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The Mighty Scot

Turns a spotlight on the Victorian love affair with Scotland.

Recasting Culture and Space in Iberian Contexts

Anthropological case studies of the interplay of space, culture, and power in Iberia since 1850.

White Horizon

From explorers’ accounts to boys’ adventure fiction, how Arctic exploration served as a metaphor for nation-building and empire in nineteenth-century Britain.

Excavating Victorians

How Victorians reacted to the new sciences of geology and archaeology.

Identity, Memory, and Diaspora

Offers a detailed picture of the lives of Cuban Americans through interviews with artists, writers, and philosophers.

Cholera and Nation

How cholera epidemics affected Victorian perceptions of the body and the nation.

Contesting Justice

Argues that the rights of women in Muslim society are based on the preserved cultural standards of elites, not the ethical philosophy of the Quran.

The Politics of Regime Structure Reform in Democracies

Analyzes initiatives aimed at reforming the electoral and government systems of Israel in comparison to other established democracies.

From Divine to Human: Dante's Circle vs. Boccaccio's Parodic Centers

In Boccacio's Decameron, Cervigni sees a parodic echo of the circles of Dante's Divine Comedy, and asks whether Bocaccio envisions the voyage of the brigata as similar to Dante the Pilgrim's journey toward the center, first the abysmal center of Lucifer, then towards the highest center, God.

Dante and Paul's "Five Words with Understanding"

By Robert Hollander
Subjects: History

Argues there is a program of five-word utterances that imitate fallen language in Dante’s Commedia.

Poets on the Edge

Edited and translated by Tsipi Keller
Introduction by Aminadav Dykman
Subjects: General Interest
Series: SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture

Selections from twenty-seven Hebrew poets, many of whose poems appear here in English for the first time.

Spiritual Dimensions of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's Risale-I Nur

Edited by Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi'
Introduction by Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi'
Subjects: Area Studies

Essays on various facets of Nursi’s spirituality as portrayed in his Risale-i Nur.

Zion in the Desert

The first book about the only two Reform Movement kibbutzim in Israel.

The Philosophical Foundations of Early German Romanticism

Explores the philosophical contributions and contemporary relevance of early German Romanticism.

Cooperating Rivals

Examines cooperation and conflict over water in the Middle East.

Zionism

Traces the dialectical connections between Zionism’s past and present.

Teacher and Comrade

By Alan Wieder
Subjects: Education

A biographical/narrative study of oppression, racism, and resistance in twentieth-century South Africa through the life of Richard Dudley, a teacher/politico.

Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions

Explores the particulars of minority-serving institutions while also highlighting their interconnectedness.

The Ravine

Fictional narrative of a young girl’s experiences at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

Well-Oiled Diplomacy

Examines Russia’s energy policy with rival Eurasian supplier states from 1992 to 2002.

Imperialism and Human Rights

Looks at the language of rights used by diverse interest groups in British-colonized Nigeria.

The Censorship Files

Investigates the role played by censorship in the Spanish-language publishing industry, which led to the Latin American Boom literature of the 1960s and 1970s.

The Charismatic Community

Looks at the emergence of Shiism as a distinct communal identity within Islam.

Transitions and Consolidation of Democracy in Africa

Examines the transitions to democracy in Africa.

Contemporary Islamic Conversations

Discusses the ideas of the most important living Muslim thinker and leader in contemporary Turkey.

Such a Deathly Desire

Provocative essays on language, literature, and the aesthetics of embodiment.

The History of al-Tabari Volume XL

The index to the 39-volume History of al-Tabari.

Altered States

Considers the role of Spiritualism in Victorian culture.

The Heirs of the Prophet

Looks at how various factions used the tradition that scholars were the “heirs of the Prophet” during the classical period of Islam (570–1258 CE).

Slavophile Thought and the Politics of Cultural Nationalism

Examines the origins of Russian nationalism and its relationship to the West.

Valvedre

The first English translation of one of George Sand’s major novels.

A Voice from Elsewhere

Reflections on the enigma and secret of “literature.”

Dante from Two Perspectives: The Sienese Connection

Addresses the implications of a document found in the Archivio di Stato di Siena which affirms a connection between Farinata degli Uberti, a Florentine conspicuously encountered by Dante the pilgrim in Inferno 10, and the Sienese Ghibellines with whom he and his fellow Florentine Ghibellines joined, in an alliance which produced the Sienese victory at the battle of Montaperti in 1260.

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire

Classic history of Ancient Ethiopia, as researched and written by a heralded African American woman activist.

Nervous Conditions

Examines nineteenth-century scientists’ obsession with nerves and the nervous system.

Kurdish Notables and the Ottoman State

Examines early Kurdish nationalism within the context of the demise of the Ottoman Empire.

Through the Reading Glass

Argues that women's relationship to books and their promotion of reading contributed greatly to the cultural and intellectual vitality of the Enlightenment.

The International Self

Uses a social-psychoanalytic model to argue that collective identity shapes foreign policy changes.

Globalizing Interests

Examines how national interest groups respond to the international pressures of globalization.

Institutions and the Politics of Survival in Jordan

Explains how the Jordanian monarchy has survived economic crisis and regional political instability.

States of Liberalization

Explores the limits of economic liberalization within the European Union.

The Politics of Turkish Democracy

The history of Turkey's difficult transition to a multi-party political system.

Converging Alternatives

The first comparative study of two major Jewish labor movements.

Staging History

Examines Brecht's use of the theatre as a public arena for political change.

Rhine Crossings

Explores the unique and volatile relationship of these two nations and cultures over the past two centuries, as expressed in literature, film, and philosophy.

Briefings on Existence

Explores the link between mathematics and ontology.

Family Matters

Charts new trends in gender studies through a compelling analysis of Igbo society.

Sanctity and Mysticism in Medieval Egypt

Using the original, little-known writings of Sufis Muhammad and 'Ali Wafa', this book explores the development of the idea of Islamic sainthood in the post-Ibn 'Arabi period.

The Watchman Fell Asleep

Examines how Israel was caught by surprise in the opening stages of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Islam in Modern Turkey

A biography of the prominent Turkish theologian and thinker.

The Striking Cabbies of Cairo and Other Stories

Challenges existing views of crafts and service workers in Egypt in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Sappho in the Holy Land

Essays on the experience of lesbians in contemporary Israeli society.

Margins of Disorder

By Gal Gerson
Subjects: Area Studies

Traces how progressive liberals in Edwardian Britain responded to contemporary intellectual trends.

Lacan in the German-Speaking World

Addresses Lacan's reception in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, offering new perspectives for American readers.

Mapping the Victorian Social Body

Explores how medical and social maps helped shape modern perceptions of space.

Africa Through Ghanaian Lenses

Edited by Samuel E. Quainoo
Subjects: Area Studies

A collection of lectures delivered during the Fulbright Hays Scholar program in Ghana.

Dante and the Jewish Question

Addresses Jacoff’s own discomfort with Dante’s reiteration of the deicide charge against the Jews in Paradiso 7 and elsewhere.

Borders of a Lip

By Jan Plug
Subjects: Area Studies

Explores the role of language, history, and politics in Romantic literature and thought, from Kant to Yeats.

The Drama of Fallen France

Examines the role of the theatre in Paris during the Nazi occupation.

Nelida

A scandalous bestseller of mid-nineteenth-century France, translated here for the first time into English.

Bored to Distraction

Examines how recent Mexican and Spanish films act as untroubling distractions from everyday routines.

Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere

An exploration of gender and power relations in Yoruba religion—both Christianity and Yoruba traditional religion.

Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts

Addresses the ideals and institutions through which Middle Eastern societies have confronted poverty and the poor.

Islam at the Crossroads

Sheds light on one of the most important religious thinkers in the modern Muslim world.

Five Comedies

Two full-length and three one-act plays, translated here for the first time into English.

A Neighborhood in Ottoman Istanbul

A detailed history of a small neighborhood community of Ottoman Istanbul.

The Nature of the Early Ottoman State

A revisionist interpretation of the early origins of the Ottoman Empire.

Family History in the Middle East

Challenges conventional assumptions about the family and the modern Middle East.

Revolutionaries and Reformers

Edited by Barry Rubin
Subjects: Area Studies

Looks at Islamist movements seeking power today, and the difficult choices they face.

Traditions and Transitions in Israel Studies

Introduces the cutting edge issues and current scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of Israel Studies.

Despotic Bodies and Transgressive Bodies

Examines crucial moments of transition in Spanish culture and society during both dictatorship and democracy.

French Fairy Tales

Offers an analysis of fourteen French fairy tales, from the medieval Romance of Mélusine to Jean Cocteau's film version of Beauty and the Beast, exploring their universal and eternal nature as well as their relevance to modern readers.

Living Forms

Examines Romantic poets’ and essayists’ fascination with the human form.

Imagined Londons

Edited by Pamela K. Gilbert
Subjects: Area Studies

Explores the various representations and imaginations of London in literature and popular culture, from Victorian times to the present day.

Feast and Folly

Treats French cuisine as a "fine art," offering both historical background as well as a deep analysis of the social, political, and aesthetic aspects of cuisine and taste.

The Church of Solitude

A translation of Grazia Deledda's final novel, an autobiographically based portrayal of an Italian woman coming to terms with breast cancer at the cusp of the twentieth century.

The Public Sphere in Muslim Societies

Multidisciplinary examination of the public sphere in “traditional” Muslim society.

The Medieval French Alexander

Explores the significance of Alexander the Great in French medieval literature and culture.

Body of Text

Reconstructs the formative debates concerning ritual purity in Islamic law and practice.

Constructing Ottoman Beneficence

Presents the political, social, and cultural context behind Ottoman charity.

The Early Muslim Tradition of Dream Interpretation

Explores dream interpretation among the early Muslims, who saw dreams as a type of prophecy.

On the Edge of Empire

Explores the social and political history of the Qu`ayti and Kathiri sultanates of Hadhramawt during their gradual incorporation into the British Empire.

The Occupation of Justice

A critical examination of the decisions of the Supreme Court of Israel in cases relating to the Occupied Territories.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict Transformed

Makes the perhaps surprising argument that in the last quarter of the twentieth century the Arab-Israeli conflict has been winding down.

The Elections in Israel 1999

Considers the impact of the 1999 Israeli elections.

The Melting Pot in Israel

Covers early Israeli education policy regarding immigrant populations.

Somber Lust

A comprehensive study of Israel’s most internationally celebrated writer.

Policy Making at the Margins of Government

Traces the almost century-long struggle between Israel's largest healthcare provider, Kupat Holim, and successive Israeli governments.

The Rise of Surrealism

By Willard Bohn
Subjects: Area Studies

Examines the developments that paved the way for the Surrealist movement in literature and art.

Constitutions in a Nonconstitutional World

Uses the Arab experience to explain the appeal of constitutional documents to authoritarian political regimes.

Romancing the Cathedral

Through an analysis of political, art historical, and literary discourse, this book considers French fascination with the Gothic cathedral.

Ideology and Jewish Identity in Israeli and American Literature

Israeli and American critics debate what constitutes Jewish identity in modern Jewish literature.

Debating Islam in the Jewish State

Covers Israel's policy toward Islamic institutions within its borders, 1948-2000.

Whiteness Just Isn't What It Used To Be

Narratively explores how the changes in South Africa's social and political structure are changing the white population's identity and sense of self.

The Wisdom of the Mystic East

An expert on the thought of medieval Islamic philosopher Suhrawardi argues that philosophers have romanticized this work as a revival of “oriental” wisdom.

Israeli Planners and Designers

In their own words, the stories of the men and women who are the planners, architects, community organizers--the hidden builders--of the modern state of Israel.