Middle East Studies

​​​​​In the House of Understanding: Histories in Memory of Kamal S. Salibi​

Edited by Abdul Rahim Abu Husayn, Tarif Khalidi, & Suleiman A. Mourad 









English, 2017, 476 pages, hardcover, $24.
ISBN 978-9953-586-31-1

Shifting Borders: America and the Middle East/North Africa – Proceedings of the First International Conference Sponsored by The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut.

Edited by Alex Lubin
This volume comprises the proceedings of the 4th international conference of The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut. Its 22 articles explore various forms of transnational communication and politics as articulated through performance art, hip-hop, music videos, poetry, and literature. They address the mutually dependent relationship between the US and the Arab world and how American activity in the region is viewed from the perspective of the Arab world.


English, 2014, 343 pages, softcover, $18.
ISBN 978-9953-586-06-9

Note:

The publications of the proceedings of the first three conferences of The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut were published by CASAR and are available both through CASAR and the AUB Press. They are:

America in the Middle East: The Middle East in America – Proceedings of the First International Conference Sponsored by The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut.
Edited by Patrick McGreevy

This volume expresses a range of perspectives through 28 papers organized into 7 thematic sections: American’s Orient, Gendered Encounters, the Middle East in America, US Power, and US Policies, Messianic Encounters, Encounters in Writing and Landscape, and Faces of American Studies.

English, 2006, 374 pages, softcover, $10.
ISBN 9953-9019-2-9

Liberty and Justice: America and the Middle East – Proceedings of the Second International Conference Sponsored by The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut.
Edited by Patrick McGreevy

These 34 papers, explore the many ways that notions of liberty and justice have informed current and past encounters between American and the Middle East and North Africa. The contributions include various perspectives, including literature, film, foreign policy, education, religion, and human rights.

English, 2008, 475 pages, softcover, $10.
ISBN 978-9953-9019-8-5

Connections and Ruptures: America and the Middle East – Proceedings of the Third International Conference Sponsored by The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut.
Edited by Robert Myers

These 29 papers, to quote the introduction by then-CASAR Director Robert Myers, “trace the complex interconnections between the collapsing categories of East and West at a pivotal moment in contemporary history.”

English, 2011, 486 pages, softcover, $10.
ISBN 978-9953-9025-3-1

​Configuring Identity in the Modern Arab East

Edited by Samir M. Seikaly

This is a collection of papers arising from a conference entitled "Political Identity in the Arab East in the Twentieth Century," hosted by the Center for Arab and Middle East Studies of the American University of Beirut.  Despite the intervening years since the conference took place, scholars and students with an interest in the Middle East will find the topics treated, the perspectives adopted, and the conclusions arrived at of continuing interest and pertinence.  The volume includes the work of the following authors: Ahmad Dallal, David Commins, Thomas Philipp, Samir Seikaly, Rashid Khalidi, Fred Lawson, Aziz Al-Azmeh, Roger Owen, and Hazem El-Beblawi. 

English, 2009, 157 pages, hardcover, $18.
ISBN 9953-9019-6-1
English, 2009, 157 pages, soft cover, $12.
ISBN 9953-9019-7-X

Conf by Paul Salemlict Resolution in the Arab World: Selected Essays

Edited by Paul Salem

This volume presents a view of the study of conflict and conflict management in the Middle East through a variety of case studies. This is a collection of twenty papers prepared for a conference entitled "Conflict Resolution in the Arab World: Theory and Practice," organized by AUB and held in Larnaca, Cyprus in July 1993. The essays cover the general subjects of conflict resolution in Islam, the sociological roots of conflict resolution in the Arab world, and conflict resolution and the Arab State. They include several case studies focusing on Sudan, Somalia, Kuwait, Lebanon, and the Palestinians. Two introductory chapters deal, respectively, with western perspectives on conflict resolution and a critique of those perspectives from a non-western viewpoint. Some of the many traditional mechanisms of conflict resolution are discussed, along with how they are being undermined by the profundity and rapidity of social change in the region.

English. 1997, 482 pages, hardcover ($27) and soft cover ($15).

Franco Arab Encounters

Edited by L. Carl Brown and Matthew S. Gordon
Over the last two centuries, the French dimension of Arab history has loomed large. The Arab world has, equally, played a major role in recent French history. "Franco-Arab Encounters" treats the many aspects of this interaction, tracing not just the political but the cultural, social and intellectual as well. 
Twenty authors present these "encounters" in seven sections, covering the Arab world from Morocco to Saudi Arabia, and in time, the past two hundred years. 
The book is dedicated to the memory of David C. Gordon, a pioneer and leader in this field of scholarship, who taught history at AUB between 1949 and 1955, and 1958 to 1975.

English, 1996, 503 pp, 63 illustrations, index, bibliography, cloth. $20.

Land Tenure and Social Transformation in the Middle East

This volume provides the first comprehensive survey of land tenure in the Middle East over several millennia and up to modern times. The thirty-two papers bring to this theme an interdisciplinary approach and enable the reader to follow the various threads historical, social, economic, political, legal related to the evaluation and development of land tenure systems in the Middle East. Land tenure is a vital element in social transformation. It is quite literally the backdrop to history. Where the Middle East is concerned this theme has not received the concentrated and collective treatment it so richly deserves. This volume is of great importance to all who are interested in the history, society, economy, and agriculture of the Middle East and scholars of land tenure in other regions of the world will find in it ample material for comparative interpretation.

English, 1984, 550 pages, index, cloth, $35.

Leadership and Development in Arabic Society

Edited by Fuad I. Khuri

This book explores the problems of leadership and development in the Arab world, how different types of leaders affect policies for development and how they go about doing their job (the art of persuasion). It also deals with the way leaders link to society, and how these links relate to the success or failure of a given plan of action. These issues are discussed in relation to different structures: the private and public sectors, bureaucracies, cabinets, parliaments, to the broader Arab society, as well as to small local communities.

English, 1981, 260 pages, cloth, $10.

Nashat al-Arab al-Ilmi fi Maat Sana - [Arab Scientific Thought over a Hundred Years]

Edited by Nabih Faris

Proceedings of the twelfth Arab Studies Conference. The first paper is on the general contribution of the Arabs in the field of science during the last hundred years. The four papers following present more specific contributions in the fields of chemistry, botany, astronomy, and medicine, while the last relates the development of Arab scientific thought over a hundred years.on the general contribution of the Arabs in the field of science during the last hundred years. The four papers following present more specific contributions in the fields of chemistry, botany, astronomy, and medicine, while the last relates the development of Arab scientific thought over a hundred years.

Arabic, 1963, 444 pages, paper, $4.

Nashat al-Arab fi al-Ulum al-Ijtima'iyya fi Maat Sana - [Arab Thought in the Social Sciences over a Hundred Years]

Edited by Nabih Faris

Proceedings of the thirteenth Arab Studies Conference. Eleven participants present the contributions of the Arabs in the fields of economics, psychology, and sociology in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Egypt.

Arabic, 1965, 795 pages, paper, $5.

Quest for Understanding: Arabic and Islamic Studies in Memory of Malcolm H. Kerr

Edited by S. Seikaly, R. Baalbaki and P. Dodd
Malcolm Kerr was the ninth President of the American University of Beirut, serving only eighteen months before he was assassinated in January 1984. This volume is a collection of essays in the memory of a man whose own scholarship centered on the politics and history of the Middle East and Islam. The studies are divided into three parts: Lebanon, past and present; the politics of the modern Middle East; and Islamic legacy. Under these sections, a wide range of topics are covered, from the origin of the name Lebanon, to the Camp David negotiations and the archaeology of early Islam.


English, 1991, 367 pages, index, bibliography, cloth, $15.

Radical Islamic Fundamentalism: The Ideological and Political Discourse of Sayyid Qutb

Ahmad S. Moussalli
Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) was the chief spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in the 1950s and 1960s. His books, including Social Justice in Islam and Islam: The Religion of the Future, provided Islamic fundamentalism with its most important intellectual base. He was twice imprisoned by Nasser and was executed in 1966 for plotting against the government. He is often referred to as a martyr of the Islamic revival and has had a major influence upon Islamic revivalism today, including the more militant groups such as Al-Jihad and the assassins of Anwar al-Sadat.


The author presents an in-depth discussion of Qutb's life and writings and focuses on the political and intellectual foundations of fundamentalism. He also analyzes Qutb's seven principles of the oneness of God (the tawhid).

English, 1992, 262 pages, bibliography, index, paper, $6.