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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    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

    Muslim immigration to a Catholic country

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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.

    An academic legacy unravels

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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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    The Great Game of Genocide

    Donald Bloxham New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 329 pp. $35.

    Another author misrepresents the complexity of Anatolia in World War I

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    The World Was Going Our Way

    Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin New York: Basic Books, 2005. 677 pp. $29.95.

    A KGB archivist reveals Cold War secrets concerning the Middle East

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