Syracuse University Press has developed several important specialty areas, among them: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Women’s Studies, New York State history, Judaica, and Middle East Studies. Middle East Studies can be certainly called its signature series. SUP maintains one of the strongest collections of Middle East-related titles of any university or academic publisher in the United States and continues to strengthen its reputation in the field.

Executive Editor Mary Selden Evans, who grew up in Saudi Arabia and whose grandfather was ambassador to Iran, acts as “an advocate of our publishing in that field [Middle East Studies] as widely as possible.” She further notes that the SUP Iran series is one of the best in the nation. “With Mehrzad Borou- jerdi, we have done a great job,” she adds. Selden Evans also expresses her contentment with the increased interest in the region by other presses, particularly after September 11.

Selden Evans believes that the Press brings international prestige and attention to the university. For the last two years SU Press has participated in the Abu Dhabi Book Fair in March and the Riyadh International Book Fair. In addition, two SU Press authors, Raja Alem and Bensalem Himmich are shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Recognized for its commitment to Arabic literature in translation, the Press is honored to administer and publish the annual King Fahd Translation of Arabic Literature Award. Among recent awards, Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language, and Eminent Persians: The Men and Women who Made. Modern Iran, 1941-1979 both received Choice Outstanding Book Awards.

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