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With an Iron Pen

A groundbreaking collection of forty-two Israeli poetic voices protesting the occupation of the West Bank.

Digital Diaspora

Traces the rise of black participation in cyberspace.

Latino Voices in New England

Compelling stories and striking photographs illustrate the challenges and highlights of Latino/a life in Portland, Maine.

The Mighty Scot

Turns a spotlight on the Victorian love affair with Scotland.

Excavating Victorians

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

Manly Leaders in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Examines fantasies of charismatic, virile leaders in British literature from the 1790s to the 1840s.

Identity, Memory, and Diaspora

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

Recasting Culture and Space in Iberian Contexts

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Of Irony and Empire

Examines the transformative power of irony in the creation of Muslim Africa.

Cooperating Rivals

Examines cooperation and conflict over water in the Middle East.

Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture

Offers a sustained analysis of both high and low queer culture and its connections to cultural and political processes in Spain.

Cuba

Internationally renowned scholars address the Cuban diaspora from multiple perspectives and locations.

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.

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.

Transitions and Consolidation of Democracy in Africa

Examines the transitions to democracy in Africa.

Such a Deathly Desire

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

Set - History of al-Tabari

Collecting all forty volumes of The History of al-Ṭabarī.

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).

Valvedre

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

Hybridity

Critical reevaluation of the concept of hybridity within postcolonial studies.

The Creation of the World or Globalization

Philosophical reflections on the phenomenon of globalization.

A Voice from Elsewhere

Reflections on the enigma and secret of “literature.”

Rethinking Islam and Liberal Democracy

By Yeşim Arat
Subjects: Area Studies

Examines the experiences of women activists of the Islamist Refah (Welfare) party in Turkey.

Kurdish Notables and the Ottoman State

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

Nervous Conditions

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

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire

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

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.

Cultures of Arab Schooling

Offers a rare glimpse into schools in contemporary Egypt.

Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam

A fascinating exploration of how the transcendent is expressed in the spatial sensibility of premodern Islam.

Marxism and National Identity

Provides the first sustained analysis of the collision between Marxism and nationalism in France at the time of the Dreyfus affair.

Staging History

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

The Wind and the Source

Explores the role of a significant yet elusive feature of the French landscape in literature, philosophy, and art.

The Politics of Turkish Democracy

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

Institutions and the Politics of Survival in Jordan

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

Building Trust

Challenges conventional assumptions about how international rivals form trusting relationships.

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.

My Beloved Toto

Selected letters from Juliette Drouet to her lover, Victor Hugo, offering insights into nineteenth-century French culture as well as an insider’s look at the character, behavior, working habits, and day-to-day life of France’s most monumental man of letters.

Being Goral

Examines the Góral, a little-studied ethnic group in Poland.

Globalizing Interests

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

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.

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.

The Devil's Pool and Other Stories

A new translation of Sand's most popular novella, known for its brevity, liveliness, and exemplary storytelling, together with two of Sand's most admired short stories.

Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting

Nationwide study of the proposal and adoption of minority-opportunity districts at the local level.

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.

Global Environmentalism and Local Politics

Examines the internal politics of transnational environmental advocacy networks.

Nelida

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

A Tale of Two Factions

Reevaluates the foundation myths of two rival factions in Egypt during the Ottoman era.

Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere

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

Bored to Distraction

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

Ninochka

A Russian émigré living in New York travels to Paris to try to reconstruct the secret life of another Russian woman who was murdered there on the eve of World War II.

Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts

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

Three Spanish Philosophers

An introduction to the thought of three major philosophers of twentieth-century Spain.

Islam at the Crossroads

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

A Neighborhood in Ottoman Istanbul

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

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.

Israel on the Couch

Applies clinical pyschology to explain the dynamics of the Middle East peace process.

Ideology, Party Change, and Electoral Campaigns in Israel, 1965-2001

Explores the turbulent changes in Israel party politics since the mid-1960s.

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.

Despotic Bodies and Transgressive Bodies

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

Political Identity and Social Change

Explores issues of political identity and the social changes that ended apartheid in South Africa.

Living Forms

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

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.

Aryans, Jews, Brahmins

Explores the construction of the Aryan myth and its uses in both India and Europe.

Brickyards to Graveyards

Explores how the conditions that shaped Rwanda's labor organization and industries also shaped Rwanda's genocide.

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.

The Abyss Above

Uses the figure of the mad poet to explore the connections between madness and creativity.

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.

Mail-Orders

Explores contemporary uses of letters and letter writing—including electronic mail—in literature, film, and art.

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.

Social Change in Iran

A multi-level insider's look at the changes transforming contemporary Iran.

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.

Constitutions in a Nonconstitutional World

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

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.