Arab Studies Quarterly

Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ) is a quarterly peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Pluto Journals on the Arabs, their culture, history, and institutions.Founded in 1979 by Edward Said and Ibrahim Abu-Lughod ASQ is one of the oldest journals focusing on Arab peoples and societies. In 2021 the journal became Open Access making all issues since 2008 open to the public and free to access. 

Arab Studies Quarterly Membership Club

The editor of ASQ, Professor Ibrahim G. Aoudé, invites you to join our new Membership club. Arab Studies Quarterly announces founding of the ASQ Membership Club in collaboration with Pluto Journals, the Journal’s distribution since 2010. Since ASQ transformed into an Open Access Journal, in January 2021, it now depends on financial support from libraries and members through membership fees. Once ASQ has gained a critical mass of members it will begin plans to offer more services, debates and discussions online. 

The ASQ membership club keeps members in touch with ASQ on multiple levels and is open to individuals, students and institutions. Institutions, such as Arab research centers, paying the Institutions annual fee, can offer ASQ membership advantages to all their own members.

The ASQ membership club will provide and offer the following for members:

  • the table of contents for each latest issue with links to articles, book reviews, or books in brief.
  • a special 40% discount on selected Pluto Books every quarter including its backlist.
  • a special quarterly newsletter with topic discussions, special sections, book reviews and Letters to the Editor.
  • the option of free registration for our biannial conference.
  • access to backlist-published articles by Edward Said and prominent intellectuals.
  • special, occasional selections of old ASQ articles printed in book form and made available to members at a 40% discount.

From the 3 categories of membership we invite you to choose the one which most suits you. Join as founding members of the ASQ Membership Club and help us to develop the ASQ Journal for the next 50 years.


About the Journal

Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ) was established in 1979 by the late Professors Edward Said and Ibrahim Abu-Lughod. They envisioned the Journal to be a platform for academic research to counter anti-Arab propaganda veiled by academic jargon. Since its inception, ASQ has been a refereed academic journal that publishes articles on the Arabs, their history and social and political institutions.

Print ISSN: 0271-3519 / e-ISSN: 2043-6920

Aims & Scope

ASQ publishes original articles, review essays and book reviews on the Arabs, their history, culture and institutions. The Journal is intended for academics, students and individuals interested in Arab and Middle Eastern affairs.

Journal Information

The Journal is published quarterly in February, May, August and November. The print Journal is archived at East Michigan University, East Lansing and the electronic Journal is archived in Portico. The Journal is indexed in Scopus and the Emerging Sources Citation Index. Arab Studies Quarterly is housed in California State University San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Muslim and Arab Worlds. 

Ibrahim G. Aoudé, University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, Honolulu
Associate Editor:
Liana M. Petranek, University of Hawai‘i-
Mānoa, Honolulu
Book Review Editor:
Salam Mir, Independent Scholar, U.S.A.
Assistant Editors:
Yousef Baker, California State University, Long Beach
Tahrir Hamdi, Arab Open University, Jordan
Rami Siklawi, Independent Scholar, Lebanon

Board of Editors:
Salam Al-Rawi, AAUG
Ibrahim G. Aoudé, University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, Honolulu
Fouad Moughrabi, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Ahlam Muhtaseb, California State University, San Bernardino
Jamal R. Nassar, California State University, San Bernardino
Ghada Talhami, Lake Forest College, Emeritus, Chicago
Janice J. Terry, Eastern Michigan University, Emeritus, Chair

Nabeel Abraham, Henry Ford Community College
Baha Abu-Laban, University of Alberta
Jaqueline Ismael, University of Calgary
Tareq Ismael, University of Calgary
Jamil E. Jreisat, University of South Florida
Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University
Afaf Mahfouz, Society for International Development and the Washington Psycho-Analytic Society
William Quandt, University of Virginia

Please see the submission guidelines here.

Editorial Office: Ibrahim G. Aoudé,
Department of Ethnic Studies,
University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa,
Honolulu, HI 96822.

Books for Review: should be sent to the Book Review Editor, Salam Mir, at

Publisher: Pluto Journals,  

The journal is published Open Access and is available on JSTOR.

You can see the table of contents for latest issues of the journal on our website here.

Recent articles available to read online from the Journal:

‘Rifts, Ruptures, and Fractures: The (Ir)relevance of Postmodern Conceptual Frames from the Point of View of Palestine’s Poet Mahmoud Darwish’, AbdelKarim Daragmeh and Ahmad Qabaha, Vol. 42, No. 3 (2020).

‘US Media Darlings: Arab and Muslim Women Activists, Exceptionalism and the “Rescue Narrative”’, Ahlam Muhtaseb, Vol. 42, No. 1-2 (2020). 

‘The War of Words: Language as an Instrument of Palestinian National Struggle’, Loubna Qutami and Omar Zahzah, Vol. 42, No. 1-2 (2020).