A forum for educators and researchers in Middle East Studies

Ecology, Crisis, and Power in the Middle East

Submissions are open for the 2023 BRISMES Annual Conference which will be hosted by the University of Exeter and will take place from 3 to 5 July 2023. The dealine for submissions is 7 December 2022.

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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

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Featured Research

The Manama riots 1947: Bahraini Jews between Palestine and Gulf labour politics (Eirik Kvindesland)

In December 1947, following the UN decision to divide Palestine, Bahrain’s Jewish community became the target of communal violence. As crowds protested...

Not Anymore in Politics: Theorising the Young Egyptian Muslim Brothers’ Political Disengagement in the aftermath of the 2013 Military Coup (Doha Abdelgawad & Shaimaa Magued)

This article relies on the life story narratives of 48 young members of the Egyptian Muslim Brothers in identifying the different reasons behind their...

Reconstituted authoritarianism: Islam, service provision and the state in al-Sisi’s Egypt (Neil Russell)

Social service provision by non-state actors is cited as an important factor in maintaining authoritarian regime stability in the Middle East. By facilitating...

States of Subsistence: The Politics of Bread in Contemporary Jordan (José Ciro Martínez)

On any given day in Jordan, more than nine million residents eat approximately ten million loaves of khubz 'arabi - the slightly leavened flatbread known...

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