Category: Middle Eastern Studies

In Celebration of Ramadan 2023

In celebration of Ramadan this year (Ramadan mubarak!), Notre Dame Press is excited to share some of its most important titles in Islamic studies and Muslim-Christian relations. In line with the University’s Catholic mission, the Press is deeply committed to publishing first-rate scholarship on the relationship between Christianity and Islam, as well as books that […]

A Celebration of Women in History

In honor of Women’s History Month, the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to spotlight some of our most important works written by or about influential women. Below you will find a wide collection of artists, academics, activists, and literary leaders, all showcasing the trailblazing spirit of the divine feminine.  Nannie Helen Burroughs: A […]

New Paperback Release: “Medicine and Shariah” by Aasim I. Padela

Medicine and Shariah: A Dialogue in Islamic Bioethics brings together experts from various fields, including clinicians, Islamic studies experts, and Muslim theologians, to analyze the interaction of the doctors and jurists who are forging the field of Islamic bioethics. By providing a multidisciplinary model for generating Islamic bioethics rulings, Medicine and Shariah provides the critical […]

Notre Dame Press Congratulates Our 2021 Foreword INDIES Finalists

The University of Notre Dame Press is proud to announce that on March 14, 2022, six of our titles were selected as Finalists for the 2021 INDIES Book of the Year Awards. More than 2,500 entries spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration. The finalists were determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being […]

Book Provides First-Hand Account of Women’s Lives inside the al-Zaatari Refugee Camp

Waed Athamneh, whose previous book Modern Arabic Poetry was published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2017, returns with a new volume, co-authored with Muhammad Masud, titled Defiance in Exile: Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan. In 2015, Athamneh and Musad began collecting the testimonies of Syrian refugee women living in the al-Zaatari Camp in northern Jordan—the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world, home to […]

An Interview with Waed Athamneh, author of “Defiance in Exile”

Waed Athamneh is an associate professor of Arabic studies at Connecticut College. Her work focuses on modern Arabic literature and twentieth-century Arab politics. She recently agreed to talk to us about Defiance in Exile: Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan (September 2021) and how the idea for this book developed during her research trip to Jordan […]

An Excerpt from “Defiance in Exile” by Waed Athamneh with Muhammad Masud

The al-Zaatari Camp in northern Jordan is the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world, home to 80,000 inhabitants. While al-Zaatari has been described by the Western media as an ideal refugee camp, the Syrian women living within its confines offer a very different account of their daily reality. Defiance in Exile: Syrian Refugee Women in […]

An Excerpt from “Stories from Palestine” by Marda Dunsky

In Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience, Marda Dunsky provides perspective on the Palestinian experience and context for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict currently in the headlines. Dunsky has interviewed women and men from cities, towns, villages, and refugee camps who are farmers, scientists, writers, cultural innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs. Using their own words, she illuminates their resourcefulness in navigating agriculture, education, and cultural […]

New Book Provides Perspective on Palestinian Experience and Context for Current Headlines

In the midst of President Biden’s restoration of aid for Palestinian refugees and economic development that was cut under the Trump Administration, and the first Palestinian elections since 2006 slated for May and July, and the most recent conflicts between Palestine and Israel, Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience (March 2021) contains insight into Palestinian life under occupation. […]