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Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

The Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS), within the School of Government & International Affairs, is a Social Science-focused academic institute of excellence, research-led in ethos, with a track-record of internationally acclaimed research outputs across all sub-areas of its activity. Success in this respect obtains largely from the interdisciplinary nature of the Institute's activities and the fruitful interaction of political economists, political scientists, historians and Islamicists, as well as with colleagues from Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Geography, Business – all linked together by their collective focus on the study of the Middle East and the Muslim world in the widest sense.

Obituary: Professor Peter Sluglett

We are deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend and colleague, Professor Peter Sluglett. Peter was a giant of Western scholarship on the Middle East and Arab region and his work on modern Iraq stands out as path-breaking. His writings, including his noted book with Marion on Iraq following its 1958 revolution, published in 1987, is still a must read for scholarly and policy communities. Peter produced a great deal of his extraordinary work over the 20 years, until 1994, that he was at Durham and we remain very proud of the intellectual footprint that he has left behind. While we were very sorry to see him go, we were pleased to witness his continuing elevation – first at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and directorship of their Middle East Center (1994-2011), followed by his role as director of NUS’ Middle East Institute in Singapore. His charm and eloquence were only matched by his smiling face and his wit. Peter will be missed for who he was, but also for what he was: A progressive scholar who cared deeply for people and communities. Boundaries did not inhibit him and his infectious passion for ideas and his depth of knowledge ensured that no conversation with him was ever dull or inconsequential. In my most recent correspondence with Peter this July, we had talked about he and his family visiting Durham soon and this will – very sadly – be one dream that I will not be able to realise. Peter, a vanguard of scholarship on the Middle East, will be missed by all those who knew him and all those who were educated by him and his tremendous work. Rest in Peace, dear Peter.

Professor Anoush Ehteshami, Director, Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

IMEIS Conference 2017: Diversity - Wed 20 Sept 2017

Registration is now open, click here for the registration form and the provisional programme for the day.

Registration deadline: Friday 15 September 2017

Brexit Britain and the Middle East

  • 'The UK and the Middle East post Brexit'
  • 'Brexit Britain and the Gulf'
  • 'Prospects for more Independent UK Policies in the Middle East after Brexit'

Chinese-Iranian Mutual Strategic Perceptions

Professor Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Professor Niv Horesh and Ruike Xu

This article analyzes Sino-Iranian relations and mutual strategic perceptions, highlighting several types of tension in Sino-Iranian ties alongside areas of deeper cooperation. We examine in particular the policy debates about China between conservatives and reformists within Iran, and we compare their views of China to the views of Iran held by Chinese commentators. To that end, we extensively survey both the official media and scholarly literature in Farsi and in Chinese, since each strand reveals different sentiments and is accorded a different degree of openness.

Why are the Israelis and the Saudis Cosying Up?

Professor Clive Jones and Dr Yoel Guzansky, Stanford University

Arab Gulf states have reportedly offered to take concrete steps to establish better relations with Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make a significant overture aimed at restarting the Middle East peace process.

Durham Middle East Papers: The Politics of Change in the Middle East

Edited by Professor Clive Jones

The Durham Middle East Papers series covers all aspects of the economy, politics, social science, history, literature and languages of the Middle East. Authors are invited to submit papers to the Editorial Board for consideration for publication.

Iran: Stuck in Transistion - Professor Anoush Ehteshami

Having been ruled, more or less continuously, by a range of monarchical dynasties for three millennia, the end of the monarchy in Iran was relatively sudden, taking place in two short years. Since then, Iran has gone through tumultuous change, yet is still apparently caught in a cycle of transition. Iran has now created a complex but unique and non-transferrable system of government, but the question to be asked is whether the Islamic republic has lived up to its founding expectations, serving the Iranian people and helping them to realize their aspirations.

Professor Niv Horesh

Following Donald Trump's victory in the US Presidential Elections, Professor Niv Horesh, explores what the future may hold for the relationship between the US and China.

Special Journal Issue: Middle Eastern Studies

From Aden to Abu Dhabi - Britain and State Formation in Arabia 1962 - 1971: A Retrospective
Funding received from AHRC.

American Political Science Association

MENA Workshops

Alumni e-Newsletter: Issue 2, Spring 2017

Contact Details

Professor Anoush Ehteshami
Director, IMEIS
Al-Qasimi Building
Elvet Hill Road

+44 (0)191 334 5662