The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Out of the failures of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and Syria, a new threat emerges. While Al-Qaeda is weakened, new jihadi movements, especially ISIS, are starting to emerge. In military operations in June 2014 they were far more successful that Al Qaeda ever were, taking territory that reaches across borders and includes the city of Mosul. The reports of their military coordination and brutality to their victims are chilling. While they call for the formation of a new caliphate once again the West becomes a target.
The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists
Friday, January 16, 2015
Khaled Abou El Fadl
In The Great Theft, Khaled Abou El Fadl, one of the world's preeminent Islamic scholars, argues that Islam is currently passing through a transformative period no less dramatic than the movements that swept through Europe during the Reformation. At this critical juncture there are two completely opposed worldviews within Islam competing to define this great world religion. The stakes have never been higher, and the future of the Muslim world hangs in the balance.
Foreign Policy in Iran and Saudi Arabia: Economics and Diplomacy in the Middle East
Monday, December 29, 2014
Saudi Arabia, with its US alliance and abundance of oil dollars, has a very different economic story to that of Iran, which despite enormous natural gas reserves, has been hit hard by economic, trade, scientific and military sanctions since its 1979 revolution. Robert Mason looks at the effect that economic considerations (such as oil, gas, sanctions, trade and investment) have had on foreign policy decision-making processes and diplomatic activities.
The Persian Gulf in Modern Times: People, Ports, and History
Monday, December 15, 2014
Lawrence G. Potter
This book explores the historiography, ports, and peoples of the Persian Gulf over the past two centuries. The authors seek to clarify how the historical Gulf is different from that of the modern day, and offers a more inclusive history of the region than previously available. The volume takes a fresh approach that examines the region from the viewpoint of local historians combined with important original research.
Geopolitics of Shiism in Central Asia
Thursday, November 6, 2014
The book reviews the historical course of the emergence and spread of Shiism in Central Asia with special focus on the situation of Shias in this region subsequent to the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Other topics covered by this book include geopolitical coordinates of Shias in Central Asia and position of Central Asian Shias in the overall geopolitics of Shiism.
The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising
Friday, October 31, 2014
Though capable of staging spectacular attacks like 9/11, jihadist organizations were not a significant force on the ground when they first became notorious in the shape of al-Qa‘ida at the turn of century. The West’s initial successes in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan weakened their support still further.
Will the Middle East Implode?
Friday, October 3, 2014
In this short book, leading Middle East scholar Mohammed Ayoob argues that the Arab Spring has both changed and charged some of the region’s thorniest problems - from the rise of political Islam to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Israel-Palestine conflict to rivalries between key regional powers.