האסלאם : היסטוריה, דת, תרבות.
בר-אשר מאיר מ, חטינה מאיר. האסלאם : היסטוריה, דת, תרבות. The Hebrew University Magnes Press; 2017. Publisher's Versionתקציר
Language: Hebrew The need for an up-to-date, comprehensive introduction to Islam has long been essential. The chapters in this book express new research and insights, shedding a new light on conventional approaches. This study depicts a broad picture of the Islam. It discusses a variety of issues - religious beliefs, rules and rituals, theology, philosophy, mysticism, culture and society - from the rise of Islam to this day. This extensive title enables readers to become acquainted with processes of continuity and change throughout the history of Islam: relationships between religion and state, the perception of Jihad, and approaches toward religious minorities and western Christian culture. These questions became relevant in the Modern era, especially in the late 18th century, when Islamic societies were forced to deal with European colonialism, political revolutions, growing social-economic inequality, and crises of identity and culture.
מעמד אישי ומגדר: נשים פלסטיניות בישראל
קוזמא ליאת, יזבק היבא ed. מעמד אישי ומגדר: נשים פלסטיניות בישראל. ראשונה . (קוזמא ליאת, יזבק היבא). פרדס הוצאה לאור; 2017.תקציר
רובנוביץ' ד"ר יוליה. ḴĀVARĀN-NĀMA i. The Epic Poem. Encyclopaedia Iranica [Internet]. 2017. Publisher's Version
Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, 11th to 15th Centuries
Amitai R, Cluse C ed. Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, 11th to 15th Centuries. (Amitai R, Cluse C). Turnhout: Brepols; 2017.
author Amitai, Reuven. 2 Continuity and Change in the Mongol Army of the Ilkhanate. Brill; 2016. Publisher's Version
author Rubanovich, Julia. 3In the Mood of Love: Love Romances in Medieval Persian Poetry and their Sources. Brill; 2016. Publisher's Version
author Rubanovich, Julia. 8A Hero Without Borders: 3 Alexander the Great in the Medieval Persian Tradition. Brill; 2016. Publisher's Version
מגע המוות: על הקרבה עצמית באסלאם המודרני
חטינה מאיר. מגע המוות: על הקרבה עצמית באסלאם המודרני. ראשונה . תל-אביב: הוצאת רסלינג; 2016 'עמ. 320.תקציר
קוזמא פרופ' ליאת, יעקבסון ד"ר אביגיל. יהודים וערבים במזרח התיכון: היסטוריה חברתית ותרבותית. זמנים. 2016;135.
Il martirio nell'Islam moderno
Hatina M, Ferrari T: P. Il martirio nell'Islam moderno. Milano: Obarrao Edizioni; 2016 'עמ. 398.Abstract

Il tema del martirio nell’Islam viene qui inquadrato in un’ampia prospettiva storica che ne contestualizza le componenti ideologiche, simboliche, sociali e politiche, evitando di focalizzare l’attenzione sulle motivazioni personali degli attentatori suicidi, come spesso è accaduto negli studi finora pubblicati.

A partire dal XX secolo e fino ai giorni nostri la pratica dell’autosacrificio ha sollevato accese dispute all’interno del mondo islamico, sia sciita sia sunnita. I movimenti più radicali l’hanno adottata come strumento principale del jihad, elevando gli attentatori suicidi al rango di martiri, altri hanno posto vincoli sul suo utilizzo, mentre le correnti più moderate l’hanno condannata da un punto di vista teologico o morale.

Meir Hatina esplora i diversi modi di concepire l’autosacrificio seguendone l’evoluzione attraverso i secoli, evidenziando i retaggi della tradizione ebraica, cristiana e di altre culture non islamiche nonché i legami con il contesto sociopolitico contemporaneo.

Attingendo a un vasto corpus di fonti di prima mano – cronache, testi giuridici, manifesti ideologici, memorie, testamenti, hadith e fatwa –, oltre che alla più recente letteratura storiografica e sociologica, il libro apre inedite prospettive su uno dei fenomeni più controversi e inquietanti del nostro tempo.

Martyrdom and Sacrifice in Islam: Theological, Political and Social Contexts
Hatina M, Litvak M ed. Martyrdom and Sacrifice in Islam: Theological, Political and Social Contexts. (Hatina M, Litvak M). London: I.B. Tauris; 2016.Abstract

Martyrdom in the Muslim world is increasingly integral to conversations about international security. Over the years, the belief system around self sacrifice has become key to understanding the Middle East and its political relationships with the West, although much of the literature and conversation has been restricted to modern concepts of jihadism. The recent spate of scholarship relating to suicide bombers and jihadists studies these concepts without a broader understanding of the principle of martyrdom. This book expands on the chronology of self-sacrifice within Islam and contextualizes the use of suicide bombings using details of the rise of martyrdom in places such as Iraq, Lebanon, Chechnya, and Pakistan. It historicises the background in which "jihad" has been glorified while also exploring contemporary methods of recruitment, like the use of the internet. The authors pay close attention to the different sects and factions of Islam and the differing interpretations of jihad that accompany these ideologies. In the current political climate, a book that explores martyrdom within the framework of historical perspectives, geographical regions, and the influence of outside cultures is essential.

The Ottoman Culture of Defeat and the Shifting of Ottoman Identities : The Balkan Wars and Their Aftermath (1912-1914)
Ginio E. The Ottoman Culture of Defeat and the Shifting of Ottoman Identities : The Balkan Wars and Their Aftermath (1912-1914). New York: Oxford University Press; 2016 'עמ. 391.
Global Women, Colonial Ports: Prostitution in the Interwar Middle East
Kozma L. Global Women, Colonial Ports: Prostitution in the Interwar Middle East. Albany: State University of New York Press; 2016.Abstract

Combines analysis of transnational prostitution and traffic in women with a social history of the League of Nations and interwar globalization.

Global Women, Colonial Ports is a transnational history of state-regulated prostitution in the Middle East and North Africa between the two world wars. Beginning with international efforts to eradicate traffic in women and children, Liat Kozma examines French and British policies regarding local and foreign prostitutes in the region and shows how these policies affected and interacted with global migration routes of prostitutes and procurers. In so doing, she reveals how colonial domination mediated global mobility of people, practices, and ideas. Kozma weaves together the perspectives of colonial and local feminists with those of medical doctors, demonstrating that debates on prostitution were globalized and that transnational networks of knowledge and activism existed. She also explores the League of Nations’ involvement in this social issue. As a history of the Middle East, the book joins recent scholarship on modern globalization and the integration of the region in global economic, activist, social, and religious interconnectedness.

“Meticulously researched, carefully written, and compellingly argued, this book breaks new ground. Kozma looks across the region at a fascinating social issue—regulated prostitution—tying it to global concerns. Moving adroitly from international law and urban planning to migration, disease, and abolition, she helps craft a new understanding of mobility in the interwar period. This is transnational history at its best.” — Beth Baron, author of The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

The League of Nations' Work on Social Issues
Kozma L, Garcia MR, Rodogno D ed. The League of Nations' Work on Social Issues. (Kozma L, Garcia MR, Rodogno D). New York: The United Nations Press; 2016.
author Rubanovich, Julia. 8 Why So Many Stories? Untangling the Versions of Iskandar’s Birth and Upbringing. Brill; 2015. Publisher's Version
author Rubanovich, Julia. Introduction: New Perspectives on Orality in Iranian Studies. Brill; 2015. Publisher's Version
Orality and Textuality in the Iranian World: Patterns of Interaction Across the Centuries. ProtoView [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's Versionתקציר
9789004291836 Orality and Textuality in the Iranian World: Patterns of Interaction Across the Centuries Edited by Julia Rubanovich BRILL 2015 456 pages $218.00 Hardcover Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture; [...]
Rubanovich J. Re-writing the episode of Alexander and Candace in medieval Persian literature: Patterns, sources, and motif transformation. Hebrew University of Jerusalem: University of Toronto Press; 2015. Publisher's Version
Arab Liberal Thought after 1967
חטינה מאיר, Schumann C ed. Arab Liberal Thought after 1967. (חטינה מאיר, Schumann C). Palgrave Macmillan US; 2015.תקציר

This volume aims at confronting the image of the Middle East as a region that is fraught with totalitarian ideologies, authoritarianism and conflict. It gives voice and space to other, more liberal and adaptive narratives and discourses that endorse the right to dissent, question the status quo, and offer alternative visions for society.


"This innovative work provides an important perspective of how liberal thought and Islamic practice interacts in Middle Eastern life. The nuanced examination of the variety of liberal expression is a must read for anyone interested in understanding how abstract liberal principles are contextualized to expand freedom and democracy in the Middle East." M. Hakan Yavuz, University of Utah, USA

"While many scholars assume liberal discourse, values, and norms have disappeared or are irrelevant to Arab societies and cultures, [this volume shows] clearly the opposite: that there exists a broad corpus of literature dealing seriously and comprehensively with liberal values, principles, policies, and strategies. This is a truly extraordinary contribution to a more balanced picture of what is really going on in the contemporary Middle East, particularly after 1967." - Israel Gershoni, Tel Aviv University, Israel

"This profoundly humanistic collection of essays reviews the many-faceted nature of liberalism in the post-1967 Arab Middle East, from both secular and 'Islamic' perspectives. The unsettling nature of new ideas and new discourses about liberalism, democracy, and human rights is clearly visible from the vigorous attempts to silence them on the part of regimes whose authoritarianism has alas not yet been quashed by the popular uprisings that have taken place since 2011." Peter Sluglett, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore.

Chances for Peace: Missed Opportunities in the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Podeh E. Chances for Peace: Missed Opportunities in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. University of Texas Press; 2015 'עמ. 424.תקציר

Drawing on a newly developed theoretical definition of “missed opportunity,” Chances for Peace uses extensive sources in English, Hebrew, and Arabic to systematically measure the potentiality levels of opportunity across some ninety years of attempted negotiations in the Arab-Israeli conflict. With enlightening revelations that defy conventional wisdom, this study provides a balanced account of the most significant attempts to forge peace, initiated by the world’s superpowers, the Arabs (including the Palestinians), and Israel. From Arab-Zionist negotiations at the end of World War I to the subsequent partition, the aftermath of the 1967 War and the Sadat Initiative, and numerous agreements throughout the 1980s and 1990s, concluding with the Annapolis Conference in 2007 and the Abu Mazen-Olmert talks in 2008, pioneering scholar Elie Podeh uses empirical criteria and diverse secondary sources to assess the protagonists’ roles at more than two dozen key junctures.

A resource that brings together historiography, political science, and the practice of peace negotiation, Podeh’s insightful exploration also showcases opportunities that were not missed. Three agreements in particular (Israeli-Egyptian, 1979; Israeli-Lebanese, 1983; and Israeli-Jordanian, 1994) illuminate important variables for forging new paths to successful negotiation. By applying his framework to a broad range of power brokers and time periods, Podeh also sheds light on numerous incidents that contradict official narratives. This unique approach is poised to reshape the realm of conflict resolution.