Jadaliyya have released their list of 2013 ‘back to school’ reading, comprising the most creative and ground-breaking non-fiction in Middle East studies, and including two Pluto books. The list, which has run since 2011, is a carefully crafted selection which the journal’s editors believe would be appropriate for courses within the discipline. Inclusion is a real badge of honour, so we’re pleased to be in there.
So, in January 2013, the two Pluto books to watch out for are Haddad, Bsheer and Abu-Rish’s The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto, 2012) and Ben White’s Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy (Pluto, 2011). See the details below for both of these great books.
Also, for a video interview with Bassam Haddad on Al Jazeera this week, check out our earlier post.
End of an Old Order?
Edited by Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer and Ziad Abu-Rish. Foreword by Roger Owen
Leading Middle East analysts consider the causes and consequences of the Arab Spring.
“Jadaliyya has established itself as an indispensable source dealing with the contemporary Arab world. This collection of its pieces on the Arab uprisings is perhaps the best introduction to the political movements that have shaken that region since January 2011. It represents a set of intelligent commentaries on revolutionary events in almost every Arab country, and their repercussions in the area generally and beyond. Essential reading.” – Talal Asad
“The outburst of the Arab Revolutions demands imaginative and novel perspectives on the Arab world, and Jadaliyya has managed to provide a unique forum covering the region with a fresh approach to its issues and problems. Its talented contributors, from the Arab world and beyond, combine objectivity with a progressive, humanistic engagement, and never shy away from sometimes explosive topics. Necessary reading.” – Fawwaz Traboulsi, author of
Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy
Ben White. Foreword by Haneen Zoabi
Argues that Israel’s insistence on declaring itself a Jewish state leads to discrimination, segregation and a guarantee of continued conflict.
“This book debunks convincingly and forcefully the myth of Israel being ‘the only democracy’ in the Middle East. As this book shows, the treatment of the Palestinians in Israel is the ultimate proof that the Jewish State is anything but democratic.” – Professor Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and Out of the Frame
“Essential reading to understand why there can never be peace unless Palestinian citizens of Israel are granted full equality, something they are systematically denied by Israel’s aggressive, and increasingly unrestrained Zionist ethnocracy.” – Ali Abunimah, Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, author of One Country