Shalem College
Martin Kramer

Dr. Martin Kramer

Ph.D., Princeton University
A.M., Princeton University
M.A., Columbia University
A.B., Princeton University

Dr. Martin Kramer is chair of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department at Shalem College, where he previously served as its inaugural president. Author of the best-selling monograph Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America, Dr. Kramer is a renowned authority on contemporary Islam and Arab politics. Currently a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, he earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

During his twenty-five-year career at Tel Aviv University, Dr. Kramer directed the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Brandeis University, the University of Chicago, Cornell University, and Georgetown University, and served twice as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

Selected Publications

Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America (Washington: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2001).

Arab Awakening and Islamic Revival: The Politics of Ideas in the Middle East (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1996). Paperback edition published in 2008.

 

Books

Islam Assembled: The Advent of the Muslim Congresses (New York: Columbia University Press, 1986).

 

Edited Books

The Jewish Discovery of Islam: Studies in Honor of Bernard Lewis (Tel Aviv: The Moshe Dayan Center, 1999).

The Islamism Debate (Dayan Center Papers, no. 120) (Tel Aviv: The Moshe Dayan Center, 1997).

Middle Eastern Lives: The Practice of Biography and Self-Narrative (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1991).

Shi'ism, Resistance, and Revolution (Boulder: Westview Press, 1987).

Protest and Revolution in Shiite Islam (Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuhad and the Moshe Dayan Center, 1986). [Hebrew]

 

Articles

"Déjà Vu: The ABCs of Public Diplomacy in the Middle East," A Practical Guide to Winning the War on Terrorism, Adam Garfinkle, ed. (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2004), pp. 133-144.

"Nation and Assassination in the Middle East," Middle East Quarterly 11 (3) (Summer 2004), pp. 59-64.

"Policy and the Academy: An Illicit Relationship?," Middle East Quarterly 10 (1) (Winter 2003), pp. 65-73.

"Coming to Terms: Fundamentalists or Islamists?," Middle East Quarterly 10 (2) (Spring 2003), pp. 65-77.

"The Middle East in 2000: Things Come Undone," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Tel Aviv) 24 (2002), pp. 5-16.

"The Middle East in 1999: Changing Guard," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Tel Aviv) 23 (2001), pp. 5-15.

"The Middle East in 1998: American Preserve," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 22 (2001), pp. 5-15.

"The Middle East in 1997: Soft Coups for Hard Times," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 21 (2000), pp. 5-21.

"The Middle East in 1996: Rude Awakening," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 20 (1998), pp. 5-16.

"Ballots and Bullets: Islamists and the Relentless Drive for Power," Harvard International Review 19 (2) (Spring 1997), pp. 16-19, 61-62.

"The Middle East, Old and New," Daedalus 126 (2) (Spring 1997), pp. 89-112.

"Rallying Around Islam," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 17 (1995), pp. 109-153.

"The Global Village of Islam," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 16 (1994), pp. 193-226.

"Islam in the New World Order," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 15 (1993), pp. 172-205.

"The Invasion of Islam," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 14 (1992), pp. 177-207.

"An Uneasy Truce in Islam," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 12 (1990), pp. 177-204.

"Surveying the Middle East," Asian and African Studies 24 (1) (March 1990), pp. 89-107.

"Islam's Enduring Feud," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 11 (1989), pp. 153-179.

"Arabistik and Arabism: The Passions of Martin Hartmann," Middle Eastern Studies 25 (3) (July 1989), pp. 283-300.

"The Export of Islam," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Boulder) 10 (1988), pp. 127-156.

"Tragedy in Mecca," Orbis 31 (1) (Spring 1988), pp. 231-247. Reprinted in Sandstorm: Middle East Conflicts and America, D. Pipes, ed. (Lanham: University Press of America, 1993), pp. 241-267.

"The Routine of Muslim Solidarity," Middle East Contemporary Survey (Tel Aviv) 9 (1987), pp. 146-167.