MESA Book Awards

MESA has three annual book awards:

The Albert Hourani Book Award recognizes a work that exemplifies scholarly excellence and clarity of presentation in the tradition of Albert Hourani.

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 the Roger Owen Book Award which 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.

Zahra Ayubi

Zahra Ayubi

Dartmouth College

Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and Society
Columbia University Press

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Maziyar Ghiabi

Maziyar Ghiabi

SOAS, University of London and University of Exeter

Drugs Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Cambridge University Press

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Ilana Feldman

Ilana Feldman

George Washington University

Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics
University of California Press

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Eric Calderwood

Eric Calderwood

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture
Harvard University Press

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Jack Tannous

Jack Tannous

Princeton University

The Making of the Medieval Middle East: Religion, Society, and Simple Believers
Princeton University Press

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Fredrik Meiton

Fredrik Meiton

University of New Hampshire

Electrical Palestine: Capital and Technology from the Empire to Nation
University of California Press

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Attiya Ahmad

Attiya Ahmad

George Washington University

Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work, and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait
Duke University Press, 2017

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Kevan Harris

Kevan Harris

University of California, Los Angeles

A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran
University of California Press, 2017

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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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