Book Reviews

The Middle East Quarterly educates its readers about a particularly volatile and dangerous region and guides U.S. policy. In pursuit of that goal, the Quarterly solicits book reviews from a wide range of experts, introducing readers to the most informative books on the Middle East. Reviewers from across the globe include policy analysts, journalists, and government officials.

Each review contains the following three elements:

The intellectual context. The subject of the book, and why is it important to policymakers, journalists, and scholars.

The author's thesis and main conclusions or recommendations. The is the heart of the review.

An evaluation of the book. What are its contributions and merits, its disappointments and flaws?

Below is an archive of MEQ reviews from the last 24 years.

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    In the Shadow of the Prophet

    Milton Viorst New York: Anchor, 1998. 355 pp. $24.95.

    Another Journalist Does Islam What is this religion called fundamentalist Islam? And how does one explain the political eruption called the Islamic revival? In reply, one intrepid reporter after another—V. S. Naipaul, Judith Miller, Edward...

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    Accounting for Fundamentalisms: The Dynamic Character of Movements

    Middle East Quarterly Edited by Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby. Vol. 4 of The Fundamentalism Project. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 1994. 852 pp. $47.50

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    A Guide to Refuting Jihadism

    Rashad Ali and Hannah Stuart London: The Henry Jackson Society, 2014. 105pp. £10.00

    It is good that the theological motivations for jihadi movements are being acknowledged and engaged with by peaceable Muslims. This is not a new strategy. It is necessary and the strategy has long been used by authorities as a counter to jihadi...

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    What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? A Memoir.

    David Harris-Gershon Oneworld Publications, 2013. 288 pp. $11.88, paper.

    How to Befriend a Terrorist Death's abrupt intrusion into life is the focus of Harris-Gershon's elaborately titled 2013 debut, What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? In 2002, the author (who now lives...

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    The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism

    Andrew Bostom Prometheus Books, 2008. 766 pp. $39.98

    Is there such a thing as Islamic anti-Semitism? That is the implicit question that Andrew Bostom's new book, "The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism," tackles. The regrettable answer that presents itself is not based on conjecture...

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    Muslims in Catalonia: The Challenge of Integration and Religious Freedom

    Alex Seglers Gomez-Quintero Barcelona: Angle Editorial, 2004. 206 pp. €15.90

    The history of the Catalans and Islam is distinctive from that of the rest of Spain. The Catalan language, which counts some 10 million speakers, is an official idiom along with Castilian, in the Spanish regions of Catalonia, Valencia, and the...

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    The Mind of Jihad

    Laurent Murawiec Cambridge, 2008. 350 pp. $80

    For some time now there has been a raging debate regarding what fuels Islamic terrorism--whether grievances against the West have caused frustrated Muslims to articulate their rage through an Islamist paradigm, or whether (all grievances aside) Islam

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    Defending the West

    Ibn Warraq Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2007. 556 pp. $29.95.

    Deconstructing Edward Said It is now five years after the death of Edward Said, the man who made it cool to hate the West, and the reevaluation of his thought and work is thankfully well underway. Said forged a career out of revisiting the past,

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    The Al Qaeda Reader

    Raymond Ibrahim New York: Doubleday, 2007. 352 pp. $15.95, paper.

    Ibrahim, an Arabic language specialist at the Library of Congress at the time he wrote The Al Qaeda Reader, has compiled a collection of screeds by Al-Qaeda's top figures, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, that reveal in full the deranged...

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    Vietnam, Jews, and the Middle East

    Judith A. Klinghoffer New York: St. Martin's, 1999. 232 pp. $45.

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