‘We tend to forget what we have gone through, good or bad’ – an interview with Ezgi Başaran, author of ‘Frontline Turkey’
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‘We tend to forget what we have gone through, good or bad’ – an interview with Ezgi Başaran, author of ‘Frontline Turkey’

Ezgi Başaran, coordinator of the Programme on Contemporary Turkey at Oxford University’s St Anthony’s College, on “Frontline Turkey: The Conflict at the Heart of the Middle East.” The book is a breezy 200-page summary of the country’s current impasse, addressing how the long-running conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the rise and fall … Continue reading

‘Egypt had the longest hours in the world’ – André Aciman’s Alexandrian awakening
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‘Egypt had the longest hours in the world’ – André Aciman’s Alexandrian awakening

Set in Alexandria, Out of Egypt chronicles the exploits of André Aciman (author of Call Me By Your Name, now an Oscar-nominated film adaptation) and his colourful Sephardic Jewish family from its arrival in Egypt at the turn of the century to its forced departure three generations later. Aciman tells a story of childhood innocence, of intricate … Continue reading

Signature Strikes: A Necessary Evil?
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Signature Strikes: A Necessary Evil?

In warzones, ordinary commercially-available drones are used for extraordinary reconnaissance and information gathering. They can also be used for bombings a drone carrying an explosive charge is potentially a powerful weapon. At the same time asymmetric warfare has become the norm with large states increasingly fighting marginal terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere. … Continue reading

The I.B.Tauris 2017 Review
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The I.B.Tauris 2017 Review

As 2017 draws to a close, the I.B.Tauris staff have again taken the chance to reflect on their favourite books, from our own (strong) stable – and from further afield. As usual, there’s a wonderfully eclectic range, so dive in!   Madeleine Hamey-Thomas; Visual Culture Editor I.B.Tauris Book of the Year: China’s Forgotten People: Xinjiang, … Continue reading

Lunch With Howard Carter: An exclusive extract from ‘Aristocrats and Archaeologists’ by Toby Wilkinson and Julian Platt
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Lunch With Howard Carter: An exclusive extract from ‘Aristocrats and Archaeologists’ by Toby Wilkinson and Julian Platt

From the introduction by Toby Wilkinson This book tells the story of an Edwardian journey on the Nile in the winter of 1907–1908. At its core is a remarkable series of letters which provide a first-hand account of the three-month trip—the sites visited, the passengers aboard and the people encountered ashore, the clashes of culture … 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’
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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

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

‘The Taste of Egypt’ by Dyna Eldaief – recipe extract: Okra, Lamb & Tomato Stew
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‘The Taste of Egypt’ by Dyna Eldaief – recipe extract: Okra, Lamb & Tomato Stew

Bamya | Okra, Lamb and Tomato Stew Okra, which is also known as ‘ladies’ fingers’ is a small member of the mallow family, which also includes hollyhocks and hibiscus. The edible part is a thin, green vegetable pod containing small white seeds arranged in vertical rows. It is rich in nutrients, high in antioxidants, very … Continue reading

Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List
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Turkey: 2016 Politics Essential Reading List

Turkey stands at the crossroads of world politics: caught between the West and the Middle East; bordering Syria and the frontiers of ISIS; excluded from the EU and governed by an increasingly hard-line leader. Recent events – both the failed military coup and Erdoğan’s subsequent nationwide crackdown – have propelled this young democracy into a new chapter of turbulence. Continue reading

VIDEO: A chat with Philip Mansel, author of ALEPPO
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VIDEO: A chat with Philip Mansel, author of ALEPPO

Excerpts of a 2016 interview with historian Philip Mansel, author of Aleppo: the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City. Dr Mansel describes Aleppo’s colourful history, its trading  position, and the vulnerability of cosmopolitan cities, both in the  Middle East and elsewhere. (Courtesy:  B Hadrian)   Philip Mansel is a historian of France and the … Continue reading