Below you can find links to a selected archive of original ‘By the Book’ Q & As and other book essays featured on TIRN and TIRN’s partner site ISLAMiCommentary from October 2012-present.

Also, in September 2014 the Duke Islamic Studies Center (which manages the Transcultural Islam Project of which TIRN is a part), announced its official institutional affiliation with New Books in Islamic Studies — a bi-weekly audio podcast featuring hour long conversations with authors of exciting new research. You can find podcast archives linked below also. 

Please contact the TIRN and ISLAMiCommentary editor, Julie Poucher Harbin ([email protected]), if you would like your book to be considered for any of these forums. 


TIRN Scholars


Mbaye Lo on “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” (Palgrave 2015)

Mara Leichtman on Lebanese Migration & Shi’i Religious Conversion in Senegal (Indiana University Press, 2015)

Jonathan Wyrtzen on ‘Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’ (Cornell University Press, 2015)f

Afghan Refugee Gulwali Passarlay Talks with Duke Students about His Journey to the UK. His book is “The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee’s Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World.” (HarperOne, 2016) 

Peter O’Brien on “The Muslim Question in Europe”  (Temple University Press, 2016)

Stephen Frederic Dale on ‘Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man’ (Harvard University Press, 2015)

John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last 100 Years” (The New Press, 2015)

Ethan Katz on “The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France” (Harvard University Press, Nov. 2015)

Nazeeh Zul-Kifl Abdul-Hakeem on “Athaan in the Bull City: Building Durham’s Islamic Community”

Deepa Iyer on “We Too Sing America (The New Press, November 2015)

A Conversation with Ellen McLarney on “Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (Princeton University Press, May 2015)

Mustafa Tuna on “The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)” (Cambridge University Press, June 2015) 

Mustafa Tuna on “Imperial Russia’s Muslims: Islam, Empire and European Modernity, 1788-1914″(Cambridge University Press, June 2015) & his insights about the opportunity costs of Islamophobia for imperial Russia to a broader and contemporary context

Laila El-Haddad on “The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey”(Just World Books, March 2013) and her lecture “Cuisine, Resistance, and Remembrance in Palestine”

Rebecca Stein on “Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age” (Stanford University Press, April 2015)

Carla Power on “If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran” (Holt Paperbacks, 2015)

Menachem Klein on “Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron” & Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine (Hurst & Company, 2014)

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah” (UNC Press, 2015)

“Islam in America”: A Conversation with Jonathan Curiel (IB Tauris, 2015)

Ehab Galal on “Arab TV Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity” (Peter Lang, 2014)

Muslim-Jewish Co-Existence: Mark Cohen on its History and Relevance Today (Q &A covering themes from his multiple books)

Scholar’s Notebook: Observations on “Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran” (essay by Tamar Shirinian on Gohar Homayounpour’s lecture at Duke and 2012 book)

The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement (by Mohsen Kadivar/mirrored on IC from his web site with permission, 2014)

Omnia El Shakry on “The Arabic Freud” (essay by Ali Mian on El Shakry’s lecture at Duke and forthcoming book)

Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014)

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of “What is Veiling?” (UNC Press, 2014)

Kecia Ali on ‘The Lives of Muhammad” (Harvard University Press, 2014)

Kecia Ali on Aisha: Mother of the Faithful (excerpt from “The Lives of Muhammad,” Harvard University Press, 2014)

Jean-Pierre Filiu on “Gaza: A History” (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Jerusha Lamptey on “Never Wholly Other” (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Negar Mottahedeh on How #iranelection Transformed the Public Sphere (essay based on forthcoming 2015 book)

Juan Cole on “The New Arabs” (Simon & Schuster, 2014)

Sally Howell on “Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past” (Oxford University Press, 2014)

miriam cooke essay based on “Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf” (University of California Press, 2014)

Erdağ Göknar on “Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy: The Politics of the Turkish Novel” (Routledge, 2013)

Bruce Hall’s “A History of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960” (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Alexander Kirshner on “A Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Combatting Political Extremism” (Yale University Press, 2014)

Mbaye Lo essay based on “The Geography of 9/11” (manuscript in progress)

Negar Mottahedeh on “`Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Carl Ernst on “Islamophobia in America: Anatomy of Intolerance” (Palgrave-Macmillan,2013)

Abe Ata essay based on “Education Integration Challenges – The Case of Australian Muslims” (David Lovell Publishing, Jan. 2014)

Mark Cohen on “A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day” (Princeton University Press, 2013)

Dalya Cohen-Mohr on “Fathers and Sons in the Arab Middle East” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

John Esposito’s and Emad El-Din Shahin’s edited volume: “The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics” (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Kabir Tambar on “The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey” (Stanford University Press, 2014)

Isaac Weiner on “Religion Out Loud: Religious Sound, Public Space, and American Pluralism” (NYU Press, 2014)





LISTEN: Dana Sajdi on ‘The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant’ (Stanford University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Asma Afsaruddin on ‘Contemporary Issues in Islam’ (Edinburgh University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith on ‘Blood Brothers — The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X’ (Basic Books, 2016)

LISTEN: Adeeb Khalid on ‘Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR’ (Cornell University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Seth Kimmel on “Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain” (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Kenneth Garden on “Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and his Revival of the Religious Sciences” (Oxford University Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Eileen M. Kane on “Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca” (Cornell University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Kishwar Rizvi on “The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East” (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Deepa Iyer on “We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future” (The New Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Anita Weiss on “Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

LISTEN: Patrick D. Bowen on “A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volume 1: White American Muslims before 1975” (Brill, 2015) 

LISTEN: Mayanthi Fernando on ‘The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism’ (Duke University Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Afsaneh Najmabadi on “Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran”(Duke University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Zeki Saritoprak on “Islam’s Jesus” (University of Florida Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Alice J. Kang on “Bargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy” (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Maud S. Mandel on “Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict” (Princeton University Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Saba Mahmood on “Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (Princeton University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Jorg Matthias Metermann on “Researching Biology and Evolution in the Gulf States: Networks of Science in the Middle East” 
(I.B. Tauris, 2015)

LISTEN: Hina Azam on “Sexual Violation in Islamic Law: Substance, Evidence, and Procedure” (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Marcia C. Inhorn on “The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East” (Princeton University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Naser Ghobadzadeh on “Religious Secularity: A Theological Challenge to the Islamic State”
(Oxford University Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Paul L. Heck on “Skepticism in Classical Islam: Moments of Confusion” (Routledge, 2013)

LISTEN: Karen Bauer on “Gender Hierarchy in the Qur’an: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses”
(Cambridge University Press, 2015) 

LISTEN: Azizah al-Hibri on “Islamic Jurisprudence — An American Muslim Perspective” (American Bar Association, 2015)

LISTEN: Vicken Cheterian on “Open Wounds: Armenians, Turks and a Century of Genocide”

LISTEN: Debra Majeed on “Polygyny: What it Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands” (University Press of Florida, 2015)

LISTEN: Guy Burak on “The Second Formation of Islamic Law: The Hanafi School in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire” (Cambridge University Press, 2015) 

LISTEN: Leonard Cassuto on “The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It” (Harvard University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Christopher R. Duncan on “Violence and Vengeance: Religious Conflict and Its Aftermath in Eastern Indonesia” (Cornell University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Aysha Hidayatullah on “Feminist Edges of the Qur’an” (Oxford University Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Kecia Ali on “The Lives of Muhammad” Harvard University Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (UNC Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Venkat Dhulipala on “Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India” (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Emran El-Badawi on “The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions” (Routledge, 2013)

LISTEN: Ebrahim Moosa on “What is a Madrasa?” (University of North Carolina Press, 2015) 

LISTEN: James W. Laine on “Meta-Religion: Religion and Power in World History” (University of California Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Mark S. Wagner on “Jews and Islamic Law in Early 20th-Century Yemen”(Indiana University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Marion Holmes Katz on “Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice” (Columbia University Press, 2014) 

LISTEN: Interview with ASMA SAYEED, author of “Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam” (Cambridge University Press, 2013) 

LISTEN: Interview with ASAAD AL-SALEH, author of “Voices of the Arab Spring: Voices of the Arab Spring: Personal Stories from the Arab Revolutions” (Columbia University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Interview with FATMA MUGE GOCEK, author of “Denial of Violence: Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians 1789-2009” (Oxford University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Interview with MICHAEL BIRKEL, author of  “Qu’ran in Conversation” (Baylor University Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with JAMAL ELIAS, author of “Aisha’s Cushion” (Harvard University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with PETER GOTTSCHALK, author of “Religion, Science, and Empire: Classifying Hinduism and Islam in British India” (Oxford University Press, 2012) 

LISTEN: Interview with M. BRETT WILSON, author of “Translating the Qur’an in an Age of Nationalism: Print Culture and Modern Islam in Turkey” (Oxford University Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with RAYMOND FARRIN, author of “Structure and Qur’anic Interpretation: A Study of Symmetry and Coherence in Islam’s Holy Text”(White Cloud Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with SOPHIA ROSE ARJANA, author of “Muslims in the Western Imagination” (Oxford University Press, 2015)

LISTEN: Interview with CABEIRI ROBINSON, author of “Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists” (University of California Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with NEILESH BOSE, author of “Recasting the Region: Language, Culture and Islam in Colonial Bengal” (Oxford University Press, 2014) *cross-posted from New Books in South Asian Studies)

LISTEN: Interview with JOHN RENARD, author of “Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader (University of California Press, 2014) 

LISTEN: Interview with ISRA YAZICIOGLU, author of “Understanding Qur’anic Miracle Stories in the Modern Age” (Penn State University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with KAVITA DATLA, author of “The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India” (University of Hawaii Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with MICHAEL HAWKINS, author of “Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippines’ Muslim South” (Northern Illinois University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with SAHAR AMER, author of “What is Veiling?” (University of North Carolina Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with MICHAEL COOK, author of “Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective” (Princeton University Press, 2014) [Cross-posted from New Books in Global Conflict]

LISTEN: Interview with JONATHAN A. C. BROWN, author of “Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy” (Oneworld Publications, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with AMY EVRARD, author of “The Moroccan Women’s Rights Movement” (Syracuse University Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with AMANULLAH DE SONDY, author of “The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities” (Bloomsbury, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with SARAH BOWEN SAVANT, author of “The New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran: Tradition, Memory, and Conversion” (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with IQBAL SEVEA, author of “The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India” (Cambrdige University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with NABIL MATAR, author of “Henry Stubbe and the Beginnings of Islam: The Originall and the Progress of Mahometanism” (Columbia University Press, 2014) 

LISTEN: Interview with WILLIAM CHITTICK, author of “Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God” (Yale University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with OVAMIR ANJUM, author of “Politics, Law, and Community in Islamic Thought: The Taymiyyan Moment” (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with SHABANA MIR, author of  “Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity”(University of North Carolina Press, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with JOHN P. TURNER, author of “Inquisition in Early Islam: The Competition for Political and Religious Authority in the Abbasid Empire” (I.B. Tauris, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with BRIAN A. CATLOS, author of “Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, c.1050-1614” (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

LISTEN:Interview with RACHEL RINALDO, author of “Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia” (Oxford University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with J. MATTHIAS DETERMANN, author of “Historiography in Saudi Arabia: Globalization and the State in the Middle East” (Tauris, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with HUGH TALAT HALMAN, author of “Where The Two Seas Meet: The Qur’anic Story of al-Khidr and Moses in Sufi Commentaries as a Model of Spiritual Guidance” (Fons Vitae, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with NAJAM HAIDER, author of  “The Origins of the Shī῾a: Identity, Ritual, and Sacred Space in Eighth-Century Kūfa” (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with MARWA ELSHAKRY, author of “Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950” (University of Chicago, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with SEAN ANTHONY, author of “Crucifixion and Death as Spectacle: Umayyad Crucifixion in Its Late Antique Context” (American Oriental Society, 2014)

LISTEN: Interview with SA’DIYYA SHAIKH, author of “Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ʿArabi, Gender and Sexuality” (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with ZAREENA GREWAL, author of “Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority” (New York University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with NATHAN SCHNEIDER, author of “God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet” (University of California Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with AYESHA CHAUDHRY, author of “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender” (Oxford University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with JOSHUA DUBLER, author of  “Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison” (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with ELLEN J. AMSTER, author of “Medicine and the Saints: Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877-1956” (University of Texas Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with KAREN PECHILIS AND SELVA J. RAJ, editors of South Asian Religions: Tradition and Today (Routledge, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with AHMAD ATIF AHMAD, author of “The Fatigue of the Sharī‘a” (Palgrave, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with AFSAR MOHAMMAD, author of “The Festival of Pirs: Popular Islam and Shared Devotion in South India” (Oxford University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with REBECCA WILLIAMS, author of “Muḥammad and the Supernatural: Medieval Arab Views” (Routledge, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with AHMED EL SHAMSY, author of “The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History” (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with CARLA BELLAMY, author of “The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously Islamic Place” (University of California Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with RUMEE AHMED, author of “Narratives of Islamic Legal Theory” (Oxford University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with AGOSTINO CILARDO, author of “The Early History of Ismaili Jurisprudence” (I.B. Tauris, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with TEENA PUROHIT, author of “The Aga Khan Case: Religion and Identity in Colonial India” (Harvard University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with MOHAMMED RUSTOM, author of “The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mulla Sadra” (SUNY Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with SARRA TLILI, author of “Animals in the Qur’an” (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with HEIDI CAMPBELL, author of “When Religion Meets New Media” (Routledge, 2010)

LISTEN: Interview with PAUL O’CONNOR, author of “Islam in Hong Kong: Muslims and Everyday Life in China’s World City” (Hong Kong University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with NANCY KHALEK, author of “Damascus after the Muslim Conquest: Text and Image in Early Islam” (Oxford University Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with MICHAEL LAFFAN, author of “The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past” (Princeton University Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with R. KEVIN JAQUES, author of “Ibn Hajar: Makers of Islamic Civilization” (I.B. Tauris, 2013)

LISTEN: Interview with MOHAMMAD KHALIL, author of “Islam and the Fate of Others: The Salvation Question” (Oxford University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with MARTIN NGUYEN, author of “Sufi Master and Qur’an Scholar: Abu’l-Qasim al-Qushayri and the Lata’if al-isharat” (Oxford University Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with AARON HUGHES, author of “Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction” (Equinox, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with JULIANE HAMMER, author of “American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer” (University of Texas Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview with KAREN RUFFLE, author of “Gender, Sainthood, & Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi‘ism” (University of North Carolina Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with WHITNEY BODMAN, author of “The Poetics of Iblīs: Narrative Theology in the Qur’an” (Harvard University Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with RONIT RICCI, author of “Islam Translated: Literature, Conversion, and the Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia” (University of Chicago Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with SHERINE HAMDY, author of “Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt” (University of California Press, 2012)

LISTEN: Interview withDAVID POWERS, “Muhammad Is Not the Father of Any of Your Men: The Making of the Last Prophet” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009)

LISTEN: Interview with CARL ERNST, “How to Read the Qur’an: A New Guide, with Select Translations” (University of North Carolina Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with JAMES FRANKEL, author of “Rectifying God’s Name: Liu Zhi’s Confucian Translation of Monotheism and Islamic Law” (University of Hawaii Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with LAURY SILVERS, author of “A Soaring Minaret: Abu Bakr al-Wasiti and the Rise of Baghdadi Sufism” (SUNY Press, 2010)

LISTEN: Interview with KAMBIZ GHANEABASSIRI, author of “A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order” (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

LISTEN: Interview with CAROOL KERSTEN, author of “Cosmopolitans and Heretics: New Muslim Intellectuals and the Study of Islam” (Columbia University Press, 2011)

LISTEN: Interview with GIANCARLO CASALE, author of “The Ottoman Age of Exploration” (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Interview with LESLEY HAZLETON, author of “After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split” (Doubleday, 2009)


One thought on “Books in the Field

  1. I am delighted to learn of TIRN, and will recommend it to colleagues, students and friends.

    A propos books: you might consider adding my 2014 UC Press book,
    The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam.


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