The Oxford podcast on new books about the Middle East: Maintaining our tradition of book launches for members of our community, as well as discussing new and noteworthy books with authors from outside our community.

Listen to the complete podcast series

The earlier booktalk epsidoes are also available as edited videos on our MEC YouTube channel

Here is the complete list of MEC Booktalk guest authors:
Aaron Rock-Singer, In the Shade of the Sunna: Salafi Piety in the 20th-Century Middle East (University of California Press, 2022)
Aaron Tugendhaft, The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet (University of Chicago Press, 2020) and Joshua Craze
Ahmed El Shamsy, Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2020)
Andrew March, The Caliphate of Man: The Invention of Popular Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought (Harvard University Press, 2021)
Carl Rommel, Egypt's Football Revolution: Emotion, Masculinity, and Uneasy Politics (University of Texas Press, 2021)
Chihab El KhachabMaking Film in Egypt: How Labor, Technology, and Mediation Shape the Industry (American University in Cairo Press, 2021)
David RundellVision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads (Bloomsbury, 2020)
David Warren, Rivals in the Gulf: Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Abdullah Bin Bayyah, and the Qatar-UAE Contest Over the Arab Spring and the Gulf Crisis (Routledge, 2021)
Deborah StarrTogo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema (University of California Press, 2020)
Diana Galeeva, Russia and the GCC, The Case of Tatarstan’s Paradiplomacy (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2023)

Elie PodehIsrael’s Secret Relations with States and Minorities in the Middle East, 1948-2020 (Hebrew, 2022; and English forthcoming)
Fatemeh Shams, A Revolution in Rhyme: Poetic Co-option under the Islamic Republic (Oxford University Press, 2021)
Hicham AlaouiPacted Democracy in the Middle East: Tunisia and Egypt in Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)
Ian Martin, All Necessary Measures? The United Nations and International Intervention in Libya (Hurst, 2022)
Jeremy Bowen, The Making of the Modern Middle East (Pan Macmillan, 2022)
John McManus, Inside Qatar: Hidden Stories from One of the Richest Nations on Earth (Icon Books, 2022)

Michael Willis, Algeria: Politics and Society from the Dark Decade to the Hirak (Hurst, 2022)
Steffen Hertog, Locked Out of Development: Insiders and Outsiders in Arab Capitalism (Elements in the Politics of Development Series) (Cambridge University Press, 2023)