The Middle East Quarterly, now in its fifteenth year, seeks an editor to begin a 5-year term in June 2009. Sponsored by the Middle East Forum, the Quarterly is currently edited by Michael Rubin and published by Daniel Pipes.
The Times of London calls the Quarterly "balanced, sophisticated and thought-provoking." Library Journal says it is "clearly positioned as a major source on its subject." Bernard Lewis deemed the Quarterly "a lively and stimulating new voice in the Middle East debate." The journal has been the subject of favorable notice in such publications as the Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education, Forward, Near East Report, New Republic, New York Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer and on numerous television and radio shows.
The editor faces the challenge of simultaneously interesting a general audience while providing cutting-edge information and ideas to a specialized readership. Editing the MEQ involves a readiness to restructure, reorganize, and re-present articles.
The editor is responsible for preparing about 350 pages of text each year, working under the supervision of the publisher.
- Agree with the journal's outlook.
- Have a Ph.D. in Middle East studies.
- Be knowledgeable in (1) the region's history and civilization, (2) its religions, especially Islam, and (3) its languages, especially Arabic or Persian.
- Be conversant with a wide range of current policy issues.
- Command the English language and its nuances, and possess the stylistic skills to bring out the best in manuscripts.
- Commit to a 5-year term.
- Be able to meet four deadlines a year.
- Be adept at the computer and at Internet communications.
The editor's work is part-time (on average about 20 hours a week) and can be in addition to other employment. Geographic location is unimportant.
Pay is commensurate with experience.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and both writing and editing samples by October 6, 2008, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.