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Working Paper Series

About the Series

The Middle East Studies Center Working Paper Series is a platform for individual scholars and contributes to international social science and humanities scholarship on the Middle East and the wider Islamic world, from the seventh century to the present. It allows for publication, dissemination, and discussion of new research on a relatively fast track. It is quicker than the usual timelines for publication of articles in journals or books.

Visiting scholars are generally expected to submit a working paper during, or shortly after, their Middle East Studies Center residency. Other scholars are welcome to submit papers at any time. The general editor of the Working Paper series is Middle East Studies Center Director Robert Mason, associate professor at The American University in Cairo.

Peer review: We expect the paper to be of a quality comparable to that found in academic journals. Each submission receives peer review from two scholars with expertise relevant to the article's content. Reviewers comments are provided to the author anonymously. The scholar's comments help to guide authors in their revisions and are used by the series editor in deciding whether or not the submission is worthy of publication. The Middle East Studies Center reserves the right to decide on the publication of the revised document.

Submission: Please submit the paper of between 7,000 to 10,000 words (including text, notes and figures), abstract and short biography (2-3 sentences) in Microsoft Word format to Further style guidelines are detailed below.

Working paper submission Guidelines

Submission format

  • Submit electronically, using Microsoft Word
  • Use at least 1.25-inch margins throughout, Times New Roman and 12-point font size.
  • Double-space the entire paper—including notes, reference list, abstract and biography.
  • Number each page of the body of the paper after the first page.
  • Use footnotes.
  • Provide tables and figures (in Word only) exactly as you would like them published.  

Style guidelines

We follow Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the Chicago Manual of Style. We follow the IJMES Transliteration Guide. We copyedit lightly for house style, clarity and consistency.

Within two weeks of receipt, the center will send authors either an official confirmation email or a notification that the submission does not conform to the above guidelines. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of submitting a paper, please inquire.

The views expressed in the Working Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the American University in Cairo. Copyright is held by the author(s) unless otherwise stated.







        Recent Working Papers

        Working Paper #2 2017
        "Palestinian Identity in Hybrid
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        by Sadia AGSOUS
        Click here to read

        Working Paper #1 2016
        "Salafism and Takfirism in
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        by Pietro Longo
        Click here to read