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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
    Anupama Rao, Barnard College

    Editorial Collective:
    Lila Abu-Lughod
    Partha Chatterjee
    Mamadou Diouf
    Siba Grovogui
    Kai Kresse
    Timothy Mitchell, Chair
    Steven Pierce
    Christine Philliou
    Kavita Sivaramakrishnan
    Elleni Centime Zeleke

    Managing Editor:
    Liz Beasley

    Founding Editors:
    Vasant Kaiwar
    Sucheta Mazumdar

    Editorial Assistants:
    Zeinab Azarbadegan
    Hengameh Ziai

    Contributing Editors:
    Kamran Ali
    Arjun Appadurai
    Sara Berry
    Allison Busch
    Indrani Chatterjee
    Jean Comaroff
    Fred Cooper
    Hamid Dabashi
    Veena Das
    Lara Deeb
    James De Lorenzi
    Faisal Devji
    Souleymane Bachir Diagne
    Beshara Doumani
    Andreas Eshete
    Samera Esmeir
    Khaled Fahmy
    Leela Gandhi
    Michael Gilsenan
    Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis
    Mona Harb
    Gillian Hart
    Engseng Ho
    Christophe Jaffrelot
    Kajri Jain
    Shamil Jeppie
    Sudipta Kaviraj
    Rashid Khalidi
    Vukile Khumalo
    Tijana Krstic
    Ussama Makdisi
    Mahmood Mamdani
    Karuna Mantena
    Chakanetsa Mavhunga
    Lisa Mitchell
    Yael Navaro-Yashin
    Vasuki Nesiah
    Sheldon Pollock
    Sanjay Reddy
    Janet Roitman
    Mrinalini Sinha
    Susan Slyomovics
    Meltem Toksoz
    Peter van der Veer
    William van Schendel
    Lisa Wedeen

  • 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 www.editorialmanager.com/cssaame. Send correspondence to cssaame@dukeupress.edu.

    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. Please note that we are not accepting any special section proposals until January 2019.


    Please note that we do not use author-date style. Submissions are required to have both footnote citations and a bibliography. Provide a shortened citation in the footnotes 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 footnotes 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 (www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman.html) when possible. Translated Arabic and Persian text includes no diacritical marks except for ayn and hamza.

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  • Description

    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.

    Abstractors and Indexers:

    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) - EBSCO, MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association) - Gale, MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association) - ProQuest, 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), Web of Science, Women's Studies International, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Selective.

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