MESA Book Awards

MESA has three annual book awards:

The Albert Hourani Book Award recognizes the very best scholarship in Middle East studies.

The Nikki Keddie Book Award focuses on exceptional scholarship in religion, revolution, and/or society.

The Fatima Mernissi Book Award is given to the best work in studies of gender, sexuality, and women’s lived experience.

In addition to its three book awards, MESA also administers two biennial book awards. The Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award recognizes outstanding publishing in scholarship on Iran and the Roger Owen Book Award is given to the best work in the area of economics/economic history/political economy.

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

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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Heather J. Sharkey

University of Pennsylvania

Living with Colonialism: Nationalism and Culture in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
University of California Press

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Farha Ghannam

Swarthmore College

Remaking the Modern: Space, Relocation, and the Politics of Identity in a Global Cairo
University of California Press

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Jonathan Bloom

Boston College

Paper Before Print: The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World
Yale University Press

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Nadia Abu El-Haj

Columbia University

Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society
University of Chicago Press

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Tayeb El-Hibri

University of Massachusetts

Reinterpreting Islamic Historiography: Harun al-Rashid and the Narrative of the Abbasid Caliphate
Cambridge University Press

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