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Jonathan Gribetz

  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Program in Judaic Studies
Position: Core Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies.
  • History of Palestine and Israel
  • Jewish-Arab Encounter
  • Race and Religion in the Modern Middle East
  • Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism
Office: 114B Jones Hall
Phone: 609-258-7298

Jonathan Marc Gribetz is an assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and in the Program in Judaic Studies. He teaches about the history of Zionism, Palestine, Israel, Jerusalem, and nationalism in the modern Middle East. His first book, Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter (Princeton University Press, 2014), investigated the mutual perceptions of Zionists and Arabs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showing the prominent place of religious and racial categories in the ways in which these communities imagined and related to one another. Defining Neighbors was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2015.  Gribetz is currently writing a book on the Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center. For the new book, tentatively titled Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO's Research on Judaism and Israel (under contract with Princeton University Press), Gribetz has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Before joining the Princeton faculty, Gribetz was an assistant professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University, a Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University, a Wolfe Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and an Amado Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gribetz earned a PhD in History from Columbia University, an MSt in Modern Jewish Studies from Oxford University, and an AB in Social Studies from Harvard University.
Selected Publications:
"Reading Mendelssohn in Late Ottoman Palestine: An Islamic Theory of Jewish Secularism," in A. Joskowicz and E. Katz, eds., Secularism  in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).
"'To the Arab Hebrew': On Possibilities and Impossibilities," International Journal of Middle East Studies 46:3 (2014).
"An Arabic-Zionist Talmud: Shimon Moyal's At-Talmud," Jewish Social Studies 17:1 (2010).