Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America (Policy Papers (Washington Institute for Near East Policy), No. 58.)

Author: Martin S. Kramer
Publisher: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Keywords: policy, papers, washington, institute, east, america, studies, sand, towers, failure, middle, eastern, ivory
Number of Pages: 137
Published: 2001-10-01
ISBN-10: 0944029493
ISBN-13: 9780944029497

Book Description:


On campuses throughout the United States, thousands of professors study and teach the Middle East. They fill the pages of journals, the shelves of libraries, and the minds of students with their paradigms, theories, and predictions. In Middle East crises, the media seek their opinions. Their enterprise is deemed a national resource: the federal government subsidizes over a dozen academic centers devoted to the Middle East.

Yet for the past twenty years, Middle Eastern studies in America have been factories of error. The academics, blinded by their own prejudices and enslaved to the fashions of the disciplines, have failed to anticipate or explain any of the major developments in the Middle East. Within the field, hardly a voice dares to protest, but beyond it, each debacle chips away at academic’s credibility. Middle Eastern studies have failed--at a time when understanding the Middle East has become crucial to America.

In this iconoclastic expose, Martin Kramer surveys the ruins of Middle Eastern studies, to ask how and why they went wrong. Ivory Towers on Sand is the most thorough critique of Middle Eastern studies ever published in the United States--and a necessary step toward their reconstruction.


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