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Sami Zubaida

Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology

Fellow of Birkbeck College

Professorial Research Associate, Food Studies Centre, SOAS

Research Associate, London Middle East Institute, SOAS


Visiting positions in Cairo, Istanbul, Beirut, Aix-en-Provence, Berkeley CA, Paris, including Visiting Global Professor, Law School, New York University, 2006

Research Interests

    • Middle East Politics
    • Religion and Law
    • Nationalism
    • Food and Culture

Selected Recent Publications

    • Beyond Islam: A New Understanding of the Middle East, London: IB Tauris 2011, pp.232
    • ‘Turkey, Alcohol and Islam’, OpenDemocracy, 24 June 2013
    • ‘The Question of Sectarianism in Middle East Politics’, OpenDemocracy 28 July 2013
    • ‘The Idea of Indian Food: Between the Colonial and the Global’, Food and History, Vol. 7 No. 1, 2009, 191-210
    • ‘The “Arab Spring” In the Historical Perspective of Middle East Politics’, Economy and Society, Volume 41, No 4, 2012, 568-59
    • Economy and Society Volume 41, No 4, November 2012: Special Issue: Beyond Islam, A Tribute to Sami Zubaida
    • 'Drink, meals and social boundaries', in Jakob A. Klein and Anne Murcott (eds), Food Consumption in Global Perspective: Essays in the Anthropology of Food in Honour of Jack Goody. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan 2014, 209-223

Public Lectures 2014

    • BRISMES Public Lecture, British Society for Middle East Studies, at LSE, 5 February  2014: The Quest for Authenticity and the Politics of Identity
    • Public Lecture, ‘Imagining National Cuisine’, Joint Annual Sociology Lecture, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, 5 March
    • Public Lecture: ‘Religion, Ritual and Food Prohibitions’, Storia in Piazza, Genoa, Italy,  Palazio Ducale, 10-13 April
    • Keynote, ‘The Legacy of Islam: Shari’a, Individual Rights and Collective Rights’, Conference on ‘Arab Citizenship in the New Political Era’, Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, at University of Muhammad V, Rabat, Morocco, 27-30 May
    • Keynote, ‘Nostalgia, Memory and Modernity in the Middle East’, Conference on The Future of Nostalgia in the Middle East, University of Copenhagen 19-20 June.

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