Books on Geographic Regions and Nation-states: Recommended by Dr. Abou El Fadl

Note: [Republished from the Scholar of the House website] The books listed below were selected by Dr. Abou El Fadl from a comprehensive bibliography of Islamic Studies books compiled by Professor Patrick O'Donnell, published in 2003. Books published after 2003 are not included. [Go to the complete comprehensive bibliography by Professor O'Donnell.] 


Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced designations were determined by Dr. Abou El Fadl. Placement of a book within this section was determined by Professor O'Donnell.



Abu-Lughod, Janet. Cairo: 1001 Years of the City Victorious. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1971.

Algar, Hamid. The Islamic Revolution in Iran. London: Open Press, 1980.

Algar, Hamid. Religion and State in Iran 1785-1906: The Role of the Ulama in the Qajar Period.Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1969.

Amin, Qasim. The Liberation of Women & The New Woman: Two Documents in the History of Egyptian Feminism. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2000.

Entelis, John P., ed. Islam, Democracy, and the State in North Africa. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1997.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, ed. The Muslims of America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, ed. Muslims in the West: From Sojourners to Citizens. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Hunter, Shireen T., ed. Islam, Europe?s Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural and Political Landscape. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.

Kennedy, Hugh. Muslim Spain and Portugal: A Political History of al-Andalus. Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1997.

Malley, Robert. The Call from Algeria: Third Worldism, Revolution and the Turn to Islam. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996.

Mardin, Serif. The Genesis of Young Ottoman Thought: A Study in the Modernization of Turkish Political Ideas. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2000.

Mardin, Serif. Religion, Society and Modernity in Turkey. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2002.

Mir-Hosseini, Ziba. Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Mitchell, Timothy. Colonising Egypt. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Mitchell , Timothy. Rule of Experts: Egypt, Technopolitics, Modernity. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002.

Mottahedeh, Roy. The Mantle of the Prophet: Religion and Politics in Iran. Oxford, UK: Oneworld, 2000.

Nabavi, Negin, ed. Intellectual Trends in 20th Century Iran. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2003.

Nasr, Seyyed Vali Reza. The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: The Jama?at-i Islami of Pakistan.Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1994.

Ramage, Douglas E. Politics in Indonesia: Democracy, Islam and the Ideology of Tolerance. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Rashid, Ahmed. Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002.

Rashid, Ahmed. Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2000.

Rubin, Barnett R. The Fragmentation of Afghanistan. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2nd ed., 2002.

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