Roger Owen Book Award Nomination Guidelines

Deadline April 1, 2021

Nominations are invited from publishers and authors for the 2021 Roger Owen Book Award. Below is a list of criteria that should be met:

1. Subject matter must deal with economics, economic history or the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa (Mali to Pakistan) and the work must seek to advance knowledge and scholarship on these areas within the modern period (roughly 1750 to the present). Indeed, the purpose of the award is to encourage work in these fields and areas. The works considered should demonstrate substantive understanding of the historical, social and political implications of economic factors, theoretical sophistication and interpretive elegance.

2. Books must be non-fiction scholarly monographs based on original research published in English* between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2021. 
*Works translated from other languages into English will also be considered but will be judged by the same rigorous standards as those for works submitted in English. Authors need not be members of MESA.

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

4. Nominations must be made by April 1, 2021, with books delivered to the readers by April 10, 2021 or books will not be eligible for the competition.

5. The author of the single winning book will receive $2000 and a certificate of award. The 2021winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the MESA annual meeting in Montreal.

To Nominate a Book (Deadline: April 1, 2021)

Send a letter of nomination and a pdf copy of the book to the Book Awards Coordinator at the MESA Secretariat. Nominations need to be made by April 1, 2021.

Sara L. Palmer, Book Awards Coordinator
2021 Roger Owen Award Competition
Middle East Studies Association
3542 N. Geronimo Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705 
520-333-2577 ext. 103
520-207-3166 (fax)

Please include the full title, author’s full name, publisher, and publication date of the book.

In addition, you will need to send one printed copy of the book to each of the three readers on the 2021 Roger Owen Book Award Committee to arrive by April 10, 2021.

The 2021 Committee names will be posted here once available (in 2021). 

This award is made possible by the generous support of donors who wish to honor the scholarship of Roger Owen and encourage wide ranging research incorporating economics and economic factors.

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