In each issue, IJMES reviews about twenty-five scholarly monographs and selected edited volumes. In most cases, we only review books published in the last three years. The journal does not accept unsolicited book reviews nor do we consider recommendations for specific individuals to review specific books. When we receive a review copy of a relevant book from the publisher, we assign it to our most appropriate book review editor, who then commissions the review from a scholar in the field.

If you are interested in reviewing books for IJMES, please send your curriculum vitae to with your areas of interest at the top. We will forward this to the relevant book review editor.

If you have been commissioned by an IJMES book review editor to review a book, please see our Book Review Guidelines.

If you are a publisher, please send review copies of relevant books to the following address:
Joel Gordon, Editor
International Journal of Middle East Studies
Department of History — Old Main 416
416 N. Campus Drive
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701 USA

IJMES relies on publishers to send us review copies of new books in a timely fashion. We do not actively solicit books from publishers.

Relevant books are scholarly monographs and collections concerning 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. 

Please note that IJMES does not, except in very rare cases, review autobiographies, memoirs, fiction, reference books, reprints, or revised editions. We review edited volumes if the editor determines that a collection has an especially timely, clear, and coherent theme. IJMES will consider reviewing original scholarly monographs written in any European or Middle Eastern language, as well as English translations of scholarly works written in any language.