Middle Eastern Studies Collection

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Collection Editor:
Dr Kaziwa Salih

Kaziwa’s Vision for the Collection

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The Middle East is the cradle of civilizations; it is the birthplace of many religions and the earliest multiethnic, multi-religious, and multicultural societies. Nevertheless, Western readers are predominantly exposed to accounts of political conflicts in the Middle East rather than to its historical sites, the adventures of its people, or the personal experiences of individuals amidst the region's turbulent past. Middle Eastern Studies at Lived Places Publishing is interested in publishing your narrative and your thoughts on the place's identity, as well as how it reflects on your own identity and your experiences among and within lived places or on your community, country, or sociocultural environment.

Middle Eastern Studies is seeking educational and informative titles, appropriate for use in university courses, on specific places – be they physical, institutional, social, or cultural. We will be accepting the work of authors with inspiring tales to tell, grounded in empirical evidence – compelling lived stories related to the Middle East or the Middle Eastern diaspora that represent the individual or collective voice of a community. Middle Eastern Studies is particularly interested in stories and authors from minority communities in the Middle East.

As collection editor, I will help guide our authors in crafting quality manuscripts. This includes serving as a co-strategist, draft commentator, and motivator, as well as providing suggestions and encouragement while upholding authors' autonomy to disclose their personal experiences. It is my firm belief that individuals should write about their own lives, and I particularly advocate for minority groups to share their perspectives on how their experiences of lived places have influenced their identities and shaped their reality.


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About the Collection Editor

Dr Kaziwa Salih standing behind a microphone. Kaziwa is a socio-cultural anthropologist, genocide studies scholar, and researcher focusing on Kurdish studies, Middle Eastern politics and conflicts, gender and Women’s studies, and the cultural sociology of crimes. She holds a PhD from Queen’s University, Canada, where she specialized in the study of genocide and violence and how microaggressions foster macroaggressions. Kaziwa also holds an MA in Humanities and a post-graduate degree in post-migration and refugee issues from York University. Dr Salih is the multiple award-winning author of more than ten fiction and non-fiction books and has written many articles and academic papers. Before her academic journey, she worked as a journalist and human rights activist and was the founder and editor-in-chief of two journals, Nvar and Newkar.


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