Middle East Centre University of Oxford podcast series

Edited recordings of past Middle East Centre public lectures and seminars.

Middle East Centre Booktalk University of Oxford podcast series

Author book launch public lectures, interviews and book chat

The Oxford podcast on new books about the Middle East: Maintaining our tradition of book launches for members of our community, as well as discussing new and noteworthy books with authors from outside our community.

Listen to the complete podcast series

The earlier booktalk epsidoes are also available as edited videos on our MEC YouTube channel

Here is the complete list of MEC Booktalk guest authors:

Aaron Rock-Singer, In the Shade of the Sunna: Salafi Piety in the 20th-Century Middle East (University of California Press, 2022)

Aaron Tugendhaft, The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet (University of Chicago Press, 2020) and Joshua Craze
Ahmed El Shamsy, Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2020)

Andrew March, The Caliphate of Man: The Invention of Popular Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought (Harvard University Press, 2021)

Carl Rommel, Egypt’s Football Revolution: Emotion, Masculinity, and Uneasy Politics (University of Texas Press, 2021)

Chihab El Khachab, Making Film in Egypt: How Labor, Technology, and Mediation Shape the Industry (American University in Cairo Press, 2021)

David Rundell, Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads (Bloomsbury, 2020)

David Warren, Rivals in the Gulf: Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Abdullah Bin Bayyah, and the Qatar-UAE Contest Over the Arab Spring and the Gulf Crisis (Routledge, 2021)

Deborah Starr, Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema (University of California Press, 2020)

Diana Galeeva, Russia and the GCC, The Case of Tatarstan’s Paradiplomacy (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2023)

Elie Podeh, Israel’s Secret Relations with States and Minorities in the Middle East, 1948-2020 (Hebrew, 2022; and English forthcoming)

Fatemeh Shams, A Revolution in Rhyme: Poetic Co-option under the Islamic Republic (Oxford University Press, 2021)

Hicham Alaoui, Pacted Democracy in the Middle East: Tunisia and Egypt in Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)

Ian Martin, All Necessary Measures? The United Nations and International Intervention in Libya (Hurst, 2022)

Jeremy Bowen, The Making of the Modern Middle East (Pan Macmillan, 2022)

John McManus, Inside Qatar: Hidden Stories from One of the Richest Nations on Earth (Icon Books, 2022)

Michael Willis, Algeria: Politics and Society from the Dark Decade to the Hirak (Hurst, 2022)

Steffen Hertog, Locked Out of Development: Insiders and Outsiders in Arab Capitalism (Elements in the Politics of Development Series) (Cambridge University Press, 2023)

Latest episode –  Booktalk 19

Oxford Political Thought University of Oxford podcast series

Guest speakers working on Islam, politics and history discuss their cutting-edge research on political thought.

Series convenors at the University of Oxford: Professor Faisal Devji and Dr Usaama al-Azami.

Almanac – The Oxford Middle East Podcast

Almanac is a student-run initiative at the University of Oxford. Each term, a number of students sit down for an in-depth discussion about the region which has made history for thousands of years and continues to make headlines today. In the latest episode Michael Willis talks on recent developments in the Maghreb.