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Al-‘Usur al-Wusta: The Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists





Al-‘Usur al-Wusta (ISSN: 1068-1051) is the semi-annual Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists (MEM), and is currently edited by Nancy Khalek, email:, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University, Box 1927, Providence, RI 02912, USA, and Antoine Borrut, email:, History Department, University of Maryland, 2115 Francis Scott Key Hall, College Park, MD 20742-7315, USA.  Review Editor is Michael G. Morony, email:, Department of History, 405 Hilgard Avenue, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. Archaeology Editor is Donald Whitcomb, email:, The Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.

MEM, founded in 1989, is a professional non-profit association of scholars and organizations interested in the Islamic lands of the Middle East during the medieval period (defined roughly as 500-1500 C.E.). MEM's main objectives are to encourage scholarship on the medieval Middle East and to foster lines of communication among its members.

Al-‘Usur al-Wusta publishes brief articles, written in non-technical language, on a variety of subjects, as well as scholar profiles of outstanding scholars of medieval Middle Eastern studies from the Middle East, summaries of current members' research and publications, and reviews of books published in Middle Eastern languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish) -- being, in many cases, the only western-language periodical that reviews such publications.

We believe you will find Al-‘Usur al-Wusta to be an excellent and inexpensive source of current information on developments in the many fields related to the study of the medieval Middle East and Islamic world, expressed in a non-technical way. It is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, professional academics, and serious lay readers with an interest in the history, literatures, languages, religions, archaeology, and thought of the medieval Middle East. We invite your institutional library to subscribe by downloading the MEMbership application form.  If your institution requires an invoice, we would gladly send you one at your request.

The basic subscription rate for institutions with addresses in Canada, Mexico, or the United States is US $15.00 (same as the basic membership rate). Members/Institutions with addresses outside Canada, Mexico, or the United States are required to pay a postal surcharge of $2.50 in addition to their dues, for a basic annual rate of $17.50. Please see the membership page for multi-year membership and payment options.

Back issues of Al-‘Usur al-Wusta can be purchased at the current subscription rate. For persons and institutions in North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States), back issues can be purchased at the rate of US$8.00 per issue and $15.00 per volume. For persons and institutions outside of North America back issues can be purchased at the rate of US$9.00/LL6.50 (British Pounds) per issue and US$17.50/LL12.50 (British Pounds) per volume. We sincerely hope that you will choose to subscribe to Al-‘Usur al-Wusta.  Title pages and contents from previous issues are available by clicking on the link below.


Antoine Borrut
Secretary of MEM
History Department
University of Maryland
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park, MD 06515, USA
Tel: (301) 405-2120




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