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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.

IMEIS Conference 2018

Call for papers now open.

Deadline: Monday 16 April 2018

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'

Iranian archives at Durham

A personal reflection on people, places and the public record

Professor Sue Wright (Danish School of Education, Aarhus University)

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