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.
South Caucasus as a Regional Security Complex
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Vali Kouzegar Kaleji
“South Caucasus Regional Security Complex,” written by Vali Kouzegar Kaleji with a preface by Dr. Shirin Akiner, Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge Central Asia Forum and Lecturer in Central Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), is among the most recent written works in the area of Caucasus studies.
Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Arun Vishwanathan and Rajaram Nagappa
What is the best approach for resolving differences over the Iranian nuclear programme and preventing a conflict? How would a conflict possibly unravel given Iranian military, asymmetric and missile capabilities? What does a military conflict over Iran mean for international order and India in particular? These are some of the questions that the book, Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics analyses and seeks answers to.