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Suggested Readings  [Version: September 7, 2005]  

General Histories of the Islamic World and the Middle East before c. 1800

Findley, Carter Vaughn. The Turks in World History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Goldschmidt, Jr., Arthur. A Concise History of the Middle East. 5th edition. Boulder: Westview Press, 1996.
Hodgson, Marshall. The Venture of Islam. 3 volumes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974.
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Lapidus, Ira. A History of Islamic Societies. 2nd edition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Robinson, Francis (Ed). The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Shaw, Stanford J. History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. 2 volumes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976-77.
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Valensi, Lucette. On the Eve of Colonialism: North Africa before the French Conquest. New York: Africana Publishing Corp., 1977.

General Histories of the Modern Middle East

Cleveland, William H. A History of the Modern Middle East. 3rd edition. Boulder: Westview Press, 2004.
Gelvin, James L. The Modern Middle East: A History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Kamrava, Mehran. The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.
McCarthy, Justin. The Ottoman Peoples and the End of Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Pappé, Ilan. The Modern Middle East. London: Routledge, 2005.
Quataert, Donald. The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Recommended Readings on the Interacting Religious Cultures of the Middle East

(Note: This list emphasizes studies on the modern period)
Apostolov, Mario. The Christian-Muslim Frontier: A Zone of Contact, Conflict, or Cooperation. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.
Bahloul, Joëlle. The Architecture of Memory: A Jewish-Muslim Household in Colonial Algeria, 1937-1962. Trans. Catherine Du Peloux Ménagé. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Beinin, Joel. The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry: Culture, Politics, and the Formation of a Modern Diaspora. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.
Benbassa, Esther & Aron Rodrigue. Sephardi Jewry : A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th centuries [The Jews of the Balkans]. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
Bourquia, Rahma & Susan Gilson Miller (Eds.) In the Shadow of the Sultan: Culture, Power, and Politics in Morocco. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.
Braude, Benjamin & Bernard Lewis (Eds). Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Empire: The Functioning of a Plural Society. 2 volumes. New York: Holmes and Meier, 1982.
Courbage, Youssef & Philippe Fargues Fargues. Christians and Jews under Islam. Trans. from the French by Judy Mabro. London: I.B. Tauris, 1997.
Greene, Molly. A Shared World: Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Mediterranean. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.
Levy, Avigdor (Ed). Jews of the Ottoman Empire. Princeton: Darwin Press, 1994.
Levy, Avigdor (Ed). Jews, Turks, Ottomans: A Shared History, Fifteenth through the Twentieth Century. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2002.
Lewis, Bernard. The Jews of Islam. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984.
Lewis, Bernard. Cultures in Conflict: Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Age of Discovery. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Masters, Bruce. Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Arab World: The Roots of Sectarianism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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McCarthy, Justin. Muslims and Minorities: The Population of Ottoman Anatolia at the End of Empire. New York: New York University Press, 1983.
Nielsen, Jørgen S. (Ed). The Christian-Muslim Frontier: Chaos, Clash, or Dialogue? London: I.B. Tauris, 1998.
Qureshi, Emran & Michael Sells (Eds). The New Crusades: Constructing the Muslim Enemy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.
Rodrigue, Aron. Jews and Muslim : Images of Sephardi and Eastern Jewries in Modern Times. Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, c2003.
Schroeter, Daniel J. The Sultan’s Jew: Morocco and the Sephardi World. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002.
Shafir, Gershon & Yoav Peled. Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Simon, Reeva et al (Eds). The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.
Tejirian, Eleanor H. & Reeva Spector Simon (Eds). Altruism and Imperialism: Western Cultural and Religious Missions in the Middle East. New York: Columbia University, Middle East Institute, 2002.