A stellar record of scholarly publications exemplifies the Center’s research and education mission. Center-affiliated faculty, fellows and staff have authored or edited more than 50 books in the past four years, and countless chapters, articles and research papers. The Center is the sponsor of five publications series that include 60 books and working papers.
CNES founding director G.E. von Grunebaum inaugurated the prestigious Giorgio Levi Della Vida Conference in Islamic Studies in 1967 to stimulate research in the field and to recognize its greatest scholars. Fifteen Levi Della Vida volumes have been published thus far, honoring such luminaries as Joseph Schacht, S.D. Goitein, Albert Hourani, W. Montgomery Watt, Fazlur Rahman, Annemarie Schimmel, and most recently, André Raymond and Josef von Ess.
The Center has been instrumental in sponsoring conferences that generate edited works of original research on the Middle East, including Ethnic Conflict and International Politics in the Middle East (Leonard Binder, 1999), Iran, Iraq and the Arab Gulf States (Joseph Kechichian, 2001) and Napoleon in Egypt (Irene Bierman, 2003). CNES has also published colloquium papers such as the series on Middle Eastern Identities.
The Center’s ten-volume series of Studies in Near Eastern Culture and Society includes monographs as well as conference papers written or edited under Center auspices, ranging from the first volume by Professor Isma`il Poonawala (Biobibliography of Isma`ili Literature, 1977) to the most recent volume edited by Professors Richard Hovannisian and David Myers (Enlightenment and Diaspora: The Armenian and Jewish Cases, 1999).
Center-sponsored research projects on Middle Eastern migration have yielded pioneering studies combining field work and photography in Sojourners and Settlers (on Arab labor migration to the US), Irangeles: Iranians in Los Angeles, and Transitions: Russians, Ethiopians and Bedouins in Israel’s Negev Desert.
CNES has published more than two dozen Working Papers by faculty such as Sondra Hale, Nikki Keddie and Afaf Marsot, visiting scholars such as Janet Abu-Lughod, Barbara Aswad and Riaz Hassan, and alumni such as Mehdi Bozorghmehr, Nancy Gallagher and Farshad Rastegar, in fields ranging from sociology to urban planning, education, development and history, and spanning the region from Kazakhstan to Morocco.
The Center collaborates with the California Digital Library on the eScholarship Repository, a metasite established for the rapid dissemination of research by UC-affiliated scholars. The site now holds over 3,500 research papers and experiences some 12,000 full-text downloads each week.