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Winter Solstice - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 04 December 2018

This December, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing in marking the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Marking the longest night and shortest day of the year, on the 21st of December the pendulum of light will begin to swing back the other way, as the nights begin again to get shorter and the days start to stretch out.

Culturally and historically, the Winter Solstice is more significant than a mere astrological phenomenon. From Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements such as Stonehenge to mystical pagan festivals like Yuletide, it has long held a fervent hold over the imaginations of peoples and societies from the dawn of time to the present. To mark the Solstice, we will be offering a 50% discount on some of our most recent titles connected to the Winter and the Northern Hemisphere, from titles on education in Iceland to stories of Arctic offshore engineering.

To redeem your discount please enter the promotional code WINTER18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 1st of January 2019.


Less tangible than melting polar glaciers or the changing social conditions in northern societies, the modern Arctic represented in writings, visual images and films has to a large extent been neglected in scholarship and policy-making. However, the modern Arctic is a not only a natural environment dramatically impacted by human activities. It is also an incongruous amalgamation of exoticized indigenous tradition and a mundane everyday. The chapters in Arctic Modernities examine the modern Arctic from all these perspectives. They demonstrate to what extent the processes of modernization have changed the discursive signification of the Arctic. They also investigate the extent to which the traditions of heroic Arctic images – whether these traditions are affirmed, contested or repudiated – have continued to shape, influence and inform modern discourses.

The educational systems of the Nordic countries are based on a common set of fundamental values, such as democracy, social justice and inclusion. However, when it comes to the treatment of diversity, especially in education, many issues remain unresolved. Icelandic Studies on Diversity and Social Justice in Education presents Icelandic research on the challenges and opportunities of diversity in education at several levels, including preschool, primary, secondary, vocational and higher education in Iceland. The chapters shed light on school experiences of students and parents of immigrant or refugee background and their teachers, and explore attitudes and values of young people with regards to diversity, human rights and multicultural society. While set in the Icelandic context, this volume will serve to contribute to current global discussions on diversity and social justice in education.

In the early 1970s, new technology was needed to aid in coal, oil and gas exploration in the High Arctic, in order to see if ice sheets could provide a perfect structural support for roadways, airstrips and drilling platforms housing hundreds of workers. However, little engineering experience was available in this regard. The Story of Offshore Arctic Engineering uniquely relates the human history and the technical innovations developed in this harsh environment through research, testing, and applying many existing engineering principles to ice structure analysis. It offers essential insights into the history of ice engineering for designers, university educators and postgraduate students. While other studies detail research and testing in the laboratory, this text relates the testing, development, construction and use of ice in real construction conditions. 

The descriptions of the weather in medieval Icelandic sagas have long been considered unimportant, mere adjuncts to the action. This is not true: the way the weather is depicted can give us an insight into the minds of medieval Icelanders. The first part of The Weather in the Icelandic Sagas illustrates how the Christian world-view of authors of the twelfth to fourteenth centuries influenced their descriptions of meteorological conditions in earlier times. The second part is more literary in approach. It points out the formulaic nature of descriptions of storms, and shows how references to the weather help to structure the narrative in some sagas. It also demonstrates how medieval Icelandic attitudes to the weather affect the portrayal of the hero.


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - December 2018 04 December 2018

For the last ‘Recommended Read’ of 2018, Dr Jean-d'Amour Twibanire has chosen one of the most exciting books that we have published in the entirety of the year. Jean-d’Amour obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2013 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He has worked at Dalhousie University for several semesters as an Instructor in the Department of Chemistry, and is currently a Research Scientist with CanAm Bioresearch Inc. in Winnipeg, Canada.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jean-d’Amour’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABDEC18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd January 2019.


Dr Jean-d'Amore Twibanire’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Evolution of Evolution: The Survival Value of Caring

Author: Richard Littleton Guerrant

This book strives to link our humanities and religious philosophies to a scientific understanding of human destiny, and provide a key to meaning in our lives. Though this idea has incubated for over two decades, recent extremism in Charlottesville and global threats of inhumanity and violence make this more timely than ever for all who care about who we are and our children’s future


This book, written by Professor Richard Guerrant, takes a closer look at the value of caring and its evolution to the present day. The seven chapters are well written and cover an array of different topics and questions – in Chapter Two, for example, the author discusses a question of paramount importance: “Can traits that were once helpful become more harmful than helpful with changes over time”? The issue of whether spiritual philosophies, religions, or indeed the humanities can join with the sciences to complement and reinforce one another is dealt with in Chapter Three. Overall, the book reaffirms the fact that we are ‘in it together’, and that isolation in its various forms may not be possible in the long run. Caring for others, even those we may not know, is rooted in our humanity, and those who have nothing to care about cease to exist in so many ways.

I firmly agree with Guerrant that the evolution of evolution is critical for all of humanity, and that we cannot afford to ignore it. We are interdependent, often more than we realise. Whether we like it or not, we are connected, and what we do very much affects what others do too. Caring and love, Guerrant successfully suggests, is what will give meaning to our existence and our evolutionary future.”


For further information on Dr Twibanire, please click here.


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Introductory Readings in Neuroscience 04 December 2018

As part of our expansion into the Life Sciences, Cambridge Scholars Publishing has begun an already expanding collection of books in the field of Neuroscience. Concerned with the brain and nervous system in both humans and animals, Neuroscience is a relatively new branch of scientific and philosophical enquiry, emerging in the mid-twentieth century several centuries after its intellectual godparent biology did in the 1700s. It is now a vibrant and eclectic field of study, focusing primarily on the organ that regulates our thoughts, sleep, and dreams – our brains.

As part of our expansion, Cambridge Scholars have a number of titles forthcoming on different aspects of neurochemistry, experimental psychology, mathematical modelling, and the emergent properties of neurons and neural circuits. However, we are delighted to share an exclusive 20% discount on three recently published introductory texts in Neuroscience, books which provide a flavour of what is to be released in the coming months.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code NEURO18 during checkout.


An Integrated Approach to Neuroscience provides detailed information about the salient topics typically covered in a traditional introductory neuroscience course, offering a basic overview of brain anatomy and physiology, from molecules to the mind, in a concise, readable format, without a substantial amount of peripheral information. This allows the reader to focus on the primary concepts without getting lost in ancillary information that may not be relevant to their future careers. This text will also serve as a useful reference for anyone wanting to refresh their memory on the subject. 

Contemporary teaching and learning methods based on cognitive neuroscience deal with such questions as “How do we think?” or “How does the human memory work?”. Innovative approaches in this field tackle the subject of human mentality by connecting discoveries from a range of disciplines that shed light on cognitive occurrences and the learning process. Especially over the last decade, one of the key trends in this field has focused on the connection between humans and machines. Contemporary technologies based on AI will undoubtedly play a critical role in shaping the society of the future. Thus, the primary purpose of Problem-Based Learning and Proprioception is to shed light on issues related to teaching and learning based on contemporary trends and approaches from the field of information and communication technologies and artificial intelligence.

Since its inception in Canada in 1998 as a method for teaching French as a second language in a school setting, the Neurolinguistic Approach to second-language acquisition (NLA) has expanded to several countries and is now also applied to teaching adults. By ensuring the independent development of effective communication and implicit competence in the second language, the NLA allows learners to genuinely express themselves in their new language. In this volume, co-developer of the approach Claude Germain outlines the history of the NLA’s development and provides insights into its principles, its teaching and acquisition strategies applied in the classroom, and the results it has achieved. This is an essential book for all second-language teachers, as well as researchers interested in the transmission of second languages.


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Featured Review - Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer 04 December 2018

At Cambridge Scholars, we recognise the importance of work that strives to cut across disciplinary boundaries and shine fresh light on older, well-worn topics. In particular, we welcome and encourage scholarship that bridges the gaps between the Health, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences, and we are delighted to share news of a new review of a recent book that does precisely this.

Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer looks to The Iliad and The Odyssey by the legendary Greek poet Homer for inspiration in rethinking contemporary medicine. Jointly authored by Robert Marshall and Alan Bleakley, the book promotes a new kind of medicine and medical education fit for the 21st century, but envisages this through the ancient lens of Homer’s two epics. This year, the book has been reviewed in the latest issue of Medical History by Neil Vickers of King’s College London, and below is Vickers’ summarising thoughts:


"We need more books like this one: books that revel in the moral complexity of clinical work and that initiate fruitful dialogues across disciplines to explore it. Marshall and Bleakley see medicine as an art as well as a science and use Homer as a model of what style, presence and refinement might mean in a clinical context. Their book is a salutary intervention at a time when medical education is increasingly laying on algorithmic habits of mind. They evoke the human dimension of medical practice as skilfully as the best physician writers: Rita Charon, say, or Jerome Groopman. At a time when the humanities are in retreat in medical schools, this book offers much-needed food for thought to anyone wanting a detailed account of how the humanities might contribute to clinical training."

Neil Vickers, King's College London

Medical History 62/3 (2018)


The book is available to purchase now directly from Cambridge Scholars. Please click here to see more, and to read a 30 page excerpt from the book including the table of contents.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here.

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Stocking Fillers 04 December 2018

Ho ho ho! Whether it’s the new novel from your favourite author, that intriguing biography of a historical figure, or an old title that you’ve wanted for ages, everyone loves a new book for Christmas.

To help you get into the Christmas spirit, Cambridge Scholars Publishing are pleased to be offering a selection of stocking fillers – new paperbacks that will be a perfect present to a friend or colleague. Not only this, we’re offering all of our readers a 20% discount on these titles. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code CHRISTMAS20 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on Thursday 20th December, so be quick if you want to order that endearing last-minute gift.


He founded perhaps the most famous dynasty in history: the Tudors. Yet, in 1485 when Henry Tudor defeated Richard III to become King Henry VII, he possessed the most anemic claim to the throne since William the Conqueror. In defiance of the norms of medieval rule, he transformed England from an insolvent, often divided country in the waning years of the Wars of the Roses into an emerging modern state upon his death in 1509, a legacy inherited by his larger-than-life heir, Henry VIII. How did this happen? Through impressive archival research over several decades and a provocative perspective, Daring Dynasty illuminates what occurred by exploring key aspects of Henry’s reign, which included a dark side to royal policy. It will provide historians, students, history enthusiasts and devotees of “all things Tudor” with an understanding of how the populace and political players melded into a nation through the efforts of its king and his government.

Inwardness is the condition of being inside. However, this can mean many things: one can be inside himself – dealing with his emotions, his projections, his fantasies – or with other people who become part of him as he deals with himself. One can be inside his social environment, letting himself be part of the tissue of values, reciprocations, and personal interventions that compose one’s social existence. These are two quite different kinds of being inside, both of them different from being in a box or being in a prison cell, and yet each of them, in a recognizable sense, inside something. Essays on the Condition of Inwardness is concerned with inwardness in two different senses, the first as being in the center of existence, and the second as being a quest for the meaning of the center of one’s existence, that is two different kinds of profoundly ‘within’ states.

“As facets on a gem reveal its hidden beauty, so Dr Ellens’ God’s Radical Grace: Challenging Sermons for Ordinary Time(s) discloses the depth and beauty of the scriptures relating to these months of the Christian year between Pentecost and Advent. His long career prepared him well to author this book. With the approach of a scholar, the patience of a teacher, and the understanding of a pastor, he gives the reader new insights into these familiar scriptures. To read one of his sermons on a glorious summer day is to pray in the words of a favorite hymn, ‘Be Still, my Soul, The Lord is on Thy Side.’ To read one of his sermons on a day of great need, will give the reader reason to be grateful for this book.”

Sacred Space, Beloved City: Iris Murdoch’s London is a celebration of Iris Murdoch’s love for London and establishes her amongst distinguished “London writers” such as William Blake, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf. Individual chapters focus on the City, London art galleries and museums, the Post Office Tower (now the BT Tower), the statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Whitehall and the River Thames. Each chapter identifies intricate links between the environment and human consciousness and is accompanied by a corresponding walk that links Murdoch’s plots to landmarks and routes. All essays and walks are illustrated with sketches by Paul Laseau. These drawings not only illustrate locations for identification but also conjure their atmosphere so that readers engage with how Murdoch’s characters experience their surroundings. The final London Glossary is an annotated index of the London place names mentioned in all of Murdoch’s 26 novels.


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Meet our Authors: Clara Sarmento - November 2018 14 November 2018

Clara Sarmento holds a PhD in Portuguese Culture and an MA in Anglo-American Studies, and is Director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal, where she develops her research on intercultural theories and representations. She is a tenured Professor and the Director of Master’s programs in Specialized Translation and in Intercultural Studies for Business at the same university, and is the recipient of the American Club of Lisbon Award for Academic Merit and the Portuguese Centre for Social Studies Award for Young Social Scientists.


Clara is one of Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific and active authors. She is the author or editor of six books, and her seventh book, provisionally entitled Cultural Tourism and Heritage in Northern Portugal, is expected to be released in 2020.

Not only this, Clara is a frequent contributor to our Recommended Reads campaigns, and is a trusted reviewer and member of our Anthropology Editorial Advisory Board. For more information about her, please click here.


Clara outlines her reasons for, and experiences of, working with Cambridge Scholars:

“As the founder and director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic of Porto, Cambridge Scholars Publishing was my natural choice for the international dissemination of scientific outputs while, back in 2006, working to establish what is now a reputed research centre.

My personal experience of having books published with Cambridge Scholars, both as a single author and as the editor of volumes with contributions from all over the world, is excellent, and I strongly recommend them to anyone wishing to have their work distributed, sold and reviewed worldwide, as has happened with all of my six books. Other leading authors in the blooming field of Intercultural Studies also publish with Cambridge Scholars, particularly because they welcome groundbreaking approaches that actually defy and transform conservative, patriarchal and Eurocentric academia. This is a publisher that pushes limits, brings about epistemological changes, and opens up new spaces for free discussion and independent research. 

I consider Cambridge Scholars to be one the most influential and innovative counter powers in the academic publishing world. Their books are placed worldwide on virtual bookstores within a couple of days of their publication, and I also emphasise the aesthetical quality of the books themselves, especially the attention given to the design of the cover. And last but not least, their employees, with their remarkable kindness and professionalism, guide us, the authors, in every stage of the publishing process and beyond.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Clara’s latest book, The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Myrna Santos - November 2018 14 November 2018

Myrna Santos has taught English, ESOL, and writing at Nova Southeastern University and Florida Atlantic University, both in the USA. With Cambridge Scholars, in 2015 she published An Introvert in an Extrovert World: Essays on the Quiet Ones, a book which was one of the first to take seriously the challenges faced by introverts in an increasingly extroverted world. Following her academic career, she is now the owner and director of English Made Easy, a school of language and culture in Coral Springs, Florida.

Three years after the publication of her first book, Myrna has now returned to Cambridge Scholars with her second book, entitled Handmaids, Tributes, and Carers: Dystopian Females’ Roles and Goals. This book places a spotlight on the place of women in various dystopian and futuristic popular media, with The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Happiness Patrol all featuring.

Myrna explains her reasons for first working with Cambridge Scholars, and why she returned to publish her second book:


“I believe in the power of the written word.  I believe in its ability to stimulate and generate feelings in people that can be achieved in no other way.  So, I imagine it follows that I have always wanted to be a writer; I express my feelings best through writing. When it came to publishing my first book, I selected Cambridge Scholars Publishing from among several offers, and I am very pleased that I did so.

From the beginning the whole process, from my author liaisons to my editors, advisors, and cover designers, has been amazing. I cannot imagine the procedure being smoother or more pleasant, and it is purely because of the people with whom I have worked. Everything works as a well-oiled machine; when one process is completed, the staff at Cambridge Scholars immediately move you forward to the next one. There were never agonising delays when you, the author, would have to wait endless amounts of time to try and figure out what was going on. This uncertainty has never happened to me with either of the books that I have published with Cambridge Scholars.

I would absolutely recommend Cambridge Scholars Publishing to any aspiring author, and I hope to work with them again in the future.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Handmaids, Tributes, and Carers: Dystopian Females’ Roles and Goals. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2018.


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The Centenary of Armistice - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 October 2018

This month we will be observing the Centenary of the end of the First World War. On the 11th of November 1918 – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" – an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany that marked the end of over four years of warfare in Europe. Later formalised at the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919, Armistice Day has since become a national day of mourning and commemoration across much of the continent and beyond.

It is comfortable to believe that, in 100 years of scholarship, we know all there is to know about the Great War. However, as Keith Neilson has highlighted in a recent article, academic work about the war and its interpretation continues to evolve and grow. At Cambridge Scholars we are proud to contribute to this important body of scholarship, and we will be offering a 50% discount on our most recent titles on the war throughout the month. In addition, we are also delighted to be partnering with the British Commission for Military History to support their upcoming New Research in Military History Conference – click here to read more about our involvement. 

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code FWW18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2018.

This book investigates the story of 600 Black men from across North America and the Caribbean, who, in 1917, went to war in a labour unit, No. 2 Construction Battalion. Regarded then by senior Command as morally infectious, a century later they have become central actors in a powerful cultural myth, celebrated in folk tales, poetry, drama and text. Black Soldiers in a White Man’s War examines critically that mythical narrative. Based on service records of the 600 volunteers and 35 courts-martial in the unit, it probes the lives of these soldiers, who laboured in the forests of France during 1917 and 1918. Black Soldiers in a White Man’s War will shock some, but, for the majority of readers, it will present a fresh, vibrant portrait of a group of young Black men, who at a time of international crisis volunteered to fight the King’s enemies. It will also open readers to experiences these men faced as they returned to a post-war racist society.

The Great War against Eastern European Jewry, 1914-1920 focuses on the consequences that the First World War had on the Jews living in the notorious Pale of Settlement within the frontiers of the Tsarist Empire. The research is entirely based on a solid documentary study, consisting of the documents of the Joint Distribution Committee and references to many historiographic works. The Jewish communities experienced a personal tragedy within the general tragedy of war, as they were particularly “damaged”, not only by violence and persecutions – suffering from the pogroms of Cossacks and local populations – but also by the evacuations and expulsions ordered by the military. From this perspective, what happened during the Great War could be seen as an anticipation of the tragedy that affected Eastern European Jewry in the following decades.

From a Traditionalist perspective, the cultural history of the Modern Era amounts to the genesis of the Dark Age. The Traditionalist meta-historical narrative deconstructs the modernist myth of “historic progress” as an anti-intellectual superstition. It exposes the quintessential features of Modernity – namely, secular nihilism, historical materialism, socio-political egalitarianism, and collective narcissism – as structural inversions of Traditional values. The Sunset of Tradition and the Origin of the Great War follows the forgotten path of the philosophia perennis to trace the historic onset of the Dark Age. It clears away a century-deep deposit of “progressive” illusions and “politically-correct” axioms. The restored road of Traditional thought will lead a new generation of scholars to their rightful inheritance: an intellectual tabula rasa on which history can be written anew. 

William Orpen (1878-1931) was in 1917 appointed as an official war artist in France. He not only saw the Great War as a call to paint serious subject-matter—enabling him to break away from the constraints of society portraiture in London—but also as an opportunity to write. He was the only war artist to keep a written record of his wartime experience, published in 1921 as An Onlooker in France. In his Preface, Orpen rather too modestly states: “This book must not be considered as a serious work on life in France behind the lines, it is merely an attempt to record some certain little incidents that occurred in my own life there.” William Orpen, an Outsider in France: Painting and Writing World War One is a companion to this “attempt”. 


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British Commission for Military History - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 October 2018

This month, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to be partnering with the British Commission for Military History to support their annual New Research in Military History Conference, held this year at the University of Southampton on the 16th and 17th of November.


The British Commission for Military History was founded in 1965, and it serves as a forum for the discussion and promotion of military history. They do so through a newly launched and pioneering open access journal entitled the British Journal for Military History, and through the organisation of conferences and wider events showcasing research in military history from the UK and beyond.


This year, we are delighted to be sponsoring the BCMH’s annual New Research in Military Conference as part of our observation of the Centenary of Armistice and the end of World War One. Recognising that attempting to accurately represent the past is a difficult if not impossible endeavour, the conference is themed around the twin notions of ‘Myth and Reality’. As always, the conference is also dedicated to highlighting the research of postgraduate and early career scholars, allowing them to present their research in a friendly, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere.

Delegates of the conference are entitled to exclusive discounts on Cambridge Scholars’ latest titles on the military history of World War One, as well as on several other of our titles covering military history from ancient to modern times. For more information, please email z.white@soton.ac.uk or tweet @Mars_Clio, and to register click here. Registration closes at 23:00 on the 4th of November so please act fast if you would like to attend.

Since its foundation the BCMH has developed a diverse and knowledgeable membership of military historians, spanning the different realms of universities, museums, archives, and local history societies. Membership is open to all, and further information about how to apply is available here.

For more information about the British Commission for Military History and the forthcoming New Research in Military History Conference, please click here, and for additional information about our other activities marking the Centenary of Armistice, click here


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Book of the Month - November 2018 31 October 2018

Our November Book of the Month is Islamic Law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt by Moataz El Fegiery.

For many, the Muslim Brotherhood was merely part and parcel of the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt; Mohamed Morsi becoming Egypt’s first president to take office following an election in 2012. However, in this courageous and carefully constructed book El Fegiery proposes that the Brotherhood has exacerbated, rather than diminished, the tensions and contradictions between Islamic law and human rights in Egypt. In 340 pages of measured prose, he unfolds an argument that the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideal of the Shari’a state cannot bring the peace and prosperity that the people of Egypt deserve.


The Muslim Brotherhood and its scholars have drawn on hard-line juristic opinions and reinvented certain concepts from Islamic traditions in ways that limit the scope of various human rights, and advocate for Islamic alternatives to international human rights. Their practices in opposition and in power have been consistent with its literature. As an opposition party, it embraced human rights language in its struggle against an authoritarian regime, but advocated for broad restrictions on certain rights. However, its recent and short-lived experience in power provides evidence of its inclination to reinforce restrictions on religious freedom, freedom of expression and association, and the rights of religious minorities, and to reverse previous reforms related to women’s rights. Ultimately, the book explores the prospects for certain constitutional and institutional measures to facilitate an evolutionary interpretation of Islamic law, provide a baseline of human rights and gradually integrate international human rights into Egyptian law.


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this important and bold book. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMNOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2018.

Books such as this one can draw polarised responses, but see below for some of the praise El Fegiery’s work has received:


"Moataz El Fegiery’s book is a well-researched study that provides useful insights to comprehend the role of Islamists around the world. It is a remarkable treatise that addresses some of the crucial matters with respect to the influence of religious laws on the structure and content of a country’s constitution and analyzes it within a broader international framework of human rights."

--Sania Ismailee, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online, 5:12 (2017)

"Offering an important and insightful examination of Egypt's agonizing struggles to define the Islam-state relationship, El Fegiery probes the political and legal dimensions of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood's campaigns for Islamization and their implications for human rights. The Brotherhood's calls for upholding Islamic law are assessed as being misleading, the underlying goal being more a determination to resist Western culture and uphold a distinctive vision of Islamic identity than an actual concern to implement Islamic teachings. The Brotherhood's recent claims to respect human rights are debunked, with El Fegiery citing its attempts when in power in 2012-2013 to impose a retrograde version of Islamic law at the expense of human rights—at the same time that some other Islamic institutions were moving towards accommodating human rights. How can Egypt move beyond a stalemate where liberals and the Brotherhood press irreconcilable agendas, aggravating hostilities and polarization? Offering what is sure to be a controversial proposal, El Fegiery argues that it is counterproductive to insist on secularization or to exclude the Brotherhood from politics, calling for allowing the Brotherhood's continued participation, and he advocates retaining constitutional references to Islam – albeit ones balanced by strong constitutional protections for human rights. For readers in fields like Middle Eastern politics and history, contemporary Islam, constitutionalism in Egypt, and human rights, the assessments are sure to be of great interest."

--Ann Mayer, Associate Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania

"Though the focus of this book is on Egypt and on the experience of the Muslim Brotherhood, it is a highly topical and interesting study of interest for all those engaged in the study of democracy and human rights under the conditions of the popular call for the implementation of Shari‘a by Islamist movements. The study of El Fegiery matters to all who try to understand the nature of Islamist movements worldwide."

--Professor Bassam Tibi, University of Goettingen

"This book offers a thorough analysis of the conceptual and theoretical issues about religion and human rights in general and studies major issues such as the supremacy of Sharia, political pluralism, freedom of opinion, minority rights, conversion and apostasy, and family law. [...] The book is a valuable contribution to recent critical analyses of Islamism as it is not linked to its ideology. Taking human rights and Islamic law as the context of the Islamist discourse, it has been able to observe the significant tension between idealism and activism."

--Muhammad Khalid Masud, Former chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Dawn, 26.02.2017

"The Foreword to the book, written by the eminent contemporary political scientist, Bassam Tibi, excellently reflects the crux of Fegiery’s work and endorses both his arguments as well as his findings. The subsequent nine chapters of the book successfully portray the ambivalence in the thought and practice of the world’s most influential Islamist movement towards various aspects of human rights.The significance of the book lies in its examination and exposition of how human rights language is exploited at the hands of Islamists to oppose an existing regime and then violated when they themselves rise to power."

--Gowhar Quadir Wani, Aligarh Muslim University, Islam and Civilizational Renewal 9/1 (2018)


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