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Afghanistan: A Military History From Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban, by Stephen Tanner.
Covering approximately 2,500 years of Afghani history, this book concentrates on the military history of the country and the nearly uninterrupted conflict that has engulfed the country.

Afghanistan, A New History, By Martin Ewans.
This text offers a general overview of the history of Afghanistan, from its earliest beginnings to the present.

Archaeology of Ancient Judea and Palestine, The, by Ariel Lewin.
A brief overview of the history and archaeology of ancient Judea and Palestine, written for the general reader.

Archaeology of Mesopotamia: Theories and Approaches, The, by Roger Matthews.
A survey of the theories, methods, approaches, and history of Mesopotamian archaeology.

The Black Death in Egypt and England, by Stuart J. Borsch.
An in-depth comparative study on the effect of the Black Death on Egyptian and English economies and agricultural systems. Also examines how agrarian practices in both countries affected their recovery rates.

A Collection of Books on the Syrian Rebellion
Rather than just one book, this week's book of the week is a collection of books that will provide you with a deeper understanding of the current conflict in Syria, and its possible ramifications for the world.

The Concubine, the Princess, and the Teacher: Voices from the Ottoman Harem , edited by Douglas Scott Brookes.
Three memoirs that offer a glimpse into life within the Ottoman Imperial Harem covering the period from 1876 to 1924.

Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945. Second Edition, by Beverley Milton-Edwards and Peter Hinchcliffe.
A brief, up-to-date overview on the causes and consequences of the conflicts in the Middle East since 1945.

Egypt - From Alexander to the Early Christians, edited by Roger S. Bagnall and Dominic W. Rathbone.
An Archaeological and Historical Guide to Egypt - covering the period from Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt in 332 B.C. through the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 641.

The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, edited by Spencer C. Tucker.
This four-volume encyclopedia contains more than 750 entries that explore the key personalities involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as the events, history, military actions, and places related to the conflict. This encyclopedia also includes more than 160 primary source documents.

Energy Victory, by Robert Zubrin.
Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil. In this book, Zubrin offers a realistic and cogent plan to rapidly wean America off Mideast oil. Most important, his plan is both technologically and economically feasible.

The Greatest Threat: Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Crisis of Global Security, by Richard Butler.
In this book, Butler takes a harsh and in-depth look at the entire weapons inspection program, and how various global powers dealt with Saddam's regime.

Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism, by Dore Gold.
A compelling and timely look at the history of Wahhabism and Saudi support of radical Islamic terrorist groups.

Hayy ibn Yaqzan, by Ibn Tufayl.
The Arabic philosophical fable Hayy Ibn Yaqzan is a classic of medieval Islamic philosophy. Ibn Tufayl (d. 1185), the Andalusian philosopher, tells of a child raised by a doe on an equatorial island who grows up to discover the truth about the world and his own place in it.

A History of the Arab Peoples, By Albert Hourain.
This book offers a sweeping glimpse of Arab culture and society, presented within an historical framework that spans almost thirteen centuries.

A History of The Middle East,By Peter Mansfield.
This work provides a sweeping survey of Middle Eastern history from the time of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt, in 1798, until the start of the Gulf War in the 1990's.

Islam: A Short History, by Karen Armstrong.
This book offers the reader a comprehensive, yet brief, overview of Islamic history, from its founding to the modern day.

Israel: Challenges to Identity, Democracy and the State, By Clive Jones and Emma C. Murphy.
This book offers a brief overview of the state of Israeli politics and social cohesiveness, or lack thereof.

Israel: A History, by Martin Gilbert.
This book primarily concentrates on the first fifty years of Israeli statehood, Gilbert also details the events and figures that contributed to the formation of the state, including the pogroms in Russia that helped to foster the growth of Zionism, and the Holocaust which made the establishment of the state so vital as a safe harbor for the survivors.

The Last Jews in Baghdad: Remembering a Lost Homeland, by Nissim Rejwan.
The author's memoir of growing up Jewish in Baghdad in the first half of the 20th century. His story is entwined with insights into the history and culture of the Jews of Iraq.

Medieval Cuisine of the Islamic World, by Lilia Zaouali.
A Concise History with 174 Recipes. The first half of this volume is devoted to exploring the history and practice of Islamic cooking, and the second half of the book is given over to a wealth of original medieval and contemporary recipes.

Outsider in the Promised Land & Israel's Years of Bogus Grandeur, by Nissim Rejwan.
Told via Rejwan's articles, essays, letters, and diary entries, these books chronicle the author's life, and Israel's development, from 1951 through to the first Intifada.

Reclaiming a Plundered Past, by Magnus T. Bernhardsson.
Archaeology and Nation Building in Modern Iraq.

The Rise of the Islamic Empire and the Threat to the West, By Anthony J. Dennis.
A provocative book about the rise of Islamic Fundamentalist and the threat that it poses for the West.

Roman Syria and the Near East, by Kevin Butcher.
A comprehensive overview of history of the Eastern Roman province of Syria, from 64 BC through the conquest of the area by Arab Muslims some 700 years later.

The State of the Middle East, by Dan Smith.
An Atlas of Conflict and Resolution. This atlas explores not only the geography but also the history and politics of the region.

The Travels of Ibn Battuta in the Near East, Asia and Africa 1325-1354, Translated and Edited by Rev. Samuel Lee.
A republication of the 1829 English translation of Ibn Battuta's 'Travels' which chronicles his epic 75,000 mile journey of discovery.

Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World, By Thomas W. Lippman.
This book not only offers the reader a detailed introduction to the tenets of Islamic faith, but it also covers its founding, the various factions that exist within Islam, and the role that Islam plays in the internal and external affairs of Islamic countries.

Water in the Middle East, edited by K. David Hambright, F. Jamil Ragep, and Joseph Ginat.
Cooperation and Technological Solutions in the Jordan Valley. Eighteen essays that deal with the political and social significance of water in the Middle East and its role in Middle East conflicts.

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