The Board of Directors of Middle East Medievalists (MEM) offers a prize of $100 for the best graduate student paper on a medieval topic. Although modest in amount, it is hoped that this award will provide encouragement to graduate students with an interest in the medieval period. One need not be a member of MEM to be considered for this prize. The prize will be awarded in Washington DC at the annual meeting business meeting of MEM, held in conjunction with MESA. Papers should not exceed 10,000 words (including notes, but excluding bibliography) and should not have yet been submitted for publication. Graduate Students who wish to have their contributions considered for the 2017 prize should submit a copy of their paper to Antoine Borrut, MEM secretary, at:
The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2017.


Winners of the MEM Graduate Student Prize:


Yusen Yu (Heidelberg University), “Chinese Gold-decorated Paper and the Persianate Book Arts.”


Not Awarded


Majied Robinson (Edinburgh University), “The Concubine in Statistical Context: A Prosopographical Analysis of the Arab Genealogical Tradition.”


Rachel Friedman (University of California, Berkeley), “Religious Longing in the Ghazal of an Andalusi Muslim Convert.”


Mushegh Asatryan (Yale University), “Bankers and Politics: 8th Century Kufan Moneychangers and Their Role in the Shi`a Community.”


Not Awarded


Christine D. Baker (University of Texas, Austin), “Rebellion and the Rise of the Fatimids: The Crafting of Foundational Narratives.”


Michael E. Pregill (Columbia University), “ Ahab, Bar Kokhba, Muhammad, and the Lying Spirit: Prophetic Discourse before and after the Rise of Islam.”


Uriel Simonsohn (Princeton University), “Muslim Intervention or Non-Muslim Appeal: The Question of Communal Demarcation in Medieval Islam.”


Behnam Sadeghi (Princeton University), “How Law does not Mirror Values: Two Case Studies in Women in the Public Space.”


Elizabeth Alexandrin (McGill University), “Sibt Ibn al-Jawzi’s Mir’ât al-Zamân and the Basâsîrî Débâcle.”


Tamer El-Leithy (Princeton University), “Between Assimilation and Resistance: New Evidence on Conversion Practices in Mamluk Society.”


Dagmar A. Riedel (Indiana University), “Of God and Sultans: Leadership and Royal Ethics in the Rahat al-Sudur by Rawandi (fl. 1180-1200).”


Deborah G. Tor (Harvard University), “Historical Representations of Ya‘qub ibn al-Layth: A Reappraisal.”


Oya Pancaraglu (Harvard University), “Socializing Medicine: Illustrations of the Kitab al-Diryaq.”


Amina A. Elbendary (American University in Cairo), “The Sultan, the Tyrant and the Hero: Changing Medieval Perceptions of al-Zahir Baybars.”


Maya Yazigi (UCLA), “Reaching a Viable Truce: Medieval Muslim Women and the Art of Compromise.”


Marianne Engle Cameron (University of Chicago), “Sayf at First: A Comparison of Conquest Narratives in Ibn Asakir’s Recension of Sayf b. ‘Umar with al-Tabari’s Recension of Sayf.”


Paul M. Cobb (University of Chicago), “Al-Mutawakkil in Damascus, 244/858.”

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