As readers, we too often take for granted that the best books of the year are released by the Big 5 publishers. But the truth is that great works of academic writing many times outlast non-academic works when it comes to shaping a given conversation. With this in mind, here are ten must-read academic books slated for 2015, on themes ranging from Islam and liberalism to veterans’ and migrants’ rights.
Islam in Liberalism, Joseph A. Massad (University of Chicago)
It’s hard to imagine a more necessary and timely book. Massad’s work is likely to become the sine qua non of studies on how Islam and liberalism interface in politics and culture. At a crucial historical moment, it takes a hard look at Islam and the liberal — and ironically Christian — mission to purify it.