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: John Chalcraft’s Essential Readings: Uprising, Resistance, & Popular Mobilization in the Middle East.
Interview: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins’ Essential Readings: Land, Water, & the Environment in the OPT
Lecture: “Yemeni Fractures: Uprisings and Civil Wars” – Sama’a Al-Hamdani
The Battle of Algiers Film Discussion
Does the Arab Region have an Agrarian Question?
A CRITICAL POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Edited by Joel Beinin, Bassam Haddad, Sherene Seikaly
“Challenging conventional wisdom on the origins and contemporary dynamics of capitalism in the region, these cutting-edge essays demonstrate how critical political economy can illuminate both historical and contemporary dynamics of the region and contribute to wider political economy debates from the vantage point of the Middle East.”
10 Years On: Mass Protests and Uprisings in the Arab World
Arab Studies Institute, Princeton’s Arab Barometer, and George Mason’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Project
“This video addresses the contours of the project and introduces the partners involved. Our first panel will be held in late January 2021, and will address the broad historical context within which the uprisings take place.”
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.