Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: 114 Mitchell
Education: Ph.D., History, University of Arkansas, 2008
Fields of interest
Modern Middle East History, Islamic Studies, World History, Islamic Civilization,
International Relations, Imperialism, U.S Diplomatic History, Palestinian –Israeli
Conflict, Women and Family in the Middle East, Social and Economic History of the
Middle East and Security Studies.
I am a historian-in-the-making of the Middle East, Islam and society in the modern
Middle East, with particular attention to changing structures of leadership, authority,
knowledge, and education in nineteenth- and twentieth-century. I have never seen my
research, teaching, or service as "academic obligations." I do them with great passion
and dedication. I have successfully demonstrated the ability to disseminate my knowledge
and scholarly productions in both the primary language of my field (Arabic) and in
English, writing and publishing in both languages with effectiveness.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in the construction of national identity, state-building,
communal violence, Islamic movements, and colonial-imperial encroachments in the Middle
East and the emergence of diversity in the new approaches. I am also interested in
socio-economic/cultural and urban/intellectual histories; the political twist of my
studies evolves out of my fascination with social protests that I see the prime device
to read history from the perspectives of those at the bottom. The histories of many
Middle Eastern countries which were created after WWI are very appealing to my teaching
and research interests, while my focus on the late nineteenth-century Ottoman world
cut across the borders of these nation-states. I found the transitions from the empire
to republics and monarchs quite fascinating which was the focus of my dissertation.
In my first significant work I examined the universality of Western historical thought
by looking at how the modern idea of history was acculturated in Middle East during
the past two centuries. One of the aims for this work is to understand how and why
western historicism struggled with Islamic historiography and apply this process to
understand the Middle East's experience of modernity. The findings of this study are
summarized in my monograph, "Palestine and the Decline of the Ottoman Empire: Modernization
and the Birth of the Palestinian State."
In addition to World History surveys and U.S History surveys, I teach many modern
Middle East and Islamic histories; Modern Middle East History 1800-Present, History
of Islam and Islamic Civilization, Palestinian –Israeli Conflict, Ottoman and Safadis
Empires, Mongols and Mamluks, Cold War in the Middle East, Social and Family History
of the Middle East and Middle East Security Studies.
Graduate seminars in contemporary history of the Middle East, Imperialism, Nationalism
and Islamism in modern Middle East and Security Studies in the Middle East.
Palestine and the Decline of the Ottoman Empire: Modernization and the Birth of the
Palestinian State. Under contract with I.B Tauris, scheduled for publication in 2013.
"Muslim Mothering and Migration." In Muslim Mothering: Local and Global Histories, Theories, and Practice, edited by Dana Olwan. Scheduled for publication in December, 2012.
"Élite Victorians and their Quest for a Jewish Homeland: A Convergence of Religious
and Imperial Worldviews." Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. XXXV, No. 2.
"Landed Property and Elite Conflict in Ottoman Tulkarm: A Socio-Economic Study of
a Waqf Village in pre-Tanzimat Palestine." Jerusalem Quarterly, Autumn 2011, No 47.
"The Palestinian Peasant Economy under The Mandate. A Story of Colonial Bungling,"
by Amos Nadan. Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 144.