Welcome to the editorial office of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES), located at the University of Arkansas 

IJMES is a peer-reviewed academic journal published quarterly by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), a private, non-profit, non-political learned society that brings together scholars, educators, and those interested in the study of the region from all over the world. MESA membership includes a subscription to IJMES, which has a worldwide circulation of 3,7000.

IJMES focuses on the area encompassing the Middle East and adjacent geo-cultural regions from the seventh century to the present. This area includes North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab, Turkic and Persianate worlds, the Mediterranean and Balkans, Central, South and Southeast Asia and areas to which peoples from these lands have migrated or settled. Essays on communities that have historical, political, cultural or religious ties to the Middle East and on transnational or trans-regional relations are encouraged.  Particular attention will be paid to works dealing with anthropology, art and architecture, cultural studies, economics, gender and LGBQT studies, history, law, literature, political science, religious studies, and sociology. 

IJMES editorial policy requires that articles be based on original research and the careful analysis of archival and/or other primary-source materials. IJMES evaluates manuscripts with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere in any language and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. IJMES does not accept technical or highly specialized material, nor does it publish in the areas of administration or training. Please look at articles in Recent Issues for an idea of what we publish.

The editor of IJMES is Joel Gordon, Professor of History and former Director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas.  The Associate Editor is Sarwar Alam and the Assistant Editor is Sam Scurry. For contact information, see the Editorial Office page.

Please visit the journal’s official website at Cambridge University Press for links to the current volume and back issues, subscription information, and permission to reprint or reproduce articles.