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    Book Review – Mansour Nasasra’s ‘The Naqab Bedouins: A Century of Politics and Resistance’

Book Review – Mansour Nasasra’s ‘The Naqab Bedouins: A Century of Politics and Resistance’

by Dina Matar

The Naqab, the southern region of historic Palestine, is increasingly becoming an established site of interest and research within Palestine studies and, more broadly, studies of marginalised populations in the Middle East that offer more nuanced approaches towards understanding these groups without resorting to well-trodden Orientalist tropes. Mansour Nasasra’s book falls within this expanding body of scholarship and […]

March 21st, 2018|Book Reviews, Israel|1 Comment|
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    Book Review – Wendy Pearlman’s ‘We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled’

Book Review – Wendy Pearlman’s ‘We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled’

by Malu Halasa

In the Syrian conflict, where conspiracy theories and alternative facts abound, the real voices in Wendy Pearlman’s We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria provide eye witnesses accounts, an essential component to the nearly seven-year long conflict, the anniversary of which takes place on 15 March. As numbers have risen to over 500,000 dead […]

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    Book Review – Thomas Hegghammer’s ‘Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists’

Book Review – Thomas Hegghammer’s ‘Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists’

by Madawi Al-Rasheed

While the study of political Islam and Islamists is an established field in the humanities, Islamic studies and the social sciences since the 1970s, the study of Jihadism emerged at a later stage. A plethora of academic approaches, methodologies and perspectives sprang up after the Afghan Jihad in the 1980s. A search on Amazon.com for books in […]

January 24th, 2018|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Helen Lackner’s ‘Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State’

Book Review – Helen Lackner’s ‘Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State’

by Marieke Brandt
It is often the eruption or aggravation of its perennial political crises that draw the attention of the international community to Yemen, a country whose history is both rich and troublesome. Since the beginning of the Saudi-led ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ in 2015, an effort to force Yemen into submission and starvation, the need for information on […]

December 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, Yemen|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Safwan Masri’s ‘Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly’

Book Review – Safwan Masri’s ‘Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly’

by Rory McCarthy
It is now nearly seven years since uprisings brought down authoritarian rulers across the Arab world, but only in Tunisia have there been significant achievements in consolidating a new democracy. There are two contradictory conclusions to draw from this. Either the Tunisian political process offers vital insights that might be applicable in other Arab countries, or the […]

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