Al-Noor Fall 2020


Al Noor, Boston College's Middle Eastern Studies Journal, is currently accepting submissions for our Fall 2020 issue through Sunday, October 11, 2020. We are interested in considering students' research papers, senior theses, perspectives pieces, editorials, and photo essays.

Al Noor is the only undergraduate-run publication represented each year at the MESA (Middle Eastern Studies Association) conference and is archived in the Library of Congress. Our mission is to shine a non-partisan and unbiased light on the myriad cultures, histories, and perspectives that comprise the Middle East. Previous issues have been distributed across the US and Europe, as well as in Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Israel, and Palestine. Possible topics for submission are any subject pertaining to the Middle East, including but not limited to history, religion, culture, art, and politics.

Submissions should be sent to Each paper should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Academic papers should be no more than 8,000 words; features and essays should be approximately 1,500 words. Papers should be formatted with endnotes and a complete bibliography.

Students are also encouraged to submit a photo essay of at least 10 images from their travel and/or research in the Middle East.

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