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Hiba Bou Akar

Cities Page Co-Editor

Urbanists Can Never Afford to be Apolitical: An Interview with Nezar AlSayyad on Urbanization in the Middle East

[Professor Nezar AlSayyad.]

In what ways is the study of cities important to the broader field of Middle East studies, and what are the broader trajectories of such forms of analysis? For insight into the issues that underpin such a question, the following interview was conducted on 30 August 2013 with Nezar AlSayyad, who is Professor of Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, and Urban History at the University of California Berkeley, and current editor of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. ...

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Hiba Bou Akar


Hiba Bou Akar is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Middle Eastern Studies at Hampshire College. She has published articles on geographies of planning, war, violence, security, and religious political organizations. She was the co-editor of Narrating Beirut from its Borderlines (Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2011) and a special issue on “Security and the City” in City & Society (2012). She is currently working on a book project entitled Planning Beirut: For the War Yet to Come, focusing on the spatial practices of religious-political organizations in shaping post civil war frontier geographies. Hiba is a co-editor of Jadaliyya's Cities Page. Click here to visit her Hampshire College profile.