Albert Hourani Book Award

The Albert Hourani Book Award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding publishing in Middle East studies. The award was named for Albert Hourani to recognize his long and distinguished career as teacher and mentor. Announced at the Awards Ceremony at MESA’s annual meeting, the Albert Hourani Book Award recognizes the very best in Middle East studies scholarship.

The award winners appear below. The nomination guidelines are available under “Related” below right.

J.R. Osborn

J.R. Osborn

Georgetown University

Letters of Light: Arabic Script in Calligraphy, Print, and Digital Design
Harvard University Press, 2017

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Alireza Doostdar

Alireza Doostdar

The University of Chicago

The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny
Princeton University Press, 2018

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Noah Salomon

Noah Salomon

Carleton College

For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan’s Islamic State
Princeton University Press, 2016

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Nükhet Varlık

Nükhet Varlık

Rutgers University - Newark

Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600
Cambridge University Press

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Kennth M. Cuno

Kennth M. Cuno

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology and Law in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Egypt
Syracuse University Press, 2015

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Brian Catlos

Brian Catlos

University of Colorado at Boulder/UC Santa Cruz

Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, c. 1050-1614
Cambridge University Press, 2014

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Patricia Crone

Patricia Crone

Institute for Advanced Study

The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism
Cambridge University Press, 2012

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Taner Akçam

Taner Akçam

Clark University

The Young Turks' Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire
Princeton University Press, 2012

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Nile Green

Nile Green

University of California, Los Angeles

Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840-1915
Cambridge University Press

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Benjamin Claude Brower

Benjamin Claude Brower

University of Texas at Austin

A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France’s Empire in the Algerian Sahara, 1844-1902
Columbia University Press (series “History and Society of the Modern Middle East” Leila Fawaz, editor)

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Sophia Vasalou

Sophia Vasalou

University of Cambridge

Moral Agents and Their Deserts: The Character of Mu’tazilite Ethics
Princeton University Press

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Ussama Makdisi

Ussama Makdisi

Rice University

Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East
Cornell University Press

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Marc David Baer

Marc David Baer

University of California, Irvine

Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe
Oxford University Press

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Saba Mahmood

Saba Mahmood

University of California, Berkeley

Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject
Princeton University Press, 2005

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Leslie Peirce

Leslie Peirce

University of California, Berkeley

Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab
University of California Press

Maya Rosenfeld

Hebrew University

Confronting the Occupation: Work, Education, & Political Activism of Palestinian Families in a Refugee Camp
Stanford University Press

Rashid I. Khalidi

Rashid I. Khalidi

Columbia University

Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East

Beacon Press

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