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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, I focused mostly on Islamic studies: my undergraduate thesis was on Palestinian Islamic institutions and their involvement in promoting nationalism. I then did a year at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) based at Qasid in Amman, Jordan, where I studied, amongst other things, Quranic exegesis and Islamic law. However, during my short time as a graduate student, I have felt the pull of  social, cultural, and conceptual history. Inevitably, my interests are shifting. To simplify things, at dinner parties, I say I'm working on print culture in the Arabic-speaking world. 

My pursuit of graduate studies is mostly inspired by my desire to share my love of the Arabic-speaking world: when not writing or reading histories of the Ottoman and Arabic-speaking worlds, I spend a lot of time steeped in conversations on public history and the digital humanities.  I have a short piece coming out on Arabic magazines on the Haaretz Social History blog this summer, and in my spare time I'll be conducting interviews for the Middle Eastern Studies channel on New Books Network. Teaching is also a priority.  In Fall 2016 I'll be assistant-teaching  NES 201: Introduction to the Middle East  (Professor Cyrus Schayegh), for which I'm also developing part of the curriculum.