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The 21 "Best" Books in Middle East Studies

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Orientalism
Orientalism
"#1.  This list is based upon a November 2005 survey of fifty-two MES professors from the US, England, Egypt, Lebanon, and Israel by the Middle East Studies staff at the American University in Cairo."
The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq: A Study of Iraq's Old Landed and Commercial Classes and of Its Communists, Ba'thists and Free Officers
The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq: A Study of Iraq's Old Landed and Commercial Classes and of Its Communists, Ba'thists and Free Officers
"#2.  The full details of the survey are available in the American University in Cairo MESC newsletter, at http://www.aucegypt.edu/academic/mest/PDF_Files/MESC November 2005 Issue.pdf"
Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798-1939
Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798-1939
"#3"
A History of the Arab Peoples
A History of the Arab Peoples
"#4"
The Venture of Islam, Volume 3: The Gunpower Empires And Modern Times: Conscience and History in a World Civilization (Venture of Islam Vol. 3)
The Venture of Islam, Volume 3: The Gunpower Empires And Modern Times: Conscience and History in a World Civilization (Venture of Islam Vol. 3)
"#5.  (Volumes I, II, and III of The Venture of Islam were considered as one book for the purposes of the survey.)"
Colonising Egypt
Colonising Egypt
"#6"
The Mantle of the Prophet
The Mantle of the Prophet
"#7"
Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism (The Contemporary Middle East)
Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism (The Contemporary Middle East)
"#8"
Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate
Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate
"#9"
The Emergence of Modern Turkey (Studies in Middle Eastern History)
The Emergence of Modern Turkey (Studies in Middle Eastern History)
"#10"
Over-stating the Arab State: Politics and Society in the Middle East
Over-stating the Arab State: Politics and Society in the Middle East
"#11"
A Political Economy of the Middle East
A Political Economy of the Middle East
"#12"
A History of Islamic Societies
A History of Islamic Societies
"#13"
Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity
Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity
"#14"
Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria
Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria
"#15"
The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History (Bollingen Series (General))
The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History (Bollingen Series (General))
"#16"
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
"#17"
Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993
Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993
"#18"
State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East
State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East
"#19"
The Society of the Muslim Brothers
The Society of the Muslim Brothers
"#20"
Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy
Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy
"#21"