack the complexities of politics and society in an ever-changing region. Jim Krane provides an insightful analysis of the inner workings of oil-rich Gulf states in Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar’s Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran brings insider knowledge to our understanding of the interplay of religion and power in the Iranian state. And Mansoor Moaddel’s The Clash of Values: Islamic Fundamentalism Versus Liberal Nationalism takes an empirical approach to understanding how the conflict between fundamentalism and liberalism defines politics in the region to this day. We hope you share our enthusiasm for these books and the course they mark for the future of our list. Sincerely, Caelyn Cobb, editor for global history and politics


CONTENTS

HISTORY

The Empires of the Near East and India

History........................................................3 Philosophy.................................................6

Source Studies of the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Literate Communities

Politics........................................................8 Religion......................................................11 Literature and Film.................................13 Best of the Backlist................................14

Edited by Hani Khafipour

Ordering Information.............................15 Manuscript queries and proposals can be sent to Caelyn Cobb (cc4141@columbia.edu).

For a complete listing of Columbia’s titles or for more information about any book in this catalog, visit our website, cup.columbia.edu. Most titles in this catalog published by Columbia University Press are available worldwide from the press. Titles published by Agenda Publishing,

This volume is a comprehensive sourcebook of newly translated texts from the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal empires of the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries, accompanied by scholarly essays. It aims to provide a new model for the study and teaching of the early modern history of the Near East and India. $50.00 / £40.00 paper 978-0-231-17437-4 $150.00 /£116.00 cloth 978-0-231-17436-7 2019 672 pages

ibidem Press, and Barbara Budrich Publishers are available from Columbia only in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. To order titles from these publishers in other parts of the world, please contact each press directly.

Peace on Our Terms The Global Battle for Women’s Rights After the First World War Mona L. Siegel

Mona L. Siegel’s sweeping global account of international organizing highlights how Egyptian and Chinese nationalists, Western and Japanese labor feminists, white Western suffragists, and African American civil rights advocates worked in tandem to advance women’s rights following World War I. $35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-19510-2 January 2020 344 pages 28 illus.

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HISTORY

A Slave Between Empires

Beauty in the Age of Empire

A Transimperial History of North Africa

Japan, Egypt, and the Global History of Aesthetic Education

M'hamed Oualdi

Raja Adal

In June 1887, a man known as General Husayn, a manumitted slave turned dignitary in the Ottoman province of Tunis, passed away in Florence after a life crossing empires. M’hamed Oualdi investigates Husayn’s transimperial life and the posthumous battle over his fortune, recovering the transnational dimensions of North African history.

Beauty in the Age of Empire is a global history of aesthetic education focused on how Western practices were adopted, transformed, and repurposed in Egypt and Japan. Raja Adal uncovers the emergence of aesthetic education in modern schools and its role in making a broad spectrum of ideologies

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2019 296 pages 43 illus.

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HISTORY

Modern Things on Trial

God and Man in Tehran

GODand M AN

Islam’s Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida, 1865–1935

in

TEHR AN CO N T EN D I N G V I S I O N S

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

Leor Halevi

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

H O S S E I N K A M A LY

Leor Halevi tells the story of the Islamic trials of technological and commercial innovations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Shedding light on culture, commerce, and consumption in Cairo and other colonial cities, Modern Things on Trial is a groundbreaking account of Islam’s material transformation in a globalizing era.

God and Man in Tehran explores the historical processes that have made and unmade contending visions of God in Iran’s capital throughout the past two hundred years. Hossein Kamaly examines how notions of the divine have been mobilized, contested, and transformed, emphasizing the role played by divergent conceptualizations of nature, reason, law, morality, and authority.

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2018 256 pages

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HISTORY

The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism

Palestinians in Syria Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities

Race and the Politics of Dislocation

Anaheed Al-Hardan

Reza Zia-Ebrahimi

JOINT WINNER, ACADEMIC AWARD, PALESTINE BOOK AWARDS

Reza Zia-Ebrahimi follows the development of dislocative nationalism through a range of cultural and historical materials, capturing its incorporation of European ideas about Iranian history, the Aryan race, and a primordial nation. He emphasizes the agency of Iranian intellectuals in translating European ideas for Iranian audiences, impressing Western conceptions of race onto Iranian identity. $27.00 / £21.00 paper 978-0-231-17577-7 $60.00 / £47.00 cloth 978-0-231-17576-0

Anaheed Al-Hardan’s sophisticated research sheds light on the enduring relevance of the Nakba among the communities it helped create, while challenging the nationalist and patriotic idea that memories of the Nakba are static and universally shared among Palestinians. Her study also critically tracks the Nakba’s changing meaning in light of Syria’s twenty-first-century civil war. $27.00 / £21.00 paper 978-0-231-17637-8 $60.00 / £47.00 cloth 978-0-231-17636-1 2016 272 pages

2016 312 pages

Militarizing the Nation

Parable and Politics in Early Islamic History

The Army, Business, and Revolution in Egypt

The Rashidun Caliphs Tayeb El-Hibri

Zeinab Abul-Magd

Zeinab Abul-Magd examines both the visible and often invisible efforts by Egypt’s semi-autonomous military to hegemonize the country’s politics, economy, and society over the past six decades, showing how it gains and maintains control. $30.00 / £24.00 paper 978-0-231-17063-5 $60.00 / £47.00 cloth 978-0-231-17062-8 2017 336 pages

Tayeb El-Hibri draws on medieval Islamic chronicles to remap the origins of Islamic political and religious orthodoxy, offering an insightful critique of both early and contemporary Islam and the concerns of legitimacy shadowing various rulers. He also highlights the Islamic reinterpretation of biblical traditions. $30.00 / £24.00 paper 978-0-231-15083-5 $70.00 / £54.00 cloth 978-0-231-15082-8 2010 448 pages

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PHILOSOPHY

Reforming Modernity

I Am the People

Ethics and the New Human in the Philosophy of Abdurrahman Taha

Reflections on Popular Sovereignty Today Partha Chatterjee

Wael B. Hallaq

Reforming Modernity is a sweeping intellectual history and philosophical reflection built around the work of the philosopher Abdurrahman Taha. Wael B. Hallaq explores how Taha’s philosophical project sheds light on recent intellectual currents in the Islamic world and puts forth a formidable critique of Western and Islamic modernities.

Partha Chatterjee reconsiders the concept of popular sovereignty in order to explain today’s dramatic outburst of movements claiming to speak for “the people.” To uncover the roots of populism, Chatterjee traces the twentieth-century trajectory of the welfare state and neoliberal reforms.

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2019 376 pages

December 2019 224 pages

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Secular Translations

Enlightenment on the Eve of Revolution

Nation-State, Modern Self, and Calculative Reason

The Egyptian and Syrian Debates

Talal Asad

Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab

In Secular Translations, anthropologist Talal Asad reflects on his lifelong engagement with secularism and its contradictions. He draws out the ambiguities in our concepts of the religious and the secular through a rich consideration of translatability and untranslatability. $25.00 / £20.00 paper 978-0-231-18987-3

Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab offers a groundbreaking analysis of Egyptian and Syrian debates over enlightenment and their import for the 2011 uprisings. Enlightenment on the Eve of Revolution is the first book to document these debates for the Anglophone audience and to analyze their importance for contemporary intellectual life and politics.

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$30.00 / £24.00 paper 978-0-231-17633-0

2018 232 pages

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2019 240 pages

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PHILOSOPHY

Women Mobilizing Memory

Open to Reason

Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition

Edited by Ayşe Gül Altınay, María José Contreras, Marianne Hirsch, Jean Howard, Banu Karaca, and Alisa Solomon

Souleymane Bachir Diagne Translated by Jonathan Adjemian

Women Mobilizing Memory, a transnational exploration of the intersection of feminism, history, and memory, shows how the recollection of violent histories can generate possibilities for progressive futures. It emerges from a multiyear feminist collaboration bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists, and activists.

Open to Reason traces Muslims’ long intellectual and spiritual history of questioning to show how Islamic philosophy has always engaged critically with texts and ideas both inside and outside its tradition. Through a rich reading of classical and modern Muslim philosophers, Souleymane Bachir Diagne explains their relevance to our own time.

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2018 136 pages

2019 544 pages 58 illus.

RELIGION, CULTURE, AND PUBLIC LIFE

Restating Orientalism

Avicenna and the Aristotelian Left

A Critique of Modern Knowledge

Ernst Bloch

Wael B. Hallaq

Translated by Loren Goldman and Peter Thompson

Wael B. Hallaq takes critique of Orientalism as a point of departure for rethinking the modern project. A remarkably ambitious attempt to overturn the foundations of a wide range of academic disciplines, Restating Orientalism exposes the depth of academia’s lethal complicity in modern forms of capitalism, colonialism, and hegemonic power.

Ernst Bloch gives a striking account of materialism that traces emancipatory elements of modern thought to medieval Islamic philosophers’ encounter with Aristotle. He argues that the great medieval Islamic philosopher Avicenna (Ibn Sina) planted the seeds of a radical materialism still relevant for critical theory today.

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2018 392 pages

$75.00 / £58.00 cloth 978-0-231-17534-0 2018 144 pages

NEW DIRECTIONS IN CRITICAL THEORY

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POLITICS

Your Sons Are at Your Service

The Clash of Values Islamic Fundamentalism Versus Liberal Nationalism

Tunisia's Missionaries of Jihad

Mansoor Moaddel

Aaron Y. Zelin

Mansoor Moaddel provides groundbreaking empirical data to demonstrate how the collision between Islamic fundamentalism and liberal nationalism explains the Middle East and North Africa’s present and will determine its future. Offering a rigorous perspective on social change, The Clash of Values disentangles the region’s political complexity.

Aaron Y. Zelin uncovers the history of Tunisian involvement in the jihadi movement and offers an in-depth examination of why so many Tunisians were drawn to jihadism following the 2011 revolution. Your Sons Are at Your Service is a meticulously researched account that challenges simplified views of jihadism’s appeal and success.

$35.00 / £27.00 paper 978-0-231-19383-2

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January 2020 384 pages 30 illus

February 2020 432 pages

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WARFARE

Energy Kingdoms

The Economy of the Gulf States

Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf

Matthew Gray

Jim Krane

In Energy Kingdoms, Jim Krane takes readers inside the Gulf monarchies to consider the conundrum facing these states. He traces the history of their energy use and policies, looking in particular at how energy subsidies have distorted demand. Oil exports are the lifeblood of their politicaleconomic systems—and the basis of their strategic importance—but domestic consumption has begun eating into exports while climate change threatens to render the region uninhabitable.

Covering the period since 1945, with a focus on the last twenty years, Matthew Gray outlines the main factors that have shaped the political economies of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. He analyzes problems of state formation and ruling elite legitimacy, the role of oil and energy, the challenges of economic geography, the wider international political setting and its impacts, and constraints to economic reform.

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2019 224 pages 17 illus.

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CENTER ON GLOBAL ENERGY POLICY SERIES

2019 224 pages

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POLITICS New in paper

Triadic Coercion

New in paper

Israel’s Targeting of States That Host Nonstate Actors

The Politics of Islam in Iran Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar

Wendy Pearlman and Boaz Atzili

As states find themselves in conflicts with nonstate actors, they often target other states that harbor or aid these challenging opponents. Wendy Pearlman and Boaz Atzili investigate this strategy, which they term triadic coercion: laying out the reasons that states pursue it and the conditions under which it succeeds, across seventy years of Israeli history. $30.00 /£24.00 paper 978-0-231-17185-4

Religious Statecraft

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar traces half a century of shifting Islamist doctrines, demonstrating that religious narratives in Iran can change rapidly, frequently, and dramatically in accordance with elites’ threat perceptions. Religious Statecraft constructs a new picture of Iranian politics in which power drives Islamist ideology. $30.00 / £24.00 paper 978-0-231-18367-3 $60.00 / £47.00 cloth 978-0-231-18366-6

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2019 392 pages

2019 384 pages 13 illus.

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The Politics of Secularism

New in paper

Tunisia

An Arab Anomaly

Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

Safwan M. Masri

Foreword by Lisa Anderson

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 Muslim-majority 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.

Safwan M. Masri explores the factors that have shaped Tunisia’s exceptional experience, arguing that its history of reformism set it on a separate trajectory from the rest of the region. Based on interviews with experts, leaders, activists, and citizens, Masri’s account is critical for understanding not only Tunisia but also the broader Arab world.

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2019 416 pages

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2019 376 pages

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POLITICS

Different Perspectives on the Syrian Reality

Jordan and the Arab Uprisings

Ettijahat – Independent Culture

Curtis R. Ryan

Research in the Diverse Fields of Syrian Culture

Regime Survival and Politics Beyond the State

Foreword by Hassan Abbas

This unique collection presents essays on the chaging nature of Syrian culture and society. Essays cover topics including features of the home in a refugee camp, contemporary Syrian plastic art, jihadi schooling and recruitment into the Islamic State, and political stereotypes during the Syrian uprising. $35.00 paper 978-3-8382-1161-9 2018 240 pages 115 illus.

Curtis R. Ryan analyzes key features of Jordanian politics, including Islamist and leftist opposition parties, youth movements, and other forms of activism, as well as struggles over elections, reform, and identity. He details regime survival strategies, laying out how the monarchy has held out the possibility of reform while also seeking to coopt and contain its opponents.

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Democratic Transition in the Muslim World

Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco

A Global Perspective

Strategies of Centralization and Decentralization

Edited by Alfred Stepan

Janine A. Clark

Janine A. Clark examines why Morocco decentralized while Jordan did not and evaluates the impact of their divergent paths in order to explain how authoritarian regimes can use decentralization reforms to consolidate power. Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco challenges our understanding of authoritarian regimes’ resilience. $65.00 / £50.00 cloth 978-0-231-18358-1 2018 416 pages

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Alongside case studies of Indonesia, Senegal, and India, contributors analyze similarities and differences among democratizing countries with large Muslim populations, considering universal challenges as well as each nation’s particular obstacles. Essays discuss the dynamics of secularist fears of Islamist electoral success, the role of secular constituencies in authoritarian regimes’ resilience, and the prospects for moderation among both secularist and Islamist political actors. $30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-18431-1 $90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-18430-4 2018 272 pages

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RELIGION

Gendered Morality

Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and Society

Changing Gender Norms in Islam Between Reason and Revelation

Zahra Ayubi

Marziyeh Bakhshizadeh

In Gendered Morality, Zahra Ayubi rethinks the tradition of Islamic philosophical ethics from a feminist critical perspective. She calls for a philosophical turn in the study of gender in Islam based on resources for gender equality that are unlocked by feminist engagement with the Islamic ethical tradition. $35.00 / £27.00 paper 978-0-231-19133-3 $105.00 / £81.00 cloth 978-0-231-19132-6

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. $79.00 cloth 978-3-8638-8735-3

2019 368 pages

2018 270 pages

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Muslim Environmentalisms

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How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today

Religious and Social Foundations Anna M. Gade

Anna M. Gade explores the religious and cultural foundations of Islamic environmentalisms. She blends textual and ethnographic study to offer a comprehensive and interdisciplinary account of the legal, ethical, social, and political principles underlying Muslim commitments to the earth. $35.00 / £27.00 paper 978-0-231-19105-0 $105.00 /£81.00 cloth 978-0-231-19104-3 2019 336 pages

The Gnostic New Age

April D. DeConick

In The Gnostic New Age, April D. DeConick recovers Gnosticism’s vibrant underground history to prove that it was not suppressed or defeated by the Catholic Church long ago, nor was the movement a fabrication to justify the violent repression of alternative forms of Christianity. She follows the path of Gnosticism from ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages, to the advent of theosophy and other occult movements in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to its presence in contemporary New Age spiritual philosophies. $28.00 / £22.00 paper 978-0-231-170772 $35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-17076-5 2019 392 pages 40 illus.

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RELIGION

Sharīٝٝa Scripts

The Holocaust and the Nakba

A Historical Anthropology

A New Grammar of Trauma and History

Brinkley Messick

Edited by Bashir Bashir and Amos Goldberg

Foreword by Elias Khoury Afterword by Jacqueline Rose

In this groundbreaking book, leading Arab and Jewish intellectuals examine how and why the Holocaust and the Nakba are interlinked without blurring fundamental differences between them. Focusing on similarities and differences, contributors pave the way for a new political, historical, and moral grammar that enables a joint Arab-Jewish dwelling and supports historical reconciliation in Israel/Palestine. $40.00 / / £30.00 £30.00 paper $40.00 paper 978-0-231-18297-3 978-0-231-18297-3

Sharīٝa Scripts anthropology Scripts isisaawork workofofhistorical historical anthropology focused on Yemen in the early twentieth century. In a focused on Yemen in the early twentieth century. groundbreaking examination of the interpretative range In a groundbreaking examination of the interpreand historical insights offered by the anthropologist as tative range and historical insights offered by the reader, Brinkley Messick uses the richly varied writings of anthropologist as reader, Brinkley Messick uses the the Yemeni past to offer a uniquely comprehensive view richly varied writings of the Yemeni past to offer of the sharīٝ comprehensive a as a localized and livedofphenomenon. a uniquely view the sharīٝ a as a localized and lived phenomenon.

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When the State Winks

Ghalib

Selected Poems and Letters Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib

The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel

Translated by Frances W. Pritchett and Owen T. A.

Michal Kravel-Tovi

Cornwall

This selection of poetry and prose by Ghalib provides an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the preeminent Urdu poet of the nineteenth century. Ghalib’s poems, especially his ghazals, remain beloved throughout South Asia for their arresting intelligence and lively wit. $28.00 / / £22.00 £22.00 paper $28.00 paper 978-0-231-18207-2 978-0-231-18207-2 $50.00 / / £40.00 £40.00 cloth $50.00 cloth 978-0-231-18206-5 978-0-231-18206-5

When the State Winks traces the performance of state-endorsed Orthodox conversion in Israel. Michal Kravel-Tovi complicates the popular perception that it is a “wink-wink” relationship in which both sides agree to treat pretenses of faith as real, developing new ways to think about the connection between religious conversion and the nation-state.

2019 224 2019 224 pages pages

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LITERATURE AND FILM

The Shahnameh

Islamophobia and the Novel

The Persian Epic as World Literature

Peter Morey

Hamid Dabashi

The Shahnameh, an epic poem recounting the foundation of Iran across mythical, heroic, and historical ages, is the beating heart of Persian literature and culture. Completed by Abu al-Qasem Ferdowsi in the year 1010, the epic has entertained generations of readers and profoundly shaped Persian culture, society, and politics. Hamid Dabashi insightfully traces the epic’s history, authorship, poetic significance, complicated legacy of political uses and abuses, and enduring significance in colonial and postcolonial contexts.

Peter Morey analyzes how recent works of fiction have framed and responded to the rise of anti-Muslim prejudice alongside changing concepts of cultural difference. Morey offers readings of novels that show how their portrayal of difference both reflects and refutes the ideological preoccupations of the post-9/11 West. $60.00 / £47.00 cloth 978-0-231-17774-0 2018 328 pages

LITERATURE NOW

$35.00 / £27.00 cloth 978-0-231-18344-4 2019 272 pages

Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature

Planetary Modernisms

Provocations on Modernity Across Time

Gloria Fisk

Susan Stanford Friedman

Gloria Fisk traces the terms of Orhan Pamuk’s engagement with a literary market dominated by the tastes of its anglophone publics and examines the instrumental use of literature as a source of crosscultural understanding. She proposes a new way to think about the uneven processes of translation that carry contemporary literature to its readers.

Drawing on a vast archive, Susan Stanford Friedman recasts modernity as a networked, circulating, and recurrent phenomenon producing multiple aesthetic innovations across millennia. Rejecting the modernist concepts of marginality, othering, and major/minor, Friedman instead favors rupture, mobility, speed, networks, and divergence.

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2018 280 pages

2015 472 pages 45 illus.

LITERATURE NOW

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BEST OF THE BACKLIST

The Impossible State

Eqbal Ahmad

Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament

Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age Stuart Schaar

Wael B. Hallaq

WINNER, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS DISTINGUISHED BOOK AWARD

Providing Muslims with a path toward realizing the good life, Hallaq turns to the rich moral resources of Islamic history. Along the way, he proves political and other “crises of Islam” are not unique to the Islamic world nor to the Muslim religion. These crises are integral to the modern condition of both East and West, and by acknowledging these parallels, Muslims can engage more productively with their Western counterparts.

Eqbal Ahmad was the first to recognize that former ally Osama bin Laden would turn against the United States. He anticipated the rapidly shifting loyalties of terrorists and understood that overthrowing Saddam Hussein would provoke violence and sectarian strife in Iraq. New personal and professional writings amplify the incisive, passionate, and often prophetic analyses of a major thinker of the twentieth century.

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2012 272 pages

2015 240 pages 10 illus.

Islam

The Arab Uprisings Explained

An American Religion

New Contentious Politics in the Middle East

Nadia Marzouki

Foreward by Olivier Roy

ISLAM AN AMERICAN RELIGION

Edited by Marc Lynch

WINNER, CHOICE

OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE

Nadia Marzouki Foreword by Olivier Roy

Nadia Marzouki investigates how Islam has become so contentious in American politics. She 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.

The Arab Uprisings Explained offers a fresh rethinking of established theories and presents a new framework through which scholars and general readers can better grasp the fast-developing events remaking the region.

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