Former ACOR Fellow Publishes Acclaimed New Book

Former ACOR Fellow Publishes Acclaimed New Book


Dr. Betty S. Anderson, currently Director of the Boston University Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations and Associate Professor of History, has published a new acclaimed book based on her years of research in the Middle East: A History of the Modern Middle East: Rulers, Rebels, and Rogues. Betty was an ACOR-CAORC fellow in 1995, 2000, and 2002 in Jordan. She was also a Fulbright awardee in Jordan (1993-1994) and a two-time Fulbright-Hays participant (1993 Jordan; 2004-5 Lebanon).

"A History of the Modern Middle East offers a comprehensive assessment of the region, stretching from the fourteenth century and the founding of the Ottoman and Safavid empires through to the present-day protests and upheavals. The textbook focuses on Turkey, Iran, and the Arab countries of the Middle East, as well as areas often left out of Middle East history—such as the Balkans and the changing roles that Western forces have played in the region for centuries—to discuss the larger contexts and influences on the region's cultural and political development."

Praise for A History of the Modern Middle East:

"In her deft analysis of the constantly changing region we call the 'Middle East,' Betty Anderson argues for the prominent role played by previously marginalized actors such as students, women, workers, and peasants in making the modern Middle East. This book represents a refreshing new approach that expands categories of analysis and is a valuable contribution to the field of Middle East Studies."

—Ellen Fleischmann, University of Dayton

"This fascinating history of the modern Middle East reveals the complexities of the region, connecting past with present through a novel pedagogical approach. Betty Anderson has written the most sophisticated textbook I've read on the region, one that will quickly join the ranks of classic works in the field."

—Bedross Der Matossian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"In this thoughtfully researched and clearly written book, Betty Anderson deftly weaves an intricate narrative of the modern history of the Middle East. Delving into the intimacies of shifting political dynamics and social transformations, Anderson perceives the region within transnational frameworks as well as against locally specific contexts. This book can easily serve as a central text in both undergraduate and graduate courses."

—Nadya Sbaiti, American University of Beirut

A History of the Modern Middle East: Rulers, Rebels, and Rogues will be available in April 2016 from Stanford Press.

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