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    Book Review – Cathy Otten’s ‘With Ash on their Faces’

Book Review – Cathy Otten’s ‘With Ash on their Faces’

by Orsola Torrisi
In the first days of August 2014, after capturing the vast city of Mosul, Daesh (or the Islamic State) fighters directed their expansion towards the mountainous region of Sinjar, fanning out across the plain of Nineveh, near Iraq’s border with Syria. It is this region that approximately 400,000 Yazidis, a long-persecuted religious minority whose belief system draws […]

November 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, Iraq|0 Comments|

Book Review – Ian Black’s ‘Enemies and Neighbours’

by Menachem Klein
A century has passed since World War I, providing an opportunity to revisit one of the war’s most famous byproducts: the Balfour Declaration. In his letter to Lord Rothschild of 2 November 1917, Lord Balfour, then British Foreign Secretary, wrote:
‘His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and […]

November 3rd, 2017|Book Reviews, Israel|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Anne Wolf’s ‘Political Islam in Tunisia’

Book Review – Anne Wolf’s ‘Political Islam in Tunisia’

by Courtney Freer

In Political Islam in Tunisia: The History of Ennahda, Anne Wolf provides a comprehensive account of the evolution of the political party in both its activities and ideology, which is essential to understanding the role of political Islam in Tunisia and comprehending its enduring role elsewhere in the Middle East. Her multidisciplinary approach allows her to trace […]

November 3rd, 2017|Book Reviews, Tunisia|0 Comments|

Book Review – H. A. Hellyer’s ‘A Revolution Undone’

by Moritz Schmoll

As Egypt approaches the end of President Sisi’s first term, the country’s politics bear the marks of years of ruthless repression: oppositional movements of various political orientations are decimated after mass recourse to jail sentences, torture, intimidation, forced disappearances and exile. The regime has already begun devising ways to make sure the 2018 election is ‘under control’, […]

October 30th, 2017|Book Reviews, Egypt|1 Comment|

Book Review – Ginny Hill’s ‘Yemen Endures’

by Ian Black
International interest in Yemen has been growing since the current war passed its second anniversary in spring 2017. But the poorest country in the Arab world was wracked by multiple crises long before the Saudi-led intervention. Ginny Hill’s detailed and highly readable account of the background is indispensable to understanding the story so far.

It is not easy […]

August 22nd, 2017|Book Reviews, Yemen|0 Comments|

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