Friday, January 13, 2006

Learning About the "Middle East"

Interested in learning more about the region of Asia that currently gets labelled the "Middle East"? Here is a list of the top 21 books in Middle Eastern Studies, derived by a survey of 52 academics and published in this newsletter. I got this from Angry Arab News Service, whose owner, As'ad Abu Khalil, was one of the academics surveyed and who agrees with most of the results.


  1. Orientalism by Edward Said, 1978
  2. The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq by Hanna Batatu, 1978
  3. Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age by Albert Hourani, 1962
  4. A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani, 1991
  5. The Venture of Islam by Marshall Hodgson, 1975
  6. Colonising Egypt, by Timothy Mitchell, 1988
  7. The Mantle of the Prophet by Roy Mottahedeh, 1986
  8. Contending Visions of the Middle East by Zachary Lockman, 2004
  9. Women and Gender in Islam by Leila Ahmed, 1992
  10. The Emergence of Modern Turkey by Bernard Lewis, 1961
  11. Over-stating the Arab State: Politics and Society in the Middle East by Nazih Ayubi, 1995
  12. A Political Economy of the Middle East by Alan Richards & John Waterbury, 1990
  13. A History of Islamic Societies by Ira Lapidus, 1988
  14. Rule of Experts by Timothy Mitchell, 2002
  15. Amiguities of Domination by Lisa Wedeen, 1999
  16. The Muqaddimah by Ibn Khaldun, 1377
  17. A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin, 1989
  18. Armed Struggle & the Search for State by Yezid Sayigh, 1997
  19. State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East by Roger Owen, 1992
  20. Society of Muslim Brothers by Richard Mitchell, 1969
  21. Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy by Michael Hudson, 1977

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