|Terror and Gallows Humor: After September 11? by Wendy Doniger|
||"Why was it so important to know when, and how, it was OK to joke about the terrorist attacks?"
|On Edge, Again by Max Page|
||"Despite the repeated statement that the events of September 11 were unimaginable, our culture has been imagining, rehearsing, these events for years."
|Metaphors of Terror by George Lakoff|
||"Tall buildings are metaphorically people standing erect. As each tower fell, it became a body falling. We are not consciously aware of the metaphorical images, but they are part of the power and the horror we experience when we see them."
|Islam Has Been Hijacked, And Only Muslims Can Save It by Jonathan Rauch|
||"On September 11, history saddled Muslims with a special obligation to speak out in specific and unequivocal terms against terror in any and all its guises."
|Awe and Anxiety by Mark C. Taylor|
||"There has been much talk about the role of religion in this conflict but very little understanding of what religion—either our own or the religions of others—involves."
|Report from Liberty Street by Charles Bernstein|
||"There are so many troops that the metaphor of a war zone dissolves into an actuality. Liberty Street is an occupied zone. We have occupied ourselves."
|From the Ashes, Patriotism Reborn by Walter Berns|
||"The terrorists unwittingly reminded us that this country is, as Lincoln said it was during the worst of wars, 'the last, best hope of earth.'"
|A Traveling Islam by AbdouMaliq Simone|
||"The 'terrorists' have traveled. They have come to America. And for many, they must have found America also stultifying, living as they often did in vacuous suburbs with strip malls, Chuck E. Cheese, and sports bars."
|An Arab American Internment? by Eric L. Muller|
||"Within a few months of Pearl Harbor, the federal government uprooted all 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast, aliens and U.S. citizens alike, and jailed them in camps. With upwards of three million people of Arab descent living in America, we must now ask ourselves: Could it happen again?"
9/11 and the aftermath
Islamic fundamentalism and Islamic states
- Almond, Gabriel A., R. Scott Appleby, and Emmanuel Sivan: Strong Religion: The Rise of Fundamentalisms around the World
- Appleby, R. Scott, editor: Spokesmen for the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders of the Middle East • Read an excerpt.
- Blank, Jonah: Mullahs on the Mainframe: Islam and Modernity among the Daudi Bohras • Read an excerpt from the book and an interview with the author.
- Brumberg, Daniel: Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran
- Chaffetz, David: A Journey Through Afghanistan: A Memorial
- Hammoudi, Abdellah: Master and Disciple: The Cultural Foundations of Moroccan Authoritarianism
- Hammoudi, Abdellah: The Victim and its Masks: An Essay on Sacrifice and Masquerade in the Maghreb
- Lewis, Bernard: The Political Language of Islam
- The Fundamentalism Project edited by Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby, a five-volume study of fundamentalist movements around the world:
- Piscatori, James: Islamic Fundamentalisms and the Gulf Crisis
- Simone, T. Abdou Maliqalim: In Whose Image?: Political Islam and Urban Practices in Sudan
- Wedeen, Lisa: Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria
War, peace, and global issues
- Agamben, Giorgio: State of Exception • Read an excerpt.
- Berns, Walter: Making Patriots • Read an excerpt from the book.
- Black, Jeremy: Why Wars Happen
- Jamieson, Alan G.: Faith and Sword: A Short History of Christian-Muslim Conflict
- Jones, Dorothy V.: Toward a Just World: The Critical Years in the Search for International Justice
- Monmonier, Mark: Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy • Read "Eleven Ways You Are Being Watched".
- Muller, Eric L.: Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II • Read an an excerpt.
- Nagl, John A.: Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam • Read the preface.
- Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko: Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers • Read an excerpt.
- Smith, Philip: Why War?: The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War, and Suez • Read an excerpt.
- Tatum, James: The Mourner's Song: War and Remembrance from the Iliad to Vietnam • Read a chapter, "The Poetry is in the Killing"
- Wieviorka, Michel: The Making of Terrorism
- Wikan, Unni: Generous Betrayal: Ethnic Identity Politics in the New Europe
- Yoo, John: The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 • Read an interview with the author.
Islam: religion and civilization
- Geertz, Clifford: Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia
- Hodgson, Marshall G. S.: The Venture of Islam
- Moaddel, Mansoor: Islamic Modernism, Nationalism, and Fundamentalism: Episode and Discourse
- Rahman, Fazur: Islam
- Rahman, Fazur: Islam and Modernity: Transformation of an Intellectual Tradition
- Rosen, Lawrence: The Culture of Islam: Changing Aspects of Contemporary Muslim Life
- Saliba, Therese, Carolyn Allen, and Judith A. Howard, editors: Gender, Politics, and Islam
- Wikan, Unni: Behind the Veil in Arabia: Women in Oman
Hotspots: ethnic conflict and violence
- Griffin, Nicholas: Caucasus: A Journey to the Land between Christianity and Islam
- Johnson, Rob: A Region in Turmoil: South Asian Conflicts since 1947
- Kakar, Sudhir: The Colors of Violence: Cultural Identities, Religion, and Conflict
- Malkki, Liisa H.: Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania
- Mitchell, Jr., Richard G.: Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times • Read an excerpt and an interview.
- Politkovskaya, Anna: A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya • Read an an excerpt.
- Schwartz, Regina M.: The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism • Read an interview with the author.
- Taylor, Lewis: Shining Path: Guerrilla War in Peru's Northern Highlands
- Tambiah, Stanley Jeyaraja: Buddhism Betrayed?: Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka
- Tambiah, Stanley Jeyaraja: Sri Lanka--Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy
The American Association of University Presses has a collective bibliography of related books: go to Books for Understanding on the AAUP website.
[This site was created by the University of Chicago Press in the days and weeks after September 11, 2001, as a place for the creation and collection of writings by our authors about 9/11. The book list was last updated in 2006.]