MESA - Middle East Studies Association

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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a non-political association that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching… Read more


NEWS: 7 August - Steven Salaita civil lawsuit against University of Illinois upheld (Inside HigherEd article); Chancellor resigns (related article). CAF's intervention letter on behalf of Salaita.

13 July - Bahraini Human Rights Advocate Nabeel Rajab freed from jail (BBC article). For more information on Bahrain, read CAF's intervention letters on academic freedom in Bahrain.

Complete Intervention List

  • 21 August 2015 (UAE) - Letter to UAE officials regarding the August 18 re-arrest of Professor Nasser bin Ghaith whose whereabouts are unknown and who has not been heard from since (pdf).

  • 11 August 2015 (US) - Letter to University of California President Janet Napolitano and the Board of Regents opposing efforts to have the university adopt a dangerously broad and vague definition of anti-Semitism (pdf).

  • 17 July 2015 (US) - Letter to California state senators regarding SCR 35's overly broad definition of antisemitism (pdf).

  • 1 June 2015 (Egypt)- Letter to President Abd el Fattah al-Sisi and government ministers protesting the May 16 provisional sentencing to death of Dr. Emad Shahin for espionage. (pdf)

  • 14 May 2015 - Open letter to the countries participating in Operations ‘Decisive Storm’ and ‘Restoring Hope’ and the Ansar Allah calling on all parties to desist immediately from operations that may further damage or destroy educational facilities and to take all necessary steps to protect these places and the people who teach and study there. (pdf)

  • 1 May 2015 (Bahrain) - Letter to the Bahraini king demanding the immediate release or, at the very least, proper medical care for Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, on hunger strike at Jaw prison. (pdf)

Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting LogoNovember 21-24
Denver, Colorado





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