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Middle East Studies for the New MilleniuInfrastructures of Knowledge$
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Seteney Shami and Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479827787

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479827787.001.0001

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Introduction: The Many Crises of Middle East Studies

Introduction: The Many Crises of Middle East Studies

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(p.1) Introduction: The Many Crises of Middle East Studies
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Middle East Studies for the New Milleniu
Author(s):

Seteney Shami

Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479827787.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to draw a portrait of the issues animating and challenging the field of Middle East studies (MES) in their academic and national contexts. The book presents some of the findings of a decade-long (2000–2010) research project organized by the Social Science Research Council in New York, which began with examining Middle East studies and expanded to investigate other area studies fields as well as the thrust toward the global in US universities. It is concerned with three main themes: the relationship between MES and various disciplines (political science, sociology, economics, and geography), current reformulations and new emphases in MES (in terms of university restructuring, language training, and scholarly trends), the politics of knowledge, and the impact on the field of MES of the many crises in the region.

Keywords:   Middle East studies, world politics, Social Science Research Council, politics, knowledge

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