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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

Email: s.zubaida@bbk.ac.uk

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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