2022 Conference Paper Presentations

Below is a list of papers that will be presented at the Fifteenth Annual ASMEA Conference. 

A Dress Rehearsal? The Secret Relations Between Israel and Christians in Lebanon (1968-1970)
Mr. Yogev Elbaz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A French civil war in the middle east
Prof. Jean Avenel, Université Paris 12

A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad
Dr. David Patterson, University of Texas at Dallas

A Tale of Two Wars and Sixties Stamps: Remembering the Nakba and the Naksa on Jordanian Postage Stamps
Dr. Ido Zelkovitz, Yezreel Valley College

A thin debate: Comparing the conflicting political narratives of the UN Security Council and General Assembly on the Gaza Strip from 2006 to 2018
Dr. Chen Kertcher, Ariel University

Adaptation and creativity—Saudi policies under the regency of Muhammad B. Salman
Prof. Alexander Bligh, University of Haifa

Anti-Semitism at Fairs and Festivals in the Interwar Middle East
Mr. Semih Gokatalay, University of California, San Diego

Antisemitism in popular culture
Prof. Noha Mellor, University of Sharjah

Approaches to the study of the African Union after Ten and Twenty Years: Analyses of a Regional International Organization and Narratives on Contemporary Africa
Dr. Patrick Boyle, Loyola University Chicago

Assessment of the Impact of Abraham Accords After More Than One Year on the Middle East Stability
Dr. Ahmed Zohny, Coppin State University

Bediüzzaman Said Nursi—A Politico-Religious Opponent of the Early Turkish State
Mr. Thomas Messick, Melbourne School of Theology

Between Crescent and Cross: The Politics and Practice of Dissimulation in a Transimperial Druze Household, the House of Ma’n of Mt. Lebanon, 1585-1703
Mr. Fikri Cicek, University of Minnesota

Beyond the Invisible Borders. Turkey, the Kurds, and the Syrian-Iraqi Borderland
Dr. Tamás Dudlák, Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest

Biographies of Insecurity: Labor Migration from the Moroccan Margins
Dr. Hamdi Echkaou, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Al Akhawayn University

Can "The Whole World" be Wrong: A Medievalist's Guide to the Troubled 21st Century
Prof. Richard Landes, Boston University

Changing Structure of Educational Landscape In Africa: The Leverage Of Transnational Faith-based NGOs
Mr. Yunus Turhan, Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University

China’s Belt and Road Initiative in East Africa: Finding Success in Failure?
Dr. Edward Lynch, Hollins University

Colonial Paranoia: French Carcerality Amidst the Algerian Struggle
Ms. Shirley Le Penne, Cornell University

Comparing the Iraqi and Syrian American Diaspora During Times of Conflict: Sectarianism, Ethnic Cleavages, and Gender
Mrs. Meryem Gokyar, Middle East Technical University

Complex Effects of International Relations
Dr. Ofer Israeli, Reichman University (IDC) Herzliya, Israel

Counterinsurgency in The Middle East: The Russian Tar Baby
COL Norvell DeAtkine, Joint Special Operations University

Critical Race Theory and the New French Islam
Profs. Brannon and Deborah Wheeler, United States Naval Academy

Critical Reading of Historical Gender Roles in Contemporary Debates around Climate Change and the Feminization of Poverty: Case of the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe
Mr. Passmore Chishaka, Kent State University

Cycles of Violent Displacement: Tigrayan Refugee Women, 1974-2022
Mrs. Francesca Baldwin, University of Reading and University of Exeter

Dimensions of the Imaginary, the Real and the Symbolic—the Case of Transsexuals in Iran
Prof. Ronen A. Cohen, Ariel University

Do Sexual Inequality and Gender Discrimination Derive from the Qur’an? Revisiting Hermeneutics in Islam’s Most Sacred Text
Prof. Seth Cantey, Washington and Lee University

Does it Matter for Africa with Whom it Trades? Estimations of the Impacts of Africa’s Trade with the EU and China on Corruption
Prof. Tereza Němečková, Metropolitan University Prague

Dominant Party Affiliation and Perceived Institutional Performance: Evidence from Local Governance in Algeria
Dr. Lindsay J. Benstead, Portland State University

Echoes of a Revolution: The Nahda and Nationalist Records at the British Library
Ms. Melissa Camp, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Economic Diversification Challenge in the United Arab Emirates: the Combined Effect of Market Failure, Rentier State and Demographic Imbalance
Dr. Yacouba Gnegne, National Defense College, Abu Dhabi

Egypt’s Diaspora Policy in the Post-June 2013 Era as a Transnational Mechanism of Regime Legitimation
Dr. Bosmat Yefet, Ariel University

Empty Threats and Aid Weaponization: Understanding the International Response to Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis
Dr. Michael Makara, University of Central Missouri

European Green Deal as the European Foreign and Security Policy tool
Mr. Jozsef Kadar, University of Haifa

Exchanging the Shepherd’s Staff for AK-47: Fulani Herdsmen and the Negotiation of Identity and Security in Nigeria
Dr. Bukola Oyeniyi, Missouri State University

Explaining Party System Weakness in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia
Mr. Salih Yasun, Indiana University, Bloomington

Family, Sexualities, and the Zimbabwean Roman Catholic Church in late Twentieth Century Moto Magazine
Dr. Aldrin Magaya, DePauw University

Forgotten Jewish refugees from Arab Countries and Iran
Dr. David Bensoussan, University of Quebec

Framing Diplomacy, Politics, Religion, and Social Dynamics in Turkish Media
Mr. Ediz Ozelkan, University of Colorado Boulder and Mr. Ismet Herdem, Indiana University Bloomington

French Advising of Indigenous Soldiers in Africa Before the Great War: The Origins of Patron-Client Relationships
Dr. William Dean, U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College

From Cultural Recognition to Political Assertion; Amazigh Challenges to the Existing Order in North Africa
Prof. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, Tel Aviv University

From Fattening Rooms to Girls’ Institutes: Domestic Science and the Changing Meanings of Womanhood in Calabar, 1846-1946
Victoria Nachreiner, University at Buffalo

International intervention in the Middle East: The Arab Spring in Libya and Syria
Dr. Ilias Tasopoulos, University of Peloponnese

İsmailağa, Furkan Vakfı and AK Party: A Critical Assessment of the Contours of the Relations between AK Party and Religious Movements after the July 15th coup
Dr. Efrat Aviv, Bar-Ilan University

Israel's Moment: International Support for and Opposition to Establishing the Jewish State, 1945-1949
Prof. Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland, College Park

Israel: ‘occupier’ or ‘occupied’? The psycho-political projection of Christian and post-Christian supersessionism
Dr. Kalman Kaplan, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Ghana's 2016 and 2020 Elections: Introducing a Corpus and Examining False Information on Twitter
Ms. Christina P. Walker and Mr. Owura Kuffuor, Purdue University

Health disparities by religious identity: Comparing child growth among Christian and Muslim children in Egypt and Jordan
Mr. Md Asaduzzaman, Arizona State University

How Ali Shariati's Reinterpretation of Shi'ite Islam Led to a Dispute with the Clerics
Mr. Steven Kitchell, Independent Scholar

Identity, Affect, and the Hermeneutics of Jihad: Understanding Postcolonial Subjectivity in Boko Haram
Dr. Naveed Sheikh, University of Keele

In Search of the Non-Transitory Native: Revisiting the Concept of Palestinian Indigeneity in Narratives of Israeli Settler Colonialism
Mr. David Witus, Independent Scholar

In the Service of which Nation: Immigrants as non-Governmental Agents of Trans-Border Economic Policies
Dr. Omri Elmaleh, Brown University

In-group versus out- group conflicts: Analysis of crisis instigated by indigene and settlers’ claim to land ownership in Northern Nigeria
Dr. Wakil Asekun, University of Lagos

Institutional Arrangements and Procurement Procedures for Post-War Reconstruction in Yemen
Dr. Sumaia Al Kohlani, United Arab Emirates University

Institutional Logic of Fragile States: Afghanistan and South Sudan in Comparative Perspective
Mr. Kaleb Demerew and Mr. Murid Partaw, University of South Florida

Inter-Group Conflict in the DRC: How the perception of being part of the victims vs perpetrators shape individuals’ support for retributive violence and reconciliation
Mr. Michael Yekple, University of Central Florida

Intra house gender relations and careless masculinity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Prof. Patrick Milabyo Kyamusugulwa, Institut Superieur des Techniques Medicales de Bukavu (ISTM-Bukavu)

Iran and the Spread of AntiZionist and Antisemitic Propaganda in Latin America
Dr. Luis Fleischman, Palm Beach Center for Democracy and Policy Research

Iran National Security transformation from Pahlavi dynasty to Islamic Republic.
Ms. Shukriya Bradost, Virginia Tech

Is Europe Burning? The Islamic State against the Continent
Dr. Mark Silinsky, Department of Defense

Is Technological Capability the Missing Link in Africa’s Lack of Inclusive Growth and Structural Transformation?
Prof. Steve Onyeiwu, Allegheny College

Islam, the Coptic Church, and Aksūm in the early Medieval Coptic and Arabic writings: An overview
Dr. Myriam Wissa, University of London

Islamic Ties and Rebel Territorial Control in African Armed Conflicts
Mr. Kyle Allen, University of North Texas

Israel in the shadow of the struggle for the Middle East - old rivals and new allies
Prof. Eyal Zisser, Tel Aviv University

Jewish Women and the Making of the Levant Fair in Mandatory Palestine
Mr. Semih Gökatalay, University of California, San Diego

Judaeo-Islamic Virtue Ethics in the Cairo Genizah: A Study of Generosity and Contentment
Mr. Muhammad Khan, Trinity College Dublin

Litani 1978: Incursion on the Road to the First Lebanon War
Prof. Zach Levey, University of Haifa

Localized Borderland Rebellion or Global Jihadist Group?
Dr. Lindsay Scorgie, Huron College, University of Western Ontario

Mediator-narration: US presidents and the narration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 1993-2012
Dr. Chen Kertcher, Ariel University

Nomination of Women with Intersecting Identities as an Electoral Competition Strategy in Turkey’s Mayoral Elections
Mrs. Elif Sari Genc, Portland State University

North Korea Sanctions and Illicit Activities: Their Relationship to Iran
Prof. Bruce Bechtol, Angelo State University

On Menachem Begin's changing image in Israeli society
Dr. Avi Shilon, Tel Hai Academic College

“Our Armenians” or “Enemy Within”: Turkey’s Armenian Minority in the AKP Era
Dr. Ioannis Grigoriadis, Bilkent University

Peace Promotion through Transformation of Territorial Meta-Narratives: An Inquiry into the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Dr. Eyal Lewin

Police Self-Confidence During Conflict: Examining Officers Sense of Authority
Dr. Daisy Muibu, University of Alabama

Popularity of Terrorist Groups and Counterterrorism in Middle East and North Africa
Dr. Mustafa Kirisci, DeSales University

"Practical Nationalism": World War II Veterans and Nationalism in Nigeria, 1945 - 1960
Mr. Waliu Ismaila, West Virginia University

Premodern Jewish Memory and History in Contact through Arabic Poetry in the Cairo Genizah
Dr. Ahmed Sheir, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Private Military Companies in Sub-Saharan Africa: Failure or a Future?
Dr. Steven Childs, California State University, San Bernardino

Religion or Violence in the Name of Allah: The Rise of an Islamist Extremist Group in Northern Nigeria in the 2000s and the Threat it Poses to Civility, Freedom, and Democracy
Mr. Kefas Lamak, University of Iowa

Remembering Karbala: Approaching a Social History of Iraqi Shi'ism
Mr. Joe Kotinsly, University of Texas at Austin

Rethinking Pan-Arabism: From Utopian Idea to a Practical Plan
Dr. Gadi Hitman, Ariel University

Saddam’s Islamic Faith Campaign, Open and Archival Sources and What Lies Below?
Prof. Amatzia Baram, University of Haifa and Mrs. Ban Al-Maliki, Independent Scholar

Sāsānian war elephants and Islamic historical memory
Dr. D Gershon Lewental, University of Oklahoma; Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia: A SWOT Analysis of a Family-Wahhabi Nationalism Case Study
Dr. Gadi Hitman, Ariel University

Secularizing Islam
Dr. Ron Schleifer, Ariel University of Samaria

Settlers in Syria: Turkish Population Transfers in Northern Syria
Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, George Mason University and Ms. Erielle Davidson, U.S. Court of Appeals

Sh īʿī Activism and British Imperialism in the Making of the Iraqi State
Dr. Zackery Heern, Idaho State University

Spilling Anger Out on Walls: Protest Graffiti and the Art of Resistance Politics in Contemporary Africa
Dr. Bright Alozie Portland State University

State-level Incitement against Zionism on the eve of the Aleppo Pogrom of 1947
Dr. Joel Parker, The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Systematic Symbolism in State-sponsored Turkish Historical Fictions: The Case of "Payitaht: Abdülhamid"
Mr. Mustafa Oguzhan Colak, Leiden University

Tehran’s Sanctions Evasion Strategy: Financing: The Islamic Republic’s Efforts to Establish a Hegemonic Position in the Middle East
Dr. Anthony Celso, Angelo State University

Terrorism, Territory, and Social Movements: An Evolution of Fourth Wave Terrorism
Dr. Cindy May, Lancaster University

The Challenges of and Prospects for Nation-Building in a Post-Independent Nigeria (1960-2022)
Dr. Benjamin Arah, Bowie State University

The Clash of Ethoses within the Lebanese Maronite Community: The Case of Michel Aoun and Samir Geagea
Dr. Dan Naor, Ariel University

The Controversial Legacy of Abū Qatāda al-Filasṭīnī
Dr. Cole Bunzel, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Coup Taboo: Assessing the Salience and Internalization of an Anti-Coup Norm in Egypt and Turkey
Dr. Drew Kinney, Colgate University

The effect of shared employment of Israeli-Jews and Non-Israeli Palestinians on mutual attitudes: Comparative research at Israeli Industry and Medicine workplaces
Dr. Idit Miller, Ariel University

The End Game: Juba Peace Talks, the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Perspective
Dr. Curthberth Onek, Millersville University

The Fatwa of the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mahmoud Shaltout on Shiism
Dr. Mohammed Aziz, Beirut Arab University

The Formation of the National Palestinian Ethos
Dr. Gadi Hitman, Ariel University

The Future of a Museumified Cario: Consequences for Right to the City
Ms. Alaa Saad, Johns Hopkins University

The Incompetent Incarcerations: The Israeli Approach to Female Counterterrorism
Dr. Christine Rinehart, University of South Carolina

The Iraqi Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Protection
Dr. Xuming Qian, Shanghai International Studies University

The Islamic Modernism of Ayatollah Montazeri
Mr. Alexander Shepard, Indiana University, Bloomington

The Levant Fair and the Promotion of Tel Aviv as an ‘All-Jewish’ City in the Interwar Period
Mr. Semih Gökatalay, University of California, San Diego

The Marketing Strategy of the PLO
Dr. Ron Schleifer, Ariel University

The Maronites of Lebanon; Hubris to Dhimmitude
Dr. Franck Salameh, Boston College

The Multidimensional Image of Fethullah Gulen and his Life of Conflict with the Turkish State
Mr. Thomas Messick, Melbourne School of Theology

The New Hedgers in the Middle East: How Does the USA can Constrain Russia with the Hedging States?
Prof. Visne Korkmaz, Nişantaşı University

The Oslo accords after thirty years: A missed opportunity to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, or a grand diplomatic deception?
Dr. Adi Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University

The Other Radicals: Zionist-Socialist Youth in Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1970
Mr. Asher Lubotzky, Indiana University

The Politics of Cryptocurrency Regulation in Africa
Mr. Oliver McPherson-Smith, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Projects or the People: A study of Education policymaking in The Gambia
Mr. Samba Bah, Ohio University

The Role of International Actors in Promoting Support for Women’s Rights in the MENA Region: Evidence from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Mujtaba Ali Isani, German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM)

The Social Background of Political Contention: West Bank Ba’th Activists Under Jordanian Rule
Prof. Avraham Sela, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Social-Economic Effects of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) in the Persian Modernization between 1909 and 1933
Mr. István Vácz, Eötvös Loránd University

Trouble in Idyll, Idyll in Trouble: The US-Israel Relations from 1970 to 1991
Dr. Ziv Rubinovitz, Chaikin Chair for Geostrategy, University of Haifa

Turkish Foreign Policy during the Ukrainian War: Shifting or Hedging?
Prof. Nursin Guney, Nişantaşı University

Turkoman Politics in Iraq After the DAESH War
Mr. Farhad Mamshai, Virginia Tech

Unlearning to learn: Professional resocialization among social workers in Ghana
Dr. Jovia Salifu, University of Education, Winneba

Vigilantism and Community Security in Nigeria: An Analysis of the Civilian Joint Task Force and Amotekun
Ms. Sasilkar Banu, Nigerian Defence Academy

Wahhabi Warfare on the Arabian Peninsula in the 18th Century, as told by Ibn Bishr
Dr. Jeffrey Macris, U.S. Naval Academy

Wasta and Democratic Attitudes in the Middle East
Dr. Hannah Ridge, University of Chicago

West Africa on the Global Stage: Examining Regional Trade for Development
Ms. Hyeladzirra Banu, Howard University

When Legal Conservatism Renders Salafi-Jihadis Lenient: The Intra-Salafi Debate about Being a Naturalized Citizen of an Infidel Country
Dr. Eli Alshech, Bar-Ilan University

When Springs Become Winters: How Armed Actors Hijack Nonviolent Revolutions
Mr. Sean Ashley, Harvard University

When Village Identity Interweaves with the City: The Evolution of the ‘Hebronite’ Regionalism and Identity
Dr. Harel Shalom Chorev, Tel Aviv University

Who are the Isra'ilites in The Qur'an
Dr. Mustapha Tajdin, Khalifa University for Science and Technology

Why Do Women Participate Less? A Study of Women Participation in Turkish Trade Unions
Ms. Gulay Dogan, Hitit University

Women, Violent Extremism, and National Security: The Role of Harmful Traditional Practices in Northeast Nigeria
Ms. MaryAnne Iwara, University of Leipzig

Women’s rights in Israel: the activism of the Beta Israel Community
Mr. Matteo D'Avanzo, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa

Yoruba Female Entrepreneurship: Between History, Context and Identity
Ms. Stephane Kouassi, Goethe University Frankfurt

Poster Presentations

Factors Contributing to Students’ Academic, Social, and Psychological Engagement at a Public University in Benin.
Mr. Oumarou Abdoulaye Balarabe, Ohio University

Islamic Art and Islamist Fears: A French Paradox
Ms. Tania Del Moral, Wake Forest University

Romanticizing the Zionist Narrative (1904-1923): Myth and Memory in Degania
Mr. Jakob Levin, University of Florida

The Art of Attack: Comparing Palestinians’ High-tech and Low-tech Resistance
Ms. Zoe Jackowitz, St. Lawrence University

The Dilemma of China's One Belt One Road Initiative in Africa
Mrs. Zihan Xu, Rice University

The Ethiopian Jewish Community from the Italian Fascist rule to the official recognition
Mr. Matteo D'Avanzo, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa

The Nigerian Civil War, 1967-170 and the Regrets of Our Heroes and Heroines Past: Lessons and Cautions for Future Generations of Nigerians
Mr. Kefas Lamak, University of Iowa

Understanding Islam’s Role in Conflict and Conflict Resolution Within the Regional Context
Mr. Simeone Miller, California State University, San Bernardino

Weaponization of Social Media--Sahel and West Africa, A Russia Hybrid Battle Ground?
Dr. Felipe Pathé Duarte, Nova School of Law

Women Rights in the Middle East
Ms. Elena Nassif, University of Toledo