Despite a delay in production due to COVID-19, we are excited to announce the second issue of the Pedagogy JadMag. With a variety of articles, interviews, and roundtable discussions, this issue touches on topics ranging from teaching migration to questions of academic precarity. Ahlam Muhtaseb penned this issue’s centerpiece article on teaching Palestine through film. In the piece, Muhtaseb reflects on the challenges of teaching through film, Hollywood-constructed expectations for happiness and the impact on student reception of films about Palestine, as well as opportunities for engagement with filmmakers due to the global shift online with COVID-19. The issue also features two special collections of MESPI resources: the Essential Readings on the Left series and the Peer-Reviewed Articles Review Bouquets on Race and the Middle East.

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“Can We Watch Something Uplifting?”: On Teaching Palestine Through Film by Ahlam Muhtaseb

A Year of Research and Writing from My Bedroom by Mostafa Minawi

Breaking Point by Anthony Alessandrini

Reflections on the Interconnectedness of Student Activism, Academic Freedom, and Solidarity by Kylie Broderick

Pedagogy and Grades: The University of California is neither Public nor Elite by Jack Davies

Curricular Justice: Arab American Studies and the Struggle for California’s Schools by Beshara Kehdi

On Decolonial Studies by Paraska Tolan-Szliknik


A Roundtable on Academic Precarity, Omar Dahi, Layla Ghoushey, Dina Haddad, Pheroze Unwalla

Teaching the Mediterranean: An Interview with Julia Clancy-Smith, by Jacob Bessen

Teaching Anthropology of the Economic from the Middle East: An Interview with Julia Elyachar, by Jacob Bessen

Tadween Talks: Understanding the Arab Uprisings, An Interview with Ziad Abu-Rish by
Jonathan Adler

Reflections on Palestinian Studies, An Interview with Beshara Doumani by Sherene Seikaly

The Middle East Studies Association’s Global Academy: An Interview with Aslı Bâli by Bassam Haddad

Engaging Books from Stanford University Press: An Interview with Caroline McKusick by Jonathan Adler


Iranian Socialism and Communism by Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi

The Left in Mandate Palestine by Musa Budeiri

Marxism and the Left in Egypt by Joel Beinin

Land, Water, and the Environment in the Israeli Occupied Palestinian Territories by Sophia Stamatopoulu-Robbins

“Democracy Promotion” by Benjamin Schuetze

Politics and Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa by Nicola Pratt


Neha Vora, Teach for Arabia: American Universities, Liberalism, and Transnational Qatar

Raja Adal, Beauty in the Age of Empire: Japan, Egypt and the Global History of Aesthetic Education

Sean Yom, The Societies of the Middle East and North Africa: Structures, Vulnerabilities, and Forces

Rosie Bsheer, Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia

Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera (eds.), Global Middle East: Into the 21st Century

Ahmed Kanna, Amélie Le Renard, and Neha Vora, Beyond Exception: New Approaches to the Arabian Peninsula

Omnia El Shakry (ed.), Understanding and Teaching the Modern Middle East

Stanford University Press Selections On Heritage Politics

Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia By Rosie Bsheer

The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice By Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh

Heritage and the Cultural Struggle for Palestine By Chiara De Cesari

Islands of Heritage: Conservation and Transformation in Yemen By Nathalie Peutz

Oneworld Publication Selections on Radical Histories of the Middle East

Khalil Maleki The Human Face of Iranian Socialism by Homa Katouzian

Contested Modernity Sectarianism, Nationalism, and Colonialism in Bahrain by Omar H. AlShehabi

A Rebel’s Journey Mostafa Sho‘aiyan and Revolutionary Theory in Iran by Peyman Vahabzadeh

Call to Arms: Iran’s Marxist Revolutionaries Formation and Evolution of Fada’is, 1964–1976 by Ali Rahnema


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

Race and the Middle East in the United States: Peer-Reviewed Articles, 1979–2019

Palestine, Israel, and Race: Peer-Reviewed Articles, 1979–2019