Localities, countries, and regions develop through complex interactions with others. This volume highlights the global interconnectedness of the Middle East—both 'global-in' and ‘global-out’. It delves into the region's scientific, artistic, economic, political, religious, and intellectual formations and traces how they have taken shape through a dynamic set of encounters and exchanges.
Written in short and accessible essays by prominent experts on the region, the volume covers topics ranging from God to Rumi, food, film, fashion, and music, sports and science, to the flow of people, goods and ideas. It tackles social and political movements from human rights, Salafism and cosmopolitanism, to radicalism and revolutions. Students will glean new and innovative perspectives about the region using the insights of global studies.