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Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800 by Khaled El-Rouayheb
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Persuasively argued and meticulous account that challenges the imposition of anachronistic identities onto the premodern world. Well-organized, coherent, and cogent. Worth reading.
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The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
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Imperialist apologia. See his treatment of the US role in the region for instance, when the author explains that the US "mistake" is simply that "imperial-style foreign policy requires a more careful touch." The text itself has some interesting anecd ...more
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A Monetary History of the Ottoman Empire by Şevket Pamuk
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Painful to read. Did you know you have to place the metal in between two casts and then hit them with a hammer to make the coins? What kind of conditions do you think the workers worked in? Was it hot, did they suffer? Were they paid well? Did their ...more
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The Pygmies Were Our Compass by Kairn A. Klieman
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The linguistic work is fascinating (but far beyond my capabilities to fully comprehend/critique), and the theoretical innovations are novel: the Pygmy paradigm, her analysis of the first-comer and frontier thesis vis-a-vis Bantu/Batwa relations, and ...more
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Cairo by Nezar Alsayyad
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There are two approaches to writing a city's history -- the first rests on the assumption that the spatial and architectural characteristics of a city art of paramount importance, and as such all political, economic, and social changes and continuiti ...more
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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
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One of the most cliché-ridden, banal, trite, and useless books to have ever been published and gained a little traction (but we all know how the consumer book market is manufactured). Perhaps he's aiming at earning his spot as the next Thomas Friedma ...more
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Approaching Ottoman History by Suraiya Faroqhi
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Strong introduction to Ottoman historiography. Faroqhi is undoubtedly prolific in her field (if not of particular interest to those of us more politically inclined). For the non-Ottomanist looking to garner something from the text, I'd suggest focusi ...more
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The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
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What Is Global History? by Sebastian Conrad
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Decent historiography of "global history." Helps understand the debates.
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Bertolt Brecht
“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
Bertolt Brecht

Karl Marx
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.

[These words are also inscribed upon his grave]”
Karl Marx, Eleven Theses on Feuerbach

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