Middle East Studies Group Issues Statement on Discrimination

November 24, 2015

DENVER -- The board of the Middle East Studies Association issued a statement on Monday condemning “the increasing frequency and intensity of violent acts against civilians taking place in countries around the world” and expressing alarm “at the related rise in the stereotyping and vilification of people of Middle East or Muslim background.”

"We urge, therefore, those with responsibility for United States policy in the Middle East and the Islamic world to avail themselves of the insights of scholarship as they seek to understand the background of these violent acts and to frame responses to them," the statement says.

The full statement, issued during the association’s annual business meeting, is available here. MESA members did not introduce any other new business at that meeting.

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