Albert Hourani Book Award

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The Albert Hourani Book Award is a non-fiction book award given by the Middle East Studies Association to the year's most notable book in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. On occasion the award has been shared by two authors. Named after the scholar Albert Hourani, the award was first given in 1991.

Award winners[edit]

  • 1991: Abraham Marcus, The Middle East on the Eve of Modernity: Aleppo in the Eighteenth Century (Columbia University Press)
  • 1992: Brinkley Messick, The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society (University of California Press)
  • 1994: Chibli Mallat, The Renewal of Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press)
  • 1994: Richard M. Eaton, The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204–1760 (University of California Press)
  • 1995: Devin DeWeese, Islamization and Native Religion in the Golden Horde: Baba Tukles and Conversion to Islam in Historical and Epic Tradition (Penn State Press)
  • 1996: Gülru Necipoğlu, The Topkapi Scroll—Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture (The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities)
  • 1997: Andrew Shryock, Nationalism and Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan (University of California Press)
  • 1997: Rashid I. Khalidi, Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (Columbia University Press)
  • 1998: Marsha Pripstein Posusney, Labor and the State in Egypt:Workers, Unions, and Economic Restructuring (Columbia University Press)
  • 1998: Kiren Aziz Chaudhry, The Price of Wealth: Economies and Institutions in the Middle East (Cornell University Press)
  • 1999: Susan Slyomovics, The Object of Memory: Arab and Jew Narrate the Palestinian Village (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • 2000: Eugene Rogan, Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire: Transjordan, 1850–1921 (Cambridge University Press)
  • 2001: Michael Cook, Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought (Cambridge University Press)
  • 2002: Gershon Shafir and Yoav Peled, Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship (Cambridge University Press)
  • 2002: Nadia Abu El-Haj, Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society (University of Chicago Press)
  • 2003: Jonathan P. Berkey, The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800 (Cambridge University Press)
  • 2004: Leslie Peirce, Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab (University of California Press)
  • 2005: Robert R. Bianchi, Guests of God: Pilgrimage and Politics in the Islamic World (Oxford University Press)
  • 2006: Rudi Matthee, The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900 (Princeton University Press)
  • 2007: Jessica Winegar, Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt (Stanford University Press)
  • 2007: Leor Halevi, Muhammad's Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society (Columbia University Press)
  • 2008: Ussama Makdisi, Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (Cornell University Press)
  • 2008: Marc David Baer, Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe (Oxford University Press)
  • 2009: Sophia Vasalou, Moral Agents and Their Deserts: The Character of Mu'tazilite Ethics (Princeton University Press)
  • 2010: Benjamin Claude Brower, A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France's Empire in the Algerian Sahara, 1844-1902 (Columbia University Press)
  • 2011 (shared):
    • Nile Green, Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840-1915 (Cambridge University Press)
    • Rochelle Davis, Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced (Stanford University Press)
  • 2012: Sam White, The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press)
  • 2013 (shared):
    • Patricia Crone, Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism (Cambridge University Press)
    • Taner Akçam, The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton University Press)


  • [1] Homepage of the award