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The Australian Middle East Research Forum (AMERF) is a cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary research forum focused on research into the Middle East from an Australian perspective. AMERF is a collaborative research network open to researchers, research students, policy-makers, media professionals and anyone interested in the region.
This thematic research group focuses on the following topics in relation to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA):
AMERF was founded by Fethi Mansouri and Sally Totman in 2006 and is currently convened by Benjamin Isakhan and constituted by a group of world-leading researchers and lecturers in the field of Middle East studies and languages. It is well placed to conduct and collaborate on high-profile international research and teaching initiatives relating to the MENA. In addition, AMERF regularly hosts international and national events and seminars with a focus on Australia and its relationship with the MENA region.
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Benjamin Isakhan. “Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics, Discourse”, Ashgate, London, 2012.
This book proposes a significant reassessment of the history of Iraq, documenting democratic experiences from ancient Mesopotamia through to the US occupation. It reveals that Iraq has a democratic history all of its own, from ancient Middle Eastern assemblies and classical Islamic theology and philosophy, through to the myriad political parties, newspapers and protest movements of more recent times.
Sally Totman. "How Hollywood Projects Foreign Policy", Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2009.
This book draws together elements from several academic disciplines - politics, international relations, psychology, film and cultural studies and examines US foreign policy toward the so-called "rogue states" and the products of the Hollywood film industry in relation to these states, which promises to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the 'soft power' that is popular culture.
Shahram Akbarzadeh & Fethi Mansouri (eds). “Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diasporas and Radicalism in the West”, I.B. Tauris, New York, 2006.
This book brings together the current debate on the uneasy and potentially mutually destructive relationship between the Muslim world and the West and argues we are on a dangerous trajectory, strengthening dichotomous notions of the divide between the West and the Muslim world.
Danny Ben-Moshe & Zohar Segev (eds.). “Israel, the Diaspora, and Jewish Identity”, Sussex Academic Press, Sussex, 2007.
This book investigates the significance, contribution, and role played by the State of Israel-ideologically and practically-in the identity of Diaspora Jews. It explores the extent and way Israel features in Diaspora identity through a range of issues including: anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, Jewish continuity, the peace process, pro-Israel lobbying, religious thought, and gender.
Benjamin Isakhan, Fethi Mansouri & Shahram Akbarzadeh (eds). “The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East”, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2012.
This book seizes on a unique opportunity to reflect on the seismic events that constituted the ‘Arab Revolutions’ of 2010-12, their causes and consequences, and the core issues facing the region as it moves forward. The argument here is that the Arab revolutions pose a very specific challenge to conventional wisdom concerning democracy and democratisation in the Middle East
Fethi Mansouri (ed). “Australia and the Middle East: A Front-line Relationship”, I.B. Tauris, New York, 2011 (2006).
This book traces the nature of the Australia-Middle East relationship, from an insular ‘White Australia’ ideology through to the global impact of September 11th. A comprehensive analysis of this complex relationship provides an essential basis for understanding past encounters, evaluating present policies and developing a framework for future interactions.
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