A forum for educators and researchers in Middle East Studies

What We Do

We work to encourage and promote interest in Middle East Studies and to raise awareness of the region and how it is connected to other parts of the world, including the UK.

Membership of BRISMES is open to those professionally and/or personally interested in the MENA region

We organise events relevant to Middle East Studies and host an online MENA-related Events Calendar

The British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies (BJMES) publishes research on all aspects of the Middle East

Browse the latest Calls for Papers, vacancies and other opportunities related to Middle East Studies

We advocate on issues that are relevant to our work to encourage and promote interest in Middle East Studies

Featured Research

Mapping methodological nationalism in Middle Eastern studies: Toward a transnational understanding of the 2011 Arab uprisings? (Jonas Nabbe)

This article assesses the prevalence and implications of the research foci methodological nationalism, methodological globalism, and transnationalism in...

Cutting the Keys to the Mediterranean: Tunisia in the context of Migration (Brendan Van Crout)

My name is Brendan Van Crout, a final-year International Relations undergraduate at the University of Exeter. From 11 to 20 April, I had unprecedented...

Access Denied: A qualitative Study on transgender health policy in Egypt (Nora Noralla)

For this paper, I conducted an interdisciplinary qualitative study to investigate transgender experiences accessing gender-affirming healthcare (GAH) in...

Non-State Actors and Foreign Policy Agency: Insights from Area Studies (Co-edited by Marianna Charountaki, Christos Kourtelis and Daniela Irrera)

This edited volume discusses non-state actors as agents of foreign policy. It questions whether non-state actors can act as foreign policy makers and if...

Database of Expertise

The Database of Expertise in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies provides a publicly available list of MENA experts with their research and areas of expertise.

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