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A story about a family fleeing conflict in Afghanistan, a graphic novel-style tale of growing up in Turkey, a biography of Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, and a brilliantly illustrated book about Ancient Egypt are among the titles recognized at the 2016 Middle East Book Awards, announced on Saturday, November 19, 2016 in Boston, MA.

Established in 1999, the Middle East Book Award recognizes quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures.

Books are judged on the authenticity of their portrayal of a Middle Eastern subject, as well as on characterization, plot, and appeal for the intended audience. (more…)

2016 Middle East Outreach Council

Application for Middle East Studies Association Conference Travel Award

The Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) is delighted to announce the availability of a limited number of $500 travel awards to provide support for MEOC members to attend the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the MEOC teacher workshop and business meeting on November 17-20, 2016, in Boston.

We have a very full schedule of events at MESA! Information about the workshop is coming soon.

Workshop attendees will also get access to the MESA FilmFest and the MESA book exhibit (held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116).


The Middle East Outreach Council and The Center for Middle  Eastern Studies at The University of Denver’s Joseph Korbel School of International  Studies hosted a full-day professional development workshop on “Dimensions of Diversity in the Middle East” during the Middle East Studies Association’s 2015 annual meeting on Saturday, November 21. It included  content-rich sessions on topics including “Religious Issues in the Middle East,” “Diversity in Middle Eastern Cities,” and “Minorities in The Middle East” with scholars Dr. Carole Woodall from The University of Colorado, Dr. Andrea Stanton from the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Denver, and Dr. Jonathan Sciarcon from the Department of Judaic Studies at The University of Denver.