Harvard Middle Eastern Monographs

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University: Reflections on the Past, Visions for the Future

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University: Reflections on the Past, Visions for the Future

Babai, Don

“Area studies”—a distinctively American way of organizing knowledge about the rest of the world—have been in a state of crisis in recent years, especially since the end of the Cold War and the spread of globalization. In no field of inquiry has that crisis been as acute as in Middle Eastern studies. This volume focuses on one of the leading institutions in the field, Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), which was founded fifty years ago to further research and teaching about a region that remains enigmatic to the United States.

4.Cover: Pan-Arabism and Labor

Pan-Arabism and Labor

Beling, Willard A.

11.Cover: Ottoman Egypt in the Age of the French Revolution

Ottoman Egypt in the Age of the French Revolution

Efendi, Huseyn
Shaw, Stanford J.

Huseyn Efendi, a scribe in the Treasury of Ottoman Egypt who put his service at the disposal of Napoleon Bonaparte during the French expedition to Egypt (1798–1801), wrote his account of Ottoman Egypt in the form of answers to questions posed by the French administrative and financial experts. Stanford Shaw’s translation is supplemented by an introduction describing the French expedition, and by detailed notes based on material found in the Ottoman archives of Istanbul and Cairo.

28.Cover: The Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina: Their Historic Development from the Middle Ages to the Dissolution of Yugoslavia, Second Edition

The Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina: Their Historic Development from the Middle Ages to the Dissolution of Yugoslavia, Second Edition

Pinson, Mark
Mottahedeh, Roy Parviz

Ranging from medieval times to the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1992, this volume concentrates on the internal development of the Muslim community in Bosnia-Herzegovina and its relations with various suzerains.

29.Cover: Book of Gifts and Rarities (Kitāb al-Hadāyā wa al-Tuḥaf): Selections Compiled in the Fifteenth Century from an Eleventh-Century Manuscript on Gifts and Treasures

Book of Gifts and Rarities (Kitāb al-Hadāyā wa al-Tuḥaf): Selections Compiled in the Fifteenth Century from an Eleventh-Century Manuscript on Gifts and Treasures

This work is a translation and study of a ninth- through fifteenth-century manuscript, Kitāb al-Hadāyā wa al-Tuḥaf. The manuscript furnishes a wealth of varied information offering insights into the period immediately preceding Islam and extending through the first four centuries of Islamic rule.

33.Cover: The Second Umayyad Caliphate: The Articulation of Caliphal Legitimacy in al-Andalus

The Second Umayyad Caliphate: The Articulation of Caliphal Legitimacy in al-Andalus

Safran, Janina M.

The Second Umayyad Caliphate recovers the Andalusi Umayyad argument for caliphal legitimacy through an analysis of caliphal rhetoric—based on proclamations, correspondence, and panegyric poetry—and caliphal ideology, as shown through monuments, ceremony, and historiography.

34.Cover: New Perspectives on Property and Land in the Middle East

New Perspectives on Property and Land in the Middle East

Owen, Roger

35.Cover: Mystics, Monarchs, and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran

Mystics, Monarchs, and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran

Babayan, Kathryn

Focusing on idealists and visionaries who believed that Justice could reign in our world, this book explores the desire to experience utopia on earth. Reluctant to await another existence—another form, or eternal life following death and resurrection—individuals with ghuluww, or exaggeration, emerged at the advent of Islam, expecting to attain the apocalyptic horizon of Truth. In their minds, Muhammad’s prophecy represented one such cosmic moment of transformation.

36.Cover: Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs

Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs

El Cheikh, Nadia Maria

This book studies the Arabic-Islamic view of Byzantium, tracing the Byzantine image as it evolved through centuries of warfare, contact, and exchanges. Including previously inaccessible material on the Arabic textual tradition on Byzantium, this investigation shows the significance of Byzantium to the Arab Muslim establishment and their appreciation of various facets of Byzantine culture and civilization.

37.Cover: The Palestinian Peasant Economy under the Mandate: A Story of Colonial Bungling

The Palestinian Peasant Economy under the Mandate: A Story of Colonial Bungling

Nadan, Amos

Challenging the claim that Palestine’s peasant economy progressed during the 1920s and 1930s, Amos Nadan skillfully integrates a wide variety of sources to demonstrate that the period was actually one of deterioration on both the macro (per capita) and micro levels.

38.Cover: The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen

The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen

Miller, Flagg

This book studies contemporary Arab political poetry, providing insights into how modern Arab media forms are shaped by language and culture. By examining lives and works of individual poets, singers, and audiences, it shows how tribalism is a resource for critical reform when expressed in tropes of community, place, person, and history.

39.Cover: Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire

Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire

Babayan, Kathryn
Najmabadi, Afsaneh

Babayan explores different genealogies of sexuality and questions some of the theoretical emphases and epistemic assumptions affecting current histories of sexuality.

40.Cover: Spiritual Wayfarers, Leaders in Piety: Sufis and the Dissemination of Islam in Medieval Palestine

Spiritual Wayfarers, Leaders in Piety: Sufis and the Dissemination of Islam in Medieval Palestine

Ephrat, Daphna

This book represents the first continuous history of Sufism in Palestine. Covering the period between the rise of Islam and the spread of Ottoman rule and drawing on vast biographical material and complementary evidence, the book describes the social trajectory that Sufism followed.

41.Cover: Forgotten Saints: History, Power, and Politics in the Making of Modern Morocco

Forgotten Saints: History, Power, and Politics in the Making of Modern Morocco

Bazzaz, Sahar

In 1894 a Muslim mystic named Muḥammad al-Kattānī abandoned his life of asceticism to preach Islamic revival and jihad against the French. Ten years later, he mobilized a Moroccan resistance against French colonization. This book narrates the story of al-Kattānī and his virtual disappearance from accounts of modern Moroccan history.

42.Cover: Violent Modernity: France in Algeria

Violent Modernity: France in Algeria

Hannoum, Abdelmajid

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