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The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order Paul Chamberlin 2012. Pp. 336. HB. $34.95 Oxford University Press USA

Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization in its full international context; the first international history of the Palestinian liberation struggle that draws on Arabic language sources. He reinterprets Arab-Israeli conflict and international terrorism; and connects the PLO to revolutionary struggles in Vietnam, China, Cuba, and Algeria.

Anthropomorphic Depictions of God: The Concept of God in Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Traditions: Representing the Unrepresentable Zulfiqar Ali Shah 2012. Pp. 764. PB. $29.95 International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, Va.

This study (the print version of his University of Wales doctoral thesis) examines issues of anthropomorphism in the three Abrahamic Faiths, as viewed through the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Quran. Shah also examines Islam's anti-anthropomorphic stance and Islamic theological discourse on Tawhid as well as the 99 Names of God and what these have meant in relation to Muslim understanding of God and His attributes.

Islamic Debt Market for Sukuk Securities: The Theory and Practice of Profit Sharing Investment Mohamed Ariff, Munawar Iqbal, Shamsher Mohamad 2012. Pp. 256. HB. $120.00 Edward Elgar Publishers, Northampton, Mass.

The relatively new Arguably the first of its kind, this pathbreaking book provides a highly unique reference tool relating to key issues surrounding sukuk markets, which are found in 12 major financial centers, including Kuala Lumpur, London and Zurich. …