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12 Middle E. L. & Governance 1 (2020)

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                                                                MIDDLE EAST
           MIDDLE  EAST LAW  AND GOVERNANCE   12 (2020) 1-2       LAWAND
BRILL                                                          brillcom/melg


This special issue marks one year that I have been MELG's Editor-in-Chief It
was with both great excitement and trepidation that I took on the role, know-
ing that I had very large shoes to fill, following Anver Emon, who was one of the
journal's founders and its first Editor-in-Chief. MELG flourished under Anver's
impressive stewardship, and I see one of my roles as the new Editor-in-Chief as
building on the many strengths MELG  developed under his leadership. It has
been  an extraordinarily rewarding and invigorating year, as we have built on
this strong foundation.
   One of these strengths lies in MEL G's very title - its unique focus on law and
governance. Over the last year, the editorial and advisory boards and I have
built on this focus and introduced case comments as a form of submission.
Relatively short pieces, case comments focus on a single notable judicial deci-
sion. They analyze and critique the decision and often put it in a broader
perspective - sometimes within a longer line of jurisprudence, but also some-
times using other disciplines, such as political science, to contextualize or
critique the decision. We hope that these case comments will offer a new pub-
lishing opportunity that will be rewarding for new authors to MELG and its
   A second of the many strengths that MELG developed under Anver's leader-
ship is its tradition of insightful special issues - to which this current special
issue on Islamism edited by Mark Lynch and Jillian Schwedler attests. In fol-
lowing Anver's footsteps, I continue to emphasize special issues that are of
high quality and speak to topics relevant to the journal's focus. Towards this
end, the boards and I have added solicited and unsolicited roundtables to
MELG'S  submissions. Revolving around a theme, topic, event, or even a note-
worthy  publication, roundtables consist of shorter submissions than special
issues. We hope they provide authors the opportunity to respond to events in a
faster, yet still meaningful, manner.
   Under Anver, MELG  also introduced a regular fieldnote section for which
authors submitted reflections on the state of the field of Middle East studies.
Building on this important pillar of the journal, we have expanded the notion
of fieldnote to include reflections from the field and also field research
methods. The  boards and I firmly believe that all three types of fieldnotes are
not only of interest to MELG's readership, but also of value both for research
and teaching purposes.

© KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2020 1 DOI:10.1163/18763375-01201006

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