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Elizabeth Nugent

Elizabeth Nugent
2020

After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition discusses how differing forms of repression shape the outcomes of democratic transitions Abstract:  “In the wake of the Arab Spring, newly empowered factions in Tunisia and Egypt vowed to work together to establish democracy. In...

Evren Savci

Evren Savci
2021

In Queer in Translation, Evren Savcı analyzes the travel and translation of Western LGBT political terminology to Turkey in order to illuminate how sexual politics have unfolded under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP government. Under the AKP’s neoliberal Islamic regime, Savcı shows, there has been a...

Kevin van Bladel

Kevin van Bladel
2009

This is the first major study devoted to the early Arabic reception and adaption of the figure of Hermes Trismegistus, the legendary Egyptian sage to whom were ascribed numerous works on astrology, alchemy, talismans, medicine, and philosophy. Before the more famous Renaissance European reception...
Kevin van Bladel
2017

This historical study argues that the Mandaean religion originated under Sasanid rule in the fifth century, not earlier as has been widely accepted. It analyzes primary sources in Syriac, Mandaic, and Arabic to clarify the early history of Mandaeism. This religion, along with several other, shorter...

Jill Jarvis

Jill Jarvis
2021

The magnitude of the legal violence exercised by the French to colonize and occupy Algeria (1830–1962) is such that only aesthetic works have been able to register its enduring effects. In Decolonizing Memory Jill Jarvis examines the power of literature to provide what demographic data, historical...

Emma Sky

Emma Sky
2016

When Emma Sky volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, she had little idea what she was getting in to. Her assignment was only supposed to last three months. She went on to serve there longer than any other senior military or diplomatic figure, giving her an...
Emma Sky
2019

Returning to the UK in September 2010 after serving in Iraq as the political adviser to the top American general, Emma Sky felt no sense of homecoming. She soon found herself back in the Middle East traveling through a region in revolt. In a Time of Monsters bears witness to the demands of young...

Supriya Gandhi

Supriya Gandhi
2020

The definitive biography of the eldest son of Emperor Shah Jahan, whose death at the hands of his younger brother Aurangzeb changed the course of South Asian history. Dara Shukoh was the eldest son of Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor, best known for commissioning the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum...

Travis Zadeh

Travis Zadeh
2012

Offers a comparative perspective on the translation of sacred scriptures and on various theories of translation Examines a broad range of early Persian translations and commentaries of the Qur’an Illuminates the relationship between Arabic juridical and theological writings and early Persian...
Travis Zadeh
2011

The story of the 9th-century caliphal mission from Baghdad to discover the legendary barrier against the apocalyptic nations of Gog and Magog mentioned in the Quran, has been either dismissed as superstition or treated as historical fact. By exploring the intellectual and literary history...