On 7 December, the Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies Amsterdam (ACMES) will award two prizes for Best BA thesis and Best MA thesis in Middle Eastern Studies for work completed at the UvA during the academic year 2016/17. The awards ceremony will take place before the last ACMES event of the Fall Lecture series, the Syria Round Table with Dr. Anis Nacrour and Mohammad Kanfash.
Two theses have been shortlisted for the MA prize, and three theses have been shortlisted for the BA prize. The following candidates have been nominated for the Master’s Thesis Prize:
'Making and Breaking Religious Authority Online. Dynamics of religious authority, from discussions among young Dutch Muslims on Marokko.nl, along a network of websites, to offline Islamic centres'
The following candidates have been nominated for the Bachelor's Thesis Prize:
'Druze in Israel. An analysis of how the establishment of the state of Israel has affected the Druze collective identity'
Rowie Rensink (Political Science)
'Antwoord op het Transitieprobleem. Een Interpretatie van Plato en Alfarabi. Over Ware Religie, Democratie en de Koning-Filosoof'
Evi Timp (History)
'A Matter of Faith? Saddam Hussein's 'Faith Campaign' als politiek middel ter versterking van zijn eigen macht en onderdrukking van de oppositie.'
Before the round table with Dr. Anis Nacrour and Mohammad Kanfash, entitled 'The International and Domestic Dimensions of the Syrian Conflict', Josephine van den Bent, chair of the ACMES Thesis Prize jury, will present the findings of the jury and announce the winners.
For more information on the ACMES Round Table with Dr. Anis Nacrour and Mohammad Kanfash, see here.