Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle East

Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle East

In the Middle East, sports have, for decades, been of pivotal importance to players (both professional and amateur), to impassioned fans and supporters, to industry and business stakeholders, to journalists and the media, to physicians and health professionals, to educators and policymakers, and to societies at large. In various shapes and forms, sports have served as vehicles and venues for political expression and engagement, economic development, national identity creation and assertion, as well as regional and international relations. And yet despite this flowing field of potential sites of research inquiry, there has been a limited amount of scholarly interest in the role that sports have played in the contemporary socio-economic, cultural, and political milieus of the region.

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Background and Scope of the Project

In the Middle East, sports have, for decades, been of pivotal importance to players (both professional and amateur), to impassioned fans and supporters, to industry and business stakeholders, to journalists…
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Publication

Danyel Reiche and Tamir Sorek, eds., Sport, Politics and Society in the Middle East (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2019).  Sport in the Middle East has become a major issue in global affairs. The contributors to this…
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Working Group Meetings

Click here to read about Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle East Working Group I Click here to read about Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle East…