Is there anyone reading this LJ who has a good familiarity with Middle Eastern history and/or folklore? I don’t mean the ancient past (I got that covered), but rather from the beginning of the Islamic period forward. I am pig-ignorant of that subject, and could use a brain to pick in finding suitable readings for a particular purpose.
If that happens to be an area and time you’re familiar with, please e-mail me off-journal — marie (dot) brennan (at) gmail (dot) com.
Edited to add: Putting the history part in more specific terms, I need good books to read on the later Ottoman Empire. My knowledge of it pretty much ends at the name, alas.