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Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


The major objective of the Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is to provide a forum for scholars engaged in study of the modern Islamic and non-Islamic societies in South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. It hopes to create a dialogue among specialists and leaders in public affairs in a wide range of areas and disciplines. The physical sciences, the biological sciences, the social sciences, business administration, public administration, the arts and humanities will be included. Special issues might concentrate on such topics as regional cooperation, religious and intellectual developments, public works, engineering advances, and the impact of transnational cooperation on national communities.

The Journal welcomes contributions, not only from scholars, but also from leaders in public affairs. Editorial policy avoids commitment to any political viewpoint or ideology, but invites discussion of these issues in the modern context on the understanding that all responsibility for opinions expressed, and accuracy of facts, rests exclusively with the author and not with the Journal or its Editor or the Editorial Board.

Articles appearing in this journal are abstracted and indexed in Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life.


In Memoriam - Dr. Hafeez Malik (1930-2020)

A message from Dr. Kail C. Ellis, Editor, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies...

Dr. Hafeez Malik
Dr. Hafeez Malik

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Dr. Hafeez Malik passed away on the morning of April 20, 2020.

Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1930, Dr. Malik’s many accomplishments include the positions of Professor of Political Science at Villanova University, where he has taught since 1961. Before joining the Villanova University faculty, he was an accredited White House correspondent for the Pakistan Press 1960-1961. Since 1977 he has been the Editor of the Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. In 1973 he established the American Institute of Pakistani Studies, and for 15 years served as its Director. The Institute remains, even under very difficult circumstances, the most viable program of educational exchange between Pakistan and the United States.

He was a Friend, Scholar, Teacher, Mentor and Visionary.

Requiescat in Pace

In the 1970s-80s he was awarded substantial funds by the U.S. Department of Education to conduct three seminars in 1976, 1978 and 1981 in Pakistan for U.S. social science college faculty. Each delegation included 15-18 members.

From 1964-2000, he organized three major international seminars on Pakistan and the superpower relations in Bellagio, Italy (1964), Ufa in Bashkortostan(1988) and Kazan in Tatarstan(1990) and twelve seminars at Villanova University. Four seminars were organized in The Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow.

Upon the request of the State Department he visited Russia from June 4-20, 2002 to explain the U.S. foreign policy toward the Muslims in general and Muslim republics in particular, especially those of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan within the Russian Federation.

Also, he was a visiting professor at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute of the State Department from 1961-1963, and from 1966-1995 and helped train the U.S. diplomats, assigned to serve in South Asia.

In 1992, he (along with Dr. Sakhawat) founded the Pakistan American Congress, and then served as the Chairman of its Advisory Council.

In 1994 (in cooperation with Patricia Coffee) he founded the World Affairs Council of Greater Valley Forge and has served on it Advisory Council since then.

He has visited twenty five countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and lectured in some of their well-known universities.

His area of specialization includes U.S. foreign policy for: 1) Russia and Central Asia, 2) South Asia, and 3) the Middle East.

He has authored/edited/translated 18 books since 1961, which were published in the United States and Britain and Pakistan. His publications include:

1. Muslim Nationalism in India and Pakistan (Washington, DC: Public Affairs Press), 1963.

2. Sir Sayyid’s History of the Bijnore Rebellion (East Lansing: Michigan State University), 1967

3. Iqbal: Poet-Philosopher of Pakistan (New York and London: Columbia University Press), 1971.

4. Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan and Muslim Modernization in India and Pakistan (New York and London: Columbia University Press), 1980.

5. Political Profile of Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan: A Documentary Record (Islamabad, Pakistan: National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, Quaid-I-Azam University Press), 1982.

6. International Security in Southwest Asia, Ed. (New York: Praeger Publishers), 1984.

7. Soviet-American Relations with Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan (published simultaneously from London, Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s Press), 1987.

8. Domestic Determinants of Soviet Foreign Policy Towards South Asia and the Middle East (London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s Press), 1989.

9. Dilemmas of National Security and Cooperation in India and Pakistan, Ed. (New York: St. Martin’s Press; London: Macmillan), 1993.

10. Central Asia: Its Strategic Importance and Future Prospects (New York: St. Martin’s Press; London: Macmillan), 1994.

11. Soviet-Pakistan Relations and Post Soviet Dynamics (New York: St. Martin’s Press; London: Macmillan), 1996.

12. U.S., Russia and China in the New World Order (New York: St. Martin’s Press; London: Macmillan), 1996.

13. Russian-American relations: Islamic and Turkic Dimensions in the Volga-Ural Basin (London and New York: Macmillan), 2000.

14. Pakistan: Founders’ Aspirations and Today’s Realities
(Karachi, Oxford University Press), 2001.

15. The Encyclopedia of Pakistan (Karachi: Oxford University Press), 2006.

16. Javid Iqbal: Encounters with Destiny (Karachi: Oxford University
Press), 2006. This book is an English translation with an introduction of Javid Iqbal’s autobiography written in Urdu.

17. U.S. Relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Imperial Dimensions,
(Karachi: Oxford University Press), in press 2008.

18. Iqbal in Politics (Lahore: Sang-i-Mile Press 2010.

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