Iraqi history does not begin with the modern Iraqi state, but my research interests and constraints of time and space force me to restrict my contribution to the modern national era and its immediate antecedents. Given its decades of inaccessibility, it is ironic that Iraq today offers scholars one of the most researcher-friendly environments in the region–at least where political repression and censorship are concerned.
If the Arab uprisings initially seemed to herald the end of tyrannies and a move toward liberal democratic governments, their defeat not only marks a reversal but is of a piece with new forms of authoritarianism worldwide. Scholars have begun wondering, with some urgency, why citizens themselves seem so often to be attracted to autocracy.
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During the Egyptian uprising of 2011, I was interested not only in participating in the demonstrations, but as a political scientist, I was also interested in understanding the motives behind why people turned out and mobilized against Mubarak. A few months after the uprisings, Oliver Schlumberger proposed that I participate in a research project on youth in the region in cooperation with him and Saloua Zerhouni.
The Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) brings you the fifth in a series of "Peer-Reviewed Article Reviews" in which we present a collection of journals and their articles concerned with the Middle East and Arab world. This series will be published seasonally. Each issue will comprise one-to-three parts, depending on the number of articles included.
On a hot summer day in June 2016, in a small city near Los Angeles, I visited my maternal aunt, Lamia. She had been living in California for two decades, having survived the civil war in Lebanon and joining her siblings and mother in diaspora in the late 1990s.
It is perhaps not an exaggeration to say that Edward Said’s Orientalism changed the world. It is certainly no exaggeration to say, somewhat more modestly, that it changed how we see the world. Even the book’s harshest critics have been forced to acknowledge its influence; indeed, part of the animus against Orientalism has come from the fact that it has not only transformed numerous academic disciplines, but also has, unlike few academic books of its time, broken out of the walls of the academy and into the minds of millions.