Middle East Studies

A Trip to Palestine and Syria - by John P. Hackenbroch Purchase on Amazon |  Purchase on CreateSpace In 1913, the same year that this nuanced and colorful account of the Middle East was published, a group of Arab students living in Paris proposed an international meeting about Syria and Lebanon to discuss the decay of the Ottoman Empire, the part the…Read more A Trip to Palestine and Syria
A Woman Tenderfoot in Egypt: 1920s Travel Recollections - by Grace Thompson Seton Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The author, Grace Gallatin Seton Thompson (1872-1959) was a remarkable voyager to distant places. Her first work, A Woman Tenderfoot (1900), offered a detailed, illustrated guide for women to traverse, hunt and explore the Rocky Mountain area. She was an outspoken leader in the…Read more A Woman Tenderfoot in Egypt: 1920s Travel Recollections
Baghdad and Points East - by Robert J. Casey Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Robert Casey belonged to the generation of foreign correspondents who outdid Hollywood in their adventures. Cited for bravery in World War I, he then spent twenty-seven years as a columnist for the Chicago Daily News. His search for stories took him to Indochina and Cuba,…Read more Baghdad and Points East
Egypt and Its Betrayal: Personal Recollections by Elbert Farman - by Elbert E. Farman Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Elbert E. Farman was a diplomat, jurist and author of two works, Along the Nile and Egypt and its Betrayal. The works were highlight influenced by Farman’s perspective as the United States Ambassador to Egypt, where he served from 1876-81. During this time, he traveled…Read more Egypt and Its Betrayal: Personal Recollections by Elbert Farman
Egypt: The Death of Philae - Egypt: The Death of Philae by Pierre Loti, Translated by W. P. Baines Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Louis Marie-Julien Viaud (1850-1923) adopted the pseudonym, Pierre Loti, while in Tahiti. He served in the French military, ultimately becoming a naval officer. His service led him to travels around the world, and his keen eye…Read more Egypt: The Death of Philae
Eight Decades in Syria - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace by A.J. McFarland The Reformed Presbyterian Church is a very small denomination of about six thousand members that at one time had a presence in the Middle East. This scarce record of its activities amongst the Arabs was compiled by Andrew James McFarland, 1869-1952, a missionary clergyman who…Read more Eight Decades in Syria
Gunboat and Gun-runner - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace by T.T. Jeans Admiral T.T. Jeans was a decorated British Naval officer with considerable experience in the Middle East.  He wrote this fast-moving novel based on his experiences and those of his compatriots.  The plot turns on efforts of Iran to stir trouble by providing arms to Middle…Read more Gunboat and Gun-runner
Hadji in Syria, or, Three Years in Jerusalem - by Sarah Barclay Johnson Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Sarah Barclay Johnson (1837-1885) traveled throughout the Middle East as a missionary in the Campbellite church. Her father, James Turner Barclay, was a minister in the same church and wrote narratives about his missionary attempts in the region. Further solidifying her links to the…Read more Hadji in Syria, or, Three Years in Jerusalem
Invasions of the Gulf: Radicalism, Ritualism and the Shaikhs - by Paul Rich Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The Gulf was ruled for a good part of the 19th and 20th centuries from India, and those who served there constituted a unique, small foreign service of their own. Their public (private boarding in American usage) school backgrounds taught them to believe in elitism…Read more Invasions of the Gulf: Radicalism, Ritualism and the Shaikhs
Iran: Who Is Really In Charge? - by Camille Verleuw, Introduction by Alain Bauer Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Born in a country with three official languages, and an acquaintance with Latin during high school, it was no surprise that author Camille Verleuw became interested in Indo-European linguistics, discovering the Persian language and its local Afghan or Tajik forms. Verleuw…Read more Iran: Who Is Really In Charge?
Israel’s Future Wars: Military and Political Aspects of Israel’s Coming Wars - by Ehud Eilam Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace This book examines Israel’s possible future wars in the upcoming years. It analyzes the strategic background and the nature of operations of those wars and concentrates on feasible future battlefields of Israel in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Sinai.  …Read more Israel’s Future Wars: Military and Political Aspects of Israel’s Coming Wars
Making Trouble for Muslims: A. Rawlinson’s Adventures in the Near East - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Paul Rich Sir Alfred Rawlinson, the son of a famous Orientalist and envoy to Persia, was himself a pioneer aviator, celebrated sportsman, and important British intelligence officer. As a colonel in the British intelligence corps, he played a significant role in the Middle East.…Read more Making Trouble for Muslims: A. Rawlinson’s Adventures in the Near East
Middle East Conflicts & Reforms - Edited by Mohammed M. Aman, PhD and Mary Jo Aman, MLIS Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Since its inception, the annual Middle East Dialogue conference sponsored by the Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) journal and the Policy Studies Organization (PSO), has become a major international event that brings together leading scholars, diplomats, and…Read more Middle East Conflicts & Reforms
New Directions in the Middle East - Edited by Mohammed M. Aman and Mary Jo Aman Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace This book presents essays based on papers at the annual Middle East Dialogue held in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) and the Policy Studies Organization (PSO), and at the Conference of the Association…Read more New Directions in the Middle East
Post Arab Spring: Middle East Reviews - Edited by Mohammed M. Aman PhD and Mary Jo Aman MLIS Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The book brings together reviews of books published between 2012 and 2015 about the Middle East and North Africa. The subject coverage spans the humanities, arts, and social sciences but excludes books on science and technology. Reviews…Read more Post Arab Spring: Middle East Reviews
Spring or Cruel Winter?: The Evolution of the Arab Revolutions - by Dr. Alon Ben-Meir Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace The Arab Spring, sparked by Tunisian university graduate turned street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi’s act of self-immolation, is an ongoing, integral part of global transformation, ushering in a new era in which no ruler can deprive his citizens of their basic rights. However, this idealism was…Read more Spring or Cruel Winter?: The Evolution of the Arab Revolutions
Syria the Land of Lebanon - by Lewis Gaston Leary, Preface by Paul Rich Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace This emphatically is not a book about the territory now constituting Syria but about an era when the terms Lebanon and Syria were used in a politically incorrect inept way even by the foreign powers dominating the region. Leary’s son,…Read more Syria the Land of Lebanon
The Arab of Mesopotamia - by Gertrude Bell, Introduction by Paul Rich Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace One very determined woman incontestably held her own and more with the great figures of the Middle East in the early twentieth century. That was Gertrude Bell. Highly strung, petulant, aggressive, and gossipy, she occasionally provided tea but rarely sympathy to…Read more The Arab of Mesopotamia
The Ins and Outs of Mesopotamia - by Thomas Lyell, Introduction by Paul Rich Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace This highly opinionated book, written by a British officer in occupied Iraq, first appeared in 1923. Thomas Lyell was completely convinced of the necessity of the British presence in Iraq, and felt his book would help to enlighten Westerns as to…Read more The Ins and Outs of Mesopotamia
The Land of the Date - by C. M. Cursetjee Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace In December 1916 the SS Zaiyanni left Bombay bound for the port of Basra, at the head of the Persian Gulf. On board was C. M. Cursetjee, a 69-year-old Oxford-educated Indian Parsee, on his way to see his nephew who was serving in the…Read more The Land of the Date
The Middle East: New Order or Disorder? - Edited by Mohammed A. Aman, Ph.D. and Mary Jo Aman, MLIS Purchase through Amazon |  Purchase through CreateSpace This book brings together edited papers contributed to this volume by presenters at the most recent Middle East Dialogue (MED Conference held annually in Washington, DC, and sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization (PSO), the Digest of…Read more The Middle East: New Order or Disorder?
The War in the Cradle of the World - by Eleanor Franklin Egan, Introduction by Paul Rich Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace This book is an outstanding example of how the highly subjective and the autobiographical dominated writing about the Middle East in the first half of the twentieth century. Serious political analysis was thin on the ground. Egan was fortunate in…Read more The War in the Cradle of the World
Toward the Abyss: Israel and the Palestinians - by Dr. Alon Ben-Meir Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The Israeli-Palestinian conflict does not appear to be any closer to a resolution, even after decades of continuous struggle. Since the signing of the historic Oslo Accords, the divide between the two sides has devolved to its lowest point yet, which has made the opportunity…Read more Toward the Abyss: Israel and the Palestinians
Two Years in Kurdistan: Experiences of a Political Officer, 1918-1920 - by W. R. Hay, Introduction by Paul Rich Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Kurdistan does not exist as a country, yet it certainly does exist as a nation. A people of great number and antiquity, united by a shared heritage, the Kurds are primarily scattered over five countries—Turley, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia.…Read more Two Years in Kurdistan: Experiences of a Political Officer, 1918-1920
War in Syria: R. M.P. Preston’s The Desert Mounted Corps - Purchase through Amazon  |  Download FREE Kindle version  |  Purchase through CreateSpace During World War I, some of the most daring military excursions were carried out in the Middle East by the Desert Mountain Corps during 1917 and 1918. The Corps included substantial numbers from Australia and other parts of the then British Empire. Much…Read more War in Syria: R. M.P. Preston’s The Desert Mounted Corps