MESA - Middle East Studies Association

2016 Awards of Excellence

At its annual awards ceremony in Boston on Thursday, November 17
the Middle East Studies Association announced its
2016 awards of excellence:

Jere L. Bacharach Service Award
Ann Mosely Lesch, The American University in Cairo

MESA Mentoring Award
Richard W. Bulliet, Columbia University

MESA Academic Freedom Award
Signatories of the Turkish Peace Petition

Albert Hourani Book Award
Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World:
The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600

by Nükhet Varlık, Rutgers University-Newark
Published by Cambridge University Press

Honorable Mention
Muslim Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Empire
by Seema Alavi, University of Delhi
Published by Harvard University Press

Houshang Pourshariati Book Award in Iranian Studies
The Pearl of Dari: Poetry and Personhood among Young Afghans in Iran
By Zuzanna Olszewska, University of Oxford
Published by Indiana University Press

Honorable Mentions
A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian
Political Culture in Late Antiquity

By Richard E. Payne, University of Chicago
Published by University of California Press

Making History in Iran: Education, Nationalism, and Print Culture
By Farzin Vejdani, Ryerson University
Published by Stanford University Press

Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities
The Crisis of Rule in Late Medieval Islam: A Study of Idris Bidlisi
(861-926/1457-1520) and Kingship at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century

by Christopher Markiewicz, University of Chicago

Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences
The Ethics of Israeli Militarism: Soldiers’ Testimony
and the Formation of the Israeli Soldier-Subject

by James Eastwood, SOAS, University of London

Honorable Mention
Beyond the Fields: Cotton and the End of Empire in Egypt, 1919-1956
By Ahmad Shokr, New York University

Student Paper Prize
Reclaiming the Stage: Oral Histories of Iranian Women Musicians
by Paola Cossermelli Messina, The New School


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