The Press celebrates the publication of its 100th book in Middle East Studies.
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Ten years and 100 books ago, Kate Wahl started the Middle East Studies program at Stanford University Press—a list that, today, boasts a strong reputation in the field. But only a decade ago, the Middle East was scarcely represented in the Press’s publishing program, making cameos only at the intersections of other subject areas. Scholars writing on the Middle East who signed book contracts with the Press during the earlier stages of the Middle East Studies program passed on publishing with more established lists in the field, entrusting their work instead to a nascent program with a new vision for how to think and write about the region.
“I’m grateful to everyone who had a hand in launching our Middle East Studies program—for all the authors who trusted us with their projects, then and now,” says Wahl.
“I’m grateful to everyone who had a hand in launching our Middle East Studies program."
A decade after its debut the broad vision that contoured the list at its inception continues to guide the program, while the community around the books has grown in leaps and bounds. Over the years Wahl has brought together dedicated writers and thinkers who, working from varied disciplinary approaches, have explored a wide spectrum of social, political, and cultural concerns of the modern Middle East. They, along with an engaged network of readers, reviewers, and editorial board members (many of whom become authors themselves), have furnished the Press with a compelling collection of books in tight conversation with one another, the broader academic disciplines of which they are a part, and ever-shifting world events writ large.