Political Islam in Tunisia: a History of Ennahda and the Tunisian Exception

One of the most interesting books this summer may be a rather innocuous book by Anne Wolf, a leading Tunisia and North Africa specialist. In Political Islam in Tunisia: A History of Ennahda, Wolf, a University of Oxford researcher, presents the hidden history of Ennahda, Tunisia’s main Islamist movement, from… Read more“Political Islam in Tunisia: a History of Ennahda and the Tunisian Exception”

Review: Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan 2001-2014 by Theo Farrel

The 9/11 attacks gave birth to a Manichean world which is, as I write this, being played out in Syria and Iraq amongst other places. With this world in mind and the upcoming 9/11 anniversary, Professor Theo Farrel’s Unwinnable is a timely reminder of the consequences of the War on… Read more“Review: Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan 2001-2014 by Theo Farrel”

A Crisis Waiting to Happen: Book Review of Christopher M. Davidson’s ‘After the Sheikhs’

  In an important new book Durham University fellow Christopher M. Davidson, author of many books on the Gulf, sets out to explain why despite all the modernising forces that has transformed the Gulf kingdoms, the royal dynasties have still survived. He argues that their continued existence can be explained… Read more“A Crisis Waiting to Happen: Book Review of Christopher M. Davidson’s ‘After the Sheikhs’”

Taking Exception to Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism

It takes a brave person to comment on the Middle East, one never knows when a crisis will erupt that threaten to render one’s judgment obsolete. Since first reading Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism [1], Turkey’s AK Party have suffered an attempted failed coup orchestrated by parts of Turkey’s military, and Tunisian Islamists… Read more“Taking Exception to Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism”

The Leadership of Muhammad by John Adair, Kogan Page, (2011)

Review by Tam Hussein  The complexity of modern society has inevitably made life more demanding.  In response, the market is saturated with books offering advice on how to deal with these challenges.  Some are excellent like Stephen Covey’s 7 effective habits, some seem to disregard ethical considerations like ‘44 rules… Read more“The Leadership of Muhammad by John Adair, Kogan Page, (2011)”

The Great Arab Conquests: How the spread of Islam changed the world we live in by Hugh Kennedy Phoenix (2007)

Review by Tam Hussain Western historians have always found it difficult to explain the ‘enigma’ of the early Muslim conquests. Firstly, since Providence no longer has a place in Western academic thought, how does one account for the fact that a small army, no better in terms of equipment or… Read more“The Great Arab Conquests: How the spread of Islam changed the world we live in by Hugh Kennedy Phoenix (2007)”