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TIMOTHY MITCHELL

 

Carbon Democracy provides a unique examination of the relationship between oil and democracy. Interweaving the history of energy, political analysis, and economic theory, Mitchell targets conventional wisdom regarding energy and governance. Emphasizing how oil and democracy have intermixed, he argues that while coal provided the impetus for mass democracy, the shift to oil drastically limited democratic possibility; above all, the ability to confront contemporary ecological crises.

 

RASHID KHALIDI


For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States has been involved as a mediator in the conflict. In Brokers of Deceit, Khalidi zeroes in on the United States's role as the purported impartial broker in this failed peace process.

 

 

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TAOUFIK BEN AMOR

 

Developing Writing Skills in Arabic is specifically designed for upper-intermediate to advanced students who need to write Arabic for personal, professional and academic purposes.

 

HAMID DABASHI

 

What does it mean to be human? Humanism has mostly considered this question from a Western perspective.Through a detailed examination of a vast literary tradition, Dabashi asks that question anew, from a non-European point of view. The World of Persian Literary Humanism presents the unfolding of a tradition as the creative and subversive subconscious of Islamic civilization.

 

WAEL HALLAQ

 

The Impossible State argues that the "Islamic state," judged by any standard definition of what the modern state represents, is both impossible and inherently self-contradictory. Comparing the legal, political, moral, and constitutional histories of premodern Islam and Euro-America, Hallaq finds the adoption and practice of the modern state to be highly problematic for modern Muslims.

 

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HAMID DABASHI

 

What does it mean to be a Muslim - in this world, in this deeply transformative time? Dabashi asks this seminal question anew in Being a Muslim in the World, in the context of what he proposes is a post-Western world where the "Islam and the West" binary is collapsing and where "the West," as a construct, no longer holds the same normative hegemony. Against the grain of more than two hundred years of colonialism and self-alienation, Islam remains not just a world religion but a worldly religion - one that has always been conscious of itself in successive imperial settings.

 

ALAN VERSKIN 

 

Oppressed in the Land, an anthology of fatwas (Islamic legal opinions), showcases diverse reflections by Muslims upon the political, social, and theological ramifications of living in places with non-Muslim governments. These documents represent the learned and influential views of some leading figures from the fourteenth through the twenty-first centuries, reflecting on experiences of Muslim communities in medieval  Christian Spain, British-controlled India, French colonial North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Bosnia, the United States, and Israel/Palestine.

 

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