MEM Graduate Student Prize

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: aborrut@umd.edu
The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2017.

 

Winners of the MEM Graduate Student Prize:

2016

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

2013-2015

Not Awarded

2012

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

AND

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

2011

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

2008-2010

Not Awarded

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2004

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

2003

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

2002

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

2001

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

2000

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

1999

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

1998

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

1997

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

1996

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.”

1995

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

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