Book Prize


We are delighted that the winners of the 2015 book prize were announced at a ceremony hosted by HE Mr Khaled Al-Duwaisan at the Kuwaiti Embassy on 22nd October.

This year’s winning title is:

Pascal Menoret
Joy Riding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt
Cambridge University Press


There were two runner up titles:

Christina Riggs
Unwrapping Ancient Egypt
Bloomsbury
and
Yonatan Mendel
The Creation of Israeli Arabic
Palgrave Macmillan

For a copy of Professor Suleiman's speech including reviewer comments on the winning titles and a list of the titles on the shortlist, please see 'Winning Titles 2015'.

Image "sheikh mubarak 09.JPG"The Prize was founded thanks to an endowment of the Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation. In each of the years since the prize commenced, it has attracted around 50 nominations from some 20 publishers and the overall standard of entries has been extremely high. The prize is awarded for the best scholarly work on the Middle East each year. Normally the chronological remit of the prize will be from the rise of Islam until the present day, but outstanding scholarly entries from the pre-Islamic era may also be considered.
The deadline for entries for the prize which will be awarded in 2016 is 31st January 2016.  

To submit entries, please return the
ENTRY FORM 2016.doc
no later than 31st January 2016, together with SEVEN copies of each title submitted to the address below:

Louise Haysey
BKFS Prize
c/o BRISMES
SGIA
Durham University
Elvet Hill Road
Durham
DH1 3TU

General Information

A prize or prizes will be awarded each year to the value of up to £10,000 for the best scholarly work in English on the Middle East which has been published in its first edition in the United Kingdom. We are now accepting submissions for books published during the calendar year 2015 and listed in Whitaker's Books in Print. The year will be taken as the copyright year listed within the book.  Particular consideration will ge given to books of sound scholarship which enhance understanding of the Middle East among a wider readership in the English speaking world. Translations of work published in other modern languages are not eligible.

The judges welcome entries on any aspect of Middle East studies. Normally the chronological remit of the prize will be from the rise of Islam until the present day, but outstanding scholarly entries from the pre-Islamic era may also be considered.

The award of the prize is the sole responsibility of the judges, whose decision is final. If the judges so decide, the prize may be divided.

The criteria on which the judges' decision will be based will be:

(i) Originality
(ii) Clarity and Accessibility
(iii) Importance to the field

The judges will also assess how well the book enhances the understanding of the subject matter to a wider audience.

Collections of articles by several authors published in a single volume will not be considered.

Entries will be welcomed from the following fields:

(i) Language and literature
(ii) Islamic Studies
(iii) Sociology, anthropology, history, politics, geography, economics and international relations
(iv) Islamic art and archaeology


The British Kuwait Friendship Society judges are:

[liste|Professor Yasir Suleiman
University of Cambridge (Chairman),
Sir Roger Tomkys
Former Chairman, Arab British Chamber of Commerce and former Master, Pembroke College, Cambridge
Professor Carole Hillenbrand
Professor Emerita of Islamic History, University of Edinburgh
Sheikh Mubarak al-Abdullah al-Mubarak Al Sabah
(on behalf of the Abdullah Mubarak Charitable Foundation)
Professor Charles Tripp, Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East, SOAS
Frances Guy, President of BRISMES  
Administration of the prize is in Cambridge.