Middle East – Topics & Arguments is a unique platform for innovative research on the Middle East combining disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Articles critically reevaluate established scholarly traditions and think beyond entrenched disciplinary boundaries. By bringing together well-known academics and young scholars with international backgrounds, a broad range of perspectives will ensure lively debates.
Middle East – Topics and Arguments wants to encourage interdisciplinary discussion on two levels: Firstly, between social sciences and humanities in the field of Middle Eastern studies, and secondly, between Middle Eastern studies and the systematic disciplines. We thereby aim at integrating regional academic discourse into a global setting. We hope to ensure trans-regional comparability, thus leaving behind the notion of cultural and religious exceptionalism which has for a long been connected with Middle Eastern studies.
Each issue of Middle East – Topics & Arguments focuses on one main topic. This allows for perspectives from different disciplines, such as:
Table of Contents
Yvonne Albers, Maike Neufend, Jens Heibach, Stefan Schulte, Karolin Sengebusch 1-68 The Intellectual (Complete Journal)
Yvonne Albers, Maike Neufend 4-11 Dawn of the Declared Dead? On the Intellectual and Other Reasons for Launching a New Journal on the Middle East
Gil Eyal 13-24 Plugging into the Body of the Leviathan: Proposal for a New Sociology of Public Interventions
Jan-Peter Hartung 35-45 What Makes a “Muslim Intellectual”? On the Pros and Cons of a Category
Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab 26-34 The Arab Quest for Freedom and Dignity: Have Arab Thinkers Been Part of It?
Julie S. Leube 46-52 Nurturing Intellectuals in the Islamic Republic: The National Elites Foundation
Leslie Tramontini 53-61 “Speaking Truth to Power?” Intellectuals in Iraqi Baathist Cultural Production
Ursula Günther 63-67 Mohammed Arkoun: An Intellectual in Revolt