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Ahmad al-Ghazali, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love
Ahmad al-Ghazali, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love (November 2016)
Joseph E. B. Lumbard - Author

Discusses the work of a central, but poorly understood, figure in the development of Persian Sufism, Aḥmad al-Ghazālī.

The teachings of Aḥmad al-Ghazālī changed the course of Persian Sufism forever, paving the way for luminaries such as Rūmī, Aṭṭār, and Ḥāfiẓ. Yet he remains a poorly understood thinker, with many treatises incorrectly attributed to him and...(Read More)
 
 
Beirut on the Bayou
Beirut on the Bayou (March 2016)
Alfred Nicola, Louisiana, and the Making of Modern Lebanon
Raif Shwayri - Author

Weaves a people’s history of Lebanon with the personal storytelling of a family saga.

Raif Shwayri begins his family’s story with his grandfather Habib Shwayri’s arrival at Ellis Island in 1902. Having left Beirut, then a harbor city on the Syrian coast of the Ottoman Empire, only weeks before, he took the name Alfred Nicola and made his way to relatives in New Orleans. There, he began peddling...(Read More)
 
 
Social Media in Iran
Social Media in Iran (December 2015)
Politics and Society after 2009
David M. Faris - Editor
Babak Rahimi - Editor

First comprehensive account of how the Internet has impacted life in Iran.

Social Media in Iran is the first book to tell the complex story of how and why the Iranian people—including women, homosexuals, dissidents, artists, and even state actors—use social media technology, and in doing so create a contentious environment wherein new identities and realities are constructed. Drawing together e...(Read More)
 
 
Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian
Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian (June 2015)
The Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism
Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh - Author

Discusses how contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern thinkers and artists are forging a new postmodern vision.

The insurgent, the poet, the mystic, the sectarian: these are four modes of subjectivity that have emerged amid Middle Eastern thought’s attempt to reverse, dethrone, or supersede modernity. Providing a theoretical overview of each of these existential stances, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh engages the v...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond Post-Zionism
Beyond Post-Zionism (February 2015)
Eran Kaplan - Author

Comprehensive and critical analysis of the post-Zionist debates and their impact on various aspects of Israeli culture.

Post-Zionism emerged as an intellectual and cultural movement in the late 1980s when a growing number of people inside and outside academia felt that Zionism, as a political ideology, had outlived its usefulness. The post-Zionist critique attempted to expose the core tenets of Zionist ideology and...(Read More)
 
 
Why Hawks Become Doves
Why Hawks Become Doves (December 2014)
Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel
Guy Ziv - Author

Investigates how leaders’ personalities shape important foreign policy shifts.

Why do hawkish leaders change course to pursue dovish policies? In Why Hawks Become Doves, Guy Ziv argues that conventional international relations theory is inadequate for explaining these momentous foreign policy shifts, because it underestimates the importance of leaders and their personalities. Applying insights from...(Read More)
 
 
The Archetypal Sunni Scholar
The Archetypal Sunni Scholar (October 2014)
Law, Theology, and Mysticism in the Synthesis of al-Bajuri
Aaron Spevack - Author

Considers the work of nineteenth-century theologian Ibrahim al- Bājūrī and contests the notion of intellectual decline in Islamic thought from the thirteenth through nineteenth centuries.

This is a rare study of a late premodern Islamic thinker, Ibrahim al- Bājūrī, a nineteenth-century scholar and rector of Cairo’s al-Azhar University. Aaron Spevack explores al- Bāj...(Read More)
 
 
Grassroots Literacies
Grassroots Literacies (June 2014)
Lesbian and Gay Activism and the Internet in Turkey
Serkan Görkemli - Author

2015 Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship's Book Award, presented by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

Examines the grassroots activism of an Internet-mediated collegiate lesbian and gay organization in Turkey.

Grassroots Literacies analyzes the complex issues surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender representation...(Read More)
 
 
Shibli
Shibli (June 2014)
His Life and Thought in the Sufi Tradition
Kenneth Avery - Author

Considers what is known of acclaimed early Sufi master Abū Bakr al-Shiblī and how he was characterized in various times and places.

Early Sufi master Abū Bakr al-Shiblī (d. 946) is both famous and unknown. One of the pioneers of Islamic mysticism, he left no writings, but his legacy was passed down orally, and he has been acclaimed from his own time to the present. Accounts of Shiblī pre...(Read More)
 
 
Conceiving Identities
Conceiving Identities (November 2013)
Maternity in Medieval Muslim Discourse and Practice
Kathryn M. Kueny - Author

FINALIST - 2014 American Academy of Religion Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, in the textual studies category

Explores how medieval Muslim theologians constructed a female gender identity based on an ideal of maternity and how women contested it.


Conceiving Identities explores how medieval Muslim theologians appropriate a woman’s reproductive power to c...(Read More)
 
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