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Spring 2012

Spring 2012 (Vol. XX No. 1)

From The Editors:

This issue marks the passage of twenty years since the founding of Arab Studies Journal. In 1992, our editors prepared the first issue for publication at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Eight years later, in 2000, the journal became a fully peer-reviewed publication. By 2002, ASJ was operating its book review section out ... [read more]

Table of Contents


  1. Taking the Place of Martyrs: Afghans and Arabs under the Banner of Islam
    by Darryl Li
  2. Of Angels and Men: Sayyid Fadl b. 'Alawi and Two Moments of Sovereignty
    by Wilson Chacko Jacob
  3. Eichmann in Cairo: The Eichmann Affair in Nasser's Egypt
    by Gilbert Achcar
  4. Locating the Secular in Sayyid Qutb
    by Mohammad Salama and Rachel Friedman

Book Reviews

  1. Fezzes in the River: Identity Politics and European Diplomacy in the Middle East on the Eve of World War II
    by Sarah D. Shields
    reviewed by Michelle U. Campos
  2. Urban Space in Contemporary Egyptian Literature: Portraits of Cairo
    by Mara Naaman
    reviewed by Samah Selim
  3. Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States
    by Adam Hanieh
    reviewed by Omar S. Dahi
  4. Year of the Locust: A Soldier's Diary and the Erasure of Palestine's Ottoman Past
    by Salim Tamari
    reviewed by Shay Hazkani
  5. Apostles of Modernity: Saint-Simonians and the Civilizing Mission in Algeria
    by Osama W. Abi-Mershed
    reviewed by Benjamin C. Brower
  6. Confronting Fascism in Egypt: Dictatorship versus Democracy in the 1930s
    by Israel Gershoni and James Jankowski
    reviewed by Gilbert Achcar
  7. In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi'ism, and the Making of Modern Lebanon
    by Max Weiss
    reviewed by Ziad Abu-Rish
  8. Bazaar and State in Iran: The Politics of the Tehran Marketplace
    by Arang Keshavarzian
    reviewed by Firat Bozçali
  9. Connected in Cairo: Growing up Cosmopolitan in the Modern Middle East
    by Mark Allen Peterson
    reviewed by Shane Minkin
  10. In the Time of Oil: Piety, Memory, and Social Life in an Omani Town
    by Mandana Limbert
    reviewed by Jatin Dua
  11. Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced
    by Rochelle Davis
    reviewed by Isabelle Humphries
  12. From Mission to Modernity: Evangelicals, Reformers, and Education in Nineteenth-Century Egypt
    by Paul Sedra
    reviewed by Ellen Fleischmann
  13. Transforming Damascus: Space and Modernity in an Islamic City
    by Leila Hudson
    reviewed by Benjamin Thomas White
  14. Building Iran: Modernism, Architecture, and National Heritage under the Pahlavi Monarchs
    by Talinn Grigor
    reviewed by Combiz Moussavi-Aghdam
  15. Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arabic Science
    by Hans Belting
    reviewed by Jeannie Miller
  16. Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and the Construction of Identity
    by Miriyam Aouragh
    reviewed by Jillian C. York
  17. Working Out Egypt: Effendi Masculinity and Subject Formation in Colonial Modernity, 1870–1940
    by Wilson Chacko Jacob
    reviewed by Murat Cihan Yildiz
  18. Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa
    by Joel Beinin and Frédéric Vairel
    reviewed by John Chalcraft
  19. The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel
    by Ilan Pappe
    reviewed by Ryvka Barnard
  20. The Copts of Egypt: The Challenges of Modernisation and Identity
    by Vivian Ibrahim
    reviewed by Paul Sedra

Review Essays

  1. The Invisible State
    by Aaron Jakes
  2. Ottoman Environmental History: A New Area of Middle East Studies
    by Chris Gratien
  3. Edward Said’s Legacy
    by Anthony Alessandrini

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