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Book Review April 17, 2003
 
Islamic Studies: Faculty Only
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So, in Halliday's worried, territorial view of the field, there are two equal and opposite threats to IR: theorists like Said who see the Middle East in terms which are 'too general,' and popular authors, 'men of reality,' who see it as too unique. Both have a nasty habit of making positive assertions; both have an even more outrageous tendency to think they understand the region in their own, non-IR terms. Not surprisingly, IR turns out to be the proper, middle way between these upstart heresies. That's the bizarre defensive posture which produced this 250-page amplification on a simple message: "Faculty Lawn: All Others Piss Off."
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