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Mideast Historian Wins NEH Grant
From: University Currents
Date: May 5, 2000
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Archive: Campus News, Research News

In most college history courses focusing on regions of the world, teachers have an array of textbooks to choose from, plus a variety of primary source collections to provide readings of actual historical documents to the students.

This is not so for the modern Middle East and North Africa, at least so far. A collection of primary sources such as diary excerpts, eyewitness accounts, treaties or archival documents for this hotly contested area does not yet exist, according to Elizabeth Frierson, assistant professor of history at UC.

To remedy that, she and two colleagues have been awarded a two-year, $222,708 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Work will begin this fall.

In addition to editing documents translated from several languages, Frierson and a graduate assistant are developing a CD-Rom and web site to accompany the new source book. These electronic resources will provide examples of other primary sources, images of architecture, people, calligraphy, textiles, cityscapes and maps that would be too expensive to include in the published volume.

The project will be directed by Camron Amin of University of Michigan Dearborn. Frierson and Ben Fortna of the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies are the co- directors.