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NEWTON Authors Rochelle Davis and Alan Mikhail Receive 2011 MESA Book Awards

We are very happy to report that two authors whose books were recently featured in New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) were recipients of prestigious awards at the 2011 Middle East Studies Association convention.

Rochelle Davis, whose book Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced was featured in NEWTON last week, was one of two winners awarded the 2011 Albert Hourani Book Award.

Alan Mikhail, whose book Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History was featured in NEWTON in October, was awarded the 2011 Roger Owen Book Award.

In addition, we are delighted that the second winner of the 2011 Albert Hourani Book Award, Nile Green, for his book Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840-1915, will be featured in a forthcoming NEWTON post coming soon.

We would like to extend our congratulations to all the other award winners at MESA: Sebouh Aslanian, who received the 2011 Houshang Pourshariati Book Award in Iranian Studies for From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa; Abdel Razzaq Takriti, who received the 2011 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities for Revolution and Absolutism: Oman, 1965-1976; Orkideh Behrouzan, who received the 2011 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities for Prozàk Diaries: Post-Rupture Subjectivities and Psychiatric Futures; Rania Kassab Sweis, who received the 2011 Graduate Student Paper Prize for Saving Egypt’s Village Girls: Rights, Embodiment, and Gendered Vulnerability in a Global Youth Initiative; and all faculty, students, and staff of Bahraini institutions of higher education, who were awarded the 2011 Academic Freedom Award, and who, in the words of the award committee, “by speaking out, documenting abuses, and engaging in myriad other forms of resistance have struggled against a range of brutal assaults by the Bahraini government upon academic freedom and upon the autonomy and integrity of the country's educational institutions.”

New Texts Out Now is published weekly. If you are the author of a recently published or forthcoming work, or if you have a suggestion for a NEWTON post, please send an email to A complete list of books and articles featured in NEWTON can be found below.

Paul Amar, “Middle East Masculinity Studies: Discourses of ‘Men in Crisis,’ Industries of Gender in Revolution”

Ayça Çubukçu, “On Cosmopolitan Occupations: The Case of the World Tribunal on Iraq”

Mohamed Daadaoui, Moroccan Monarchy and the Islamist Challenge: Maintaining Makhzen Power

Hamid Dabashi, Brown Skin, White Masks

Rochelle Davis, Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced

Belén Fernández, The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work

James L. Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History and The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know

Amal N. Ghazal, Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism: Expanding the Crescent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (1880s-1930s)

Adam Hanieh, Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States

Linda Herrera and Asef Bayat, editors, Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North

Wilson Chacko Jacob, Working Out Egypt: Effendi Masculinity and Subject Formation in Colonial Modernity, 1870–1940

Ahmed Kanna, Dubai, the City as Corporation

Khalid Medani, “Strife and Secession in Sudan”

Alan Mikhail, Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History

Nadine Naber, Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism

Wendy Pearlman, Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement

Steven Salaita, Israel’s Dead Soul

Mohammad R. Salama, Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion Since Ibn Khaldun

Zakia Salime, Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco

Paul Sedra, From Mission to Modernity: Evangelicals, Reformers and Education in Nineteenth Century Egypt

Stephen Sheehi, Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims

Saadia Toor, The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

Max Weiss, In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shi`ism, and the Making of Modern Lebanon


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