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NEWTON: The Lived Nile

Jennifer L. Derr, The Lived Nile: Environment, Disease, and Material Colonial Economy in Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2019). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jennifer Derr (JD): My inspiration to write this book came from different directions. Firstly, I have spent many years of...

Peer-Reviewed Articles Review: Fall 2019 (Part 3)

[The Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) brings you the tenth 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 be published seasonally. Each issue will comprise...

NEWTON: Wrapped in the Flag of Israel

Smadar Lavie, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture, Revised Edition with a New Afterword by the Author (University of Nebraska Press, 2018). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Smadar Lavie (SL): Since I submitted the first edition of Wrapped in...

 

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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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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

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 

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.”

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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