May 9, 2008
Kicking Up Sand in Middle-East Studies
When the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, or Asmea, held its inaugural meeting in Washington in late April, the siege mentality felt by its members — many of whom are conservative researchers — was palpable.
Even the group's renowned co-founder, Bernard Lewis, sounded a note of desolation about the state of Middle East studies in his keynote address. Freedom to study and write on the topic of Islam, said Mr. Lewis, a professor emeritus of