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Founded in 1973, BRISMES provides a forum for educators and researchers in Middle East Studies. Membership is open to all regardless of nationality or country of residence. We work to promote interest in Middle East Studies and to raise awareness of the region and how it is connected to other parts of the world, including the UK. Middle East Studies is a diverse field, which encompasses all the humanities and social sciences and reaches from the present back to classical antiquity. ...Read more




  • BRISMES calls for the immediate release of Professor Imad Barghouthi

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom has written letter to the Israeli government calling for the immediate release of Prof. Barghouthi, who is currently under administrative detention.
- 22 October 2020

  • Letter to Times Higher Education (THE) regarding Ariel University

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings website indicates that Ariel University is located in Israel, Samaria. Read the letter from BRISMES which asks THE to rectify the address of Ariel University as Occupied Palestinian Territory in line with the United Nations defintion.
- 7 October 2020

  •  Congratulations to the 2020 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize. Overall twenty-two dissertations were submitted, and the prize committee members would like to convey their gratitude to the many reviewers from around the world who took time to read the dissertations, write comments and explain their rankings.

Ayşe Arslan
Industrial Workers in the Garment Industry, House-Workers in the Family: Women's Productive and Reproductive Labour in Izmir, Turkey
(SOAS University of London)

Adélie Chevée
The Emergence of Syrian Grassroots Intellectuals: Critique and Political Commitment in the Revolutionary Press (2011-2017)
(SOAS University of London)

Honourable Mention
Simon Leese
Longing for Salmá and Hind: (Re)producing Arabic Literature in 18th and 19th-Century North India
(SOAS University of London)

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who entered!
- 25 Septermber 2020

  • Black Lives Matter Statement of Solidarity

The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies expresses solidarity with those facing the daily realities of anti-Black racism and the global movements they have catalysed. Read the Statement of Solidarity from BRISMES.
- 29 July 2020

  • Contacting BRISMES

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