Middle East studies for the new millennium: infrastructures of knowledge

Shami, Seteney and Cynthia Miller-Idriss (editors)
Social Science Research Council : New York University Press
Call Number
DS61.9.U6 M52 2016
Reference Only
Number of Pages
Library of Congress Subject Heading
Middle East -- Study and teaching -- United States


Introduction. The many crises of Middle East studies / Seteney Shami and Cynthia Miller-Idriss -- Part I. Disciplines and their boundaries. Scientific knowledge, liberalism, and empire : American political science in the modern Middle East / Lisa Wedeen -- Middle East in sociology, sociology in the Middle East / Re┼čat Kasaba -- Oil on the waters? : Middle East studies and economics for the Middle East / Karen Pfeifer -- The interdisciplinary spatial turn and the discipline of geography in Middle East studies / Amy Mills and Timur Hammond -- Part II. Middle East studies and the university. The dual logics of international education in the global university : the case of Middle East studies at New York University / Jonathan Z. Friedman and Cynthia Miller-Idriss -- Arabic language learning on US campuses after 9/11 : "needs" and challenges / Elizabeth Anderson Worden and Jeremy M. Browne -- Trends in the production of knowledge about the Middle East within and across disciplines : a survey of PhD dissertations, 2000-2010 / Laura Bier -- Islamic studies in US universities / Charles Kurzman and Carl W. Ernst -- Part III. The politics of knowledge. Area studies and the decade after 9/11 / Seteney Shami and Marcial Godoy-Anativia -- In the shadow of orientalism : the historiography of US-Arab relations / Ussama Makdisi -- The risk of knowing / Irene Gendzier -- Afterword. Middle East studies for the new millennium : infrastructures of knowledge / Lisa Anderson -- Appendix. Producing knowledge on world regions : overview of data collection and project methodology, 2000-present / Jonathan Z. Friedman.


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. Assembling a wide range of scholars immersed in the transformations of their disciplines and the study of this world region, Middle East Studies for the New Millennium explores the big-picture issues affecting the field, from the geopolitics of knowledge production to structural changes in the university to broader political and public contexts. Tracing the development of the field from the early days of the American university to the "Islamophobia" of the present day, this book explores Middle East studies as a discipline and, more generally, its impact on the social sciences and academia. Topics include how different disciplines engage with Middle East scholars, how American universities teach Middle East studies and related fields, and the relationship between scholarship and U.S.-Arab relations, among others. Middle East Studies for the New Millennium presents a comprehensive, authoritative overview of how this crucial field of academic inquiry came to be and where it is going next. -- NYU Press website