March 2015

In This Edition

• Message from President Mark T. Clark, PhD
• SUBMIT NOW: Paper & Panel Proposals 
• AVAILABLE: Conference Travel Grants
• WATCH VIDEOS: Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference
• FORTHCOMING ISSUE: Journal of the Middle East and Africa
• Book Notes
• Featured News by ASMEA Members
• Announcements
• ASMEA Job Bank


Dear Friends:

There are just a few days left to submit a paper or panel proposal for the upcoming Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference which will be held on October 29 – 31, 2015 in Washington, D.C. In addition, there are a limited number of Conference Travel Grants available. Please take advantage of these opportunities now to secure your place as a presenter at the conference.

The line-up for the Conference is taking shape and we are pleased to announce that the eminent scholar, Prof. Samir Khalil Samir, SJ of Saint Joseph University in Beirut, will give the keynote address at the event. The subject of his remarks will be the "The Fate of Middle East Christians." In addition, we have finalized a roundtable discussion on "Cultures of War: U.S. Military Training in the Middle East and Africa," that will feature military trainers discussing their experiences in overcoming cultural barriers to create indigenous forces to fight Islamist militias. Another roundtable discussion, "On the Origins of Islam" also will be presented. More such roundtables are in the works and will be announced in the coming weeks. If you haven’t already done so, I hope you will reserve your spot and register to attend now.

Finally, videos of the roundtable discussions from the 2014 Conference are available for viewing online. Please let us know how you like them and whether you have suggestions for additional discussions.

As always, I hope you will continue to share your latest accomplishments and achievements with us. It is our honor to promote the scholarship of our members and we look forward to hearing from you.


Mark T. Clark, Ph.D.
President, ASMEA
Professor of Political Science
Director, National Security Studies Program, California State University, San Bernardino

SUBMIT NOW: Paper & Panel Proposals
Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference
For Better or Worse? Historical Trends in the Middle East and Africa
October 29-31, 2015
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.

ASMEA is currently seeking proposals for paper and panel presentations for its Eighth Annual Conference. Scholars from any discipline, tenured or nontenured faculty, or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to present at the Conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Proposals on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page outline of new and unpublished research. A recent C.V. with all contact data also must be included with name, e-mail, phone number, and affiliation. The deadline for proposals is Monday, March 30, 2015. SUBMIT your PAPER Proposals and PANEL Proposals.

AVAILABLE: Conference Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants of up to $500 are available for qualified Members whose paper proposals have been accepted for presentation at the Conference and have not been awarded any other grant from ASMEA. Find out more information, HERE.

WATCH VIDEOS: Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference
Searching for Balance in the Middle East and Africa
October 30 - November 1, 2014
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.

Keynote Address: "Rouhani's Iran: How Real is the Change?"
(Prof. Meir Litvak, Tel Aviv University)

Roundtable A: “Boko Haram: Islamism and Anarchy to What End?
(Ms. Lauren Blanchard; Dr. J. Peter Pham; Mr. Jacob Zenn)

Roundtable C: “The Sunni-Shia Sectarian War Across the Sykes-Picot Line
(Dr. Michael Knights; Dr. Matthew Levitt; Mr. Phillip Smyth; Mr. Jeff White)

Roundtable D: “Iraq: Failure or Federalism
(H.E. Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir; LtGen. Prof. Amatzia Baram; LtGen. John F. Sattler; Prof. Ronen Zeidel)

Roundtable E: “The Middle East: New Political Arrays, Old Complications
(Prof. Alexander Bligh; Prof. Ronen Cohen, Prof. Eyal Lewin; Prof. Bosmat Yefet)

FORTHCOMING ISSUE: Journal of the Middle East and Africa

ASMEA is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the next issue of our peer-reviewed, academic journal.  Below is the full table of contents for Volume 6, Issue 1 (January-March 2015):

The Rejection of Muhammad’s Message by Jews and Christians and Its Effect on Islamic Theological Argumentation
(Francisco del Río Sánchez)

From West Africa to Mecca and Jerusalem: The Tijāiniyya on the Hajj Routes
(Irit Bak)

Ending Ottoman Misrule: British Soldiers, Liberal Imperialism and the First World War in Palestine
(Justin Fantauzzo)

The Limits of the Sandhurst Connection: The Evolution of Oman's Foreign and Defense Policy, 1970-1977
(Nikolas Gardner)

Islamists and Women's Rights: Lessons from Turkey
(Mehmet Gurses)

Book Review
The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History
Edited by John Parker and Richard Reid                                            
(Reviewed by J. Peter Pham)

All dues-paying members of ASMEA receive the Journal of the Middle East and Africa.  For more information on becoming an ASMEA member, click HERE.


ASMEA Book Notes

Old Texts, New Practices: Islamic Reform in Modern Morocco
by Etty Terem
(Stanford University Press, 2014) pp. 248
Reviewed by Cynthia Scheopner, J.D., Senior Researcher, University of Hawaii

Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities
By Jacob Lassner
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014) pp. 312
Reviewed by Prof. David Meier, Department of Social Sciences, Dickinson State University

The Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey
Edited by Metin Heper and Sabri Sayan
(New York, NY: Routledge, 2012) pp. 400
Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Professor of History, Livingstone College

Would you like to receive free books and write reviews on recently released Middle Eastern and African studies publications?  If you are interested in participating in the ASMEA Book Notes program, email for writing requirements and a list of available titles.


Featured News by ASMEA Members

Dr. J. Peter Pham, “Nigeria's Moment,” The Hill, (3/27/2015)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, “Boko Haram’s Pledge of Allegiance to ISIS: What It Means,” CNN, (3/10/2015)
Prof. Wayne Bowen, “The Anti-Civilization: The Islamic State and History,” Southeast Missourian, (3/3/2015)
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, “Five Middle East Blunders,” National Review, (2/17/2015)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, “Nigeria’s Big Decision,” U.S. News & World Report, (2/6/2015)
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, “Eroding Israel’s Tenuous Existence,” Albuquerque Journal, (2/2/2015)
Dr. Nikolay Kozhanov, “Are the Russians and Iranians Friends?Fair Observer, (1/30/2015)
Prof. Wayne Bowen, “The Tenure of Saudi Arabia's King,” Southeast Missourian, (1/27/2015)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, “March for Paris, But Don’t Overlook Boko Haram Horror,” CNN Opinion, (1/13/2015)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, “Boko Haram has Become Africa’s ISIS,” The Hill, (1/7/2015)
Please share your next opinion piece or media hit on the Middle East or Africa with us. Email your links to



The College of International Security Affairs (CISA), through its Joint Special Operations MA program at Fort Bragg, announces a call for papers for its Strategic Studies symposium to be held on Thursday May 14 through Friday May 15, 2015, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Applicants are asked to submit an abstract (no more than 250 words) and a current C.V. to Professor Carolyne Davidson at The deadline for proposals is March 29, 2015. For questions regarding the conference, please email Professor Davidson or call her at (910) 986 6900. More information on the CISA Joint Special Operations MA program at Ft. Bragg can be found at

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholars Program. Information about programs currently being offered in the MENA region can be found HERE. The current competition will close on August 3, 2015.

The Gingko-BIPS Conference, titled "Iran’s Constitutional Revolution of 1906 and the Narratives of the Enlightenment" will take place on September 15-16, 2015 at the British Academy, London. More information about the Conference and their "Call for Papers" can be found HERE.

ASMEA Member Prof. Joseph Spoerl published his article, “Palestinians, Arabs, and the Holocaust” in the Jewish Political Studies Review, a journal of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (Volume 26, Numbers 1–2).

ASMEA Member Dr. Ronen Cohen announces the April 2015 release of his latest book, “Revolution Under Attack – The Forqan Group in Iran” by Macmillan Palgrave. Dr. Cohen also presented research for this book at the Sixth Annual ASMEA Conference in November 2013. In addition, Dr. Cohen edited and contributed to the book, "Identities in Crisis in Iran: Politics, Culture, and Religion." Several members of ASMEA were contributors to the book: Prof. Ofira Seliktar, Dr. Harold Rhode, Mr. Farhad Rezaei, and Ms. Ladan Zarabadi.

ASMEA Member Eliot Assoudeh recently published his article, “Fascism and Religion in Interwar Europe” in the online-journal, Religion Compass.

ASMEA member Prof. Wayne Bowen has released the second edition of his book, "The History of Saudi Arabia," originally published in 2008. The publisher, ABC-Clio/Greenwood, revised the book in 2014 to take into account changes since its release in 2008. Prof. Bowen updated the manuscript and added a new chapter that incorporated changes in the last 10 years in Saudi Arabia.

ASMEA Member Prof. Ricardo Rene Laremont spoke to CNN about the recent Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria.

ASMEA Member Prof. Shaul Bartal published his article, “Shlomo Sand, The Arabs’ Darling” in The Middle East Quarterly (Winter 2015, Volume 22, Issue 1). Prof. Bartal also published his article “Sheikh Qaradawi and the Internal Palestinian Struggle Issues Preventing Reconciliation Between Fatah and Hamas and the Influence of the Qaradāwi Era over the Struggle Between the Organizations” in the Middle Eastern Studies Journal.

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