Arab Studies Journal

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 2, 2016

A Different Kind of Love: Compatibility (Insijam) and Marriage in Jordan
Love TalesOne of the earliest tales of "love marriage" in Jordan I ever heard was that of my maternal grandparents. In 1932, my grandfather, Adib, espied my grandmother, Wadi'a, when bringing his father (my great-grandfather) to the hospital in her hometown...
A History of Modern Oman
A HISTORY OF MODERN OMAN Jeremy Jones and Nicholas Ridout Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015 (301 pages + maps, index) $94.99 (cloth)Jeremy Jones and Nicholas Ridout's book on modern Oman will be a reference for the history of Oman from the...
Editor's Note
A wedding party walks the shattered streets of Aleppo. A flash mob dances in a public square in occupied Ramallah. These scenes inspire the imaginations of millions as they travel through social media. They are shocking and comforting at once. The Arab...
Minority Identities before and after Iraq: The Making of the Modern Assyrian and Chaldean Appellations
I am an Assyrian today, tomorrow, forever, and I am proud of it.-Raphael BidawidChaldean Patriarch of Babylonia, 19741Any Chaldean who calls himself Assyrian is a traitor, and any Assyrian who calls himself Chaldean is a traitor.-Emmanuel DallyChaldean...
Of Sand or Soil: Genealogy and Tribal Belonging in Saudi Arabia
OF SAND OR SOIL: GENEALOGY AND TRIBAL BELONGING IN SAUDI ARABIA Nadav Samin Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015 (xii + 254 pages, bibliography, index) $39.50 (cloth)Is Saudi Arabia a "tribal state," and if so, what, exactly, is tribal about...
Overthrowing the Shaykhs: The Trucial States at the Intersection of Anti Imperialism, Arab Nationalism, and Politics, 1952 1966
Shaykh Zayed b. Sultan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi and first president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), articulated his vision for the new state and its place among other Arab states as he opened the first national parliament of the Union in 1972.1The...
Palestine and the Decline of the Ottoman Empire: Modernisation and the Path to Palestinian Statehood
PALESTINE AND THE DECLINE OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE: MODERNISATION AND THE PATH TO PALESTINIAN STATEHOODThe stated aim of Farid Al-Salim's book is to explain the role of the nineteenth-century Ottoman reforms known as the Tanzimat in bringing about Palestine's...
Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860 1950
READING DARWIN IN ARABIC, 1860 1950 Marwa Elshakry Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013 (viii + 439 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations) $45.00 (cloth)Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950 situates the work of Charles Darwin in an Arabic-language...
The British Invasion and Occupation of Ottoman Iraq/enemy on the Euphrates: The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt, 1914 1921/desert Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia
DESERT HELL: THE BRITISH INVASION OF MESOPOTAMIAOne might fill a small bookshelf with recently published texts on World War I, a bibliophilic marking of the conflict's centennial. Two among these texts narrate the British conquest of Ottoman Iraq: Charles...
The Conflict Shoreline: Colonization as Climate Change in the Negev Desert
THE CONFLICT SHORELINE: COLONIZATION AS CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NEGEV DESERTNear the beginning of The Conflict Shoreline, a new collaboration between architect and theorist Eyal Weizman and photographer Fazal Sheikh, Weizman states, "The threshold of the...
The Politics of Love and Desire in Post Uprising Syrian Television Drama
Sham refuses to give in to her mother's notion that prior to marriage a woman must make the man suffer for access to her body. If she does not refrain from sex, her mother believes, the man will aggressively toss her aside. "Are we at war?" the baffled...
The Price of Love: Valentine's Day in Egypt and Its Enemies
Bi-fatha, ba, bahibbakBi-kasra, bi, bi-shiddaRu-damma, ruhi ruhi gambakI lo-, lo - I love youWi- wi- with strengthMy, my soul my soul is beside you1In the 1963 film The Soft Hands (Al-Aydayy al-Naima), by director Mahmud Dhu al-Fiqar, a ruined aristocrat...
The Trouble of Love in the Arab World: Romance, Marriage, and the Shaping of Intimate Lives
The word love has many definitions, and the concept embraces a wide range of feelings. Family, God, nature, the nation, the army, or a pet animal can be objects of human love. Political leaders evoke love to foster feelings of belonging or solidarity....
The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE
THE WAGES OF OIL: PARLIAMENTS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN KUWAIT AND THE UAE Michael Herb Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014 (ix + 242 pages, references, index, illustrations) $35.00 (cloth)In The Wages of Oil, Michael Herb makes a refreshing...
Thus the Sadness of the Heron: Interpreting Aslan's Imbaba
Why don't you write, and say it all?Because you are no longer you?Because the river is no longer the same river?Answering yes, he felt despondent. Because you are not you.And what you're looking at isn't your river anymore. It's discarded dishwater.You'll...
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