From the Editors
Contesting Narratives, Locating Power (Lund Conference)
The Arab uprisings have opened new avenues for the reassessment of the teaching of Middle East studies. The assumptions of stagnation of the Middle East have resulted in stagnation of Middle East teaching in the US. For too long, established standards about teaching the Middle East set in since the Islamic revolution and have not been revised since. Sep. 11 merely intensified the already existing trends of subsuming Middle East under the rubric of Islam. An over-emphasis of Islam has compromised the incorporation of socio-economic factors in Middle East analysis. Some Middle East courses were even listed under courses on terrorism (and vice versa). Arab uprisings have shaken--or should shake--the arrogant self-confidence of Western standards of Middle East studies. This represent an opportunity to revise and even overhaul the teaching of the Middle East. Several questions should be reconsidered, including the boundaries of the region. The political deference to Israel has even prevented the study of Arab politics: the Middle East as a unit of analysis was intended to incorporate Israel into the region (on permanent basis) and to dismiss the political salience of Arab identities. The obituaries of Arab nationalism (and of the Arab masses) have been regularly read since the late 1970s. Just as the Arab youths have shattered myths about Arab politics, academics of the Middle East should at least try to shatter their own myths.
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@sakkeh3arja @im_PULSE Hate to break it to قلق but we are working on other matters too, and still addressed all your anger/insults, & more.
yesterday at 10:45 AM
@sakkeh3arja Not at all. Yourself and Pulse, as well as others, will be invited to join an e-roundtable to address this properly.
yesterday at 10:43 AM
@sakkeh3arja just saw this comment. shows you're really angry, and incorrect in this assumption/tweet.
yesterday at 10:33 AM
@sakkeh3arja no denials. it's for all to see, and follow. despite ur accusations and insults, we engaged. must sign off for real now.
yesterday at 10:32 AM
@sakkeh3arja no changing of story. the emphasis is on DC because of its gravity/relations/power, even if it happens elsewhere. not odd.
yesterday at 10:27 AM
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