Welcome to Middle East Medievalists

The officers of the Board of Middle East Medievalists stand in solidarity with the Palestinians of Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, and with those who have Israeli citizenship. We condemn the killing of Palestinians in the Israeli airstrikes of May 2021 and denounce the ongoing annexation, seizure, and occupation of Palestinian homes and land, which are illegal under international law. Read more…


We, the board of Middle East Medievalists, stand with the Black Lives Matter movement in condemning police brutality against Black people and in the fight against systemic racism and racial violence, police violence, mass incarceration, settler colonialism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. Read more…


MEM has issued a call for applications for its new fellowship to support graduate students of color in medieval studies who plan to attend the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Read more…


Middle East Medievalists awards a biennial Dissertation Prize to recognize outstanding graduate work in the field of the medieval Middle East. Congratulations to Fien De Block, whose dissertation, “(Re)Drawing the Lines: The Science of the Stars in the Late Fifteenth-Century Sultanate of Cairo,” completed at Ghent University, won the 2020 Dissertation Prize. Read more…


Since 1992, Al-‘Usur 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-‘Usur al-Wusta. 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 (roughly 500 – 1500 CE). Read more…