Menahem Milson is professor of Arabic literature at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the author of Najib Mahfuz: The Novelist-Philosopher of Cairo (St. Martin’s Press), and the cofounder and academic adviser of The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). His current project is a major online Arabic-Hebrew dictionary, available at arabdictionary.huji.ac.il.
The outcome of Anwar Sadat’s 1977 visit to Israel was historic, but the backstage wrangling over protocol and Palestinian participation was also significant.
Since January of this year, revolution has spread across North Africa and the Middle East with such velocity that predicting exactly what will happen next is probably a fool's errand. In this issue, we have asked seven writers to return to their bookshelves and tell us what books, authors, and arguments they find helpful in thinking through the causes and implications of these surprising events.