- Recent Publications
Night in Gaza, by Mads Gilbert. Translated by Guy Puzey. Northampton, MA: Interlink Publishing Group, Inc., 2015. 192 pages. $25. During the July 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas, Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert returned to Gaza for the third time to work day and night for two weeks at Al-Shifa Hospital. While tending the wounded, he carried with him a small camera which he used to document the 15 days of bombing and human suffering he saw. In this book, he describes with words and images the human cost of the conflict. (LP)
The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the “Islamic State”, edited by Benjamin Isakhan. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 256 pages. $120. The essays in this volume analyze the legacy of the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq and the key issues that country faces today. Featuring chapters by specialists in areas as diverse as sectarianism, counterterrorism, human rights, law, Assyrian Christianity, child soldiers, environmental studies, and literature, the volume cautions against ignoring the failures of the Iraq war and overlooking their connection to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The collection provides a timely examination of the complex and difficult history of US involvement in Iraq and the implications of this involvement for the future. (EP)
Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization, by Linda Pappas Funsch. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 268 pages. $105. This book charts Oman’s transformation from a medieval, autocratic monarchy to a modern nation-state. Proceeding chronologically, Hood College’s Linda Pappas Funsch explores various aspects of this transformation — from religion and culture to geography and economics — in an effort to highlight the country’s charm and uniqueness. At the heart of her analysis is Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id, whose leadership and policies she credits with forging a national identity and unifying the country. (LP) [End Page 171]
PALESTINE AND PALESTINIANS
Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance, by Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby. London: Pluto Press, 2015. 211 Pages. $28. Coventry University’s Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby present a comprehensive study of unarmed civil resistance to the Israeli occupation in the West Bank. Drawing from literature on civil resistance and over 100 interviews, the book delves into the development of Palestinian resistance by tracing the unarmed popular struggle from the beginning of modern Jewish immigration prior to the establishment of the state of Israel to the present period. The authors contend that popular resistance in the 21st century has nurtured a growing movement of international solidarity and activism, which shows hope of bolstering the liberation movement, to successfully influence the Israeli public and decision makers. (JW)
Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish, by Jeffrey Sacks. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. 347 Pages. $28. In a series of close readings of key figures in Arabic literature from the 19th through the 21st centuries, Jeffrey Sacks of the University of California, Riverside analyzes the relation of language to colonialism and other forms of violence and to traumatic events of loss including the dispossession of Palestine in 1948. Sacks’s work of literary analysis examines the intersection of translation, division, and mourning surrounding Arabic literature of the 20th century and the legacies of trauma and loss that are inscribed on language and poetic statement. (JW)
Saudi Arabia in Transition: Insights on Social, Political, Economic, and Religious Change, edited by Bernard Haykel, Thomas Hegghammer, and Stephen Lacroix. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 357 pages. $32.99. Edited by three of the foremost experts on Saudi Arabia, this volume gathers together a wide range of research on how the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has both effected change and been affected by profound changes in the surrounding region. The first two sections of the book focus on the rapid transitions in politics and the economy that followed the discovery of oil, accompanied by analysis of the present-day effects of these transitions. The consequences of the sudden influx of petroleum wealth are...