Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies at BZU issues a book entitled: "Critical research in social sciences”

The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies at BZU issued a book entitled: " Critical research in social sciences" on 8 January 2011, during a ceremony attended by the Vice President for Community Affairs, Dr. Munir Qazzaz, and the Director of the Institute, Dr. Asem Khalil, faculty members at the institute and BZU, as well as students of the International Studies Program


Dr. Khalil applauded the efforts undertrake4n to release the book by a selection of academics: Edward Cont (University of Bern), and Ismael Nashef (Birzeit University), André Geingrkh (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Bernard Botevo (Institute of Research and Studies on the Arab and Islamic world), Roger Heackok (Birzeit University) , Ghassan al-Izzi (Lebanese University), Walalah Khalili (University of London), Elizabeth Picard (Institute of Research and Studies on the Arab and Islamic world), Majdi al-Maliki (Birzeit University), Nahda Shehadeh (International Institute of Social Studies-The Hague), and Joseph Kurbaj (National Institute for Demography Studies). The book is  edited by Dr.. Roger Heackok, Dr. Edward Comte, Dr. Majdi al-Maliki, and Dr. Ra'ed Bader.

Dr. Heackok explained that the idea at the beginning aimed to publish a book about methodologies in social sciences "cross-disciplinary", based on the methodology of multiple disciplines in the social sciences, addressing anthropology, sociology, political science and history, in an attempt to avoid falling into a single-specialization trap for the purpose of diversification, while the authors have drawn examples and case studies from the Middle East region, aiming at facilitating its understanding and suitability with these communities.

Dr. Maliki noted that this book is the fruit of cooperation between the partner institutions, and an abstract of the course on methods of multidisciplinary research, which a number of academics from various European universities have taught to the students of international studies and graduate students over the past four years.

In fact, the joint exchange between the participating parties involved the holding of sessions and meetings at the Institute, in addition to a series of seminars at BZU, and a series of successive meetings, in which there was an evaluation and exchange of creative views between the students and lecturers, and between representatives and teachers of the participating educational and research institutions in the program.