The Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies Amsterdam annually awards two prizes for the best BA thesis and the best MA thesis in Middle Eastern Studies to work completed at the University of Amsterdam during the preceding academic year.
The prizes consist of € 150 in book vouchers for the BA winner and € 250 in book vouchers for the MA winner.
The ACMES Steering Board will appoint a jury that selects the best MA and BA thesis. The jury will be selected based on the fields in which the theses have been written.
The winners and nominees for the ACMES Thesis Prize 2020 are:
In 2019, our winners were:
Lisa Schouten (BA Arabic Language and Culture): Van Madīnat al-Salām naar mainstream: een onderzoek naar de emancipatoire boodschap van Mahragānāt. Een case-study van het oeuvre van al-Sādāt al-ʿĀlamī
Verena Hoeke (MA Islam in the Modern World): The contribution of Sunni Islamic scholars and Muslim medical scholars to the discussion on transgender sex reassignment surgery in Islamic bioethics
Veerle Veerbeek (BSc): The European Union’s terrorist list and the complex case of Hezbollah
Sakina Loukili (MSc): 'This is not Islam' American, British and Dutch Muslims denouncing violent extremism through hashtag activism