The Middle East, perhaps more so than other geographic regions, lives on in the American imaginarium as a place of inherent discord and conflict. This characterization is in no way complicated by reductive news media outlets. In the interest of calling these portrayals into question, we have chosen three disparate nodes from which to begin a conversation about regional politics and poetics. Together, we hope, these texts will demonstrate a (by no means comprehensive) diversity of Middle Eastern experiences.

Readings:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us

Rabbat, Nasser-ARTFORUM article on Tahrir Square

http://www.scribd.com/doc/120372496/Poems-of-the-Islamic-Movement-of-Uzbekistan

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