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We are very pleased to announce that Mamluk History Through Architecture by Nasser Rabbat was the joint-winner of this year’s £10,000 Middle East Studies Book Prize (British-Kuwait Friendship Society prize, formerly the BRISMES prize) which was presented at a prize-giving ceremony on Monday 5th December.

10 books were also given honourable mentions and we were delighted that 3 of these were I.B.Tauris books:

•    The Hymns of Zoroaster: A New Translation of the Most Ancient Texts of Iran by Martin West
•    The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta: Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer by David Waines
•    The Ilkhanid Book of Ascension: A Persian-Sunni Devotional Tale by Christiane Gruber

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£45.00 £31.50

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Mamluk History Through Architecture: Monuments, Culture and Politics in Medieval Egypt and Syria

Nasser Rabbat

The most enduring testament to the Mamluk Sultanate is its architecture. Not only do Mamluk buildings embody one of the most outstanding medieval architectural traditions, Mamluk architecture is actually a key to the social history of the period

'This volume represents a quantum leap in current understanding of one of the early bodies of medieval Islamic architecture. It is deeply erudite, but Rabbat wears his learning lightly.'
– British-Kuwait Friendship Society, 2011

9781845119645 | Hardback | 288 pages | 246 x 196mm


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Discount code: BRISMES*
£14.99
£10.49

The Hymns of Zoroaster:
A New Translation of the Most Ancient Texts of Iran

Edited and translated by Martin West

Zoroaster was one of the greatest and radical religious reformers in the history of the world. The foundation texts of Zoroastrianism are the founder's own passionate poems, known as the 'Gathas' ('Songs'). Unlike earlier translations which are based on the premise that these ancient texts are about ritual, Martin West approaches his translation from the perspective that these texts are works with a moral and ethical inflection.

‘Extremely lucid and succinct.'
British-Kuwait Friendship Society, 2011

9781848855052 | Paperback | 200 pages | 213 x 137mm


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£25.00
£17.50

The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta:
Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer

David Waines

Ibn Battuta was one of the world's truly great travellers. His 'al-rihla' or 'Travelogue' is a fascinating mosaic of mysticism and reportage offering a prototype magic realism. This title discusses the subtleties of the 'al-rihla', revealing the wonders of Ibn Battuta's world to the modern reader.

'Elegantly and clearly written.'
British-Kuwait Friendship Society, 2011

9781845118051 | Hardback | 240 pages | 234 x 156mm


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Discount code: BRISMES*
£56.00
£39.20

The Ilkhanid Book of Ascension:
A Persian-Sunni Devotional Tale

Christiane Gruber

By the tenth century, narratives describing Muhammad's encounter with prophets and angels, his colloquy with God, and his visits of heaven and hell lead to the formation of the Book of Ascension. This is the study of an extremely rare Persian Book of Ascension, which was written in Persian by an anonymous author and dates from the Ilkhanid Period (1256-1353). Christiane Gruber presents an English translation alongside the original manuscript text, together with critical commentary on the text as well as a series of Ilkhanid ascension paintings.

'Snappy and muscular.'
British-Kuwait Friendship Society, 2011

9781845114992 | Hardback | 224 pages | 234 x 156mm


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