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The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies Editorial Board

journalThis Journal is published four times a year and is currently under the editorship of Dr Llloyd Ridgeon of the University of Glasgow.  Associate Editors are Dr Ersun Kurtulis, University of Kent, Dr Adham Mestyan, Harvard University, Professor Barbara Allen Roberson and Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi.  The book review Editor is Dr Alam Saleh at the University of Bradford.

We are delighted to introduce the Editorial Board below.

The Journal contains academic research articles, book reviews and a bibliographical section. All BRISMES members are invited to contribute to the Journal.



Dr Lloyd Ridgeon


Lloyd is currently Reader in Islamic Studies and Head of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. 

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Professor Zahia Smail Salhi

Associate Editor

Zahia Smail Salhi received her BA (Licence) from Algeria, and her PhD from Exeter University. Currently, she is Chair of Modern Arabic Studies at the University of Manchester.  Prior to that she was head of the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds. 

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Dr Ersun N. Kurtulus

Associate Editor

Dr Kurtulus is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, TED University. 

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Professor Noha Mellor

Associate Editor

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Dr Afshin Shahi

Associate Editor

Afshin Shahi is a senior lecturer in Middle East Politics & International Relations at the University of Bradford.


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Elsa Tulin Sen

Associate Editor

Elsa Tulin Sen is a Teaching Fellow in Middle East Studies at King's College London. 

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Dr Ceren Lord
Associate Editor

Dr Ceren Lord is British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, with Middle East Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA).

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Dr Alam Saleh
Book Reviews Editor

Alam is lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern Politics at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.  His teaching focuses upon Middle East Politics, International Relations, and Security Studies. Prior to this, he received his PhD from the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, in 2011, where he has also taught seven undergraduate courses in International Politics, Middle Eastern Studies, and Persian/Arabic language.

His research interests include Middle East politics and history, Iran's politics and security discourse, ethnicity and nationalism, civil war and societal security, ethno-religious conflict, and International Security.

Review copies should be sent to:

Dr Alam Saleh
Lecturer in Modern Middle East History
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
University of Exeter
Stocker Road
United Kingdom

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Professor Anoush Ehteshami

Anoush is the Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations and Director of the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme in International Relations, Regional Politics and Security. He is Joint Director of the RCUK-funded centre of excellence, the Durham-Edinburgh-Manchester Universities' Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), whose research focus since 2012 has been on the 'Arab World in Transition'. He was the University's Dean of Internationalisation, 2009-2011 and was the founding Head of the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University (2004-9). He has been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and was elected in 2011 as a member of the WEF's foremost body, the Global Agenda Councils.


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Professor Leila Fawaz

Leila Fawaz was named a chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor in 2012. She is the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies and was the founding director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University.

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Professor Carole Hillenbrand, OBE, FBA, FRSE, FR HIst.Soc

Carole was educated at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Edinburgh.

She was Professor of Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh between 2000 and 2008, acting as Head of the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, 1997-2002, 2006-8

Other academic positions include:

Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA, 1994 and 2005 Visiting Professor at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, 2002

Professor Emerita of Islamic History, University of Edinburgh, 2008-

Visiting Professor at the University of St Louis, USA, 2011

Professor of Islamic History, University of St Andrews, 2013- 

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Dr Derek Hopwood, OBE

Derek is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, and University Reader in Modern Middle Eastern Studies.  He was the founding president of the Middle East Libraries Committee, a post which he kept until 1990.  He was presented with the BRISMES Award for Services to Middle Eastern Studies in 2003.


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Dr Paul Luft

Born and educated in Germany, Paul received his academic training in Iranian Studies, Medieval and Modern History and Islamic Studies at the Universities of Berlin and Göttingen. After a three year Visiting Fellowship at St Antony's College Oxford between 1969 and 1972, and having a research/teaching post at Göttingen University, Dr Luft became a Fellow of the German Historical Institute, London.

Following his retirement, Dr Luft became an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Durham University, co-founding the Centre for Iranian Studies.


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Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards

Beverley's research is mainly either about Political Islam or the Politics of the Middle East. She writes about Islamist groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hizballah and the Muslim Brotherhood. She also researches areas of Terrorism and Security including Security Sector Reform comparative and regional. With the Arab world currently gripped by momentous political change, her scholarship has reflected motivating factors such as: Democracy and its absence, authoritarianism, political-economy, Islamism, gender, and regional and international relations.

In 2013 Beverley was awarded a Queen's Teaching Award Student nominated category. In 2004 whe was awarded an 'Oscar of Higher Education' – a National Teaching Fellowship. She was awarded THES/LTSN E-tutor of the year 2002. 

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Dr Philip Robins

Philip's professional career spans journalism, policy studies, consultancy and academia. His engagement with the Middle East dates from 1976, when he lived and worked in Israel. He was later based in Jordan, working for the BBC and The Guardian. His connection with the Economist Intelligence Unit dates back to 1983. Philip Robins undertook his doctoral research in the Politics Department at the University of Exeter, under Tim Niblock. Dr Robins joined Chatham House in 1987, where he was later the founder of the Middle East Programme. Dr Robins was a visiting professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, 1994/5. He came to Oxford to take up his current post in 1995.  In 2009/2010, Dr Robins held the post of Junior Proctor within the University. 

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Professor Eugene Rogan

Eugene is  a Fellow of the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. He took his B.A. in economics from Columbia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Harvard. He taught at Boston College and Sarah Lawrence College before taking up his post in Oxford in 1991, where he teaches the modern history of the Middle East.

He is author of The Arabs: A History (Penguin, 2009), which has been translated in nine languages and was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic Monthly.

His earlier works include Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1999), for which he received the Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the Fuad Köprülü Prize of the Turkish Studies Association; The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2001, second edition 2007, with Avi Shlaim), which has been published in Arabic, French, Turkish and Italian editions; and Outside In: On the Margins of the Modern Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2002).

His latest book, The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920, was published in New York and London by Basic Books and Penguin, 2015. 

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Professor Yasir Suleiman, CBE

Yasir is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies and a Fellow of King's College.

Research Interests

Professor Suleiman's research covers the cultural politics of the Middle East with special focus on identity, conflict, diaspora studies and modernization in so far as these issues relate to language, modern Arabic literature, translation and memory. He also conducts research in Arabic grammatical theory and the Arabic intellectual tradition in the pre-modern period. 

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Itzchak Weismann 

Itzchak Weismann is Associate Professor of Islamic studies and former Director of the Jewish-Arab Center at Haifa University. His research interests focus on Salafism, Islamic movements in the Middle East and South Asia, Sufism, modern Islamic thought and interfaith dialogue. His books include Taste of Modernity: Sufism, Salafiyya, and Arabism in Late Ottoman Damascus (2001); The Naqshbandiyya: Orthodoxy and Activism in a Worldwide Sufi Tradition (2007); Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi: Islamic Reform and Arab Revival (forthcoming, 2015); Ottoman Reform and Islamic Regeneration (co-editor, 2005); Islam: Conversion, Sufism, Revival and Reform (co-editor, in Hebrew, 2012) and Islamic Myths and Memories: Mediators of Globalization (co-editor, 2014). He is the scientific editor of Sahar (Crescent) series of translations into Hebrew of major modern Islamic texts.


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Professor Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Reading. His publications mainly concern north-east Africa on which he has written a number of books and articles, as well as editing a variety of publications on the area. 


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