While scholarship on the eighteenth-century Middle East and North Africa has at last shorn itself of an Orientalist historiography laden with visions of political and economic decline and intellectual and cultural stagnation, it has nevertheless acquired a no less restrictive and ideologically-induced set of narrative constraints.
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The Global Turn has finally arrived in Middle Eastern Studies. An approach that was once the preserve of a handful of historians and anthropologists--who for the past 20 years have articulated a different vision of the field through their work on migration, mobility and diasporas--has now been embraced by a broad swathe of scholars. This can be seen in various sub-fields, from emerging studies of the local/global Left in the Middle East, to interest in the Nahda’s transnational resonances.
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On the Margins of Shi’r:
Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on the Development of Modern Arabic Poetry