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​​​Mouzakirat Ahmad Muhammad Nuʿman - [Memoirs of Ahmad Muhammad Nuʿman]

Centre Français d’Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales de Sanaa (CEFAS) & the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)
This is a cultural and political biography of Muhammad Nuʿman (1909–1996), Prime Minister of the Yemen Arab Republic in 1965 and in 1971. His first political act was founding a school, for which he was dubbed “The Professor.” In this way, he asserted the importance of education to the revolutionary process and to national development. In 1969, Nuʿman donated a collection of personal archives to the Jafet Library at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and gave a lengthy oral testimony of the most salient episodes of his personal and political life as part of the Oral History Project, which AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies conducted during the 1960s and 1970s.

Arabic, with small summaries in English and French, 2004, 270 pages, softcover, $6.

Byzantium in Early Islamic Syria

Edited by Nadia El-Cheikh & Shaun O’Sullivan
This publication contains the proceedings of a 2007 conference organized by the Center for Arab and Middle East Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut and the Center for Antiochene Studies at the University of Balamand. It is divided into two parts comprising two respective chronological eras, reflecting the intention of the conference to pursue a dual and comparative focus with the hope of throwing fresh light on both eras – the early Islamic period, from the Islamic conquests of Syria until the fall of the Umayyad dynasty (632–750), and the period of Byzantine reconquest of Syria (969–1084).

English & French, 2011, 189 pages, softcover, $10.
ISBN 978-9953-9025-2-4

Enlightened Observers. British Travellers to the Middle East 1715-1850

Anita Damiani
Until the beginning of the nineteenth century in Europe, travel was considered a necessary adjunct to education. Eventually the Near East was added to the "Grand Tour" of the continent. Many of these travellers recorded and later published what they observed. The author has chosen to write about four British travellers: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Richard Pococke, Robert Wood and Alexander Russell, all of whom vividly portray their views of the history, customs and manners of Near Easterners in the eighteenth century.



English, 1979, 207 pages, 4 plates, index, bibliography, cloth, $8.

The Free Yemeni Movement: 1935-1962

J. Leigh Douglas

With the revolution of 1962 came the end of the thousand-year-old imanate in Yemen. The preceding thirty years had, however, witnessed a multiplicity of attempts to bring about reforms in the kingdom. Personal interviews as well as British records, media reports and other accounts, are skillfully integrated to give a comprehensive picture of the time. The often conflicting monarchical, colonial and Arab nationalist interests in Yemen provide the context for the author?s chronology and analysis of the three decades of Free Yemeni activities which paved the way for the republican revolution.

English, 1987, 307 pages, bibliography, indexes, paper, $6.

Intellectual Life in the Arab East: 1890-1939

Edited by Marwan R. Buheiry

Some aspects of the intellectual and social history of the Arab East between 1890 and 1939 areconsidered in these seminar proceedings. A review in the International Journal of Middle East Studiescommented that it is an ?indispensable work for scholars interested in the cross-currents of intellectual, political and social thought?. There is an emphasis on dimensions not previously explored, such as nationalism, relations with the West, political and social reform and the role of literature. Thirteen papers examine various aspects of the political aspirations and ideals of the times in Cairo, Beirut, Jabal Lubnan and Jabal Amel, Damascus, Baghdad and San'a.

English, 1981, 206 pages, cloth, $8.

Persistence and Change in 19th Century Lebanon: a Sociological Essay

Samir Khalaf

Throughout the nineteenth century, Lebanon (Mount Lebanon and its coastal strip from Tripoli to Sidon) was exposed to various forms of social change which began to dislocate and transform its well-entrenched feudal society. Social historians have been inclined to exaggerate change and overlook the large residue of persistence in the basic institutions and values which held the society together at the time.

In this book the author re-examines four encounters with change: the peasant uprising of 1820, the Egyptian occupation of 1831-41, the Ottoman reforms of 1838 and 1957, and the Mutessarrifate of Mount Lebanon. He attempts to reappraise their impact on concrete instances of behavioral and structural change, and provides historical evidence to explain why the political modernization of Lebanon did not generate a clear transfer of sovereignty from primordial allegiances to secular and civic commitment.

English, 1979, 167 pages, cloth, $10.

Protection and Politics in Bahrain, 1869-1915

Talal Toufic Farah

This is a historical study of the Sheikhdom of Bahrain, particularly the growth the British protection. Though the first agreement between Britain and the rulers of Bahrain dates back to 1820, the period covered in this study begins in 1869, the year Sheikh Isa B. Ali Al Khalifa acceded to the Sheikhship, marking the end of a lengthy period of internal conflict. Around the 1870s, the British had largely succeeded in imposing a Pax Britannica over the whole of the Gulf. However, this control was then challenged seriously by other European powers eager to gain a foothold there. The author used almost exclusively British sources for his research and examines how the British authorities succeeded in establishing in Bahrain a principality where indirect British control was maintained, unlike other parts of the British Empire where colonies were ruled directly by Whitehall.

English, 1985, 240 pages, index, cloth, $8.

Provincial Leaderships in Syria, 1575-1650​

Abdul-Rahim Abu-Husayn

The author examines the rural politics of the provinces of Damascus and Tripoli in Ottoman Syria in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He considers the kinds of rural leadership as represented by the most powerful dynasties that dominated various regions of the Ottoman empire, and the six Syrian local dynasties he examines are studied closely, from origin to decline. This complex work is based on archival material from Istanbul and Damascus, together with Ottoman and Syrian chronicles, biographical and travel literature, and other Turkish, Arabic and Western contemporary sources. The first two centuries of the Ottoman period in Syria are little known, and this work sheds important light on Syria at that time.

English, 1985, 220 pages, index, cloth, $12.

The Royal Aquarium: Failure of a Victorian Compromise

John M. Munro

When the Royal Aquarium opened in London in 1876, with its exhibitions, restaurants, art galleries, skating rink, reading rooms and theater, it was planned to cater to those of refined taste. But long before it closed its doors in 1903 it had degenerated into a cross between a rowdy music-hall and fairground, and few lamented its passing. While the great international exhibition of 1851 serves as a convenient symbol of the success of the Victorian period, the Royal Aquarium is an equally potent symbol of its ultimate failure.

English, 1971, 82 pages, cloth, $4.

Rules and Regulations of the Abbasid Court by Hilal al-Sabi

(Rusum Dar al-Khilafah)

Translated and annotated by Elie A. Salem

This was the first appearance of Rusum Dar-al-Khilafah in English. The author, Hilal al-Sabi (359-488 AH/969-1056 AD) lived in Baghdad under the Abbasids and witnessed their days of glory. His book describes in a lucid and delightful manner official court life and the rules of attendance followed at the Abbasid Caliphal Residence. His keen observation is matched by his eloquence in writing, so that the reader sees court proceedings, the luxurious surroundings and the elegance and pageantry of the Court at the time. Al-Sabi's allusions and indirect references supplement the events described and enrich our understanding of politics and administration in the Abbasid period.

English, 1977, 144 pages, 4 plates, bibliography, index, cloth, $3.

Origins of Nationalism in Tunisia​

Nicola A. Ziadeh

English, 1969, 167 pages, hardcover, $2.