MESA Book Awards Nomination Guidelines

Nominations for all three awards (Albert Hourani Book Award, Nikki Keddie Book Award, Fatema Mernissi Book Award) are made simultaneously, and can be made by either the publisher or the author. Although there is no limit on the number of titles that authors or publishers may submit, we ask that they exercise discretion in the selection of books nominated. Below is a list of criteria that should be met:

1.   Books must be non-fiction scholarly monographs based on original research published in English between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024*. Authors need not be members of MESA.

2.   Subject matter must deal with the Middle East. Areas primarily of interest include Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab World from the seventh century to modern times. Spain, Southeastern Europe, the Soviet Union and other regions also are included for the periods in which their territories were part of the Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization.

3.   Works not eligible include edited collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, textbooks, and surveys.

4.   Nominations must be made by April 10, 2024, with books delivered to the readers by April 15, 2024, for books to be eligible for the competition. (Emailed nominations are acceptable)

The author of each of the awards will receive $1000. In the event of co-winners, prize money will be divided evenly among the winners. Honorable mentions also receive a certificate of award. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on November 16, 2024, at the 58th MESA Annual Meeting. As well, the results will be posted on MESA’s website and in other publications as deemed appropriate by MESA.



By April 10, 2024: Send an email that includes the full title of the book, author’s full name, publisher, and publication date along with a pdf copy or eBook of the nominated book to the MESA Secretariat.

                2024 MESA Book Awards Competition
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By April 15, 2024: A print copy of the book us to be sent to each of the six readers on the Book Awards Committee. Please note that contact information is provided to submit copies of the book; direct all questions and correspondence to the Secretariat and not to individual members.

Farha Ghannam, Chair
Dept of Sociology and Anthropology 
Swarthmore College 
500 College Avenue 
Swarthmore, PA 19081 
(610) 328-8106
Lindsay Benstead
3521 SE Birchleaf Street
Hillsboro OR 97123
(203) 901-8804
Mona Hassan 
Duke University
118 Gray Building
Box 90964
Durham NC 27708
(919) 660-3510 / (919) 660-3500
Nilay Ozok Gundogan
3349 Shadowmoss Dr. 
Tallahassee FL 32308 
(607) 644-2786
Stephen Sheehi
221 Jones Mill Rd.
Williamsburg VA 23188
(803) 338–7587
Farzin Vejdani
Department of History
Toronto Metropolitan University
350 Victoria Street JOR 500
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
(416) 979-5000 Ext. 554558


* If a book has been printed and is available for distribution but has a publication date after March 31, 2024, please contact the Secretariat

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