SOURCE: Manan Ahmed at HNN's Cliopatria Blog
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Top 21 Books in Middle East Studies [Modern]
The enterprising scholars at American University Cairo thought it worthwhile to poll M.E. professors [and sundries] on the "most interesting, informative and readable" books in the field of Modern Middle East Studies. 52 scholars of the M.E. responded and below is the top 21.
- Orientalism by Edward Said 1978
- The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq by Hanna Batatu, 1978
- Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age by Albert Hourani, 1962
- A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani, 1991
- The Venture of Islam by Marshall Hodgson, 1975 [3 vols.]
- Colonising Egypt by Timothy Mitchell, 1988
- The Mantle of the Prophet by Roy Mottahedeh, 1986
- Contending Visions of the Middle East by Zachary Lockman, 2004
- Women and Gender in Islam by Leila Ahmed, 1992
- The Emergence of Modern Turkey by Bernard Lewis, 1961
- Over-stating the Arab State: Politics and Society in the Middle East by Nazih Ayubi, 1995
- A Political Economy of the Middle East by Alan Richards & John Waterbury, 1990
- A History of Islamic Societies by Ira Lapidus, 1988
- Rule of Experts by Timothy Mitchell, 2002
- Ambiguities of Domination by Lisa Wedeen, 1999
- The Muqaddimah by Ibn Khaldun, 1377
- A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin, 1989
- Armed Struggle and the Search for State by Yezid Sayigh, 1997
- State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East by Roger Owen, 1992
- Society of the Muslim Brothers by Richard Mitchell, 1969
- Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy by Michael Hudson, 1977
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