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Max Rodenbeck

Max Rodenbeck is the South Asia Bureau Chief for The Economist. (November 2019)

A map of the world from Entertainment for He Who Longs to Travel the World, a geographical book from 1154 by the Arab scholar Muhammad al-Idrisi. The map shows the south at the top, as was customary in early Islamic cartography.

The Power of Arabic

Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires

by Tim Mackintosh-Smith

November 21, 2019 issue

An image from Clanking of the Swords IV, a recent film by the Sunni jihadist guerrilla group that now calls itself the State of the Islamic Caliphate, on the border of Iraq and Syria

Iraq: The Outlaw State

Constant and fearsome violence has added hugely to Iraq’s woes.

Frankenstein fi Baghdad [Frankenstein in Baghdad]

by Ahmed Saadawi

The Corpse Washer

by Sinan Antoon, translated from the Arabic by the author

The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq

by Hassan Blasim, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy

by Zaid al-Ali

September 25, 2014 issue

Sayyid Qutb in prison in Egypt, where he was executed in 1966

The Father of Violent Islamism

Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism

by John Calvert

Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual

by James Toth

May 9, 2013 issue

Residents of Tall Rifat, a small town north of Aleppo, after a Syrian army helicopter launched rockets at a local school, July 12, 2012

The Agony of Syria

The Syrian Rebellion

by Fouad Ajami

Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad

by David W. Lesch

A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

by Samar Yazbek, translated from the Arabic by Max Weiss

September 27, 2012 issue

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, Cairo, September 6, 2009

Which Way for Hamas?

Inside Hamas: The Untold Story of the Militant Islamic Movement

by Zaki Chehab

Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence

by Jeroen Gunning

Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas

by Paul McGeough

November 5, 2009 issue

The Iran Mystery Case

Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US, and the Twisted Path to Confrontation

by Barbara Slavin

Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel,Iran, and the United States

by Trita Parsi

Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran's Radical Leader

by Kasra Naji

Reading Khamenei: The World View of Iran's Most Powerful Leader

by Karim Sadjadpour

The Struggle for Iran

by Christopher de Bellaigue

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran

by Hooman Majd

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