The group devoted its time to a new historical understanding of the Middle East through global systems of politics, economy, and culture, and challenged the paradigm of Western influence with a model of mutual influence. At the same time, the group members developed a curriculum for master’s degree students on the global Middle East, a curriculum they taught in 2019–2020 in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and at Tel Aviv University. In 2019 some group members participated in a workshop on the Global Middle East at Oxford, and their studies will appear in an issue of the Journal of Levantine Studies devoted to the subject, in Summer 2020.
The Global Middle East
Kfir Cohen Lustig The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
On Barak Tel Aviv University