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This new issue of al-ʿUṣūr al-Wusṭā (UW) marks a turning point. UW began in 1989 as a newsletter, edited by Sam Gellens, a co-founder with Richard Bulliet of Middle East Medievalists. Fred Donner, as president of MEM (1992-1994), then expanded UW into a substantial bulletin, the first issue of which appeared in 1992 (4:1). He added new features: research articles and reviews of books in Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages, thus publications about which many of us would not have been aware. The bulletin has played an invaluable role in this sense, and in continuing to provide news of developments in the discipline.
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