Middle East


Endangered faiths

Gerard Russell’s account of disappearing Middle Eastern religions has an elegiac quality. It’s heartrending and often infuriating.


The New Arabs, by Juan Cole

Juan Cole tells the backstory of the revolutions in North Africa, exploring events in the context of their cultural setting. His conclusions are optimistic yet grounded in realism.


Friday Was the Bomb, by Nathan Deuel

Nathan Deuel shows us things few readers will have seen or guessed at. His stories take us places that are familiar yet unknown.