KHALDOUN is an interdisciplinary group blog. Our name (and inspiration) comes from the famously multi-disciplinary Ibn Khaldoun, the 14th century Arab social scientist who is variously described as a philosopher, sociologist, demographer, geographer, historian, economist, linguist, political theorist, and statesman. Our aim in this blog is to provide scholarly commentary on current issues in Middle East politics, society, culture, and media representation.
Noah R. Bassil is a lecturer in the Politics and International Relations Department at Maquarie University. His current research interests are political crises in postcolonial states, international political economy, and Sudanese and African politics. He is also the Deputy Director of Macquarie’s Centre for Middle East and North African Studies.
Jumana Bayeh is a Postgraduate Fellow in Macquarie University’s Department of English. Her research and teaching interests include the third-world literatures, post-colonial studies and Middle East politics and society. She is currently working on her dissertation focusing on the literary works of Lebanese diasporic authors.
L.L. Wynn is a lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Macquarie University. She is the author of Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban Legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers. In addition to her interests in tourism and transnationalism in the Middle East, she researches reproductive health technologies in the U.S., Canada, and the Middle East. She also contributes to Culture Matters.
Joseph Pugliese is Associate Professor in Macquarie’s Department of Critical and Cultural Studies. His research interrogates Orientalist constructions of the Middle East, imperial relations of power in the context of the ‘war on terror’ and the war in Iraq; the geopolitics of torture and terrorism; and Orientalist stereotypes in diasporic contexts. He is also Deputy Director of Macquarie’s Somatechnics Research Centre.
Maryam Khalid is a PhD student at UNSW. Her research and teaching interests include gender and postcolonial studies, imperialism, and Middle East politics. Her doctoral research investigates the ways in which neoimperial power relations are legitimated through the prism of gender, with a particular focus on the ‘war on terror’, Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a former contributor of Khaldoun.
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We love to see feedback and suggestions in the comments field following our blog postings. But if you need to contact us outside of the comments format, or if you would like to suggest articles or media for us to cover in the blog, please feel free to e-mail Lisa Wynn at lisa.wynn [ at ] mq.edu.au (remove spaces and convert “at” to @). (Other blog contributors can be found by searching for their names on the Macquarie University website.) We can’t promise that we’ll be able to write or comment on the topics you want to see covered, but we appreciate your suggestions!