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Engaging Books Series: Saqi Books Selections on Art and Literature in Palestine

[Engaging Books is a returning series that features books by various publishers on a given theme, along with an excerpt from each volume. This installment involves a selection from Saqi Books on the theme of art and literature in Palestine. Other...

Peer-Reviewed Articles Review: Fall 2018 (Part I)

[The Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) brings you the fifth in a series of "Peer-Reviewed Article Reviews" in which we present a collection of journals and their articles concerned with the Middle East and Arab world. This series will...

NEWTON Bouquet: “Urbanization, Urbanism, and Metropolitanism in the Middle East” (November 2018)

For our November NEWTON bouquet, we chose to focus on urbanization, urbanism, and metropolitanism in the Middle East. Many of the large urban centers in the region, such as Cairo and Baghdad, have long, complex histories. Other cities, like Kuwait...

 

Pedagogic Highlights

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.

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Teach-In: Global Migrations

Lecture: Economic Governance and Reconstruction

The Nerdiest Show: Episode 1, Books Received on the Uprisings

InterviewLabor Struggles in the Arab World

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Understanding the New Middle East

by UCLA

States, Conflicts, & Policy in the Middle East

by George Mason University

   SPOTLIGHT 

Revolutions without revolutionaries
by Asef Bayat

“The book is an attempt to understand the meaning of Arab revolutions by comparing them to the revolutions of the 1970s, in particular the Iranian revolution of 1979.”

Islamists and the politics of the Arab Uprisings
by Hendrik Kraetzschmar and Paola Rivetti

“The introduction calls for a rejection of exceptionalism, according to which organized political Islam is too peculiar to compare with non-Islamist social and political organizations.”

Book Prize Ceremony at MEASA 2017

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 future of political Islam in a changing Regional order

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]

Political Economy Summer Institute Session on Class

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.

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