MESA Announces 2018 Award Recipients

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MESA Academic Freedom Award
Hatoon Al Fassi, Saudi scholar, writer, and women’s rights advocate

Jere L. Bacharach Service Award
James A. Miller, Clemson University

MESA Mentoring Award
Joel Beinin, Stanford University

Albert Hourani Book Award
The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny
Alireza Doostdar, University of Chicago
Published by Princeton University Press

Honorable Mention
Letters of Light: Arabic Script in Calligraphy, Print, and Digital Design
J.R. Osborn, Georgetown University
Published by Harvard University Press

Nikki Keddie Book Award – Inaugural Year
Co-winner
Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel
Orit Bashkin, University of Chicago
Published by Stanford University Press

Co-winner
A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran
Kevan Harris, UCLA
Published by University of California Press

Fatima Mernissi Book Award – Inaugural Year
Everyday Conversations: Islam, Domestic Work, and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait
Attiya Ahmad, George Washington University
Published by Duke University Press

Houshang Pourshariati Iranian studies Book Award
Montazeri: The Life and Thought of Iran's Revolutionary Ayatollah
Sussan Siavoshi, Trinity University
Published by Cambridge University Press

Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities
In the Sultan’s Salon: Learning, Religion, and Rulership at the Mamluk Court of Qāniṣawh al-Ghawrī (r. 1501-1516)
Christian Mauder, Göttingen University, Faculty of Philosophy

Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences
Thinking through Translation: Translators, Publishers, and the Formation of Publics in Contemporary Iran
Hosna Sheikholeslami, Yale University, Department of Anthropology

Student Paper Prize
The Ḥammām as a Public Space: Health, Labor and Desire in Late Medieval Bathhouses
Shireen Hamza, Harvard University, Department of History of Science

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