“It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.”

― Edward W. Said

"A developing country that wants to develop its economy must first of all keep natural resources in its own hands."
- Deng Xiaoping

Friday, August 25, 2017

CFP: Islamic Movements; China and the Middle East; and The Gülen Movement - 5th World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) Seville, Spain 16-22 July 2018

Dear all,

At the last the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) conference, we organized five panels on Islamic Movements.
Now, we plan to organize three panels in collaboration with other colleagues.

If you would like to organize or be part of the following panels, please email me a short abstract (200 words), the title of your paper, and your institutional affiliations. 

First Panel: Islamic Movements;
Second Panel: China and the Middle East
Third Panel: The Gülen Movement

The Fifth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) will take place in Seville, Spain on 16-22 July 2018.

The deadline for abstract submissions is September 30th


Please also see our special issue of the Sociology of Islam Journal on the Gulen Movement, edited by Joshua Hendrick.
You will find our introduction and Joshua Hendrick’s article attached. 

China, Islam and the Middle East special issue:

Best to all,

Tugrul Keskin
Associate Professor
Shanghai University http://en.shu.edu.cn/Default.aspx
Email: tugrulkeskin (AT) t.shu.edu.cn

Friday, August 4, 2017

Globally, People Point to ISIS and Climate Change as Leading Security Threats

Concern about cyberattacks, world economy also widespread 

By Jacob Poushter and Dorothy Manevich

People around the globe identify ISIS and climate change as the leading threats to national security, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey asked about eight possible threats. While the level and focus of concern varies by region and country, ISIS and climate change clearly emerge as the most frequently cited security risks across the 38 countries polled.
ISIS is named as the top threat in a total of 18 countries surveyed – mostly concentrated in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. A substantial number of these countries have endured deadly terrorist attacks claimed by the Islamic militant group.
In 13 countries, mostly in Latin America and Africa, publics identify global climate change as the topmost threat. It is the second-ranked concern in many other countries polled.