Perspectives on Politics and Society in the Muslim World

A Listmania! list by Megan Reif "Making Democracy Safe" (Ann Arbor, MI)
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The list author says: "A list of fiction, films, and studies that are accessible, compelling reading from the perspective, for the most part, of people actually from the Muslim world or whose work reflects a deeper undestanding of the complexity of the problems facing many subgroups and classes within the extremely diverse nations and minority populations that make up the Muslim world. Although focused primarily on the countries with which I am familiar, many of the fictional and film narratives reflect larger trends common these places share in common due to their demographic, resource, institutional, and geopolitical circumstances. Many fiction writers in the Muslim world ruled shed more insight on politics and history than scholarly accounts from the region who do not express themselves as freely or than Western scholarly accounts constrained, often, by their outsider status as well as, in some cases in North Africa and the Middle East, a need to maintain one's continuing access to places where some research questions are off-limits due to government constraints on social science research and investigative journalism."
Bab El-Oued
1.  Bab El-Oued by Merzak Allouache
$14.20   Used & New from: $3.00

Trespassing: A Novel
2.  Trespassing: A Novel by Uzma Aslam Khan
$12.98   Used & New from: $0.48
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Kartography
3.  Kartography by Kamila Shamsie
$11.69   Used & New from: $0.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Crow Eaters: A Novel
4.  The Crow Eaters: A Novel by Bapsi Sidhwa
$12.92   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria
5.  The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria by John W. Kiser
$16.26   Used & New from: $0.31
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

Migrants and Militants: "Fun" and Urban Violence in Pakistan (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)
6.  Migrants and Militants: "Fun" and Urban Violence in Pakistan (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics) by Oskar Verkaaik
$24.69   Used & New from: $5.74

Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories
7.  Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories by Ghassān Kanafānī
$12.56   Used & New from: $2.54
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: A Novel (Hardcover)
8.  The Reluctant Fundamentalist: A Novel (Hardcover) by Mohsin Hamid
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (518 customer reviews)

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My Soul is a Woman: The Feminine in Islam
9.  My Soul is a Woman: The Feminine in Islam by Annemarie Schimmel
$34.95   Used & New from: $17.47
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Yacoubian Building: A Novel
10.  The Yacoubian Building: A Novel by ʻAlāʾ Aswānī
$12.48   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

The Syrian Bride
11.  The Syrian Bride DVD ~ Hiam Abbass
Used & New from: $14.30
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces
12.  Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces DVD ~ Mustapha Adouani
$24.99   Used & New from: $18.84
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

Great African Films, Vol. 3: The Desert Ark/Daratt
13.  Great African Films, Vol. 3: The Desert Ark/Daratt DVD ~ Great African Films
$25.98   Used & New from: $11.96

The Battle of Algiers (The Criterion Collection)
14.  The Battle of Algiers (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Brahim Hadjadj
Used & New from: $19.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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La Haine (The Criterion Collection)
15.  La Haine (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Vincent Cassel
$25.75   Used & New from: $19.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The White Balloon [VHS]
16.  The White Balloon [VHS] VHS Aida Mohammadkhani
$39.99   Used & New from: $3.49
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Lie Down with Lions (Signet)
17.  Lie Down with Lions (Signet) by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "Romanticizes the Afghan Mujahideen during the 1980s, but provides an interesting account of various figures in the war against the Soviets and wonderful vignettes observing the beautiful hospitality and the way these men practiced their religion while fighting."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)

Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time
18.  Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong
The list author says:
  "A very readable biography of the Prophet of Islam."
$12.50   Used & New from: $2.99
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Islam : Art and Architecture
19.  Islam : Art and Architecture by Markus Hattstein
Used & New from: $20.58
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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TIMUR AND THE PRINCELY VISION, Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century
20.  TIMUR AND THE PRINCELY VISION, Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century by Thomas W. Lentz
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam
21.  Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam by Gilles Kepel
$22.65   Used & New from: $0.27
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Penguin Books)
22.  Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Penguin Books) by Steve Coll
$14.57   Used & New from: $0.31
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Fundamentalism Reborn?: Afghanistan Under the Taliban
23.  Fundamentalism Reborn?: Afghanistan Under the Taliban by William Maley
$27.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan
24.  The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan by Yasmin Khan
$12.81   Used & New from: $6.95
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha Globe)
25.  The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha Globe) by Peter Hopkirk
$14.85   Used & New from: $0.52
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

Horse of Karbala: Muslim Devotional Life in India
26.  Horse of Karbala: Muslim Devotional Life in India by David Pinault
$89.45   Used & New from: $6.31

Days of Glory (Indigenes)
27.  Days of Glory (Indigenes) DVD ~ Samy Naceri
$9.64   Used & New from: $2.47
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

Intimate Enemies (L'ennemi intime) [Region 2]
28.  Intimate Enemies (L'ennemi intime) [Region 2] DVD ~ Aurélien Recoing
Used & New from: $39.98
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America
29.  Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America by Jeffrey Lang
$11.75   Used & New from: $0.84
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

A History of the Arab Peoples
30.  A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Habib Hourani
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Indiana Series in Arab and Islamic Studies)
31.  A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Indiana Series in Arab and Islamic Studies) by Mark A. Tessler
$32.62   Used & New from: $14.30
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District
32.  The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District by Louise T. Brown
$9.90   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

The Islamic Law of Nations: Shaybani's Siyar
33.  The Islamic Law of Nations: Shaybani's Siyar by Majid Khadduri
$24.30   Used & New from: $19.64
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
34.  Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet DVD ~ Michael Wolfe & Alex Kronemer
The list author says:
  "A documentary juxtaposing the lives of a nurse, an artist, and other individuals in the diverse Muslim community in the U.S. with the early history of Islam."
$19.95   Used & New from: $9.23
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

The Battlefield: Algeria 1988-2002, Studies in a Broken Polity
35.  The Battlefield: Algeria 1988-2002, Studies in a Broken Polity by Hugh Roberts
$22.50   Used & New from: $4.07
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Khuda Kay Liye (Bollywood Movie Songs / Film Soundtracks / Indian Music)
36.  Khuda Kay Liye (Bollywood Movie Songs / Film Soundtracks / Indian Music) by Rohail Hyatt
The list author says:
  "The soundtrack for an excellent Pakistani (Lollywood) film with high production values and a look at the complex relationship between the Diasporas in the U.S. and the U.K., their governments, their families in Pakistan, and the role of rising youth interest in Political Islam."
$9.99   Used & New from: $7.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour
37.  The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour DVD ~ Ahmed Ahmed
Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Allah Made Me Funny - Live in Concert
38.  Allah Made Me Funny - Live in Concert DVD ~ Preacher Moss
$17.19   Used & New from: $10.85
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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