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NEWTON: Genocide in Libya

Ali Abdullatif Ahmida, Genocide in Libya: Shar, a Hidden Colonial History (Routledge, 2020). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ali Abdullatif Ahmida (AA): My grandparents were freedom fighters in the anti-colonial resistance in Libya. With the exception of the work of a few...

Race in the Middle East and North Africa: Peer-Reviewed Articles 1979-2019

The Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) regularly presents curated selections of articles concerning the Middle East and North Africa as well as current topics of interest. This is the first installment of three bouquets of articles on the topic “race” in academic journal articles...

NEWTON: Religious Statecraft

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran (Columbia University Press, Hardcover 2018, Paperback 2019). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?  Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar (MAT): I started graduate school with the goal of studying what I had observed and...

 

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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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Interview: Noura Erakat on Democracy Now!

Lecture: “The Arab Uprisings: Why Women Matter” – Hibba Abugideiri

Politics in the Time of Corona: Episode 11, Anti-Asian Racism: A Feature of the Covid 19 Pandemic

Lecture: “Yemeni Fractures: Uprisings and Civil Wars” – Sama’a Al-Hamdani

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'MESPI Talks': A Conversation with Katy Whiting of the Sijal Institute on Arabic Education in Amman

by Status Audio Journal Hosts

Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States

by The Nerdiest Show

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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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