1. What do we mean by “the Middle East? Define the geographic, political, economic, cultural boundaries of the region.
2. Why does the region figure so prominently In the media, and what are the representation of the region?
3. What is the relationship between the Middle East and Islam: conceptually aid empirically?
4. How did the publication of Edward Said’s Orientation, aid subsequent disputes reshape Middle East studies? What was Said’s main contention?