Welcome to the website of Middle East Medievalists – the main international, scholarly organization to bring together academics working on the history and cultures of the medieval Middle East (500-1500). The past 4 years have seen a significant increase in our activities. Some headlines: Al-ʿUṣūr al-Wusṭā. The first online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal for the field, edited by Antoine Borrut and Matthew Gordon. Read more…

 

Congratulations to the authors whose books have been shortlisted for the 2019 Middle East Medievalists Book Prize:  Elizabeth A. Lambourn, Yossef Rapoport, and Lev E. Weitz. The winner will be announced in New Orleans at the business meeting of Middle East Medievalists, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Read more…

Middle East Medievalists is pleased to announce its inaugural prize for Best PhD Dissertation on the Medieval Middle East. The 2018 MEM dissertation prize was awarded to Ahmet Tunç Şen’s work, “Astrology in the Service of the Empire: Knowledge, Prognostication, and Politics at the Ottoman Court, 1450s–1550s” (University of Chicago, 2016). Read more…

Middle East Medievalists (MEM) is an international professional non-profit association of scholars interested in the study of the Islamic lands of the Middle East during the medieval period (defined roughly as 500-1500 C.E.). MEM officially came into existence on 15 November 1989 at its first annual meeting, held in Toronto. MEM is incorporated in the state of Illinois; contributions to MEM are considered exempt from federal income tax by the United States Internal Revenue Service. Read more…

Since 1992, Al-ʿUsur al-Wusta has published short articles, information on scholarly meetings and resources, and reviews or notices of significant scholarly books published in the Middle East in local vernaculars (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish), because these works are generally not reviewed in Western journals and often remain poorly known or unknown to Western scholars. Members are invited to submit brief notices or reviews of such works they may have read, and to submit news of new resources, future conferences, or other items deemed of interest to MEM’s membership, for publication in Al-ʿUsur al-Wusta. Read more…