Prepared with assistance by Pari Sterling Kooshesh and Andrew Watkins.
The History of Afghanistan, by Meredith L. Runion. Westport, CT and London, UK: Greenwood Press, 2008. xix + 134 pages. Timeline. Notable figures to p. 140. Gloss. to p. 145. Refs. to p. 150. Index to p. 155. $45. Part of the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series, this book is a sweeping account of the history of Afghanistan, covering ancient times, to the introduction of Islam, the Mongolian invasion, the Anglo-Afghan Wars, the Soviet invasion, the Taliban, and the contemporary period. The book includes a chronology of main historical events as well as a detailed glossary. (AW)
Planting Hatred, Sowing Pain: The Psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, by Moises F. Salinas. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007. xxviii + 127 pages. Appends. to p. 161. Index to p. 166. About the author. $49.95. In this work, Moises Salinas examines the psychological barriers hindering the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The author shows how psychological states such as hatred, pain, and hope inform and impede the peace process. Through interviews with Palestinians and Israelis about their everyday lives, he brings to light the existence and tenacity of these psychological dispositions. The text includes an appendix of the Geneva Accord as well as a comprehensive notes section. (AW)
Arab-Jewish Relations: From Conflict to Resolution? Essays in Honor of Professor Moshe Ma'oz, ed. by Elie Podeh and Asher Kaufman. Brighton, UK and Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, 2006. xiv + 374 pages. Contribs. to p. 379. Index to p. 386. $69.50. Editors Elie Podeh and Asher Kaufman bring together 19 original essays about the development of, problems associated with, and the future peace prospects for Jewish and Arab populations in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The book is organized thematically into three sections focusing on historical aspects of the Arab-Jewish conflict, Israel and the surrounding Arab states during war and peace, and dynamics and missed opportunities of the peace process. (AW)
Beyond Intifada: Narratives of Freedom Fighters in the Gaza Strip, by Haim Gordon, Rivca Gordon, and Taher Shriteh. New York: Rowman & Little- field, 2008. xii + 136 pages. Appendix to p. 153. Further reading to p. 156. Index to p. 162. $21.95. The authors present a stirring narrative of the final weeks of 1987, when the first Palestinian intifada broke out in the Gaza Strip and spread throughout the occupied Palestinian Territories. The book is centered on the personal accounts offered by four men and two women living in the Gaza Strip during this tumultuous time. (AW)
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, And The Heart Of The Middle East, by Sandy Tolman. New York: Bloomsbury, 2006. xvii + 264 pages. Acknowledgements. Bibli. to p. 282. Source notes to p. 348. Index to p. 362. About the Author. $24.95. Firmly planted in non-fiction narrative, this work by Sandy Tolman presents the remarkable story of an Arab man named Bashir on a pilgrimage to the home he was driven out of in the war of 1948, and his encounter with Dalia, a Jewish woman living in his old home. What follows is the hopeful story of a friendship that blossomed into a dialogue of over four decades that has encompassed many of the major changes in the conflict. (AW)
A History of Egypt from the Arab Conquest to the Present, by Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot. Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. ix + 177 pages. Maps. Sel. bibl. to p. 181. Index to p. 184. $70 cloth; $29.99 paper. This book examines the history of Egypt from the Arab conquest to the present. Analyzing the effects of colonialism and globalization, political parties, Islamic fundamentalism, and nationalism upon Egyptian identity, the author seeks to provide a basis for understanding the various transformations Egypt has undergone. …