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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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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - November 2018 31 October 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Amir Al-Azab has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: a book that breaks new ground in linguistics and translation studies. Amir is a lecturer in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University. He is the author or translator of more than 30 books on language, with research interests across pragmatics, lexicography, simultaneous interpreting, and applied linguistics.  

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Amir’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABNOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2018.


Dr Amir Al-Azab’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Business and Institutional Translation: New Insights and Reflections

Editors: Éric Poirier and Daniel Gallego-Hernández

This book analyses the growing volume of economic, financial, and institutional translation that takes place every day, bringing together a group of interdisciplinary scholars to discuss future trends, practical suggestions, and new avenues of business translation. 


"Business and Institutional Translation: New Insights and Reflections is a unique publication that spotlights how businesses are dealing with the challenges of translating information and data across multiple languages. It tackles some sensitive issues in the translational arena: quality assurance, professionalism, competence criteria for market requirements, the standardization of translation and interpreting, and numerous other aspects of translation-mediated business communication. Furthermore, it sheds light on the methodologies and techniques behind business translation, and how these methodologies and their outcomes are assessed. In recent years scholars have been preoccupied with what could be termed other taxonomies of translation, such as the literary, legal, technical, and medical implications of moving between languages.

This book will likely open a window of future research in the area, and it will also provide a guide to translation institutions and individual translators in an increasingly interconnected and fluid linguistic world."


For more information on Dr Al-Azab, please click here. His full review of the book was published in the latest issue of the Translation Journal, and can be read open-access here.


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Meet our Authors - Jun Zhou and Gail Taylor 25 October 2018

Professor Jun Zhou is a member of the Expert Committee of the China Fashion and Color Association, an Honorary Director of the China Fashion and Color Association Council, and Director of the Zhenjiang Textile Industry Research Institute. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Encyclopedia of China Third Edition (Color Roll), a consultant at the Color Center of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, and Honorary Professor of the Beijing Institute of Fashion. He has been engaged in research on traditional Chinese color culture, popular color, and color design for more than 40 years, and has published dozens of papers in leading journals at home and abroad, such as Clothing Guide, Textile Report, and Jiangsu Textile.

In 1990, he was the only Chinese contributor to The Color Compendium with a chapter on traditional Chinese color, and he published Visual Communication Color Design with China Youth Publishing House in 2008. In 2016, he was invited by the Chinese Academy of Art to give a special lecture on Chinese traditional color research, and his paper on the modern applications of Chinese traditional color languages was included in the proceedings of the 2016 Chinese Traditional Color Theory Research Symposium, published by the Literature and Art Publishing House in November 2016. He has also contributed to the Chinese encyclopedia Color Roll. More recently, Professor Zhou has been invited to give lectures on Chinese traditional color culture and fashion by the Jilin Academy of Art and the Organizing Committee of the Central Plains Fashion Week. 

For his newest book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Professor Zhou partnered with Professor Gail Taylor, resulting in the release of The Language of Color in China in August 2018. Dr Taylor is Adjunct Professor at Donghua University, China, and specializes in the fields of culture and costume studies, the practice of fashion design, innovative strategies, and fashion communication. She has decades of experience in fashion and textile design, and is both editor of the Research Journal of Textile and Apparel and regional editor of the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. Her publications explore fashion, textiles, ecology and sustainability, e-business and contemporary issues.

Together, Professor Zhou and Professor Taylor reflect on their experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:


“Publishing our book The Language of Color in China with Cambridge Scholars was both an active and dynamic experience for us, and it was clear to us that they were committed to providing a forward-thinking publishing service that champions original thinking. This was especially so since our book is the first to introduce and explain Chinese traditional color culture from a period of over 5000 years of world history. This was a new research topic in the global arena and in the language of color use worldwide, and our work is of particular interest for those involved in the exchange of colors and cultures between East and West.

Cambridge Scholars’ editorial team and management staff were consistently professional, highly supportive, and efficient throughout the entire process. Particularly in the editing and typesetting of illustrations, the pre-press team worked closely with us to obtain exquisite color visual effects in our images. We greatly admire their courage to explore new research fields, to test new research findings, and to give readers more options in different fields of academic research. In this regard, Cambridge Scholars is truly a leader in new disciplines and in new research. It is therefore not surprising that they have become the preferred publishers for some of the world’s leading scholars in various fields.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering a 50% discount on The Language of Color in China. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOACHINA18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2018.


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Meet our Authors: Santiago Sia - October 2018 11 October 2018

Santiago Sia was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute at the National University of Ireland prior to his retirement. Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. His specialised fields are the philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, he has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Santiago is one of Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific and renowned authors, with titles such as Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society (2014), This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning (2016), and most recently The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance (2017). His books eschew traditional divides between philosophy, fiction, poetry, and academic writing, and are consistently and positively reviewed in journals around the world.


Santiago reflects on his ongoing experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars:

“Publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing has been, for me, a most positive and highly energising experience. The editorial team and administrative staff have always been thoroughly professional, highly supportive and invariably efficient. One can always rely on their prompt attention to queries and requests. While insisting on the traditional high standards for scholarly publications and on rigorous peer review they have also been encouraging of innovative methods and in the imaginative content of one’s academic output. Scholarship demands selective productivity, but it also expects courage to forge into new territories, to test less familiar fields, and to gather together one’s findings so as to share them with others.  In this respect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, living up to their name as publishers of scholarship, have shown themselves to be reliable guides and intrepid leaders. Not surprisingly, therefore, they have continued to be the publishers of choice for a number of established scholars in various fields throughout the world.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the hardback and paperback variants of Santiago’s latest book, The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Anna Gadd Colombi - October 2018 11 October 2018

A former professional swimmer, Anna Gadd Colombi has been teaching and coordinating units of Translation Studies, Italian Studies and Spanish Studies at The University of Western Australia since 2012, and is a NAATI certified translator from English into Italian. She attended Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid whilst competing internationally. After her BA and MA studies, from 2011 to 2015 she held a scholarship for doctoral studies at The University of Western Australia, where she completed a thesis in Italian Studies and Translation Studies. In doing so, she attended and presented at translation and language teaching and learning conferences in Australia, Europe and Canada.

In July of this year, she published her maiden monograph with Cambridge Scholars, entitled Translation as Criticism: Elizabeth Jolley's Mr Scobie's Riddle. A revised version of her doctoral thesis, the book is an in-depth analysis of the themes, places, characters and voices of the novelist Elizabeth Jolley’s acclaimed Mr Scobie’s Riddle.

Publishing your first book can be a daunting endeavour, and Anna explains her experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars on hers:


"I came across Cambridge Scholars Publishing through a colleague in the School of Italian Studies at The University of Western Australia. My colleague showed me his recently published doctoral thesis, which is a milestone for many young academics. Soon after completing my own PhD in Italian Studies and Translation Studies I received an email from Cambridge Scholars and decided to review my thesis to create a manuscript on translation as criticism, as analysis of an existing work, in particular, on Elizabeth Jolley’s Mr Scobie’s Riddle. I am incredibly happy I went with Cambridge Scholars Publishing as they were very attentive and punctual throughout the publishing process.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Translation as Criticism: Elizabeth Jolley's Mr Scobie's Riddle. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2018.

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Friedrich Nietzsche's Birthday - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 27 September 2018

On the 15th of October, join Cambridge Scholars in marking the birthday of one of the most important philosophers ever to have lived – Friedrich Nietzsche. Born on this day in 1844 in the small town of Röcken in Germany, Nietzsche went on to become one of the towering figures of European philosophy towards the end of the nineteenth century. His concepts of slave morality, the will to power, and the Übermensch remain enormously influential in a number of academic disciplines, and his shadow continues to loom large in a number of debates within analytic and continental philosophy.

At Cambridge Scholars we are proud to be at the forefront of new, innovative interpretations of Nietzsche’s oeuvre. Not only do we publish the acclaimed Nietzsche Now series, but over the last twelve months we have published a number of books that have broken new ground in the study of his thinking and its contemporary relevance. We are therefore offering a 50% discount on five of these titles in October. Not only this, throughout the month our authors and Editorial Advisory Board members will be posting short articles on Nietzsche on our blog. We were also delighted to sponsor the 24th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society at Newcastle University last month, which you can read more about by clicking here.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code NIETZSCHE18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2018.

Friedrich Nietzsche and European Nihilism is a thorough study of Nietzsche’s thoughts on nihilism, the history of the concept, the different ways in which he tries to explain his ideas on nihilism, the way these ideas were received in the 20th century, and, ultimately, what these ideas should mean to us. It begins with an exploration of how we can understand the strange situation that Nietzsche, about 130 years ago, predicted that nihilism would break through one or two centuries from then, and why, despite the philosopher describing it as the greatest catastrophe that could befall humankind, we hardly seem to be aware of it, let alone be frightened by it. The book shows that most of us are still living within the old frameworks of faith, and, therefore, can hardly imagine what it would mean if the idea of God (as the summit and summary of all our epistemic, moral, and esthetic beliefs) would become unbelievable. 

Nietzsche and Phenomenology brings together original essays on a wide variety of topics in the broad area of ‘Nietzsche and Phenomenology’. Some of these papers take a thematic approach, thinking through key issues that connect or divide Nietzsche and phenomenology, while others approach the conjunction of the title via an encounter between Nietzsche and one of the central figures of the phenomenological tradition or other relevant philosophers. In either case, new and often surpising connections are uncovered in many of these essays, while others bring out the profound differences and discontinuities between aspects of Nietzsche’s project and the projects of phenomenologists.

Nietzsche and Transhumanism: Precursor or Enemy? deals with the question of whether Nietzsche can be seen as a precursor of transhumanism or not. Debates on the topic have existed for some years, particularly in the Journal of Evolution and Technology and The Agonist. This book combines existing papers, from these journals, with new material, to highlight some of the important issues surrounding this argument. The collection addresses a variety of issues to show whether or not there is a close connection between transhumanist concerns for progress and technology and Nietzsche’s ideas.

Nietzsche's Will to Power: Eagles, Lions, and Serpents represents a contribution to Nietzschean scholarship in its analysis of the concept of power as preliminary to addressing Nietzsche’s psychological version of will to power. It advances a fresh interpretation of will to power that connects it to the meaning of human life, and, in so doing, the author addresses major questions such as: What does will to power designate? What is its status, epistemologically and metaphysically? How persuasive is will to power as an explanation of human instincts and as the lynchpin of a way of life? As all human beings embody will to power, the book concludes that we should distinguish three varieties: robust, moderate, and attenuated will to power. Only by doing this, can we understand and evaluate will to power concretely.

In an age of ecological decay, Western ontological and epistemological assumptions have to be revisited. The Places of God in an Age of Re-Embodiments: What is Culture? offers such a revision. It opens with a critical analysis of the paradigm of sustainable development and problematically situates it within the ecocidal trajectory of Western metaphysics. In search of some tools for examining the ecological conundrum, the book develops a pool of new categories of knowledge called “transpositions”. Though of cross-disciplinary nature, this work must be situated within the tradition of the post-Kantian critique of reason. To develop its own framework of analysis, it relies heavily upon Nietzsche’s oeuvre and that of part of his entourage. Major inputs also come from the work of the ecophilosopher of science Patrick Curry and ecofeminism at large.

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Book of the Month - October 2018 27 September 2018

Our October Book of the Month is Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours: The Adventures of an Enquiring Mind by Prasanna Gautam.

In a previous life, Prasanna Gautam was a distinguished physician and teacher of medicine at the University Group of Hospitals in Aberdeen, Scotland. Now he is pursuing his lifelong interests in Aryan history, ancient Sanskrit, and philosophy, and in March of this year published Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours: The Adventures of an Enquiring Mind with Cambridge Scholars, an extraordinary journey through the deepest and most subtle philosophical crypts. Gautam has also translated the Rig Veda into English, and has written, edited, and translated widely across Nepali, Hindi, Sanskrit, and English.

Although embedded firmly within philosophical traditions, the book is akin to the great musings of Seneca or Marcus Aurelius, one that takes us by the hand and guides us gently through topics such as superstition, religion, sexuality, and happiness. It invites us to consider how we can live better lives, not by telling us what that our lives should be, but by encouraging us to think more deeply about the question ourselves.  


This book is a unique presentation of common but highly important issues that affect us all deeply. These are illustrated with personal anecdotes to which the readers can relate and compare with their own experiences in life. Each chapter is independent and presented in a conversational manner which makes reading easy. The book deals with a wide range of subjects, such as sex and sexuality, euthanasia, self-confidence, superstition, religion, evolution, parenting, conflicts, leadership, and the interpretation of scriptures, among others.

In addition to presenting the essence of many philosophical concepts and contrasting them with scientific evidence, the book asserts that our world has never before been richer and more technically advanced, but that our unthinking brains have precipitated unhappiness, conflicts, poverty, greed, crime and selfishness. A book of huge interest generally, this is also useful as a handy source of information for the students of humanities, the linguists and translators of ancient languages. 


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 book throughout October. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2018.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


"This is an impressive book covering a very wide range of topics. In reading this book you will be both entertained and stimulated. The author tries successfully to marry the informal with the formal and succeeds in producing a text which gains your attention and retains your interest. In my view, the overriding objective of the author is to stimulate the reader to think. Yes, he has things to say, points to make and theses to argue for which he thinks are important and hopefully you will agree with, but more fundamentally he wants to ignite enquiring minds, prepared to engage in rational debate and discussion. The author does not want disciples but fellow travellers, who see value in challenging conventions and commonly held beliefs and refuse to live the ‘unthinking life’."

--Dr Terry McKnight, Ulster University

"How often is it that we do things because that was the done thing, followed because everyone else has?  We automatically say or do things without thinking about it and rarely listen with attention. Dr Guatam has asked the questions that have often been at the back of our minds. This well researched book makes us think about the why and the so what. We may not necessarily agree with all the ideas, but they give rise to deeper thinking of our own truths and principles."

--Hema Kamath

"[T]his book is a must to read for everyone who desires to know what life is all about. It is lucid and inspirational."

--Dr. K.S.Sangunni, Former Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

"What should a good non-fiction book provide?  Interest, information, education (for those willing to accept it), entertainment, food for thought  –  to mention but a few. In this book, Prasanna Gautam meets all the above criteria, and many more, and tackles a formidable bank of questions and themes via such media as personal experience, common sense, history, religion and culture."

--William Burnett

"Once I started reading the book, I had difficulty putting it down. The flow and compelling arguments that Prasanna Gautam has made, chapter after chapter, albeit exploring different issues, makes it informative, interesting and educative. It is filled with knowledge synthesised through the centuries. [...] The author has succeeded in tying many loose ends and wild assumptions about ancient Indian literature and Aryan civilisation. The book makes an interesting reading and a great learning experience particularly because of the way the author entwines his own personal experiences in different phases, different circumstances and different places about many common issues, e.g. sex, paradoxes related to our brain, retirement, superstition, euthanasia, the reality about rebirth and so on." 

--Prakash Khanal

"Every now and then in our reading we come across a book which is like no other we have read but makes us pause and become aware that it has changed our perceptions in some way usually for the better. Dr Gautam’s  ”Reflexions on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours” is just such a book. [...] The “reflections” which the author expresses are frequently accompanied by questions which invite the reader to answer and perhaps re-exam his own standpoint. Although, for the most part, I agreed with most of Dr Gautam’s views there were times when I encountered those different from mine but I was quietly led to change my views and scarcely noticed it. It is a pleasant “adventure” to do so and a necessary one to embark upon.  As Plato recalls Socrates speech at his trial “The unexamined life is not worth living”."

--Ronald Caie

"Something of an absorption of thought and practice, Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours is a rewarding read. Within its gentle confines, Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours drops us bit by but into a significant bundle of important life events and issues―retirement―euthanasia―healing and violence, among them. The book discusses not just the attitudes of today, but looks far over our shoulders, and most especially into the disparate hymns and other writings from ancient India. Prasanna Gautam does a good job in capturing all that he can in as many light brush strokes as he does, for this must be the only way to try and gather the multifold and endless material that encompasses contemporary and ancient life. The sample size is fair as he covers a lot of ground! That is why the book possibly travels away from the experiences that are more commonly yours and mine―which it does very well―and becomes a more personal journey, the author’s own road to discovery."

--Peter Burnett


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - October 2018 27 September 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Michele Fontefrancesco has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’ – a very special autobiographical reflection published in 2015 by Gerald Mars. Michele is a social anthropologist who currently serves as a Research Fellow at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy. His research analyses local development in rural and urban communities, with a particular interest in the relationship between the global economy and local areas. He has argued for the importance of cultural heritage, crafts, and local production specialisation as fundamental elements in the definition of local resilience. In 2013 he published The End of the City of Gold? Industry and Economic Crisis in an Italian Jewellery Town with Cambridge Scholars, a culmination of many years work into these topics.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Michele’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2018.

Dr Michele Fontefrancesco’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Becoming an Anthropologist: A Memoir and a Guide to Anthropology

Author: Gerald Mars

Mars’ graphic and often vivid narrative can be read simply as the anecdotal memoirs of an anthropologist. The experiences he recounts are sometimes hilarious, touch occasionally on the dangerous, and are always sensitively and expertly explored.


"This book is the story of a life and a brilliant career that proceeds from a simple question, which many students ask when they start their studies in anthropology: ‘how can a person become an anthropologist?’

Each of us who work in academia and who lead new cohorts of students in the exploration of anthropology struggle to form a decent and straightforward answer to this question. We know it is not a matter of academic degrees, erudite readings, or sitting on a comfortable armchair. As Gerald Mars shows, it is primarily the result of everyday practice and experience churned with deep reflexivity. Mars’ autobiographical narration shows the experience gained after youth, and how it creates the fertile ground on which anthropological thought can mature.

The book also offers a number of examples for better appreciating the application of anthropological analysis in the contemporary world. The autobiography, in fact, becomes a form of self-ethnography, within which Mars discusses his upbringing and lived social contexts – from the streets of Manchester and Blackpool, to the Army, to different academic institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

The book will suit the tastes of less experienced readers and students, those who want to better understand what anthropology is and how it can be useful in comprehending our contemporary societies. It will also be of use to trained scholars who want to deepen their own anthropological educations." 


For further information on Dr Fontefrancesco, please click here.


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Featured Review - The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive 27 September 2018

Publishing with Cambridge Scholars is not an end in itself; instead, we recognise that the publication of a book is only the beginning of its long lifespan. Books not only need to be read, but they need to be appreciated, commented upon, and used as springboards for further research. As a result, we work hard to ensure that reviews of our books appear in cutting-edge, high-impact factor academic journals.

This month we are delighted to share news of a new review published in Contemporary Women’s Writing, a journal devoted to critically assessing writing by women authors who have published from 1970 to the present day. It is a journal that seeks to highlight the new and provocative in women’s writing, and it is therefore entirely appropriate that they have reviewed Gillian Alban’s The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive. Recently published in a new paperback edition, the book is a kaleidoscopic analysis of the different appearances of the figure of Medusa in historical and contemporary writing.

Written by Mine Özyurt Kiliç from the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, the conclusion of the review reads as follows:


"What makes the study exceptional is the passionate voice of a feminist scholar who wants to reach those outside academia. Apparently, with such an intention in mind, Alban often inserts quick explication of the complex theories and discussions she employs in her reading, as well as helpful yet sometimes digressive plot summaries. [...] At times, the writer’s focus shifts from a comprehensive study of a theme through various texts to an analysis of a single work; however, that each subsection starts and ends with a comparative outlook at the texts under discussion provides a consolidation of her intense writing. With the titans of the contemporary women’s writing in her cup, Alban not only offers a kaleidoscopic view of the Medusa figure but also gives her reader a kaleidoscope through which s/he can delve into the myriad ways s/he is constructed in this patriarchal culture."

– Mine Özyurt Kiliç, Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, Contemporary Women's Writing (2018)


Alban’s book is available until 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 or email marketing@cambridgescholars.com.

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