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 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
At one point in this personal account of a long-distance trek across the...
Ancient Ivory: Masterpieces of the Assyrian Empire
By Georgina Herrmann
Reviewed by Graham Chandler on May 15, 2018
British archeologist Austen Henry Layard discovered the first pieces of...
Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking
By Julie Ann Sageer with Leah Bhabha
Reviewed by Tom Verde on February 8, 2018
Julie Ann Sageer earned her nickname “Julie Taboulie” from...
The Aleppo Cookbook: Celebrating the Legendary Cuisine of Syria
By Marlene Matar
Reviewed by Tom Verde on May 1, 2017
Considering the recent fate of Aleppo, it is easy to be distracted from...
Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria's Great Merchant City
By Philip Mansel
Reviewed by Matthew Teller on May 1, 2017
In this timely publication, as Syria’s second city suffers from...
Out of the Desert: My Journey from Nomadic Bedouin to the Heart of Global Oil
By Ali Al-Naimi
Reviewed by William Tracy on May 1, 2017
“If I, a poverty-stricken Bedouin kid born in a desert, can make...
A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment
By Chris Lowney
Reviewed by Robert W. Lebling on October 1, 2005
A Brief History of Islam
By Sonn, Tamara and Mary Williamsburg
Reviewed by Helen El Mallakh on April 1, 2005
A Soldier’s Story: From Ottoman Rule to Independent Iraq; The Memoirs of Jafar Pasha Al-Askari
By William Facey and Najdat Fathi Safwat, eds.; Mustafa Tariq Al-Askari, tr
Reviewed by Kyle Pakka on October 1, 2004
A Voyage to Arabia Felix (1708–1710)
By Jean de la Roque
Reviewed by Robert W. Lebling on October 1, 2004
A Ride To Khiva: Travels and Adventures in Central Asia
By Frederick Burnaby
Reviewed by Charles Sweeney on October 1, 2004
A Sky So Close
By Betool Khedairi. Muhayman Jamil, tr
Reviewed on April 1, 2004
"Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an
By Asma Barlas
Reviewed on October 1, 2003
A Traveler's Guide to the Geology of Egypt
By Bonnie M. Sampsell
Reviewed by Kyle Pakka on October 1, 2003
A Woman of Five Seasons
By Leila Al-Atrash ; Nora Nweihid Halwani and Christopher Tingley, trs
Reviewed on April 1, 2003
A Stone in My Hand
By Cathryn Clinton
Reviewed on April 1, 2003
A Mediterranean Feast: The Story of the Birth of the Celebrated Cuisines of the Mediterranean, From
By Wright, Clifford A
Reviewed by Mediterranean Food Study Group, Cambridge Massachusetts on October 1, 2001
A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom
By Whitall Perry, ed.; introd. Huston Smith
Reviewed on April 1, 2001
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