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Summer Reading List

These are some books I’m planning to read over the summer. I figured I’d share in case anyone else was looking for some summer reading. Please recommend additional titles if they come to mind.

1) Philippe Buc, Holy War, Martyrdom and Terror: Christianity, Violence and the West. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

2) Allan Megill, Historical Knowledge, Historical Error: A Contemporary Guide to Practice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

3) Joseph A. Massad, Islam in Liberalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

4) Asma Sayeed, Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015 (paperback).

5) Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

6) Brad S. Gregory, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012.

7) Stephen Cory, Reviving the Caliphate in Early Modern Morocco. New York, Ashgate, 2013.

8) S. Frederick Starr, Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015 (paperback).

9) Marion Holmes Katz, Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.

10) Robert Meister, After Evil: A Politics of Human Rights. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

11) James Turner, Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Humanities. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

12) William Gervase Clarence-Smith, Islam and the Abolition of Slavery. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

13) A. Azfar Moin, The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

14) Kecia Ali, Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith and Jurisprudence. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2006.

15) Paul M. Cobb, The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

16) Daniel Egster, Divine Sovereignty: The Origins of Modern State Power. Chicago: Northern Illinois University Press, 2001.

17) Qadi al-Nu’man (trans. Devin Stewart), Disagreements of the Jurists: A Manual of Islamic Legal Theory. New York: New York University Press, 2015.

18) Anne Marie Wolf, Juan de Segovia and the Fight for Peace: Christians and Muslims in the Fifteenth Century. Southbend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.

19) Kathleen Davis, Periodization and Sovereignty: How Ideas of Feudalism and Secularization Govern the Politics of Time. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

20) Sarah Bowen Savant, The New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran: Tradition, Memory and Conversion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

21) Lenn Goodman, Islamic Humanism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

22) Dominique Iogna-Prat, Order and Exclusion: Cluny and Christendom face Heresy, Judaism and Islam (1100-1150). Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

23) Fatma Muge Gocek, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

24) Natalie Zemon-Davis, Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslims between Worlds. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007.

25) Amy G. Remensnyder, La Conquistadora: The Virgin Mary at War and Peace in the Old and New Worlds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

26) Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else”: A History of the Armenian Genocide. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

27) Peter Frankopan, The First Crusade: The Call from the East. Harvard: Harvard University Press, 2012.


  1. denisoakley says:

    Wow. That makes me feel really inadequate😉. One area that may prove fruitful is looking at the relationship between monophystism, iconoclasm and Islam in the first centuries AH and how Islam and orthodoxy responded to the other’s ideological threats. It obviously ties back to the article you wrote in 2014 about ISIS’ destruction of shrines and its genesis in Wahhabism

  2. SM says:

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing. Really appreciate your website and that I can subscribe to the posts

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