Science & Nature
Amazing Women of the Middle East: 25 Stories from Ancient Times to Present Day
By Wafa’ Tarnowska
Reviewed by Piney Kesting on March 12, 2021
Writer, translator and storyteller Wafa’ Tarnowska’s...
Nefertiti, Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt: Her Life and Afterlife
By Aidan Dodson
Reviewed by Alva Robinson on March 10, 2021
The unearthing of Nefertiti's 3,000-year-old bust in 1912 has...
The Magnificent Conman of Cairo: A Novel
By Adel Kamel. Waleed Almusharaf, tr.
Reviewed by Marina Ali on January 15, 2021
In this underrated piece of Arab literature, we follow the lives of...
Parwana: Recipes and Stories From an Afghan Kitchen
By Durkhanai Ayubi
Reviewed by Tom Verde on January 15, 2021
Afghani-born restaurateur Durkhanai Ayubi honors her parents, Zelmai and...
The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival
By Diana Darke
Reviewed by Piney Kesting on November 16, 2020
The Merchant of Syria tells the inspiring story of Abu Chaker (1921...
Architecture of the Islamic West: North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, 700–1800
By Jonathan M. Bloom.
Reviewed by Lee Lawrence on September 10, 2020
Books about the arts of al-Andalus and the Maghrib typically focus on a...
AUB and Ras Beirut in 150 Years of Photographs
By Maria Bashshur Abunassar
Reviewed by William Tracy on January 15, 2020
This coffee-table volume of photography focusing on the American...
The Tentmakers of Cairo: Egypt’s Medieval and Modern Appliqué Craft
By Seif El Rashidi and Sam Bowker
Reviewed by Caroline Stone on September 15, 2019
This book is a model of how to make the fruit of specialized academic...
Mr Five Per Cent: The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man
By Jonathan Conlin
Reviewed by Robert W. Lebling on September 15, 2019
When Armenian Turkish businessman Calouste Gulbenkian died in 1955, Life...
Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War
By Kevin Bubriski.
Reviewed by Judy Sultan on July 15, 2019
Today, many only know Syria as a geopolitical disaster and humanitarian...
Mapping the Middle East
By Zayde Antrim
Reviewed by GRAHAM CHANDLER on January 15, 2019
Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast
By Sebastian R. Prange
Reviewed by LOUIS WERNER on January 15, 2019
In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran
By Paul-Gordon Chandler
Reviewed by PINEY KESTING on January 15, 2019
Space Science and the Arab World: Astronauts, Observatories and Nationalism in the Middle East
By Jörg Matthias Determann
Reviewed by ROBERT W. LEBLING on January 15, 2019
Troy: Myth, City, Icon
By Naoíse Mac Sweeney
Reviewed by FRANK L. HOLT on January 15, 2019
The Writing in the Stone
By Irving Finkel
Reviewed by JANE WALDRON on January 15, 2019
Writings from Ancient Egypt
By Toby Wilkinson, tr. and intro.
Reviewed by TOM VERDE on January 15, 2019
Koum Tara: Chaâbi, Jazz and Strings
By Karim Maurice, Sid-Ahmed Belksier, La Camerata.
Reviewed by BANNING EYRE on January 15, 2019
The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot Through the Heart of the Middle East
By Leon McCarron
Reviewed by Matthew Teller on September 15, 2018
Astronomy and Astrology in the Islamic World
By Stephen P. Blake
Reviewed by Robert W. Lebling on September 15, 2018
Christmas and the Qur'an
By Karl-Josef Kuschel
Reviewed by Alia Yunis on September 15, 2018
Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition: The Raqṣ Sharqī Revolution, 1890–1930
By Heather D. Ward
Reviewed by Tom Verde on September 15, 2018
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