Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI)
MESPI is a curated interactive platform for middle east studies resources, specifically tailored for the needs of teachers, researchers, and students. It will be a one-stop shop for course design on the macro level, lesson planning on the micro level, and for scholarship vis-a-vis specific topics, countries, and disciplines.
In Cooperation With The Middle East Studies Program At George Mason University, The Center For Contemporary Arab Studies At Georgetown University, The Asfari Institute For Civil Society And Citizenship At The American University In Beirut, Tadween Publishing And its Sister Organization Jadaliyya, We Are Launching The Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) To Provide Critical, User-Friendly, And Informative Pedagogical Material And Instruction To Educators In The Field, And Beyond. MESPI Will Build On Two Counts: Educators Networks And Pedagogical Resources.
M E S P I D I M E N S I O N S
coming soon to your classroom!
• Teaching Modules On topics, themes, countries, for Survey Courses And Beyond
• Course Syllabi Library
• Comprehensive Exams List Library
• Free Exam Copies Of Publications For Educators
• K-12 Teaching Guide And Visual Resources
• Resource Pages For all salient topics and Countries in the region (books, articles, novels, social media tools/resources, maps, archives, films, documentaries, documents)
• Syllabus Building Tool helping educators build Syllabi based on latest and best classic works in all categories—books, peer reviewed articles, other articles, op-eds, blog entries, novels, films/docs, archives, maps, reviews, reports, etc.)
• Films In The Classroom Module Helps educators assign the right films and provide useful pedagogical guidance beyond simple viewing
• Novels In The Classroom (including for the Social Sciences)
• Archives and Maps
• Graduate Degree Programs Database
• Foreign Language Programs (Arabic) Database
• Essential Readings refers to a concise list scholarship on a given topic or country, usually confined to classic texts like books and peer-reviewed articles.
• NEWTON Reviews refers to interviews with authors of new books (New Texts Out Now)
• Peer Reviewed Articles Review (PRAR) refers to the creation of a quarterly annotated peer-reviewed articles archive
• Reading Bank refers to refers to a bank of readings on various salient topics that deserve their own category because of their salience and timeliness, for instance:
• Arab Uprising Readings • Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Readings
• Political Islam and Islamic Movements Readings • War and Conflict Readings
• Political Economy Readings • Urban Development Readings
• Essential Texts A curated list of 25 essential books in Middle East Studies, with each entry offering at least one alternative text.
• Graduate Student Portal A website dedicated to the needs of students in Middle East Studies, run and operated by graduate student connected to MESPI.