Middle Eastern History

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  • 17 Jul 2023
    Robert Kubinec

    Arabs Want Democracy—But Not With Corruption

    Despite the costly efforts of Arab activists and citizens over the past decade of the Arab Uprisings, today no Arab state can claim to be fully democratic. Two countries, Egypt and Tunisia, traveled farthest down the path towards democracy, and Tunisia witnessed ten years of democratic elections–but today neither country protects the rights of citizens […]

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  • 27 Apr 2023
    Hans-Lukas Kieser

    What Prevents Democracy in Turkey?

    The Conference of Lausanne in 1922-23 offers invaluable insights into the state of the world, Europe, and the Middle East at a crossroads after World War I. This Near East Peace Conference resulted in the Lausanne Treaty, the international “birth certificate” of the Republic of Turkey, founded in October 1923. The Treaty of Lausanne belatedly […]

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  • 31 Mar 2023
    Alexander Jabbari

    What happened to the Persianate in the age of nationalism?

    Iranian literary historian Muhammad-Taqi Bahar (1885-1951) together with Pakistani political and literary figures

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  • 6 Dec 2022
    Adam R. Gaiser

    Thinking about Muslim Sects and Schools

    The Muslim community, known as the umma, is meant to be united. The Qur’an, in chapter 29, verse 92, states that “Indeed, this your umma is one umma, and I am your Lord; so worship Me.” Yet Muslims, just like Jews, Christians and other religious groups, divided into various communal divisions quite early in their […]

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  • 15 Nov 2022
    Andrew Hammond

    Modern Islamic Thought Through a Different Lens: Bringing the Late Ottomans Into the Story

    On November 17 my latest book is finally published and I just wanted to give a brief outline here of what it’s about. Titled Late Ottoman Origins of Modern Islamic Thought: Turkish and Egyptian Scholars on the Disruption of Islamic Knowledge, it starts off from a basic observation: if you read any of the histories of […]

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  • 8 Sep 2022
    Patricia Blessing

    Why Ottoman Architecture? A Research Journey

    Architecture and Material Politics in the Fifteenth-century Ottoman Empire stems from my research on Ottoman architecture, which I began in summer 2014, shortly before the publication of my first book, Rebuilding Anatolia after the Mongol Conquest. That book addresses buildings located in Turkey, which were built for Muslim patrons in the second half of the […]

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  • 1 Dec 2021
    Frances S. Hasso

    “Buried in the Red Dirt”: Thinking about Palestinian Death and Reproduction

    As I was conceptualizing a project on death in early 2016, a friend and colleague I was visiting in Jerusalem mentioned a sloppy online essay that had drawn the ire of Palestinian feminists. The piece essentially argued that Palestinian women had difficulty receiving an abortion in the West Bank because of “culture.” Thinking about abortion […]

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  • 11 Aug 2021
    Nicholas Danforth

    The Misreading of Mid-Century Turkey

    How complicit is the field of Middle East studies in helping Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan consolidate his authoritarian rule? It’s a completely unfair question, of course. But, having lobbed similar accusations at a previous generation of scholars, we should perhaps give it some thought. Over the past several decades there has been a proliferation […]

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