E N G A G I N G B O O K S
Engaging Books is a series that highlights important new texts by various publishers on a given theme, along with an excerpt from each volume, for teaching, review, and research purposes. Click here for E.B. posts.
A R C H I V E S M O D U L E
MESPI’s Archive Module will host a wide array of open source archival resources and documents to serve educators and researchers. Researchers will also have the opportunity to upload documents to archives module.
Syllabus Tool! What?
True! MESPI is working on its biggest project yet: A Syllabus-Building Tool, geared primarily for the survey course. It will draw on both the MESPI community and curated resources as well as on the Knowledge Production Project to furnish a variety of choices and models. Educators would select the topic or country on which they seek resources, identify the category (Book, Peer-Reviewed Article, etc.), reading load (number of pages/week), and level (introductory, intermediate, advanced). The interactive tool would guide them through the retrieval of these resources.
Interview: Noura Erakat on Democracy Now!
Lecture: The Arab World Between Democratization and Rebellion
The Nerdiest Show: Episode 2, Ch. 4, Gaza as a Metaphor
Interview: Labor Struggles in the Arab World
Understanding the New Middle East
States, Conflicts, & Policy in the Middle East
Justice for some
by Noura Erakat
“Justice for Some offers a new approach to understanding the Palestinian struggle for freedom, told through the power and control of international law. Focusing on key junctures―from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to present-day wars in Gaza―Noura Erakat shows how the strategic deployment of law has shaped current conditions. “
Islam without Europe
by Ahmad Dallal
“Ahmad S. Dallal’s pathbreaking intellectual history of the eighteenth-century Muslim world challenges stale views of this period as one of decline, stagnation, and the engendering of a widespread fundamentalism. Far from being moribund, Dallal argues, the eighteenth century–prior to systematic European encounters–was one of the most fertile eras in Islamic thought.”
The P.E. Book Prize recognizes and disseminates exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must have a political economy theme, we welcome nominations from across academic disciplines. Submissions are read and judged by a committee drawn from PEP’s membership. Eligible texts may be either Arabic or English language. The book must make an original contribution to critical political economy research. [click for more]
The Arab Uprisings led not only to upheaval in domestic politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) but also to a change in the regional power balance. The so-called “counter-revolutionary states” and the camp that is more amenable to Islamists. Yet, on occasion, these two rival groups stand together against what is sometimes referred as “axis of resistance.” [click for more]
The P.E. Summer Institute fosters and supports critical scholarship on the political economy of the Middle East and beyond. It brings together faculty leaders and student participants for four days of immersive study. Faculty members lead sessions on themes such as state formation, imperialism, and labor, while students present their research and workshop their papers. [click for more]
MESPI's one-stop Shop
MESPI is a curated interactive platform for Middle East Studies resources, specifically tailored for the needs of teachers, researchers, and students. It is a one-stop-shop for course design on the macro level, lesson planning on the micro level, and for scholarship vis-a-vis specific topics, countries, and disciplines. The MESPI project strives to reorient the way educators and students research, learn, and teach the Middle East.
Our Global community
The MESPI platform makes approaching scholarship and teaching accessible to all, through creating a community/network of educators and building partnerships with research centers, organizations, and projects that will constitute its evolving decision-making body. This project thus becomes that of a community interested in providing a more critical alternative to existing mainstream pedagogic materials/approaches.
Syllabus tool & bank
MESPI’S Syllabus-Building Tool will draw on both the MESPI community and curated resources as well as on the Knowledge Production Project to furnish a variety of choices and models. Educators would select the topic or country on which they seek resources, identify the category, reading load, and level of instruction. The interactive tool would guide them through the retrieval of these resources.