Worlding the Middle East

Emily Gottreich and Daniel Zoughbie, Editors, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

Kate Wahl, SUP Editor

The Middle East and North Africa region has again become a major focal point in world affairs, as social, political, and economic upheavals challenge established relationships, undermine conventional wisdom, and confound world order. This renewed focus has revived age-old questions about the origins, status, and future trajectory of the region and its peoples. This series investigates the “worlding” of the Middle East, and the ever-changing, ever-becoming dynamism of the region. It seeks to capture the ways in which the region is being reimagined and unmade through flows of world capital, power, and ideas.

Books in this series engage in three broad areas of consideration:

Rule: Who rules, who is ruled, and how has this dynamic been contested over time? What is the nature and legacy of imperial and colonial rule? How do local narratives of power and domination inform world narratives?

Resilience: How do contemporary issues like climate, energy, and health shape social, economic, and political life? How have local and world forces shaped—and been shaped by—the environment, resources, and political ecology?

Religion: How do religious perceptions and beliefs (or a lack thereof) shape social life throughout the region and around the world? How have religious narratives, memories, and histories shaped the dynamic of world conflict and peace?

Complex historical and social phenomena require complex analyses. We encourage studies in not only traditional disciplines (e.g., history, politics, anthropology), but also those that push the boundaries into other areas (e.g., economics, religious studies, public health, city planning, art). We have particular interest in studies that consider ethnic and religious minority populations, as well as works that embrace world places, networks, and communities that are inextricably linked to the geographical region and its peoples. Spanning the modern period to the present, Worlding the Middle East showcases critical and innovative books that develop new ways of thinking about the Middle East and the wider world.