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Peer-Reviewed Articles Review: Fall 2020 (Part 1)

[The Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) brings you the fourteenth 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...

Live with ASI: Episode 5 Digest – January 2021

Live with ASI is a new monthly broadcast program that showcases recently published content from the Arab Studies Institute’s numerous branches. This content includes articles, reviews, pedagogical resources, podcasts, and more. Also featured in the broadcast are brand new interviews and...

Essential Readings: The Hirak (Algerian Uprisings of 2019)

By : Muriam Haleh Davis, Thomas Serres, and the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) [The Essential Readings series is curated by the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) team at the Arab Studies Institute. MESPI invites scholars to contribute to our Essential Readings...

 

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  • Essential Readings
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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.

Video

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

Audio

The Battle of Algiers Film Discussion

by Status Audio Journal Hosts

Does the Arab Region have an Agrarian Question?

by Max Ajl

   SPOTLIGHT 

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

 “Ten years ago on 17 December 2010, Bouazizi immolated himself, ushering in what has come to be known as the Arab Uprisings. 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.

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