Category Archives: Books

Review of Sohrab Ahmari’s “Arab Spring Dreams: Freedom and Justice from North Africa to Iran”

Preparing for my preliminary exams required a year of reading. After completing the exams on April 18, I pledged to continue tackling books at a steady pace. One book I recently read, Arab Spring Dreams: Freedom and Justice from North … Continue reading

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Khalidi’s “Palestinian Identity”

I just finished reading Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi’s seminal book Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (Columbia Univ. Press, 1997) and I thought I’d share a paragraph that I found very concise: “Ironically, it is Israel, the … Continue reading

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Charles Kurzman “The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran”

I just finished reading Charles Kurzman’s The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran. It is much like Stephen Kinzer’s All the Shah’s Men in that the entire book focuses on the unfolding of a major historical event. Kurzman’s book is devoted to … Continue reading

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Vali Nasr on the Colbert Report

The good thing about going to school in the New England area is that in addition to our home school’s schedule of classes, we’re also allowed to take classes at Tufts University and MIT, both of which are very close … Continue reading

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Imam Musa as-Sadr on Shariati

In his eulogy to Dr. Ali Shariati, Imam Musa as-Sadr said: Men living through difficult times which fail to meet their aspirations split off into four categories. There are those who submit, become ‘pillars of society,’ become like the large … Continue reading

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So rejectionists like Benyamin Netanyahu and his right wing cheerleading bloggers have decided that the new conference is just another forum where Israel will offer one-sided concessions only to have them rejected by the warmongering Palestinians; that Israel offered the … Continue reading

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A personal account from Sara Roy’s Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: “One story that my aunt Frania has always insisted on telling me took place when she and my mother were in the Auschowitz concentration camp: ‘Where I … Continue reading

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