Journal of Middle Eastern Research

Print-ISSN 2509-9221

Journal of Middle Eastern Research (JMER) PRINT-ISSN 2509-9221, is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal that will be published jointly by the Kurdistan Center for Middle Eastern Research (KCMER) at Soran University and the International Institute for the Study of Kurdish Societies (IISKS), Goettingen-Germany.

JMER attempts to fill a gap between the academic studies on middle eastern societies and  the Kurdish studies affiliated journals. The journal aims to publish articles, review articles and book reviews on Kurdistan and its surrounding countries from a wider range of disciplinary fields including, but not limited to History, Politics, Political Thought, International Relations, Political Economy, Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Kurdish Studies, Social Movements, Media and Communication, Gender Studies.

The journal will be published in both print and online versions.

Dr. ‌Hashem Ahmadzadeh, Uppsala University, Sweden
Dr. Minoo Alinia, Södertörn University, Sweden
Dr. Cyrus Amiri, University of Kurdistan, Iran
Dr. Joanna Bochenska, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Prof. Dr. Hamit Bozarslan, EHESS, France
Dr. Behrooz Chaman Ara, University of Kurdistan, Iran
Dr. Marianna Charountaki, University of Leicester, UK
Dr. Muslih Irwani, American University of Kurdistan-Duhok, KRG
Dr. Muhammad Kamal, University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Khalid Khayati, Linköping University, Sweden
Dr. Ibrahim Sadiq Malazada, Soran University, KRG
Prof. Dr. Robert Olson, University of Kentucky, USA
Dr. Said Shams, Soran University, KRG
Dr. Nahro Zagros, Soran University, KRG

Managing editor:
Fateh Saeidi, Georg-August-University Goettingen


Book Review Editor:
Azad Haji Aghaie

Kurdish Novel


The JMER managing board has decided to devote a special issue of the Journal of Middle Eastern Research (JMER) to original studies of the Kurdish novel. Researchers interested in the issue are invited to send their research papers or book reviews to Dr. Cyrus Amiri, the guest editor, at by July 31, 20 18. Following preliminary approval by the editor, the manuscripts will be subjected to peer review by at least two reviewers to ensure that they meet the standards of academic research. Contributors are required to follow the submission guidelines for JMER. The manuscripts my fall within any of the following categories (our list is by no means exhaustive):
•  studies of individual Kurdish novels
•  studies of the work of an individual Kurdish novelist
•  general critical commentary on the works of a group of authors
•  critical commentary on the history and the present condition of the Kurdish novel
•  critical commentary on translation and international reception of Kurdish novels
•  critical commentary on Kurdish translation of world masterpieces
•  comparative studies of Kurdish novels

Review and Publication Process

A full double-blind refereeing process is used that comprises of the following steps.

  • Paper is sent to 2 reviewers for review. The reviewers’ recommendations determine whether a paper will be (1) accepted (2) accepted subject to change (3) subject to re-submission with significant changes or (4) rejected.
  • For papers which require changes, the same reviewers will be used to ensure that the quality of the revised paper is acceptable.
  • Acceptance letter will be provided after the payment has been made.
  • Author/Corresponding Author will be notified about the possible date of publication (both online and print).
  • One hard copy of the published journal (Print) for each article will be sent to the author/corresponding author.
  • The review process takes maximum four weeks.


Copyrights for articles published in JMER are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work. It is the author’s responsibility to bring an infringement action if so desired by the author.

Publication Fee

JMER publishes articles totally free of charge and authors will not be asked for any sort of expenses or fees. Author(s) will be entitled to one copy of the printed journal with free of charge i.e. one printed copy is provided against one article disregarding the number of the authors. Authors can also get additional copies of the printed journal by paying 30 EUR for each additional copy.


A concise and factual abstract is required (maximum length of 250 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separate from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should therefore be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list.


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 8 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, ‘and’, ‘of’).

Subdivision of the article

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1, 2. (then 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2), 1.2, etc. The abstract is not included in section numbering.

Table and Figures

Present tables and figures at the end of the article. Please note that the article will be published in black and white.


Author(s) should follow the 16th edition of Chicago style in referencing. Please visit

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The author-date system 

In this system, sources are briefly cited in the text, usually in parentheses, by author’s last name and year of publication. Each in-text citation matches up with an entry in a reference list, where full bibliographic information is provided.

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Avoid citation in the abstract. Unpublished results and personal communications should not be in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Citation of a reference as ‘in press’ implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

The following examples illustrate the author-date system. Each example of a reference list entry is accompanied by an example of a corresponding in-text citation. For more details and many more examples, see The Chicago Manual of Style.

  1. Book

Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

  • Matin, Kamran. 2013. Recasting Iranian modernity: international relations and social change. London: Routledge.


  • Kreyenbroek, Philip and Khalil Jindy Rashow. 2005. God and Sheikh Adi are Perfect: Sacred Poems and Religious Narratives from the Yezidi Tradition, Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag.

In-text citations

(Matin 2013, 108)

(Kreyenbroek and Rashow 2005, 49-53)


2.      Chapter or other part of an edited book

In the reference list, include the page range for the chapter or part. In the text, cite specific pages.

Reference list entry

  • Hassanpour, Amir. 2015. “Nation and nationalism,” In Marxism and Feminism. Edited by Shahrzad Mojab, 239-58. London: Zed Books.


  • Vali, Abbas. 2003. “Nationalism and the Question of Origins” In Essays on the Origins of Kurdish Nationalism. Edited by Abbas Vali, 1-14. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publisher.



In-text citation

(Hassanpour 2015, 245-6)

(Vali 2003, 3)


In some cases, you may want to cite the collection as a whole instead.

Reference list entry

  • Mojab, Shahrzad, ed. 2015. Marxism and Feminism. London: Zed Books.


In-text citation

(Mojab 2015, 245-6)


3.       Journal article

In the reference list, include the page range for the whole article. In the text, cite specific page numbers. For articles consulted online, include a URL or the name of the database in the reference list entry. Many journal articles list a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). A DOI forms a permanent URL that begins This URL is preferable to the URL that appears in your browser’s address bar.

Reference list entries (in alphabetical order)

  • Alinia, Minoo. 2015. “On Black Feminist Thought: Thinking oppression and resistance through intersectional paradigm.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38: 13, 2334-2340.


  • Bozarslan, Hamit. 2014. “The Kurds and Middle Eastern “State of Violence”: the 1980s and 2010s.” Kurdish Studies, 2: 1, 4-13.


In-text citations

(Alinia 2015, 2335-6)

(Bozarsalan 2014, 8)


Reference List

References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters “a”, “b”, “c”, etc., placed after the year of publication.


Submission Preparation Checklist

Before submitting the manuscript, author(s) should check the following list.

1- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
2- The submission file is in Microsoft Word file/ PDF format.
3- Manuscript has been made in the light of Journal’s author guidelines.
4- Author(s) did not mention his or her name and affiliation in the main text.
5- Author(s) has read all the terms and conditions of the journal.

Journal Editorial Policy

Policy on Data Availability
It is the policy of the Journal of Middle Eastern Research (JMER) to publish papers only if the data used in the analysis are clearly and precisely documented and are readily available to any researcher for purposes of replication. Details of the computations sufficient to permit replication must be provided. The Editor should be notified at the time of submission if the data used in a paper are proprietary, or if, for some other reason, the above requirements cannot be met.

Policy on Disclosure
Authors of articles appearing the journal editorial policy are expected to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that may arise from their consulting activities, financial interests, or other non-academic activities.

Submission Policy
JMER welcomes well-written research papers or book reviews by emerging or well-established scholars. Proposals for conducting theme issues should be sent to the Editor. See Submission Guidelines for complete submission guidelines for authors.