Selected Bibliography on the Middle East


Cleveland, William L./Bunton, Martin. A History of the Modern Middle East. 5th. ed. Boulder: Westview Press, 2013.

Fawcett, Louise (ed.) International Relations of the Middle East. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Hourani, Albert. A History of the Arab Peoples. Cambridge/Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1991.

Hourani, Albert/Khoury, Philip/Wilson, Mary C. (eds.) The Modern Middle East: A Reader. 2nd ed. London/New York: I.B. Tauris, 2011.

Huntington, Samuel P. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. 2nd ed. London: The Free Press, 2002.

Lewis, Bernard. The End of Modern History in the Middle East. Stanford: Hoover Institution, 2011.

Lockman, Zachary. Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Sabry, Tarik (ed.) Arab Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field. London/New York: I.B.Tauris, 2012.

Said, Edward W. Orientalism. 5th ed. London: Penguin Books, 2003.

Sorenson, David S. An Introduction to the Modern Middle East: History, Religion, Political Economy, Politics. Colorado: Westview, 2008.



Cook, David. Martyrdom in Islam. Cambridge/New York, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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Cook, David. Understanding Jihad. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Cook, David/Allison, Olivia. Understanding and Addressing Suicide Attacks. Greenwood: Praeger Press, 2007.

Esposito, John L. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? 3rd ed. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Esposito, John L. Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Esposito, John L. The Future of Islam. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Esposito, John L. “The Future of Islam and U.S.-Muslim Relations.” Political Science Quarterly Vol. 126 No. 3 (2011): 365-401.

Esposito, John L./Mogahed, Dalia. Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. New York: Gallup, 2007.

Esposito, John L./Voll, John O. Islam and Democracy. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Lawrence, Bruce B. Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence. New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 2000.

Lewis, Bernard. Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Lewis, Bernard. What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Lewis, Bernard. The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror. New York: Random House, 2003.

Lewis, Bernard. “The Roots of Muslim Rage.” Atlantic Monthly. September 1990.

Mitchell, Richard P. The Society of the Muslim Brothers. 2nd ed. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Peters, Rudolph. Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam: A Reader. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2005.

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East:

Baxter, Kylie/Akbarzadeh, Shahram. US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Roots of Anti-Americanism. London/New York: Routledge, 2008.

Baum, Matthew A./Potter, Philip B. K. War and Democratic Constraint: How the Public Influences Foreign Policy. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2015.

Bensaada, Ahmed. L’Arabesque Américaine. Montréal: Michel Brûlé, 2011.

Bremmer, Ian. Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World. New York: Penguin, 2015.

Gerges, Fawaz A. Obama and the Middle East: The end of America’s Moment. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Ikenberry, John G./Knock, Thomas J./Slaughter, Anne-Marie/Smith, Tony. The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-first Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press: 2009.

Layne, Christopher. The Peace of Illusions. American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.

Khalidi, Rashid. Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East. Boston: Beacon, 2004.

Mearsheimer, John/Walt, Stephen. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Nye, Joseph S. Jr. Is the American Century Over? Cambridge: Polity Press: 2015.

Posen, Barry R. Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Univ. Press, 2014.

Stephens, Bret. America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder. New York: Penguin, 2014.

Zakaria, Fareed. The Post-American World. New York: W. W. Norton, 2009.

The “Arab Spring”:

Achcar, Gilbert. The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising. London: Saqi Books, 2013.

Benslama, Fethi. Soudain la Révolution! De la Tunisie au monde Arabe: la signification d’un soulèvement. Éditions Denoël, 2011.

Bisharah, Marwan. The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions. New York: Nation Books, 2013.

Bowen, Jeremy. Arab Uprisings: The People Want the Fall of the Regime. New York: Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2012.

Brahimi el Mili, Naoufel. Le Printemps Arabe. Une Manipulation? Paris: Max Milo Editions, 2012.

Dabashi, Hamid. The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism. London: Zed Books, 2012.

Filiu, Jean-Pierre. The Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
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Lynch, Marc. The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East. New York: Public Affairs, 2012.

Lynch, Marc/Hounshell, Blake/Glasser, Susan. Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, And the Unmaking of an Era. Washington: Foreign Policy, 2011.

Noueihed Lin/Warren, Alex. The Battle for the Arab Spring: Revolution, Counter-Revolution and the Making of a New Era. Yale: Yale University Press, 2012.

Nunns, Alex/Idle, Nadja. Tweets from Tahrir. Egypt’s Revolution as it Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made it. New York: OR Books, 2011.

Rose, Gideon (ed.) The New Arab Revolt: What Happened, What it Means, and What Comes Next. New York: Council of Foreign Relations, 2011.

Tripp, Charles. The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.


By Country:


Amin, Galal. Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak 1981–2011. Kairo/New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2011.

Armbrust, Walter. Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,1996.

Baker, Raymond W. Egypt’s Uncertain Revolution under Nasser and Sadat. Cambridge/Massachusetts/London: Harvard University Press, 1978.

Baker, Raymond W. Sadat and After: Struggles for Egypt’s Political Soul. London: I.B.Tauris, 1990.

Cook, Steven A. The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Cooper, Mark N. The Transformation of Egypt. London/Canberra: Croom Helm, 1982.

Daly, M. W. (ed.) The Cambridge History of Egypt: Modern Egypt, from 1517 to the End of the Twentieth Century. Vol. 2. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Hinnebusch, Raymond A. Egyptian Politics under Sadat: The Post-Populist Development of an Authoritarian-Modernizing State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Lorenz, Joseph P. Egypt and the Arabs: Foreign Policy and the Search for National Identity. Boulder/San Francisco/Oxford: Westview, 1990.

Marsot, Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid. A Short History of Modern Egypt. 7th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

McDermott, Anthony. Egypt from Nasser to Mubarak: A Flawed Revolution. London/New York/Sydney: Croom Helm, 1988.

Osman, Tarek. Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2010.

Springborg, Robert. Mubarak’s Egypt: Fragmentation of the Political Order. Boulder/London: Westview, 1989.

Waterbury, John. The Egypt of Nasser and Sadat: The Political Economy of Two Regimes. 2nd ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984.


Vandewalle, Dirk. A History of Modern Libya. 2nd ed. New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2012.


Lesch, David W. Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad. Totton: Yale University Press, 2013.


Anderson, Lisa. The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986.

Martin, Jean-François. Histoire de la Tunisie contemporaine: De Ferry à Bourguiba. 2nd ed. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2003.

Murphy, Emma C. Economic and Political Change in Tunisia: From Bourguiba to Ben Ali. London: Macmillan, 1999.

Perkins, Kenneth. A History of Modern Tunisia. 2nd Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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Perkins, Kenneth. Tunisia: Crossroads of the Islamic and European Worlds. Boulder: Westview Press, 1986.