In 2000, the editors of the International Journal of Middle
East Studies updated the journal’s statement of geographical
scope. In large part, this update simply dropped outdated nomenclatures
for areas the journal had already designated as the Middle East
(such as eliminating references to the now defunct Soviet Union).
But the new statement also expanded the definition of the Middle
East to include Muslim South Asia.
Furthermore, the journal declared itself open to "articles
on communities or politics in Central Asia, Russia, or Europe that
had or have strong Middle Eastern ties or contexts, or on relations
between those regions and the Middle East." The journal thus
recognized a Middle Eastern sphere of influence beyond the Middle
Journal of Middle East Studies 32 (2000), inside front cover.