Richard Melson

April 2006


MERIA NEWS Volume 10, Issue 4 (April 2006)

the GLORIA Center,
Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya








(writers report on their books, articles, and activities)



Table of Contents for MERIA Journal, French edition,

Volume 1, Number 1 (Spring 2006):

The first issue of MERIA Journal, French edition will be out shortly and sent to all subscribers. Please feel free to email if you wish to be added to the subscriber list for MERIA Journal, French edition and other French-language materials. Levent Unsaldi, "Les politiques militaires en Turquie : Une vue globale;" Yahia H. Zoubir, "La Politique etrangere americaine au Maghreb : Constances et adaptations;" Frederic Tellier, "La bombe iranienne : Strategie, enjeux et perspectives;" Alexis Debat, "Zarqawi : L'heritier ?;" Ikbal al Gharbi, "Les femmes dans les mouvements islamistes : Alienation ou tentative de liberation ?;" Franck Salameh, "Vous etes Arabes puisque je vous le dis !;" Mohammad-Reza Djalili et Thierry Kellner, "L'Iran, la Chine et la crise du nucleaire;" Belkacem Benzenine, "Etat et Religion dans le monde arabe : Les representations politiques de l'experience algerienne;" Aziz Enhaili, "Femmes, developpement humain et participation politique au Maroc."

Sommaire du Journal MERIA, edition francaise, Volume 1, Numero 1 (Printemps 2006) :
Le premier numero du Journal MERIA, edition francaise va bientot sortir et etre envoye a tous les abonnes. N'hesitez pas a envoyer un email a si vous voulez recevoir le Journal MERIA, edition francaise, et autres documents que nous produisons en langue francaise. Levent Unsaldi, " Les politiques militaires en Turquie : Une vue globale " ; Yahia H. Zoubir, " La Politique etrangere americaine au Maghreb : Constances et adaptations " ; Frederic Tellier, " La bombe iranienne : Strategie, enjeux et perspectives " ; Alexis Debat, " Zarqawi : L'heritier ? " ; Ikbal al Gharbi, " Les femmes dans les mouvements islamistes : Alienation ou tentative de liberation ? " ; Franck Salameh, " Vous etes Arabes puisque je vous le dis ! " ; Mohammad-Reza Djalili et Thierry Kellner, " L'Iran, la Chine et la crise du nucleaire " ; Belkacem Benzenine, " Etat et Religion dans le monde arabe : Les representations politiques de l'experience algerienne " ; Aziz Enhaili, " Femmes, developpement humain et participation politique au Maroc ".

Table of Contents for Turkish Studies Volume 7.1 (March 2006):
Turkish Studies March 2006 special issue, "Determinants of Immigration and Integration in EU-Turkish Relations," published by Taylor & Francis, will be available shortly. The following articles will appear: Cem Behar, "Demographic Developments and Complementarities: Ageing, Labor, and Migration;" Refik Erzan, Umut Kuzubas, and Nilufer Yildiz, "Immigration Scenarios: Turkey-EU;" Hubert Krieger, Bertrand Maitre, "Migration Trends in an Enlarging European Union;" Gamze Avci, "Comparing Integration Policies and Outcomes: Turks in the Netherlands and Germany;" Johan Wets, "The Turkish Community in Austria and Belgium: The Challenge of Integration;" Veysel Ozcan and Janina Sohn, "The Educational Attainment of Turkish Migrants in Germany;" Christiane Timmerman, "Gender Dynamics in the Context of Turkish Marriage Migration: The Case of Belgium;" Dirk Jacobs, Karen Phalet, and Marc Swyngedouw, "Political Participation and Associational Life of Turkish Residents in the Capital of Europe." To view the table of contents and to read more about Turkish Studies, visit the Taylor & Francis website at:

MERIA Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, offprint
An offprint of Efraim Inbar, "The Need to Block a Nuclear Iran," MERIA Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, (March 2006) published by the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center is now available.

To order a free copy, write


A. Books

Barry Rubin, Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography is available in Hebrew (Yedioth Ahronot, November 2005). To order the Hebrew version, visit: For details on the English version, visit:

William Polk, Understanding Iraq: A Whistlestop Tour from Ancient Babylon to Occupied Baghdad (I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2006). 240 pages. PB: 6.99. ISBN: 1845111230. For further information, click here.

Bjorn Olav Utvik, Islamist Economics in Egypt: The Pious Road to Development (C. Hurst & Co, May 2006). 285 pages. HB: $55. ISBN: 1-58826-445-9. For further information, contact:

B. Journals, Newsletter, Papers

The Journal of Israeli History, Vol. 25, No. 1 (March 2006), special edition on anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. For details, visit:, or

Nonproliferation Issues (NPI) (April 4, 2006). This is a current digest of nonproliferation, arms control, and international security literature. The latest issue can be accessed at:

Mitchell G. Bard, "Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict," a new edition of a comprehensive reference guide to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The revised edition is available from the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), and available online in the Jewish Virtual Library at:

Bob Olson, "Turkey's Policies toward Kurdistan-Iraq and Iraq: Nationalism, Capitalism and State Formation," Mediterranean Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Winter 2006), pp. 48-73. For further information, contact:

Frederic Tellier, "The Iranian Moment," Policy Focus #52 (February, 2006). 34 pages. To download a free PDF version, visit:

Reidar Visser, "Sistani, the United States and Politics in Iraq: From Quietism to Machiavellianism?," NUPI Paper No. 700 (Oslo: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, March 2006), 32 pages. Full text available at:


A. General

The latest Jerusalem Issue Brief of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs, is available at:

Mideast Monitor, February 2006 issue is available at:

The Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) based in Athens, Greece has updated its website and has created a blog.

To visit the site, go to: or

To see recent reports of the Congressional Research Service on Middle East-related topics, visit:

To see two of the recent declassified Iraqi documents on the Russian ambassador's efforts to share information on U.S. war plans in the lead-up to the invasion, visit:


To see the new online catalogues from Brill Academic Publishers on Middle Eastern topics, visit:, or contact:

To see Steven Spielberg's Jewish Film Archive, visit:

B. Iran

The American Iranian Council (AIC) Update is an information resource for US-Iran relations and AIC's efforts to promote dialogue and understanding between the two countries.

The latest updates can be accessed at:

The "Anti-Mullah," site, dedicated to the removal of the Islamic Regime in Iran, can be visited at:

C. Iraq

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released the first installment of an archive of Ba'th paperwork, which may yield important information about Saddam's WMD capability and ties to Osama Bin Laden. For further information, visit:


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To subscribe to the Saban Center Monthly Policy Analysis E-Bulletin, contact:, or visit:

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with a single line, "subscribe TurkC-L," or visit the Yahoogroups website at:

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To subscribe to Selected News on Turkey, an electronic publication put out by the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association's Washington office, contact:


Funding/Grants/ Fellowships and Employment

The United States Embassy in Israel is accepting applicants for its Israeli-Arab Scholarship Program (IASP), which offers two-year scholarships to outstanding Israeli-Arab students to pursue graduate programs in the United States during academic year 2007-2008. Applicants must be citizens and residents of the State of Israel. Scholarships are offered in all fields, except medicine, for study towards the master's degree or doctorate. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic excellence, TOEFL and GRE/GMAT scores, and committee interview. Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2006.

Applications and further information can be obtained at:, or contact:

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin invite scholars to apply for ten postdoctoral fellowships for the program: "Europe in the Middle East; the Middle East in Europe." The fellowship is to begin October 1, 2006 and end on July 31, 2007 and is intended for scholars of history, literature, philology, political philosophy, religion, and sociology from the Middle East. Applicants must have completed their doctorates no earlier than 1998 and must apply in relation to one of the four research fields. Applications must also include a CV, a two to four page project sketch, a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter), and an evaluation by one university instructor. Application deadline (to be submitted in English): April 10, 2006. For further information on the program, visit:

Writing Opportunities

Disability Studies Quarterly (Summer 2007) International Section is calling for papers in Hebrew and Arabic. This section of DSQ aspires to provide a varied account of research, personal narratives, descriptions, and analysis on the state of affairs of disability in Israel/Palestine to an English-reading public. Although the readership is international, and inquiries are welcome in Hebrew and English, papers must be submitted or translated into English. Authors of various disciplines, including applied professions, humanities, social sciences, and law are welcome. Papers should employ a disability studies perspective as the overarching theoretical frame. More information can be found on the DSQ Web site at:

Time frame for publication: July 2007. Abstract due: September 2006. Draft of full paper due: March 2007. Final papers due: mid-April 2007. Please send 500-word abstracts to both editors at: and

May 18, 2006. Tel Aviv University, Israel. The Israel Oriental Society is calling for papers for the second national conference for advanced students, "New Research in Middle Eastern History." Deadline for proposal submission: April 7, 2005. For further information, visit:

December 17-19, 2006. San Diego, California. The Israel Studies Journal at the Association for Jewish Studies invites participants to submit panels or individual papers for a session on Israel studies at the forthcoming 38th Annual Conference. Deadline for proposal submissions: April 24, 2006. For further information, visit:



Esther Fuchs, "Israeli Women's Studies: A Reader," (Rutgers University Press, 2005). For further information, contact:

Lahoucine Ouzgane, Islamic Masculinities (London and New York: Zed Books, 2006). The book outlines the great complexity, variety, and difference of male identities in Islamic societies. HB: 60.00 $75.00, ISBN: 1 84277 274 0. PB: 18.95 $25.00, ISBN: 1 84277 275 9. For further information, contact:


May 23-28, 2007. Washington, D.C., U.S.A. The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) and the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, in cooperation with the American Schools of Oriental Research in Boston and Canada, invite participants to the 10th International Conference on the History & Archaeology of Jordan. Theme: "Crossing Jordan." The conference will focus on the many peoples and cultures who have "crossed Jordan" from the earliest times to the present. It will also focus on the conservation of Jordan's heritage. Abstracts due September 15, 2006.

For preliminary indication of the participants' interest in attending,

send an e-mail message to the ACOR Amman office at

For further information, visit: or contact:

MERIA Journal Staff

Publisher and Editor: Barry Rubin; Assistant Editors: Cameron Brown, Keren Ribo,
Yeru Aharoni. Turkish representative: Ozgul Erdemli
MERIA is indexed in the SOAS Library in London's Index Islamicus and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.

MERIA NEWS Volume 10, Issue 4 (April 2006)

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MERIA NEWS Volume 10, Issue 4 (April 2006)


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