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Islam in Saudi Arabia
David Commins
David Commins challenges the stereotype of Saudi Arabia as a country immune to change by highlighting the ways that urbanization, education, and consumerism have exerted pressure on the religious establishment.



Zones of Rebellion
Kurdish Insurgents and the Turkish State
Aysegul Aydin, Cem Emrence
How do insurgents and governments select their targets? Which discourses and policies do they adopt to win civilian loyalties and control territory? This book examines the wide variety of coercive strategies adopted by both insurgents and governments in the long-running Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.



Making and Unmaking Nations
War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa
Scott Straus
In Making and Unmaking Nations, Scott Straus seeks to explain why and how genocide takes place—and, perhaps more important, how it has been avoided in places where it may have seemed likely or even inevitable.



The Wages of Oil
Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE
Michael Herb
Michael Herb provides a robust framework for thinking about the future of the Gulf monarchies by contrasting Kuwait and the UAE.



Kinshasa
Tales of the Invisible City
Filip De Boeck
In this internationally acclaimed book, anthropologist Filip De Boeck and photographer Marie-Françoise Plissart provide a history not only of the physical and visible urban reality that Kinshasa presents today but also of a second, invisible city as it exists in the mind and imagination of its inhabitants.



In the Museum of Man
Race, Anthropology, and Empire in France, 1850–1950
Alice L. Conklin
This book offers new insight into the thorny relationship between science, society, and empire at the high-water mark of French imperialism and European racism.



Scrambling for Africa
AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science
Johanna Tayloe Crane
Crane reveals how Africa went from being a continent largely excluded from advancements in HIV medicine to an area of central concern and knowledge production within the increasingly popular field of global health science.



Qatar
Small State, Big Politics
Mehran Kamrava
Qatar is, as Mehran Kamrava explains in this knowledgeable and incisive account of the emirate, highly influential in diplomatic, cultural, and economic spheres.



The Peace Puzzle
America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989–2011
Daniel C. Kurtzer, Scott B. Lasensky, William B. Quandt, Steven L. Spiegel, Shibley Z. Telhami
The Peace Puzzle tracks the American determination to articulate policy, develop strategy and tactics, and see through negotiations to agreements on an issue that has been of singular importance to U.S. interests for more than forty years.



Magic Lantern Empire
Colonialism and Society in Germany
John Phillip Short
Examines German colonialism as a mass cultural and political phenomenon unfolding at the center of a nascent, conflicted German modernity.



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