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James Gelvin


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Response to Criticisms of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA The G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (hereafter CNES) of UCLA is one of the oldest such centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest, currently including seventy-six affiliated faculty (among whom are seventeen lecturers/adjuncts and fifteen academically active and productive emeriti), representing such diverse departments/fields as Anthropology, Art ...

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New Texts Out Now: James Gelvin, The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know

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James Gelvin, The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): How did you come to write this book? James Gelvin (JG): In the winter of 2011, I made contact with Oxford University Press about doing a condensed, “trade” (i.e., mass market) version of my The Modern Middle East: A History. I thought this would be useful because, among other things, the book lays out the historical background for the Arab ...

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New Texts Out Now: James Gelvin, "The Modern Middle East" and "The Arab Uprisings"

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James L. Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History, Third Edition. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. James L. Gelvin, The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write The Modern Middle East: A History originally, and what led you to work on this revised and updated edition?  James Gelvin: Oxford originally suggested I do the book and I agreed ...

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James Gelvin


James L. Gelvin is professor of modern Middle Eastern history at UCLA.  He was graduated from Columbia University (A.B.), the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia Univeristy (M.I.A.), and Harvard University (Ph.D.).  He has taught at Boston College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the American University in Beirut.  A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (University of California Press, 1998), The Modern Middle East: A History (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007, 2011), The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2007), along with numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes.  He is currently working on a book about the current uprisings in the Arab Middle East for Oxford University Press.



Circuits and Networks: Islam and Islamic Communities in the First Age of Globalization (Co-editor, forthcoming).

The Modern Middle East: A History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007, 2011).

Israel Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge, ENG: Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2007).

Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).



"Nationalism, Anarchism, Reform: Political Islam from the Inside Out," Middle East Policy, XVII:3 (Autumn 2010).

"'Arab Nationalism': Has a New Framework Emerged?," Pensee, International Journal of Middle East Studies (Winter 2009).

"Al-Qaeda and Anarchism: A Historian's Reply to Terrorology," Terrorism and Political Violence 20:4 (Autumn 2008).

“The Politics of Notables Forty Years After,” Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 40:1 (June 2006).

“Globalization, Religion, and Politics in the Middle East: The Current Crisis in Historical Perspective,” Global Development Studies (Winter 2004/Spring 2005).

“Islamism and Nationalism: Common Roots, Common Destinies,” Beiruter Blaetter: Mitteilungen des Orient-Institutes Beirut, 10-11 (March 2004).

“Zionism and the Representation of ‘Jewish Palestine’ at the New York World’s Fair, 1939-1940” The International History Review XXII:1 (March 2000).

"Modernity and Its Discontents: On the Durability of Nationalism in the Arab Middle East," Nations and Nationalism 5:1 (January 1999).

"The League of Nations and the Question of National Identity in the Fertile Crescent," in World Affairs (Summer 1995).

"The Social Origins of Popular Nationalism in Syria: Evidence for a New Framework," in International Journal of Middle East Studies (November 1994).

"Demonstrating Communities in Post-Ottoman Syria," in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History XXV:I (Summer 1994).


“The Middle East Breasted Discovered,” in Geoff Emberling and John Larson (eds.), Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-20 (Chicago: Oriental Institute, forthcoming). “Resolution of the Syrian General Congress—1919,” in Neil Schlager (ed.), Milestone Documents in World History (Dallas: Schlager Group, forthcoming).

“’Modernity,’ ‘Tradition,’ and the Battleground of Gender in Early Twentieth-Century Damascus,” in Michael Dodson (ed.) Traditional Scholarship and Asian National Identity (forthcoming).

"American Global Economic Policy and the Civic Order in the Middle East," in Michael Bonine et al. (eds.), Is There a Middle East? (forthcoming).

“Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc?: Reassessing the Lineages of Nationalism in Bilad al-Sham,” in Thomas Philipp and Christoph Schumann (eds.), From the Syrian Land to the State of Syria (Würtzburg: ERGON Verlag, 2004).

“T.E. Lawrence and Historical Representation,“ in Charles Stang (ed.), The Waking Dream of T.E. Lawrence: Essays on His Life, Literature, and Legacy (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2002).

“Secularism and Religion in the Arab Middle East: Reinventing Islam in a World of Nation States,” in Derek R. Peterson and Darren Walhof (eds.), The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief and Politics in History (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002).

“Developmentalism, Revolution, and Freedom in the Arab Middle East: The Cases of Egypt, Syria, and Iraq,” in Robert H. Taylor (ed.), The Idea of Freedom in Asia and Africa (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002).

"(Re)Presenting Nations: Demonstrations and Nationalisms in Pre-Mandate Syria," in F. Moge Gocek (ed.), Social Constructions of Nationalism in the Middle East (Albany: SUNY Press, 2002).

“Napoleon in Egypt as History and Polemic,” in Irene Bierman (ed.), Napoleon in Egypt (Reading, ENG: Ithaca Press, 2003).

“The Other Arab Nationalism: Syrian/Arab Populism in Its Historical and International Contexts" in James Jankowski and Israel Gershoni (eds.), Rethinking Nationalisms in the Arab World (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).

"The Ironic Legacy of the King-Crane Commission," in David W. Lesch (ed.), The United States in the Middle East: A Historical Reassessment (Boulder: Westview Press, 1995).