middle eastern studies

From the Vault: Press Awards from 2009-2013

by Mikala Carpenter August 26, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press. This is the second of […]

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Jadaliyya speaks with ‘Between the Middle East and the Americas’ editors Evelyn Asultany and Ella Shohat

by Phillip Witteveen July 18, 2013

The Arab Studies Institute’s magazine Jadaliyya recently interviewed Evelyn Asultany and Ella Shohat on their new book Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora. The book, they explain, was a natural distillation of their travels and experiences in the Arab diaspora in the United States, Cuba, Columbia and Brazil. “The Middle Eastern diaspora in the United States is often compared to Europe, while the linked analogies to the rest of the Americas are overlooked. The Arab/Latino interface examined in this book was inspired by similar convergences in our own lives,” Asultany and Shohat said While area studies has traditionally […]

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Joseph Geha Wins Arab American Museum Book Award

by Phillip Witteveen July 17, 2013

Joseph Geha, author of Lebanese Blonde, has won the Arab American Museum’s BookAward for Best Fiction.  The Museum awards this honor to “significant literature by and about Arab Americans.” Geha’s novel centers around an Arab-American community in Toledo, Ohio, while a civil war rages in the Aboodeh and Samir’s homeland of Lebanon. Aboodeh and Samir are business partners, and their business is in “Lebanese Blond”—a special type of hashish they import. Geha’s style incorporates exile, family, food, wisdom and foolishness, as the civil war disrupts their business and puts their family in danger.  Eventually, Samir will have to face the changes happening […]

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Dan Rather interviews ‘Baghdad Bulletin’ author David Enders on the Syrian crisis

by Shaun Manning July 5, 2012

David Enders, author of Baghdad Bulletin and the forthcoming Death of a Nation, appeared on Dan Rather Reports Tuesday evening to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and opposition forces seeking to drive his regime from power. After showing Enders’ devastating footage from villages decimated by the brutality of Assad’s armies, Rather spoke with Enders about his experiences in the country. Enders, a journalist with considerable experience in the Middle East, had once been granted a visa during a period when the Syrian government was attempting to mend ties with international organizations, but […]

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Q&A with Ole R. Holsti, author of American Public Opinion on the Iraq War

by Shaun Manning October 26, 2011

Last week, President Obama announced that nearly all American troops would return from Iraq before the end of 2011; if this withdrawal takes place as planned, it would effectively end a war that has sharply divided public opinion since 2003. American Public Opinion on the Iraq War, then, is especially timely, giving context to the public relations campaigns and partisan conflicts that helped shape how America viewed the conflict.

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