Thinking in Four Dimensions: New Directions in Spatial Analysis of the Middle East
The study of the Middle East is experiencing an explosion in the dimensions through which scholars study space. The five new books reviewed in this essay stand out for pushing the boundaries of how we conceptualize the production of space and mobilize it as a methodological intervention. Through remarkably sensitive ethnography, creative use of sources, and an array of vibrant theoretical and methodological tools, they expand upon an earlier pioneering literature that centered spatial analysis in the study of the Middle East. In this essay, I focus on three dimensions they have opened up: analyzing space in time; drawing connectivities across spaces; and reframing the agency of spatial tactics and the nonhuman.
El-Kazaz, Sarah. 2017. "Thinking in Four Dimensions: New Directions in Spatial Analysis the Middle East." International Journal of Middle East Studies 49(3): 535-545.
Cambridge University Press
International Journal of Middle East Studies
Middle East and North Africa Studies
Review of five books: On Time: Technology and Temporality in Modern Egypt, by On Barak; The Make-Believe Space: Affective Geography in a Postwar Polity, by Yael Navaro-Yashin; Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey and the Modern House, by Esra Akcan; Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism and Road Revolt, by Pascal Menoret; Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life, by Farah Al-Nakib.