The State of Middle Eastern Studies, Revisited

Martin Kramer*

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This keynote address to the 2022 Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) conference assesses the health of Middle Eastern studies in the United States, according to three parameters first defined by ASMEA co-founder Bernard Lewis in 1979: standards, politicization, funding. In all three areas, the field remains plagued by endemic problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Middle East and Africa
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023


  • Academe
  • Bernard Lewis
  • Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)
  • Israel
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Middle East studies


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