• Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective

    Michael Cook

    From Princeton University Press:

    "Why does Islam play a larger role in contemporary politics than other religions? Is there something about the Islamic heritage that makes Muslims more likely than adherents of other faiths to invoke it in their political life? If so, what is it? Ancient Religions, Modern...

  • Arab Conquests and Sasanian Iran

    Khodadad Rezakhani
    Journal Article

    From History Today:

    "Iran, despite its conquest by the armies of Islam, retained its own Persian language and much of its culture. Khodadad Rezakhani examines the process by which a Zoroastrian empire became part of the Islamic world."

  • Archaeology and Urban Settlement in Late Roman and Byzantine Anatolia: Euchaïta-Avkat-Beyözü and its Environment

    John Haldon; Hugh Elton; Jim Newhard

    From Cambridge University Press:

    "The site of medieval Euchaïta, on the northern edge of the central Anatolian plateau, was the centre of the cult of St Theodore Tiro ('the Recruit'). Unlike most excavated or surveyed urban centres of the Byzantine period, Euchaïta was never a major metropolis, cultural centre...

  • Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought

    Michael Cook

    From Cambridge University Press:

    "What kind of duty do we have to try to stop other people doing wrong? The question is intelligible in just about any culture, but few of them seek to answer it in a rigourous fashion. The most striking exception is found in the Islamic tradition, where 'commanding right' and '...

  • Cyrus the Great and Ancient Propaganda

    Daniel Beckman
    Book Chapter

    From Harvard University Press:

    "The edited volume Cyrus the Great: Life and Lore re-contextualizes Cyrus’s foundational act and epoch in light of recent scholarship, while examining his later reception in antiquity and beyond."

  • The Empire That Would Not Die: The Paradox of Eastern Roman Survival, 640-740

    John Haldon

    From Harvard University Press:

    "The eastern Roman Empire was the largest state in western Eurasia in the sixth century. Only a century later, it was a fraction of its former size. Surrounded by enemies, ravaged by warfare and disease, the empire seemed destined to collapse. Yet it did not die. In this holistic...

  • Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment

    Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

    From University of Minnesota Press:

    "Foucault in Iran centers on the significance of Foucault’s writings on the Iranian Revolution and the profound mark it left on his lectures on ethics, spirituality, and fearless speech. This interdisciplinary work will spark a lively debate in its insistence that...

  • Islam and Dissent in Post-Revolutionary Iran: Abdolkarim Soroush and the Religious Foundations of Political Reform

    Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

    From Bloomsbury:

    "The Iranian revolution of 1979 overhauled not only the foundations of Iranian society, religion and politics, but also our understanding of the role of religion in modern government. Here Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi takes us on an enlightening journey, showing that the revolution unintentionally...

  • The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

    Michael Cook

    From Oxford University Press:

    "The Koran has constituted a remarkably resilient core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the significance of the Koran both in the modern...

  • The Letters of Khwajah 'Ubayd Allah Ahrar and His Associates

    Jo-Ann Gross; Asam Urunbaev

    From Brill:

    "This English edition of the correspondence of Khwāja 'Ubayd Allāh Aḥrār, the fifteenth-century Central Asian Naqshbandī Sufi shaykh, and his associates provides surprising new insights into the sociopolitical and economic history of premodern Central Asia and the influential roles of Sufi leaders...