In order to expand and enhance understanding of the Middle East, the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University announces the launching of an essay contest for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Hasan Abdallah Yabroudi Prize will be awarded annually to the best two essays dealing with any aspect of the Middle East written by one undergraduate and one graduate student enrolled at Syracuse University. The authors of the winning papers will be presented with an award of $500 and a calligraphed certificate.

The entries, which can originate as course papers, will be evaluated by a faculty committee on the basis of originality of research and conceptualization, cogency of argument and clarity of writing. The essays must not exceed 7500 words (including bibliography) and must have been produced between May 13, 2007 and May 14, 2008. Essays can be nominated by the faculty or by students (with a letter of support from a faculty member). Please send 2 copies to the Yabroudi Prize Contest, Middle Eastern Studies Program, 332 Eggers Hall. For further information, please contact Mehrzad Borou- jerdi at (315) 443-5877 or mboroujerdi@maxwell.syr.edu. Submission deadline is May 15, 2008.