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Prize Nomination: Biennial prize for best book on the medieval Middle East (ca. 500-1500 CE), MEM, April 15, 2023

April 15, 2023

Call for Submissions

The Board of Directors of Middle East Medievalists (MEM) is pleased to request submissions for its biennial prize for best book on the medieval Middle East (ca. 500-1500 CE). The prize will be awarded at the 2023 annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association.

Below is a list of criteria for the upcoming competition:


1. Books published between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2023 are eligible for this year’s prize.

2.  Books must be non-fiction scholarly monographs based on original research.  Works not eligible include edited collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, textbooks, and surveys.  We welcome submissions from scholars working with primary source texts in Arabic, Persian, or any other Middle Eastern language, as well as interdisciplinary studies and studies based on research with documents, manuscripts, and material culture.  


3.  Authors must be current members in good standing of Middle East Medievalists to be considered. To join MEM or renew your membership, please visit our MEMbership page.



Deadline:  April 15, 2023

1. Authors or publishers should submit a short letter of nomination (preferably in an e-mail) noting the title, publisher, date of publication, and series (if appropriate) to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Najam Haider nhaider@barnard.edu , by April 19 2023.

2. Send hard copies of the book to each of the *four* members of the Selection committee (addresses listed below) postmarked by April 19 2023.

If you have questions about the prize, please contact Najam Haider ( nhaider@barnard.edu )

 Mailing Addresses of the Selection Committee:

Najam Haider

Barnard College

Dept. of Religion

3009 Broadway

NY NY 10027


Khodadad Rezakhani
41 Tall Oak
Irvine CA 92603 

Marina Rustow

18 West 90th St., Apt. E

NY NY 10024.

Lara Harb
110 Jones Hall
Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544


April 15, 2023
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