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.
Author: Carl W. Ernst
Publisher: SAGE Publishing India
Release Date: 2017-10-30
This collection of articles by Carl W Ernst summarizes over 30 years of research, recovering and illuminating remarkable examples of Islamic culture that have been largely overlooked, if not forgotten. It opens with reflections on teaching Islam, focusing on major themes such as Sufism, the Qur’an, the Prophet Muhammad, and Arabic literature. The importance of public scholarship and the questionable opposition between Islam and the West are also addressed. The articles that follow explore multiple facets of Sufism, the ethical and spiritual tradition that has flourished in Muslim societies for over a thousand years. The cumulative effect is to move away from static Orientalist depictions of Sufism and Islam through a series of vivid and creative case studies.
Author: Suad Joseph
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Release Date: 2018-07-10
Genre: Social Science
Family remains the most powerful social idiom and one of the most powerful social structures throughout the Arab world. To engender love of nation among its citizens, national movements portray the nation as a family. To motivate loyalty, political leaders frame themselves as fathers, mothers, brothers, or sisters to their clients, parties, or the citizenry. To stimulate production, economic actors evoke the sense of duty and mutual commitment of family obligation. To sanctify their edicts, clerics wrap religion in the moralities of family and family in the moralities of religion. Social and political movements, from the most secular to the most religious, pull on the tender strings of family love to recruit and bind their members to each other. To call someone family is to offer them almost the highest possible intimacy, loyalty, rights, reciprocities, and dignity. In recognizing the significance of the concept of family, this state-of-the-art literature review captures the major theories, methods, and case studies carried out on Arab families over the past century. The book offers a country-by-country critical assessment of the available scholarship on Arab families. Sixteen chapters focus on specific countries or groups of countries; seven chapters offer examinations of the literature on key topical issues. Joseph’s volume provides an indispensable resource to researchers and students, and advances Arab family studies as a critical independent field of scholarship.
Es gibt kaum ein explosiveres Thema als "Die Araber und der Holocaust" - das Terrain ist vermint, voller Vorwürfe und Gegenvorwürfe: Die einen werden beschuldigt, den Holocaust zu verleugnen; den anderen wird vorgeworfen, die eigene Tragödie auszubeuten und die der Gegenseite zu ignorieren. In seiner wegweisenden Untersuchung hat der Politikwissenschaftler Gilbert Achcar das Geflecht der unvereinbar scheinenden Narrative und ihre Rolle im Nahost-Konflikt untersucht. Er analysiert die verschiedenen arabischen Reaktionen auf den Nationalsozialismus, von den ersten drohenden Vorzeichen des Völkermords an den Juden über die Gründung Israels und die von Massenvertreibungen begleitete Zerstörung des historischen Palästina bis zur Gegenwart, und stellt sie in ihren jeweiligen historischen und politischen Kontext. Er kritisiert jede Geschichtsschreibung und politische Propaganda, die durch Antisemitismus und Holocaust-Leugnung motiviert sind. Berechtigte Kritik, darauf besteht Achcar, muss einhergehen mit ehrlicher Selbstkritik. Achcars Buch wirkt befreiend, weil es Möglichkeiten der Verständigung eröffnet, die seit Jahren durch einen erbitterten internationalen Propagandakrieg verschüttet werden.
The World Of Learning 2000 lists some 30,000 academic institutions and details more than 200,000 staff and officials. It provides extensive coverage of over 3,000 universities, colleges and other centers of learning. It has information on over 400 international cultural, scientific and educational organizations.