Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of the Middle East about their new books.

Jonathan Marc Gribetz, "Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO Effort to Know the Enemy" (Princeton UP, 2024)

July 15, 2024

Reading Herzl in Beirut

Jonathan Marc Gribetz
Hosted by Mark Klobas

How the Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center informed the PLO's relationship to Zionism and Israel In September 1982, the Israeli milita…

Olga Gershenson, "New Israeli Horror: Local Cinema, Global Genre" (Rutgers UP, 2024)

July 13, 2024

New Israeli Horror

Olga Gershenson
Hosted by Nathan Abrams

Before 2010, there were no Israeli horror films. Then distinctly Israeli serial killers, zombies, vampires, and ghosts invaded local screens. The next…

Zana Gulmohamad, "The Making of Foreign Policy in Iraq: Political Factions and the Ruling Elite" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

July 13, 2024

The Making of Foreign Policy in Iraq

Zana Gulmohamad
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

How is foreign policy made in Iraq? Based on dozens of interviews with senior officials and politicians, The Making of Foreign Policy in Iraq: Politic…

Maya Wind, "Towers of Ivory and Steel: How Israeli Universities Deny Palestinian Freedom" (Verso, 2024)

July 12, 2024

Towers of Ivory and Steel

Maya Wind
Hosted by Dhouha Djerbi

Israeli universities have long enjoyed a reputation as liberal bastions of freedom and democracy. Drawing on extensive research and making Hebrew sour…

Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and Environment in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 12, 2024

Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and Environment in the Modern Middle East

Sam Dolbee
Hosted by Maggie Freeman

Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and Environment in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge UP, 2023) focuses on the intersections of three entities other…

Rachel Z. Feldman, "Messianic Zionism in the Digital Age: Jews, Noahides, and the Third Temple Imaginary" (Rutgers UP, 2024)

July 9, 2024

Messianic Zionism in the Digital Age

Rachel Z. Feldman
Hosted by Zalman Newfield

Judaism in the twenty-first century has seen the rise of the messianic Third Temple movement, as religious activists based in Israel have worked to re…

Robert E. Jones, "Priesthood, Cult, and Temple in the Aramaic Scrolls from Qumran: Analyzing a Pre-Hasmonean Jewish Literary Tradition" (Brill, 2023)

July 8, 2024

Priesthood, Cult, and Temple in the Aramaic Scrolls from Qumran

Robert E. Jones
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

The Hellenistic period was a pivotal moment in the history of the Jewish priesthood. The waning days of the Persian empire coincided with the continue…

Samuel Dolbee, "Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and Environment in the Modern Middle East" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

July 3, 2024

Locusts of Power

Samuel Dolbee
Hosted by Deren Ertas

In this episode, I talk to Samuel Dolbee, Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. His book, Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire, and En…

Travis B. Williams et al., "The Dead Sea Scrolls in Ancient Media Culture" (Brill, 2023)

July 1, 2024

The Dead Sea Scrolls in Ancient Media Culture

Travis B. Williams, Chris Keith, and Loren Stuckenbruck
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Media studies is an emerging discipline that is quickly making an impact within the wider field of biblical scholarship. The Dead Sea Scrolls in Ancie…

Sonja Mejcher-Atassi, "An Impossible Friendship: Group Portrait, Jerusalem Before and After 1948" (Columbia UP, 2024)

June 29, 2024

An Impossible Friendship

Sonja Mejcher-Atassi
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

In Jerusalem, as World War II was coming to an end, an extraordinary circle of friends began to meet at the bar of the King David Hotel. This group of…

Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī and Abū ʿAlī Miskawayh, "The Philosopher Responds: An Intellectual Correspondence from the Tenth Century" (NYU Press, 2019/22)

June 26, 2024

The Philosopher Responds

Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī and Abū ʿAlī Miskawayh
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Today I talked to James Montgomery, one of the translators of The Philosopher Responds: An Intellectual Correspondence from the Tenth Century, two vol…

Peter Hill, "Prophet of Reason: Science, Religion and the Origins of the Modern Middle East" (Oneworld Academic, 2024)

June 26, 2024

Prophet of Reason

Peter Hill
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

Today I talked to Peter Hill about his new book Prophet of Reason: Science, Religion and the Origins of the Modern Middle East (Oneworld Academic, 202…

Edward A. Alpers and Thomas F. McDow, "A Primer for Teaching Indian Ocean World History: Ten Design Principles" (Duke UP, 2024)

June 25, 2024

A Primer for Teaching Indian Ocean World History

Edward A. Alpers and Thomas F. McDow
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

A Primer for Teaching Indian Ocean World History: Ten Design Principles (Duke UP, 2024) is a guide for college and high school educators who are teach…

Anat Kidron and Shuli Linder Yarkony, "The Jewish Community of Acre in Mandatory Palestine: The Story of a Forgotten Community" (de Gruyter, 2024)

June 18, 2024

The Jewish Community of Acre in Mandatory Palestine

Anat Kidron and Shuli Linder Yarkony
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

For a brief moment in the history of Acre, there was a Hebrew community that linked old and new settlements. It had a national-Zionist orientation and…

Tahera Qutbuddin, trans., "Nahj al-Balāghah: The Wisdom and Eloquence of ʿAlī" (Brill, 2024)

June 18, 2024

Nahj al-Balāghah: The Wisdom and Eloquence of ʿAlī

Tahera Qutbuddin, trans.
Hosted by SherAli Tareen

Nahj al-Balagha is among the most powerful, consequential, and linguistically brilliant masterpieces of Arabic and of Islamic thought and literature. …

Andrew M. Gardner, "The Fragmentary City: Migration, Modernity, and Difference in the Urban Landscape of Doha, Qatar" (Cornell UP, 2024)

June 15, 2024

The Fragmentary City

Andrew M. Gardner
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

As Andrew M. Gardner explains in The Fragmentary City: Migration, Modernity, and Difference in the Urban Landscape of Doha, Qatar (Cornell UP, 2024) i…

Shakespeare Through Islamic Worlds

June 11, 2024

Shakespeare Through Islamic Worlds

Ambereen Dadabhoy
Hosted by Radio Reorient

Radio ReOrient is back for another season, and this time Hizer Mir is joined by a new team of hosts: Claudia Radiven, Saeed Khan and Chella Ward. In t…

Peter Bergamin, "The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology” (I. B. Tauris, 2019)

June 10, 2024

The Making of the Israeli Far-Right

Peter Bergamin
Hosted by Yaacov Yadgar

Peter Bergamin’s, new book, The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology (I. B. Tauris, 2019), is an intellectual biography …

Ibrahim Fraihat, "Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict" (Edinburgh UP, 2020)

June 9, 2024

Iran and Saudi Arabia

Ibrahim Fraihat
Hosted by James M. Dorsey

Ibrahim Fraihat’s latest book, Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) is much more than an exploration of…

Eugene Rogan, "The Damascus Events: The 1860 Massacre and the Destruction of the Old Ottoman World" (Basic Book, 2024)

June 8, 2024

The Damascus Events

Eugene Rogan
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

The Damascus Events: The 1860 Massacre and the Destruction of the Old Ottoman World (Basic Book, 2024) recreates one of the watershed moments in the h…