For immediate release
Philadelphia, Thursday, August 1, 2001 -- The Middle East Forum announced today that Martin Kramer, the distinguished historian and specialist on Islam, will become editor of its flagship publication, the Middle East Quarterly, starting with the first issue of 2002.
The Quarterly has established itself as a leading source of information and commentary on the Middle East since its founding in early 1994.
Martin Kramer has just ended a six-year stint as director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. An authority on contemporary Islam and Arab politics, he earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University, and another graduate degree from Columbia University. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Cornell University, and Georgetown University.
Mr. Kramer has twice been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and three times a fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
He is the author or editor of nine books. The most recent are The Islamism Debate and The Jewish Discovery of Islam. He is also the author of Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America, forthcoming this fall.
Mr. Pipes will become the journal's publisher, assuming this task from Albert J. Wood, who has filled this position so ably since the journal's inception and who will continue to be closely associated with the journal. In addition, Mr. Pipes will help with various aspects of the Quarterly. Patrick Clawson will continue as senior editor and Judy Goodrobb as managing editor.
"I can think of no one better to take over the Quarterly editing from me," said Mr. Pipes. "We are thrilled that Martin Kramer has accepted this undertaking."
"Daniel Pipes has made the Quarterly into the most stimulating and readable journal on the Middle East today," noted Mr. Kramer. "As editor, I intend to continue the Quarterly's tradition of questioning conventional wisdom. Look to our pages for articles that will challenge general readers, policymakers, and academics to rethink their premises."
For more information, call Jane Maestro 215-546-5406, ex. 16
or write to Maestro@MEForum.org