Constructing and Naturalizing the Middle East

  title={Constructing and Naturalizing the Middle East},
  author={Karen Culcasi},
  journal={Geographical Review},
  pages={583 - 597}
  • Karen Culcasi
  • Published 1 October 2010
  • Sociology
  • Geographical Review
I have been writing about it in the Guardian for almost four years and I'm fairly sure that I have been there, but I have to confess that I don't know for certain where the Middle East is --Brian Whitaker, 2004 Defining or locating the "Middle East" is a precarious endeavor. (1) The territory and the characteristics that have been used to delimit and describe this world region have varied immensely over time and space. Even a cursory examination of maps or encyclopedias quickly reveals that the… 

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