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Middle East Studies for the New Milleniu: Infrastructures of Knowledge

Seteney Shami and Cynthia Miller-Idriss


Few world regions today are of more pressing social and political interest than the Middle East: hardly a day has passed in the last decade without events there making global news. Understanding the region has never been more important, yet the field of Middle East studies in the United States is in flux, enmeshed in ongoing controversies about the relationship between knowledge and power, the role of the federal government at universities, and ways of knowing other cultures and places. This book explores the big-picture issues affecting the field, from the geopolitics of knowledge production ... More

Keywords: Middle East, knowledge, power, Islamophobia, American university, Middle East scholar, Arab relations

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479827787
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479827787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seteney Shami, editor
Arab Council for the Social Sciences

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, editor
American University

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Introduction: The Many Crises of Middle East Studies

Seteney Shami and Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Part One Disciplines and Their Boundaries

Part Two Middle East Studies and the University

Chapter Eight Islamic Studies in US Universities

Charles Kurzman and Carl W. Ernst

Part Three The Politics of Knowledge

Chapter Nine Area Studies and the Decade after 9/11

Seteney Shami and Marcial Godoy-Anativia