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The Modern Middle East: Bibliography

This bibliography is a sampling of items in our library related to the modern Middle East. It is, by no means, comprehensive. Please browse our library catalog for a more complete listing. Feel free to contact a librarian for assistance with your search.

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Non-fiction

Allawi, Ali A. Faisal I of Iraq. Yale University Press, 2014.

Al-Musawi, Muhsin J. Reading Iraq: Culture and Power and Conflict. I.B. Tauris, 2006.

Amin, Camron Michael, Benjamin C. Fortina, and Elizabeth B. Frierson, eds. The Modern Middle East: A Sourcebook for History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. 

Anderson, Scott. Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. Doubleday, 2013.

Angrist, Michelle Penner. Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East. Boulder, CO: Lynne Pienner Pub, 2010.

Asher, Neil. Between Past and Present: Archaeology, Ideology, and Nationalism in the Modern Middle East. Holt, 1989.

Beinin, Joel and Frederic Vairel. Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa. Stanford University Press, 2011.

Berberoglu, Berch. Turmoil in the Middle East: Imperialism, War, and Political Instability. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, c1999.

Cahan, Jean Axelrad. Water Security in the Middle East : Essays in Scientific and Social Cooperation. Anthem Water Diplomacy Series: V. 1. Anthem Press, 2017.

Chatty, Dawn. Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Clancy-Smith, Julia and Charles D. Smith. The Modern Middle East and North Africa: A History in Documents. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Cleveland, William L. A History of the Modern Middle East, 3rd ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2004.

Cohen, Hillel. Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948, translated by Haim Watzman. Berkeley: University of California Press, c2008.

Dinar, Shlomi, and Ariel Dinar. International Water Scarcity and Variability : Managing Resource Use across Political Boundaries. University of California Press, 2017. 

Dreuzy, Agnes de. The Vatican and the Emergence of the Modern Middle East. The Catholic University of America Press, 2016.

Eshkevari, Hasan Yousefi. Islam and Democracy in Iran: Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform, edited by Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Richard Tapper. New York : I.B. Tauris, 2006.

Frankopan, Peter. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.

Gelvin, James L. The New Middle East. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Gerber, Haim. Social Origins of the Modern Middle East. Mansell Publishing, 1987. 2

Gershoni, Israel, Singer, A. and Y. Hakan Erdem. Middle East Historiographies: Narrating the Twentieth Century. University of Washington Press, 2006.

Gilbert, Martin. Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2007.

Goldstein-Sabbah, S. R., and H. L. Murre-van den Berg. Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere: Jews and Christians in the Middle East. Leiden Studies in Islam and Society: Volume 4. Brill, 2016. 

Goodarzi, Jubin M. Syria and Iran: Diplomatic Alliance and Power Politics in the Middle East. New York: Tauris Academic Studies, 2006.

Goodwin, Jeff and James M. Jasper. The Social Movements Reader: Cases and Concepts. NJ: John Wiley & Sons., 2009.

Gordon, Neve. Israel’s Occupation. University of California Press, 2008.

Graham, Thomas. The Alternate Route: Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones. Corvallis, OR: University of Oregon Press, 2017. 

Gruber, Christiane and Sune Haugbolle. Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image. Indiana University Press, 2013.

Haklai, Oded. Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Halliday, Fred. The Middle East in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology. Cambridge, 2005.

Heller, Joseph. The Birth of Israel, 1945-1949: Ben-Gurion and His Critics. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000.

Herzl, Theodor. The Jewish State. New York: Dover Publications, 1988.

Hibou, Béatrice, and Irene Bono. Development as a Battlefield. International Development Policy: Volume 8. Brill Nijhoff, 2017. 

Hourani, Albert, Khoury, Phillip, and Wilson, Mary C. eds. The Modern Middle East: A Reader. New York: I.B. Tauris, 2004.

Hourani, Albert Habib. A History of the Arab Peoples. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002, c1991.

Johnston, Hank. States and Social Movements. NJ: John Wiley & Sons., 2010.

Lewis, Bernard. From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Mattar, Philip, ed. Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, c2004.

McHugo, John. A Concise History of the Arabs. New Press, 2013.

Miller, Andrew P., and Dafna H. Rand. Re-Engaging the Middle East. A New Vision for U.S. Policy. Book Collections on Project MUSE. Brookings Institution Press, 2020.

Morris, Benny. Righteous Victims : A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999. First edition. Knopf, 1999. 

Nasr, Seyyed Vali Reza. The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future. New York: Norton, c2006.

Natanel, Katherine. Sustaining Conflict: Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2016.

Pappé, Ilan and Jamil Hilal. Across the Wall: Narratives of Israeli-Palestinian History. New York : I. B. Tauris, 2010.

Peteet, Julie Marie. Space and Mobility in Palestine. Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Indiana University Press, 2017.

Posusney, Marcia Pripstein and Michele Penner Angrist. Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Regimes and Resistance. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Pub, 2005.

Provence, Michael. The Great Syrian Revolt and the Rise of Arab Nationalism. University of Texas Press, 2005.

Queri, Ahmed. From Oslo to Jerusalem: the Palestinian Story of the Secret Negotiations. Tauris – Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Robson, Laura, ed.. Minorities and the Modern Arab World: New Perspectives. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2016.

Rogan, Eugene L. ed. The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Sacco, Joe. Footnotes in Gaza. Metropolitan Books, 2010.

Sacco, Joe. Palestine. Fantagraphic Books, 2010.

Sakr, Naomi. Arab Media and Political Renewal : Community, Legitimacy and Public Life. Library of Modern Middle East Studies. I.B. Tauris, 2007.

Schneer, Jonathan. The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. New York: Random House, c2010.

Shapira, Anita. Land and Power: The Zionist Resort to Force, 1881-1948. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Shenhav, Yehouda A. Beyond the Two-State Solution : A Jewish Political Essay. Polity Press, 2012. .

Siniver, Asaf, ed. The Yom Kippur War: Politics, Legacy, Diplomacy. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Smith, Charles D. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Boston: St. Martin’s, 2001.

Stulberg, Adam N., and Lawrence Rubin. The End of Strategic Stability?: Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2018. 

Viorst, Milton. Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin’s Press, 2016.

Vogler, Gary. Iraq and the Politics of Oil : An Insider’s Perspective. University Press of Kansas, 2017.

Wagner, Steven. Statecraft by Stealth: Secret Intelligence and British Rule in Palestine. Cornell University Press, 2019.

Warrick, Joby. Black Flags: The Rise of Isis. New York: Anchor Books, 2016.

Wilford, Hugh. America’s Great Game: the CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East. Basic Books, 2013.

Yergin, Daniel. The New Map : Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations. New York: Penguin, 2020.

Yildirim, A. Kadir. Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East : Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation. Indiana Series in Middle East Studies. Indiana University Press, 2017.

 

Biography

Bar-Zohar, Michael. Shimon Peres: The Biography. New York: Random House, 2007.

Dayan, Moshe. Breakthrough : A Personal Account of the Egypt-Israel Peace Negotiations. Knopf, 1981.

Klagsbrun, Francine. Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel. Schocken Books, 2017.

Kornberg, Jacques. Theodor Herzl : From Assimilation to Zionism. Indiana University Press, 1993.

Oz, Amos. A Tale of Love and Darkness. Orlando: Harcourt, 2005.

Rubin, Barry M. Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Tolan, Sandy. The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. New York: Bloomsbury Publications, 2006.

 

-- Updated September 2021