2015 ASMEA Research Grant Program

The 2015 ASMEA Research Grant Program was for qualified professors and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. To stimulate new and diverse lines of discourse about the Middle East and Africa, ASMEA’s Research Grants program sought to support research on topics that deserved greater attention. The topic areas and sub-topics listed here, were intended as a guide for participants in the program and constituted the types of subjects that ASMEA intended to support in this program. Applicants submitted paper proposals on any topic as long as it was relevant to the topic areas outlined and is new and original research.

2015 Award Recipients

Mr. Vahid Abedini (Florida International University)
Identity of New Generation in Iran and Iran’s Foreign Policy

Mr. Eliot Assoudeh (University of Nevada, Reno)
The Islamic Republic of Iran: Between Theocracy and ‘Clerical Fascism’ (Emergence and Evolution: 1978 – 1988)

Prof. Irit Back (Tel Aviv University)
IGAD, Sudan, and South Sudan: Achievements and Setbacks of Regional Mediation

Prof. Robert Barnidge (Webster University)
Palestinian Engagement with the International Criminal Court: From Preliminary Examination to Investigation?

Prof. James Barry (Deakin University)
The Re-Ghettoization of Armenian Christians in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Prof. Shaul Bartal (Bar-Ilan University)
Jerusalem of Hate: A Profile of the Al-Quds “Intifada”

Prof. Lihi Ben Shitrit (University of Georgia)
Domesticating the Holy: Women for the Temple and the (In)Divisibility of Contested Sacred Places

Prof. Ofra Bengio (Tel Aviv University)
What Made Iraq a Failed State?

Prof. Alexander Bligh (Ariel University)
Saudi Linkage Succession: The New Rules of Succession in the House of Saud and the New Saudi Foreign Policy

Prof. Habiba Boumlik (LaGuardia Community College, CUNY)
Video Productions in Tachelhit: Site of Contestation

Prof. Wayne Bowen (Southeast Missouri State University)
From Holy War to Technocracy, 1571-1924: The Spanish and Ottoman Empires in the Mediterranean

Prof. Sam Bowker (Charles Sturt University)
Reading Khedival Khayamiya: Understanding the Epigrams of the Egyptian Tentmakers

Mr. Jorge Campos Tellez (University of Chicago)
On Taxation and Suspicion: Toward a Fiscal Anthropology in Hargeysa, Somaliland

Prof. Jennifer Carson (University of Central Missouri)
Lone Wolf Terrorism in the Middle East

Mr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak (Tel Aviv University)
Turkish Staatsvolk vs. Kurdish Identity: Denial of the Kurds in the Turkish School Textbooks

Mr. Graham Cornwell (Georgetown University)
The Moroccan Merchant Diaspora: New Approaches to the Nineteenth Century

Prof. Francisco del Río Sanchez (University of Barcelona)
Jewish-Christianity and Islamic Origins: The Transformation of a Peripheral Religious Movement?

Mr. Haian Dukhan (St Andrews University)
From Enmity Amity, Hafez al-Assad and The Arab Tribes in Syria from 1970 until 2000

Ms. Marwa El Chab (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
Regional and Entrepreneurial Migration of Lebanese in West Africa: Case Studies in Dakar, Abidjan and Ouagadougou

Ms. Asli Elitsoy (Bilkent University)
Neo-Ottomanism and the Kurdish Issue in Turkey: State Policy and Kurdish Response

Prof. Justin Fantauzzo (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Crypto-Jews and Judeo-German Finance: Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories, the British Press, and the Outbreak of War between Britain and the Ottoman Empire in 1914

Mr. Jeremy Farrell (Emory University)
Lost Work, Lost Cause? The Rehabilitation of Jaʿfar al-Khuldī and the Sufi Archive

Mr. Joshua Fattal (New York University)
Iraqi Jewry’s ‘Second Exile’ in International History

Ms. Rahel Fischbach (Georgetown University)
Rereading the Qur’ān – Challenging Traditional Authority: Political Implications of Contemporary Qur’ān Scholarship

Prof. Brandon Friedman (Tel Aviv University)
Kurdish Nationalism in the Cauldron of War

Ms. Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah (Leiden University)
Baghdadi Jews and the Foreign Press: The Case of E. Levy

Ms. Sona Grigoryan (Central European University)
Abū ‘Alā al-Ma’arrī’s Reception: A Poet or an Unbeliever?

Prof. Irem Güney-Frahm (Harriet Taylor Mill Institute)
New Turkey: A Burdening Ideal on Women’s Shoulders

Ms. Afsaneh J Haddadian (University of Washington)
Participatory Development and its Multiple Facets: The Case of Morocco

Prof. Jeffrey Macris (United States Naval Academy)
Predecessors to ISIS and the Islamic State?: The Early Wahhabi Movement – An Historiographical Examination

Ms. Bahar Majdzadeh (Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University)
The Iranian Common Memory of the 1980s, An Aesthetics of Changing Perception

Prof. Michael Makara (University of Central Missouri)
Repression or Concessions? Explaining Authoritarian Survival Strategies in Jordan

Prof. Dan Naor (Bar-Ilan University)
The Ehden Massacre of 1978 in Lebanon – The Creation of a Resistance Myth

Prof. Joel Parker (Tel Aviv University)
The Fate of Syria’s Notables in Cold War Syria: The Case of the Atassi Family

Prof. Jonathan Pidluzny (Morehead State University)
The Five Faces of Resurgent Islam: Toward a Typology of Violent and Political Islamist Ideologies

Mr. Farhad Rezaei (University of Malaya)
Shopping for Armageddon: A Supply-Demand Analysis of Nuclear and Radiological Terror of Islamists Groups

Mr. Ceng Sagnic (Tel Aviv University)
Institutionalization of Pan-Kurdish Discourse in the 20th Century: The Kurdish Republic of 1946

Prof. Franck Salameh (Boston College)
Lebanon and the Phoenicians 6000 Years of Humanism

Mr. Orçun Selçuk (Florida International University)
Explaining Erdoğan’s Quest for Presidentialism: A Veto Players Framework

Ms. Consolata Sulley (University of Leipzig, Germany)
Elections in Authoritarian Regimes: Kenya and Tanzania Compared

Prof. Ilkka Syvanne (Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies)
The Eyes and Ears: The Sasanian and Roman Spies AD 224-450

Prof. Eliezer Tauber (Bar-Ilan University)
Deir Yassin: Propaganda and Historiography

Mrs. Marie van den Bosch (Princeton University)
Diversification Policies: How the Inner Circle Plays a Role in Determining Diversification Strategies in Saudi Arabia and Libya

Mr. Peter Vining (New York University)
Military Network Structures and Authoritarian Resilience

Prof. Myriam Wissa (University of London)
Together on the Way to the Monastic Church of Mīt Damsīs: Copts and Muslims at the Mūlid of Saint George in Medieval Islamic Egypt and Beyond

Mr. Allen Xiao (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Navigating Mobilities: Chinese Migrants on the Roads in Lagos

Ms. Miyase Yavuz, (SOAS, University of London)
Allah (God), al-Watan (the Nation), al-Malik (the King) and the Role of Ijtihād in Family Law Reforms of Morocco

Mr. Tevfik Murat Yildirim (University of Missouri, Columbia)
New Tools in Turkish Political Science and Public Policy: The Policy Agendas Project Turkey

Prof. Jan Záhořík (University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)
Ethiopia and the Former Czechoslovakia in the Era of the Cold War, ca. 1960-1980: Ideological or Pragmatic Cooperation Between Authoritarian Regimes?

Prof. Ido Zelkovitz (University of Haifa)
The Mosque, the Kaffia and the Gun: Fatah Movement Identity Politics

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