Edinburgh Middle East Report

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Edinburgh Middle East Report  
The Edinburgh Middle East Report logo since 2008. It reads, in an Arabic calligram, تقرير الشرق الأوسط (Middle East Report).
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Middle Eastern affairs
Peer-reviewed No
Language English
Publication details
Edinburgh Middle East Report  Scotland)
Publication history
2006 to present
Frequency Occasional

The Edinburgh Middle East Report (Arabic: تقرير الشرق الأوسط ادنبورج‎), often abbreviated to EMER, is Scotland's only periodical dedicated to the Middle East. Founded in 2006 by George Richards and Camilla Hall, two students at the University of Edinburgh's Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department, the Report covers political, social, cultural and business issues in Africa, the Middle East and the Islamic world.

Contributors include students from various faculties at the University of Edinburgh, as well as journalists and writers from across the United Kingdom, the Middle East and worldwide. EMER's self-stated aim is to promote the informed discussion of Middle Eastern issues, through a printed and online edition.

In November 2009, EMERglobal, the international edition of EMER, was launched online at emerglobal.com.[1]

As of 2013, EMER has closed its online international edition, EMERglobal, and is now an occasional print publication.


Initial print-edition editors[edit]

Year Editor(s)
2006 - 2007 George Richards

Camilla Hall

2007 - 2008 Minna Cowper-Coles

Merryn Johnson

2008 - 2009 Henry Middleton


Under Henry Middleton's editorship, EMER was given a professional appearance and entirely reinvented by designer Marie O'Mara. EMER was sponsored by the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) at the University of Edinburgh and by the Edinburgh University Middle Eastern Society (EUMES), a separate entity albeit with close ties to EMER, which provided web hosting services for the 2008 edition.[2] The front cover of the Autumn 2008 edition featured the first depiction of the current logo, designed by Michael Smith, which reads, in an Arabic calligram, تقرير الشرق الأوسط (English: Middle East Report).[3]

The editorial team for 2008-2009 comprised Henry Middleton (editor), Clare Wales and Toby Hough (deputy editors), David Barrett and Sameer Kassam (front editors), Beverley Newman, Jane Sail and Salima Izagaren (features editors) Tamara Salhab (culture editor), Marie O'Mara (designer), Michael Smith (logo and illustrations), Hugh Nolan (distribution) and Irfan Hemani (marketing).


The original EMER logo, created in 2006 for the first edition. It shows the geographical area covered by the publication - the Middle East, Central Asia and Islamic Africa.

In Summer 2009, with no clear successor to Henry Middleton, EMER fell under the stewardship of EUMES.

Shortly afterwards, in November 2009, George Richards, one of the founder editors, received authorisation from Anandi Rao, then secretary of EUMES, to pick up the reins of EMER again, with a new vision for the direction of the publication, including the international edition, EMERglobal.[1]


  1. ^ a b Edinburgh Middle East Report Online, now relocated at emerglobal.com. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  2. ^ Edinburgh Middle East Report, Autumn 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  3. ^ [1], Autumn 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-21.

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