Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East


Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East

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Download the Call for Papers (PDF). The deadline for submission is extended to February 1, 2021.
Journal Current volume: 40 Frequency: Three issues annually

Academic Editor(s): Marwa Elshakry, Steven Pierce, Anupama Rao

Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME) seeks to bring region and area studies into conversation with a rethinking of theory and the disciplines. Its aim is twofold: to ask how area and region are implicated in the production of geohistorical universals and, conversely, to attend to the specificity of non-Western social, political, and intellectual formations as these challenge normative assumptions of social life, cultural practice, and historical transformation.

The journal is committed to working across temporal divides and asking how concepts and practices might be rethought and redeployed through new narratives of connection and comparison.


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Editorial Office:
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Duke University Press
905 W. Main St., Suite 18B
Durham, NC 27707

Senior Editors:
Marwa Elshakry, Columbia University
Steven Pierce, University of Manchester
Anupama Rao, Barnard College

Editorial Collective:
Lila Abu-Lughod
Manan Ahmed
Julia Elyachar
Timothy Mitchell, Chair
Moses Ochonu
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan
Rachel Sturman
Elleni Centime Zeleke

Managing Editor:
Liz Beasley

Founding Editors:
Vasant Kaiwar
Sucheta Mazumdar

Editorial Assistants:
Afroditi Giovanopoulou
Doha Tazi Hemida

Contributing Editors:
Kamran Ali
Shireen Ally
Cemil Aydin
Prathama Banerjee
Debjani Bhattacharyya
Rosie Bsheer
Partha Chatterjee
Fred Cooper
Hamid Dabashi
Muriam Haleh Davis
Lara Deeb
James De Lorenzi
Faisal Devji
Beshara Doumani
Khaled Fahmy
Laura Fair
Leela Gandhi
Abosede George
Michael Gilsenan
Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis
Siba Grovogui
Mona Harb
Gillian Hart
Engseng Ho
Murad Idris
Christophe Jaffrelot
Kajri Jain
Shamil Jeppie
Sudipta Kaviraj
Rashid Khalidi
Julie Kleinman
Kai Kresse
Tijana Krstic
Louisa Lombard
Ussama Makdisi
Mahmood Mamdani
Karuna Mantena
Chakanetsa Mavhunga
Maya Mikdashi
Alan Mikhail
Lisa Mitchell
Durba Mitra
Yael Navaro-Yashin
Basile Ndjio
Vasuki Nesiah
Rogers Orock
Sonali Perera
Christine Philliou
Sarah Pinto
Sheldon Pollock
Sara Pursley
Zakia Salime
Samah Selim
Tunç Sen
Samira Sheikh
Ajay Skaria
Susan Slyomovics
Ajantha Subramanian
Anand V. Taneja
Meltem Toksoz
Peter van der Veer
Lisa Wedeen

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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME)
In response to the extraordinary events of the past few months, the editorial board of the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME) has published an editorial statement. Against the background of the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the waves of social protests against anti-Black racism, as well as the brutal neglect of migrants and laboring populations, it is clear that we can no longer ignore the specters of the past or mute the demands of the future. We are living through a grim moment of global convergences—from emerging contagious diseases, regimes of surveillance, and climate change catastrophes to insufferable forms of social oppression and inequality. As we step into our uncertain futures, some form of collective deliberation and stock-taking seems inevitable.

We would therefore like to invite our readers to share their reflections with us now, too. We especially encourage creative responses, from photo essays, short stories, poetry, or other literary works in translation to more reflective, scholarly, or meditative essays. We would also especially like to hear from people living or traveling through the regions covered by the journal. These contributions may vary in format and length; shorter pieces are welcome. The deadline for submission is extended to February 1, 2021.

To submit your work for consideration, please visit to create an account and submit a manuscript, choosing “COVID-19 Response” as the article type. Please send questions to

Download this Call for Papers (PDF)

CSSAAME aims to produce content that is not only thoughtful but also well written and accessible to a multidisciplinary audience. Therefore, clear, well-articulated, jargon-free prose will be highly valued when submissions are evaluated. Because we receive a large number of submissions each year, our response time is generally eight to ten months. CSSAAME has a blind submissions policy. Submit manuscripts as Microsoft Word files online at Send correspondence to

Submission Types and Length

As a general guideline, full-length articles are approximately 8,000 to 10,000 words. However, all manuscripts must be no longer than 11,000 words. Due to space restrictions, articles that exceed the word limit will be returned to the author with a request to edit the text and resubmit. Other types of submissions for which word count is not an adequate measure (for instance, photo essays) should be between ten and twenty-five pages.

We encourage the submission of work that incorporates other media, such as images, video, or sound. If you would like to submit such work for consideration, please contact the editorial office directly. For more information on submitting special section proposals, please consult the special section submission guidelines.


Please note that we do not use author-date style. Submissions are required to have both endnote citations and a bibliography. Provide a shortened citation in the endnotes rather than the full citation, which is included only in the bibliography. For reference, see the style guide below and section 14.19 of The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition. Authors are encouraged to limit the use of endnotes to acknowledgment of sources and parenthetical or tangential ideas. Self-citation is unnecessary.


In general, a word should be transliterated only if there is no acceptable English equivalent. If no such equivalent is available, authors should follow the ALA-LC romanization tables for the respective language ( when possible. Translated Arabic and Persian text includes no diacritical marks except for ayn and hamza.

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Indexed/abstracted in the following: Alternative Press Index (Online), Arab World Research Source, ArticleFirst, Bibliography of Asian Studies (Online), Current Abstracts, Dietrich's Index Philosophicus, Electronic Collections Online, Emerging Sources Citation Index, GEOBASE, Historical Abstracts (Online), IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur, Index Islamicus Online - EBSCO, Index Islamicus Online - ProQuest, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, Core, International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center, Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (Online), Selective, Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies, MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, PubMed, Risk Management Reference Center, Scopus, Social Science Premium Collection, SocINDEX with Full Text, SocINDEX, Sociological Abstracts (Online), Selective - ProQuest, Sociological Abstracts (Online), Selective - OCLC, TOC Premier (Table of Contents), Ulrichsweb, Web of Science, Women's Studies International, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Selective.
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ISSN: 1089-201X
e-ISSN: 1548-226X