JADMAG Issue 7.2: Pedagogy 2019

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The 2019 Pedagogy JadMag is a wide-ranging, deeply substantive, and thoughtfully curated issue that will be of great interest to faculty, students, independent scholars and researchers, and general readers alike. It features exciting original content, including articles from Nadia Yaqub and Lara Deeb on strategies for teaching on and about the Middle East, an interview with Lila Abu Lughod on the politics of teaching and writing about gender and Islam, and a roundtable on teaching the Middle East after the Arab uprisings. This issue also includes some of the best resources from the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI), including Essential Readings, Engaging Books, NEWTONs, and Peer-Reviewed Article Review (PRAR) Bouquets.

Since the autumn of 2018, Jadmag has been published as a seasonal subscription-based magazine in both hard-copy and electronic formats. The cultivation of a steady readership will enable the JadMag team to produce a wide-ranging and an even more intellectually stimulating publication.

These magazines are be released twice a year, in addition to a third issue that will be specifically geared toward pedagogy on issues pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa. A fourth issue will be included in all subscriptions, and it can be any of our already published theme issues on JadMag.org. Each JadMag will feature diverse content and offer unique articles or interviews that will not be found on Jadaliyya at the time of publication. Coupling timely content with the addition of essential readings lists, reviews of new books and scholarly articles, and topical pieces from Jadaliyya’s celebrated archives allows the JadMag project more ambitiously to function as a knowledge producer, a near-comprehensive source of analysis on the region, and a pedagogical resource par excellence.


Table of Contents


  • "Reflections on Teaching Arab Culture" by Nadia Yaqub
  • "The Benefits of Comparative Pedagogy in Middle East Studies" by Lara Deeb
  • "The Discursive Power of Calls for Papers: Observations of an Ottoman-Kurdish Historian" by Nilay Özok Gündoğan
  • "Exporting Palestinian Education to Palestinians: Documenting Yet Another Step Forward" by Sam Bahour
  • "Limitations to Film in Pedagogy: Bar Bahar as a Case Study" by Mekarem Eljamal
  • "The Climate of Middle East Studies" by Owain Lawson


  • "Teaching the Middle East after the Arab Uprisings: A Roundtable" featuring John M. Willis, Sumita Pahwa, Nathalie Peutz, Pete Moore, Heather Ferguson, and Jessica Winegar
  • "On Teaching Gender and Islam in the Middle East: An Interview with Lila Abu Lughod"


  • The Asfari Institute: An Interview with Dr. Dina El Khawaga
  • The Arab Council for the Social Sciences: An Interview with Dr. Seteney Shami
  • The Arab Barometer: An Interview with Dr. Amaney Jamal
  • The Maydan: An Interview with Dr. Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu


Essential Readings

      • "Uprisings, Resistance, and Popular Mobilization" by Asef Bayat
      • "Media and the Arab Uprisings" by Hatim El-Hibri, Rayya El Zein, & Marwan Kraidy
      • "Women’s and Gender History in the Early Modern/Modern Middle East" by Judith Tucker
      • "Gender and Empire" by Wilson Chacko Jacob
      • "History of Modern Famine in the Middle East" by Melanie Tanielian
      • "Infrastructure" by Joanne Nucho
      • "Piracy in the Persian Gulf" by Johan Matthew
      • "North African France" by Paul Silverstein
      • "Modern North African Jewish History" by Alma Heckman

New Texts Out Now (NEWTON)

      • Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation by Zahra Ali
      • Refugees as City-Makers by Mona Fawaz, Ahmad Gharbieh, Mona Harb, and Dounia Salamé
      • The Politics of Suffering: Syria’s Palestinian Refugee Camps by Nell Gabiam
      • Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran by Nahid Siamdoust
      • Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo by Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith
      • Settlers and Citizens: A Critical View of Israeli Society by Yara Hawari, Sharri Plonski, and Elian Weizman
      • The Politics of Migration in Modern Egypt: Strategies for Regime Survival in Autocracies by Gerasimos Tsourapas
      • Teach for Arabia: American Universities, Liberalism, and Transnational Qatar by Neha Vora
      • Political Science Research in the Middle East and North Africa: Methodological and Ethical Challenges by Janine A. Clark and Francesco Cavatorta

Engaging Books

      • University of Chicago Press on Applied Islam
      • Saqi Books on Art and Literature in Palestine
      • NYU Press on Islam in America
      • Hurst Publishers on Yemen

Peer-Reviewed Articles Review (PRAR)

      • Women, Gender, and Turkey
      • Islamist Rebels and Women
      • Masculinities and the Middle East

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