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The Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation / BRISMES Scholarships


The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage more people to pursue postgraduate studies in disciplines related to the Middle East in British universities. The scholarships will be for one academic year. The value of each scholarship will be £2,000. Two scholarships will be awarded.

The deadline for the next round will be 31st March 2018.

To qualify applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • be registered at any UK university
  • be a paid-up member of BRISMES (Student membership suffices) but the time you apply
  • submit an application of 600 - 1000 words, by E-mail to the BRISMES research committee This should include a sketch of the overall research topic, and a description of the purpose for which the grant would be used
  • obtain a brief supporting statement from their supervisor

The BRISMES research committee will recommend to the Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah Foundation which applications merit an award. The announcement of the award will be made in June and published in the July edition of the BRISMES newsletter.

Applications should be sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by post to the administrative office:

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies

Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Durham University
Al-Qasimi Building
Elvet Hill Road
Durham, DH1 3TU.

This year's recipients:

Dorothy Armstrong (Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

dorothy armstrong 1





Dorothy’s thesis focuses on ‘The Relationship between the West and ‘Oriental’ carpets from 1837: Reimagining, Repurposing and Remaking’

Sigrid Lupieri (University of Cambridge)

Sigrid Lupieri

Sigrid’s thesis is entitled ‘Aging in times 'Ageing in times of crisis: access to health care for older Syrian refugees in Jordan'.

Previous recipients


The Medicalisation of Consanguineous Marriage in Contemporary Turkey
Maria Kramer

Smugglers and States – A Political Economy of Illegal Trade in the Middle East and North Africa
Max Gallen


The Politics of Bread: Neoliberal Economic Reforms and Authoritarian Persistence in Contemporary Jordan and Morocco

José Ciro Martínez  (University of Cambridge)

Sulaymān al-Ghazzī: A Voice of Resistance in a Time of Religious Persecution?
Rosemary Maxton (University of Cambridge)


Ottoman Art and Artists during the First World War
Gizem Tongo (Oxford University)

Political participation under authoritarianism: the case of Libya
Kawther Alfasi (University of Warwick)

2013 (to celebrate BRISMES' 40th Anniversary, two extra scholarships of £1,000 each were awarded)

The loss of traditional Bedouin culture and its implications for coastal resource management in South Sinai
Christopher Poonian (University of Nottingham)

Transnational Dimensions of Palestinian Resistance in Israel
Lana Tatour (University of Warwick)

How are local food consumption practices in Cairo affected by regional food politics?
Justa Hopma (University of Aberystwyth)

The Life and Writings of Aḥmad Al-¬‐Dardīr: A study of Islamic Scholarship, Learning, and Social History in the Early Modern Era
Walead Mosaad (University of Exeter)


The social history and cultural politics of transnational circuits of Muslim scholars and students who for centuries have travelled from around the world to teach and undertake religious studies in the Hijaz.
Mike Farquahr (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Orientalist Scholarship and Foreign Policy in late Tsarist Russia and the early USSR: Russian/Soviet 'Iranology' and Russo-Iranian relations 1900-1941
Denis Volkov (University of Manchester)


Agency, Enjoyment and Desire in Daily Lives of Pious Muslim women: Veiled Customers of Women-Only Gyms in Istanbul

Sertac Sehlikoglu-Karakas (University of Cambridge)

How a subjugated and marginalized ethno-national minority impacts inequitable structures and power relations in an ethnically exclusive state
Sharri Plonski (SOAS)


Personal Status Law reform in Egypt: women’s rights NGOs navigating between Islamic law and international human rights law’
Marwa Sharafeddin (Oxford University) 

Contemporary Historiography in Saudi Arabia
Matthias Determann (SOAS)