NEW: Exclusive extract from ‘All the Battles’ by Maan Abu Taleb
Visual Culture

NEW: Exclusive extract from ‘All the Battles’ by Maan Abu Taleb

Saed leads a comfortable, yet boring, middle-class life. That is, until one afternoon, he leaves work early and crosses into the rough side of town, in search of a run-down boxing club. His obsession with this underground sport grows: he starts skipping work and showing up with visible injuries. Things begin to unravel as he … Continue reading

Exclusive extract from ‘Cyborg Theology’ by Scott A. Midson
Visual Culture

Exclusive extract from ‘Cyborg Theology’ by Scott A. Midson

‘The cyborg, it must be noted, is not a singular or simple figure. To assume either of these positions is to misunderstand that figure and to neglect the nuances of its critiques and alternative articulations, or to misconstrue them. Like the notions of the human that it interacts with, the cyborg has a complex genealogy. Indeed, the label ‘cyborg’ has … Continue reading

Extracts from ‘Chasing the Chinese Dream’ by Nick Holdstock
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Extracts from ‘Chasing the Chinese Dream’ by Nick Holdstock

To celebrate the publication of Nick Holdstock’s Chasing the Chinese Dream: Stories from Modern China, we’ve chosen some vignettes from the book to give you flavour of its surreal, picaresque and immersive atmosphere.   Journalist and writer Nick Holdstock has travelled the length of this huge country in order to find out the reality behind this rhetoric – from … Continue reading

The I.B.Tauris Summer Reading List 2017
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The I.B.Tauris Summer Reading List 2017

With summer reaching its traditional drizzly climax, I’m sure your thoughts are turning to the most important issue of the season: which books to take on holiday? Here at IBT we’ve come up with a few suggestions, both from our own stables and from further afield. We hope you enjoy our picks! ~ Tom Stottor … Continue reading

See how our live Twitter Q&A with Soner Cagaptay, author of ‘The New Sultan’, unfolded here
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See how our live Twitter Q&A with Soner Cagaptay, author of ‘The New Sultan’, unfolded here

This week, we were delighted to welcome Soner Cagaptay, author of The New Sultan for a live Q&A session on Twitter. Read the full transcript below; thanks to everyone who took part! //storify.com/ibtauris/soner-cagaptay-live-twitter-q-a/embed?border=false The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey is available now and can be ordered here. …and see more of our books on Turkey, … Continue reading

Exclusive extract from 2017 RGS Neville Shulman Challenge Award winner Leon McCarron’s ‘The Land Beyond’
Middle East / Travel

Exclusive extract from 2017 RGS Neville Shulman Challenge Award winner Leon McCarron’s ‘The Land Beyond’

We’re delighted to announce that Leon McCarron has received the 2017 Neville Shulman award, which aims to further the understanding and exploration of the planet: its cultures, peoples and environments, while promoting personal development through the intellectual or physical challenges involved in undertaking the research and/or expedition. To celebrate, we’re running an exclusive extract from McCarron’s … Continue reading

Extract from ‘The Kingdom of Women’ by Choo Waihong
Biography / China / Politics / Travel

Extract from ‘The Kingdom of Women’ by Choo Waihong

  By far the most remarkable tale of the Mosuo tribe is their story of love. Walking marriage is the most talked of, most bandied about narrative to come out of the Mosuo way of life.  Anthropologists and sociologists focus on the phenomenon, writers pen volumes on the subject and documentary filmmakers produce countless episodes … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia and the Trump Administration: a marriage of mutual needs
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Saudi Arabia and the Trump Administration: a marriage of mutual needs

by Neil Partrick The Saudis have sent mixed messages in response to nascent Trumpian Middle Eastern policy. Domestic Saudi media likes the tough words toward Iran, whereas externally-based Saudi media has been more sceptical, in effect asking ‘where’s the beef?’ Saudi doublethink has long been a characteristic of the Kingdom’s foreign policy. Vague US talk … Continue reading

Black Art Matters – key artists from Conrad Murray’s ‘Queering Post-Black Art’
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Black Art Matters – key artists from Conrad Murray’s ‘Queering Post-Black Art’

As it’s black history month in the United States, I wanted to do a quick list of my favourite African American Artists. You can find out more information about some of them (noted in the text) in Derek Conrad Murray’s Queering Post-Black Art (I.B.Tauris 2016). If you like Matisse and Kandinsky, and have not yet … Continue reading