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

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1.Cover: Dreaming Across Boundaries: The Interpretation of Dreams in Islamic Lands

Dreaming Across Boundaries: The Interpretation of Dreams in Islamic Lands

Marlow, L.

This volume explores the context of theological speculations and political aspirations through the medium of dreams to present fascinating insights into the social history of the pre-modern Islamic world in all its cultural diversity. Wider cultural exchanges are discussed through concrete examples such as the Arabic version of the Aristotelian treatise De divinatione per somnum, and some of the current scholarly assumptions about dreams are challenged by personal reports that express individual personalities, self-awareness, and spiritual development.

2.Cover: Strī: Women in Epic Mahābhārata

Strī: Women in Epic Mahābhārata

McGrath, Kevin

This book is a study of heroic femininity as it appears in the epic Mahabharata, and focuses particularly on the roles of wife, daughter-in-law, and mother, on how these women speak, and on the kinship groups and varying marital systems that surround them.

3.Cover: Persian Literature and Judeo-Persian Culture: Collected Writings of Sorour S. Soroudi

Persian Literature and Judeo-Persian Culture: Collected Writings of Sorour S. Soroudi

Soroudi, Sorour S.
Chehabi, H. E.

S. S. Soroudi’s research concentrated on modern Persian poetry, particularly of the constitutional era; Judeo-Persian literature and folk culture; and the history and culture of Iranian Jewry, which she situated in the larger context of Iranian history. This collection includes one previously unpublished piece and one newly translated into English.

4.Cover: The Rhetoric of Biography: Narrating Lives in Persianate Societies

The Rhetoric of Biography: Narrating Lives in Persianate Societies

Marlow, L.

Within a growing scholarly literature devoted to the topics of biography and autobiography, especially in the Arabic literary tradition, the essays in this volume explore the forms and meanings of these genres with particular reference to Persian writings, as well as to writings in Arabic and Turkish that were also composed in Persianate societies.

5.Cover: Jaya: Performance in Epic Mahābhārata

Jaya: Performance in Epic Mahābhārata

McGrath, Kevin

JAYA is a study of how the four poets of the Indian epic Mahābhārata fuse their separate performances of the poem into a single and seamless work of art. The subtle poetics of preliteracy and literacy which are compounded in one performance are demonstrated and made distinct in both a literary and a conceptual light.

6.Cover: The <i>History</i> of Beyhaqi: The History of Sultan Mas‘ud of Ghazna, 1030–1041, Volume I: Introduction and Translation of Years 421–423 A.H. (1030–1032 A.D.)

The History of Beyhaqi: The History of Sultan Mas‘ud of Ghazna, 1030–1041, Volume I: Introduction and Translation of Years 421–423 A.H. (1030–1032 A.D.)

Beyhaqi, Abu’l-Fażl

This is the first complete translation, with detailed commentary, of the surviving volumes of Beyhaqi’s massive project. The historian’s writings, dealing with the years 1030–1041, combine astute criticism and wry humor with an unobtrusive display of mastery of the learned literature of the time, both in Arabic and Persian.

7.Cover: The <i>History</i> of Beyhaqi: The History of Sultan Mas‘ud of Ghazna, 1030–1041, Volume II: Translation of Years 424–432 A.H. (1032–1041 A.D.) and the History of Khwarazm

The History of Beyhaqi: The History of Sultan Mas‘ud of Ghazna, 1030–1041, Volume II: Translation of Years 424–432 A.H. (1032–1041 A.D.) and the History of Khwarazm

Beyhaqi, Abu’l-Fażl

This is the first complete translation, with detailed commentary, of the surviving volumes of Beyhaqi’s massive project. The historian’s writings, dealing with the years 1030–1041, combine astute criticism and wry humor with an unobtrusive display of mastery of the learned literature of the time, both in Arabic and Persian.

8.Cover: The <i>History</i> of Beyhaqi: The History of Sultan Mas‘ud of Ghazna, 1030–1041, Volume III: Commentary, Bibliography, and Index

The History of Beyhaqi: The History of Sultan Mas‘ud of Ghazna, 1030–1041, Volume III: Commentary, Bibliography, and Index

Beyhaqi, Abu’l-Fażl

This is the first complete translation, with detailed commentary, of the surviving volumes of Beyhaqi’s massive project. The historian’s writings, dealing with the years 1030–1041, combine astute criticism and wry humor with an unobtrusive display of mastery of the learned literature of the time, both in Arabic and Persian.

9.Cover: Ruse and Wit: The Humorous in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Narrative

Ruse and Wit: The Humorous in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Narrative

Brookshaw, Dominic Parviz

These essays examine a millennium of humorous and satirical writing in the Islamic world. Humor in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish narrative emerges here as a culturally modulated phenomenon that demands examination with reference to its historical framework and that, in turn, communicates as much about its producers as it does about its audience.

10.Cover: The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel

The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel

Doak, Brian R.

Doak explores how the giants of the Hebrew Bible—which represent a connection to primeval chaos—offer insight into central aspects of Israel’s symbolic universe. By placing biblical traditions within a broader Mediterranean context regarding giants and the end of the heroic age, Doak sheds new light on monotheism and monarchy in ancient Israel.

11.Cover: Heroic Kṛṣṇa: Friendship in Epic Mahābhārata

Heroic Kṛṣṇa: Friendship in Epic Mahābhārata

McGrath, Kevin

12.Cover: On the Wonders of Land and Sea: Persianate Travel Writing

On the Wonders of Land and Sea: Persianate Travel Writing

Micallef, Roberta
Sharma, Sunil

13.Cover: Poet and Hero in the Persian Book of Kings: Third Edition

Poet and Hero in the Persian Book of Kings: Third Edition

Davidson, Olga M.

14.Cover: Comparative Literature and Classical Persian Poetics: Second Edition

Comparative Literature and Classical Persian Poetics: Second Edition

Davidson, Olga M.

15.Cover: Ferdowsi’s <i>Shāhnāma</i>: Millennial Perspectives

Ferdowsi’s Shāhnāma: Millennial Perspectives

Davidson, Olga M.
Simpson, Marianna Shreve

16.Cover: Mirror of Dew: The Poetry of Ālam-tāj Zhāle Qā’em-Maqāmi

Mirror of Dew: The Poetry of Ālam-tāj Zhāle Qā’em-Maqāmi

17.Cover: Global Medieval: Mirrors for Princes Reconsidered

Global Medieval: Mirrors for Princes Reconsidered

Forster, Regula
Yavari, Neguin

18.Cover: Erin and Iran: Cultural Encounters between the Irish and the Iranians

Erin and Iran: Cultural Encounters between the Irish and the Iranians

Chehabi, H. E.
Neville, Grace

19.Cover: Singing Moses’s Song: A Performance-Critical Analysis of Deuteronomy’s Song of Moses

Singing Moses’s Song: A Performance-Critical Analysis of Deuteronomy’s Song of Moses

Stone, Keith A.

20.Cover: Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation

Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation

Lewis, A. David
Lund, Martin

21.Cover: The Study of al-Andalus: The Scholarship and Legacy of James T. Monroe

The Study of al-Andalus: The Scholarship and Legacy of James T. Monroe

Hamilton, Michelle M.
Wacks, David A.

22.Cover: Illusion and Disillusionment: Travel Writing in the Modern Age

Illusion and Disillusionment: Travel Writing in the Modern Age

Micallef, Roberta

23.Cover: Cyrus the Great: Life and Lore

Cyrus the Great: Life and Lore

Shayegan, M. Rahim

24.Cover: The Arts of Iran in Istanbul and Anatolia: Seven Essays

The Arts of Iran in Istanbul and Anatolia: Seven Essays

Davidson, Olga M.
Simpson, Marianna Shreve

25.Cover: The End of Middle East History and Other Conjectures

The End of Middle East History and Other Conjectures

Bulliet, Richard W.

26.Cover: Muslims and US Politics Today: A Defining Moment

Muslims and US Politics Today: A Defining Moment

Khalil, Mohammad Hassan

27.Cover: Methodists and Muslims: My Life as an Orientalist

Methodists and Muslims: My Life as an Orientalist

Bulliet, Richard W.

28.Cover: Deconstructing Islamic Studies

Deconstructing Islamic Studies

Daneshgar, Majid
Hughes, Aaron W.

29.Cover: Onomastic Reforms: Family Names and State-Building in Iran

Onomastic Reforms: Family Names and State-Building in Iran

Chehabi, H. E.

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Jacket: The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, from Harvard University Press

“Predictive Policing” and Racial Profiling

While technology used in policing has improved, it hasn’t progressed, says Khalil Gibran Muhammad, if racial biases are built into those new technologies. This excerpt from his book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, shows that for the reform called for by the current protests against systemic racism and racially-biased policing to be fulfilled, the police—especially those at the top—will need to change their pre-programmed views on race and the way they see the Black citizens they are supposed to “serve and protect.”