MESA - Middle East Studies Association

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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a non-political association that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching… Read more


NEWS: 13 July - Bahraini Human Rights Advocate Nabeel Rajab freed from jail (BBC article). For more information on Bahrain, read CAF's intervention letters on academic freedom in Bahrain.

Complete Intervention List

  • 17 July 2015 (US) - Letter to California state senators regarding SCR 35's overly broad definition of antisemitism (pdf)

  • 1 June 2015 (Egypt)- Letter to President Abd el Fattah al-Sisi and government ministers protesting the May 16 provisional sentencing to death of Dr. Emad Shahin for espionage. (pdf)

  • 14 May 2015 - Open letter to the countries participating in Operations ‘Decisive Storm’ and ‘Restoring Hope’ and the Ansar Allah calling on all parties to desist immediately from operations that may further damage or destroy educational facilities and to take all necessary steps to protect these places and the people who teach and study there. (pdf)

  • 1 May 2015 (Bahrain) - Letter to the Bahraini king demanding the immediate release or, at the very least, proper medical care for Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, on hunger strike at Jaw prison. (pdf)

  • 8 April 2015 (UK) - Letter to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton protesting the university's decision to cancel a scheduled conference out of concern for "risks to safety and public order at and near the conference venue". (pdf)

  • 30 March 2015 (Iran) - Letter protesting the withholding of proper medical attention to Hamid Babaei, a doctoral student of finance who is serving a 6-year prison sentence in Iran on unsubstantiated charges, and who is suffering ill health. This letter follows an earlier letter sent by CAF in May 2014 protesting Babaei’s imprisonment without due process. (pdf)

  • 25 March 2015 (UAE) - Letter to the UAE Minister of the Interior and Ambassador to the United States, and to NYU President John Sexton and NYU-Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor Al Bloom, protesting the denial of entry to the UAE of NYU Professor Andrew Ross (pdf)

Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting LogoNovember 21-24
Denver, Colorado





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