Middle East Studies: International Perspectives on the State of the Art


This pioneering volume examines the condition of Middle East studies in nine major countries across three continents. Designed as a state of the art assessment of the field, the book also explores the institutional bases of Middle East studies across cultural and ideological boundaries. The contributors identify a number of emerging trends in Middle East studies, particularly a new emphasis on relevance which has shifted research approaches away from the "exotic peoples and places" perspectives of the colonial and postcolonial world view to the problem-oriented perspectives that characterize current efforts to conduct policy-relevant research.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Jaqueline S. Ismael
  • Lorne M. Kenny
  • Timothy C. Niblock
  • Elizabeth Picard
  • Baber Johansen
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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