MEM Graduate Student Prize

Each year the Board of Directors of MEM offers a prize for the best graduate student paper on a medieval topic at the annual Middle East Studies Association meeting. The winner is announced at the annual business meeting of MEM, held in conjunction with MESA . Although modest in amount, it is hoped that this award will encourage graduate students with an interest in the medieval period to attend the conference. One need not be a member of MEM to be considered for this prize. Graduate Students who are scheduled to present a paper on a medieval topic at MESA and who wish to have their contributions considered for the MEM prize should submit a copy of their paper to MEM’s secretary Antoine Borrut (

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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