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In the Palaces of the Sultan (Hardback)

New Introduction by Teresa Heffernan
ISBN: 1-59333-204-1
As Anna Bowman Dodd (1855-1929), a New York travel writer and journalist, journeyed to Istanbul with the American Ambassador to France she embarked on a detailed account of the city and its people. Interested in documenting the changes in Turkey brought about by the "embrace" of modernity and progress, she considers Turkish women's rights, harems and marriage, the management of the household, education, slavery, the Sultan's reign, and nationalist movements in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. She caters to the American market for Orientalism but is also reflexive about its employment, both invoking and undercutting stereotypes as she addresses the "Eastern Question."
$221.00

Haremlik: Some Pages from the Life of Turkish Women (Hardback)

New Introduction by Yiorgos Kalogeras
ISBN: 1-59333-203-3
Born as a Greek Ottoman in Istanbul, Demetra Vaka Brown (1877-1946) moved to America where she became a journalist and novelist, revisiting Turkey to write several books about the twilight of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of the Turkish Republic. She based this, her first book, on experiences from 1901, when modernization had made inroads into Ottoman domestic life and the harem was becoming a thing of the past. Her reflections on life in the harem suggest the conflicted nature of her allegiances: Vaka is nostalgic for the Ottoman life that was rapidly disappearing, but she also enjoys the freedoms of a professional American woman.
$161.00

Sunshine and Storm in the East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople (Hardback)

New Introduction by Scott A. Leonard
ISBN: 1-59333-202-5
Lady Annie Brassey (1839-1887) possess a keen eye for human interest and narrative detail that propelled her to international fame as a travel writer. This book presents a daily diary of two voyages to Constantinople aboard her family yacht in the mid 1870s. Here, the modern reader may glimpse the natural wonders, cultural distinctions, and political circumstances of such countries as Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Greece, and Turkey during that time period. Readers will also find an excellent example of the nineteenth-century European fascination with the "Orient."
$217.00

Behind Turkish Lattices: The Story of a Turkish Woman's Life (Hardback)

New Introduction by Carolyn Goffman
ISBN: 1-59333-105-3
Hester Donaldson Jenkins (1869-1941), a professor at the American College for Girls in Constantinople from 1900-1909, wrote enthusiastically about the Young Turks who seemed to promise new freedoms for Ottoman women. Jenkins uses her own observations of Constantinople, her students, and their families to construct an account of a "typical" Turkish Muslim woman's life cycle at this turning point in Ottoman history. She directs her comments toward childhood, education, marriage, polygamy, and divorce, in order to correct Western misapprehensions. In its confidence in the bright prospects of American influence and Ottoman reform, this book captures an optimistic moment in which social progress seemed to be thriving.
$149.00

Abu'l Ala, The Syrian

ISBN: 1-59333-047-2
Abu'l Ala al-Maarri (973-1057) was one of Islam's most famous poets and philosophers, and one of Baghdad's leading intellectuals. In this book, Henry Baerlein brings out the life and genius of this poet and gives samples of his works in English translation.
$55.00

Shirin: Christian - Queen - Myth of Love

A Woman of Late Antiquity: Historical Reality and Literary Effect
ISBN: 1-59333-282-3
Shirin, the beloved wife of the Persian shah, Chosroes II (b. 628), pulled political strings behind the scenes and supported the Christian minority in Iran.
$64.00

Kurds and Christians

ISBN: 1-59333-106-1
This book is a compilation of letters, narratives of journeys and local traditions, and various documents pertaining to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Mission to the Assyrian Church of the East.
$154.00

Worship In Islam: Al-Ghazzali's Book of the Ihya

ISBN: 1-59333-111-8
A translation of the Book of Worship by the eleventh-century writer Al-Ghazzali, this is a useful book which explains elements of Muslim worship for those who desire to know more. Annotations help clarify allusions and technical terms referred to in this translation.
$148.00

The History of the Saracens (Arabs)

Comprising the lives of Mohammed and His Successors, to the death of Abdalmelik, the eleventh Caliph
ISBN: 1-59333-151-7
Upon its first publication, this work was received by scholars with marked approbation as the most complete and authentic account of the Arabian Prophet and his successors which had yet been given to the world. It continues to be regarded as the standard history of this eventful period.
$99.00

Hispano-Arabic Poetry: A Student Anthology

ISBN: 1-59333-115-0
An anthology of texts of Hispano-Arabic poems of exceptionally high literary quality and cultural significance. The texts are accompanied by literal translations and explanatory notes for the use of students of Arabic and Romance literatures.
$63.00

Islam and the Oriental Churches: Their Historical Relations

Students' Lectures on Missions, Princeton Theological Seminary 1902-1903
ISBN: 1-931956-75-8
One of the first publications to tackle this subject, this book was widely read and used as a reference. The lectures cover the influence of Christianity on Islam, the relation of Christianity to Islamic theology, the expansion of Islam, the downfall of Christianity, and a look towards the future.
$63.00

Grammar of Modern Syriac Language as Spoken in Urmia, Persia, and Kurdistan

ISBN: 1-59333-124-X
A detailed grammar, with extensive vocabulary, of the Neo-Aramaic dialect as spoken in Urmia, by a missionary of the American Board in Persia.
$132.00

Mohammed and the Rise of Islam

ISBN: 1-931956-74-X
Unlike its predecessors, this book does not aim at being either an apology or an indictment of the Prophet of Islam. The author endeavors to do justice to Mohammad's intellectual ability and to regard him with the respectful attitude which his greatness deserves.
$168.00

An Arabic Version of the Acts of the Apostles and the Seven Catholic Epistles

From an Eighth and Ninth Century Ms. in the Convent of St. Catharine on Mount Sinai
ISBN: 1-59333-046-4
The variety of Arabic versions of the New Testament is bewildering. In this work, Gibson provides one particular text of the Acts of the Apostles, as well as those of the Minor Catholic Epistles, based on an eighth or ninth century manuscript, preserved at the Convent of St. Catharine in Sinai. The volume also includes a treatise on the Triune nature of God, with an English translation.
$79.00

Life in the Moslem East

ISBN: 1-931956-87-1
Pierre Ponafidine, an Imperial Russian diplomat who served in Ottoman Turkey and Persia, gives a series of studies of certain phases of the life, religion, and customs of people among whom he passed thirty-six years of service.
$159.00

The Diwan of Abu'l-Ala

ISBN: 1-59333-048-0
Contains in English translation over one hundred quatrains derived from the works of the medieval Arab poet Abu'l-Ala of Ma'arri. The quatrains are a joy to read, and serve as quotations for various religious and secular topics.
$56.00

A Stranger at the Door, And Other Lebanese Short Stories

Translated into English by Admer Gouryh
ISBN: 1-931956-32-4
This charming collection of short stories is packed with humor, suspense, and shock, but is essentially serious. Through an array of interesting characters, Al-Khoury illuminates an extraordinary range of issues.
$57.00

Ventures Among the Arabs in Desert, Tent and Town

ISBN: 1-931956-78-2
The story of a Christian missionary who lived for thirteen years amongst the Ishmaelites of Moab, Edom, and the great peninsula of Arabia. Forder says, “My story is a simple record of ventures just as they occurred, a transcript of personal experiences and beliefs. It is sent forth to what I believe is a sympathetic public.”
$121.00

The Seven Poems Suspended from the Temple at Mecca

ISBN: 1-931956-80-4
A collection of seven pre-Islamic Arabic poems, the Mu`llaqat form the most celebrated forms of poetry. A tool for students of Arabic literature, this book gives the Arabic text, a literal translation of these poems, and a commentary.
$94.00

The Book of Religious and Philosophical Sects

Edited by William Cureton
ISBN: 1-931956-83-9
This monumental work, by the twelfth-century historian of religious and philosophical doctrines, aspired to present "the doctrinal opinions of all the world's people," i.e. to reveal the entirety of religions and philosophies, past or present.
$148.00

Egypt from the Napoleonic Wars Down to Cromer and Allenby

ISBN: 1-931956-88-X
Young brings a fresh judgment on Egyptian nationalism, discovering ampler grounds for hope than his countrymen are wont to conceive. He enters the controversial field of the relations hereafter to be established between Britain, Egypt and the Sudan.
$116.00

To Jerusalem through the Lands of Islam, Among Jews, Christians & Moslems

ISBN: 1-931956-92-8
This book stresses the need for unity among the believers of God: Jews, Muslims, and Christians. "We must read it – or rather we must travel with her, for truth guides her pen, as charity has guided her steps."--Prince de Polignac, Colonel of the French Army in Algiers (1897)
$86.10

The Book of Calendars

Conversion Tables for Ancient, African, Near Eastern, Indian, Asian, Central American and Western Calendars
ISBN: 1-931956-76-6
The book provides easy-to-use tables that translate the calendars of over sixty civilizations into the Julian and Gregorian calendars. An indispensable tool for scholars.
$88.20

Arabic Proverbs and the Manners and Customs of Modern Egyptians

ISBN: 1-931956-84-7
A compilation and translation of Arabic proverbs by an early 19th century traveler in Cairo, Egypt. Entries are arranged alphabetically in Arabic and by number. Cultural and figurative explanations are provided in English.
$102.00

Painting in Islam, A Study of the Place of Pictorial Art in Muslim Culture

ISBN: 1-59333-121-5
Indicates the place of painting in the Islamic world, both in relation to those theological circles which condemned the practice of it, and to those persons who, disregarding the prohibitions of religion, consulted their own taste in encouraging it.
$98.00