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middle East studies pedagogy Initiative

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.

In Cooperation with The Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University (GMU), The Center For Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, The Asfari Institute For Civil Society And Citizenship at the American University in Beirut, the Center for Global Islamic Studies at GMU, we are launching he Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) to provide critical, user-friendly, and informative pedagogical material and instruction to educators in the field and beyond. MESPI will build on at least four counts: a) create and grow a community/network of educators; b) make available to them and to researchers, journalists, and students a wide array of resources; c) provide in good time a robust syllabus-building tool; and, finally, and most critically, d) MESPI will build partnerships with research centers, organizations, and projects that will constitute its evolving decision-making body.

Our Modules 

MESPI’s community based projects include the following modules and databases in complete form and in progress:

Essential Readings
Peer-Reviewed Articles Review
Engaging Books
New Texts Out Now
Language Programs Database
Degree Programs Database

MESPI’s modules in progress:

Syllabus Building Tool
Syllabus Library
Teaching the Survey/Intro Course
Secondary Education Module
Books Review Database
Textbooks Corrections Project
Wiki-Like Input Interface
Community Discussion List
Archives Module
Maps and Documents Module
Module on Teaching Methods
Modules on Essential Topics and Themes
Novels in the Classroom
Films in the Classroom



Adam Hanieh
Ahmad Dallal
Akram Khater
Amaney Jamal
Arang Keshavarzian
Asef Bayat
Asli Bali
Beth Baron
Fida Adely
Ilham Khuri-Makdisi
Jessica Winegar
Jillian Schwedler
John Willis
Khalid Medani
Lila Abu Lughod
Lisa Wedeen
Marc Lynch
Maria Dakake
Max Weiss
Melani Cammett
Muriam Haleh Davis
Nathalie Peutz
Pete Moore
Peter Mandaville
Rochelle Davis
Samah Selim
Sara Scalenghe
Sarah Shields
Shira Robinson
Suad Joseph
Lara Deeb
Zachary Lockman
Huseyin Yilmaz



Bassam HaddadCo-Director
Ziad Abu-RishCo-Director
Nadya SbaitiNEWTON Editor
Rosie BsheerMESPI Editor
Sherene SeikalyMESPI Editor
Rochelle DavisMESPI Editor
Huseyin YilmazMESPI Editor
Mekarem EljamalMESPI Associate Editor
Jacob BessenEssential Readings Editor
Shakeela OmarPeer-Review Articles Review (PRAR) Editor
Claire ChristensenPRAR Co-Coordinator
Maddie VagadoriMESPI Website Editor
Jonathan AdlerEngaging Texts and Essential Readings Editor
Willa HartPRAR Co-Coordinator
Kylie BroderickASI Liaison

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