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  • CFP - Faith on the Move: Middle East Migrations and Religions


    The Global Turn has finally arrived in Middle Eastern Studies. An approach that was once the preserve  of a handful of historians and anthropologists--who for the past 20 years have articulated a different vision of the field through their work on migration, mobility and diasporas--has now been embraced by a broad swathe of scholars. This can be seen in various sub-fields, from emerging studies of the local/global Left in the Middle East, to interest in the Nahda’s  transnational resonances. This turn was most widely acknowledged in the recent annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association whose theme was The Global Middle East. Since its 2013  inaugural essay of first issue, Mashriq&Mahjar has become a polestar for this Global Turn as it relates to Middle East and North African Migration Studies.

    Despite the growing grip of the Global Turn on Middle Eastern Studies, there has been a notable lack of scholarly attention to how Middle Eastern religious practices and beliefs were, and are now being, globalized (notwithstanding a few notable exceptions). Overall, relatively little scholarship has hitherto paid sustained attention to how religion inflects the migratory experience, and how migration shapes religion in the diaspora or at “home.” This is all the more remarkable given the intimate nature of faith and religion, and the roles their presence and absence play--whether negatively or positively--in the formation of individual and communal identities and structures.

    In light of these lacunae, Mashriq&Mahjar invites scholars who are working in this field to submit manuscripts to be considered for publication in an upcoming special issue titled Faith on the Move: Middle East Migrations and Religions. We are looking for papers and research notes that engage and shape this field of inquiry along the following lines:

    • Historical accounts of diasporic communities of belief: their formation, challenges, transformations, etc.;
    • Relationships of diasporic religious communities and practices to institutions and clerics in the Mashriq and Maghrib;
    • Intersectionalities of gender, class, and religion;
    • Middle Eastern “sectarianism” and its encounter with Western liberal societies: neo-orientalist anxieties and diasporic responses;
    • Archiving religious experience and community;
    • Religion and cultural production in migrant communities, diasporas
    • Diasporic critiques of Middle Eastern religions

    For your essay to be considered for publication in this special issue please submit your manuscript to

    Deadline for submission: May 31, 2019

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  • Seeking Book Reviewers!


    Mashriq & Mahjar is currently looking for book reviewers for upcoming issues. We have a number of books ready-to-go in the office on migration history, diaspora studies, and Arab identity. We're also open to suggestions from potential reviewers for new titles. 

    Is there a new title in your field of research you're wanting to read? Was it published in the last three years? Does it relate to migration studies, diaspora, and the Middle East and North African region? Contact the managing editor to find out if the book you want to review is appropriate for Mashriq & Mahjar and whether we can order it for you! Email the managing editor at 

    We're looking for single-title reviewers as well as those interested in writing a review essay that discusses three to four related works collectively. 

    Book reviews must conform to our guidelines and all potential reviewers must have already completed their doctoral degree. 

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  • Check Out Our Exciting New Content!


    Mashriq & Mahjar has been publishing exciting new content every two weeks for the past two months! Make sure to take a moment and look at our new releases ranging from bilingual research notes and review essays to research articles and book reviews. 

    Just like before, our content is open access and free to download. If you like our content, share our website among your colleagues, graduate students, faculty, and on social media. 

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  • First Release in New Format


    We're releasing the first article in our new rolling, continuous publication format this week! Stay tuned for new content published every few weeks ranging from articles and book reviews to research notes, conference reports, and multi-title review articles.

    Follow us on Twitter @MashriqMahjar for up-to-date information on our releases.

    Thanks for reading!

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  • New Publication Format for Mashriq & Mahjar!


    As of May 2018, Mashriq & Mahjar will begin operating under a continuous, or rolling, publication format. Starting this summer, we will release single items including book reviews, review articles, research articles, conference reports, and research notes every several weeks. Released content will be archived twice per year to create paginated issues. We hope this move will benefit both our readers and authors and permit us to share cutting-edge and timely scholarship with our readers. 

    Stay tuned for our upcoming publications!


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