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Nadirah Mansour

Department/Program(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies
Position: Graduate Student
Title: 2nd-year Ph.D. student
Office: Jones Hall



I study the intellectual history of the Arabic-speaking world in the 19th and 20th centuries. I also did my bachelor's degree at Princeton University and during my time as an undergraduate, focused mostly on Islamic studies: my undergraduate thesis was on Palestinian Islamic institutions between 1928 and 1967. I then did a year at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) based at Qasid in Amman, Jordan, where she studied, amongst other things, Quranic exegesis and Islamic law. However, during my short time as a graduate student, I have been influenced by various social, cultural, and conceptual histories I've been reading, as well as my study of modern and (hopefully) Ottoman Turkish, and my interests have shifted. To simplify things, at dinner parties, I say I'm working on print culture in the Arabic-speaking world and what literacy does to the relationship between intellectual production and the institutions of intellectual production themselves.

Sharing my interest in the Arabic-speaking world has always been the major force behind my pursuit of higher education. I'll be assistant-teaching NES 201: Introduction to the Middle East in Fall 2016 under Professor Cyrus Schayegh. I also have a short piece coming out on Arabic magazines in the Haaretz Social History blog this summer. I spend most of my time, with the help of a small plastic turtle, trying to figure out how academics can take over Snapchat and thus reclaim social media from the celebrity-drenched clickbait that occupies mainstream discourse.