Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize 2017

To encourage and support early-career scholars seeking to publish in leading academic journals, Brill is awarding an annual prize for an outstanding article in the field of Middle East and Islamic Studies. Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize is made possible by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for publishing.

The author of the winning article will receive a €750,- cash prize and the article will be published in one of Brill’s leading journals.

The Paper Prize is open to students who are currently registered for doctoral research at a higher education institution, or have obtained their doctoral degree no longer than 3 years before the submission deadline. Any eligible article should be full-length and an original contribution to the field of Islamic and/or Middle East Studies. Each year the competition will be hosted by one of Brill’s journals.

Submission Requirements 2017

In 2017 the Paper Prize will be hosted by Islamic Law and Society.

This year, the Paper Prize is open to students who are currently registered for doctoral research at a higher education institution, or have obtained their doctoral degree after 1 September 2014.

Any eligible article should:

  • fit the scope of Islamic Law and Society
  • be full-length (but not exceed 10.000 words including footnotes)
  • be an original contribution to the field of Islamic and/or Middle East Studies.

Articles should be submitted in PDF and Word format, together with a short CV. All submissions must comply with the journal style sheet, which can be found in the Author Instructions of the journal, and at brill.com/ils.

Submissions for the 2017 prize must be sent to: articlecompetition@brill.com, no later than 1 October 2017.

The winner will be announced via Brill’s social media channels:

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Past Results
The winner of the 2016 Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize was Fatma Öncel, PhD Candidate at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. Her article "Land, Tax and Power in the Ottoman Provinces: The Malikane-Mukataa of Esma Sultan in Alasonya (c. 1780-1825)" was considered “a convincing and important contribution to the research field” and was published in the Turkish Historical Review.

Unfortunately, no winner was selected for the 2015 Paper Prize. None of the received submissions was deemed suitable for publication in the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.

The 2014 winner was Alexander E. Balistreri, then Ph.D. student at the Near Eastern Studies department at Princeton University. His article "Turkey's Forgotten Political Opposition: The Demise of Kadirbeyoglu Zeki Bey" was chosen as the best submission by the board of Brill's journal Die Welt des Islams.

For more information about Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize, please contact: articlecompetition@brill.com