DO COMPARATIVE AND REGIONAL STUDIES OF NATIONALISM INTERSECT?
Moshe Behar a1 a1 Moshe Behar holds a Ph.D. in comparative politics and is presently an independent researcher; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The question behind this article evolved from two separate observations. While the expansion of comparative and cross-regional research has been actively promoted by leading scholars of the Middle East (and was later encouraged by such bodies as the Middle East Studies Association and this journal), so has the incorporation of scholarly insights from area studies been urged by leading political scientists as a prerequisite for revitalizing all of the discipline's subfields and institutionally endorsed by the American Political Science Association. 1 Viewed as interrelated, these observations prompted the question framing this text: if the aims of many Middle East scholars and institutions are compatible with the aims of many political scientists and their association, why have they remained largely parallel, as suggested by scholars within both fields?