Friday, January 20, 2006

Middle Eastern Studies - History News Network

This list caught my eye since I'm teaching diplomatic history this semester and emphasizing the Middle East. Since this is not one of my fields, I'm curious about how quickly the material becomes dated. Of course, this is also a problem with almost any topic in post-World War II America (and the world) and most especially for any work dealing with the last few decades or last few years. How far away do we have to be to develop historical analysis - or when does it cease being journalism?

History News Network: "Manan Ahmed
Top 21 Books in Middle East Studies [Modern]

The enterprising scholars at American University Cairo thought it worthwhile to poll M.E. professors [and sundries] on the 'most interesting, informative and readable' books in the field of Modern Middle East Studies. 52 scholars of the M.E. responded and below is the top 21. I thought it would be useful for our readers as well. I have hyperlinked the entries to Amazon.

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 [3 vols.]
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. Ambiguities 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 and 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 the Muslim Brothers by Richard Mitchell, 1969
21. Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy by Michael Hudson, 1977"

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