Wali Ahmadi
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    Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies
    Phone: 510-643-6164


    Wali Ahmadi is an Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, where he also serves as the departmental undergraduate advisor. Ahmadi, a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, came to the United States after graduating high school in the early 1980s. He earned a B.A. in political and social sciences from California State University, Hayward (now East Bay) in 1987 and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. Ahmadi’s primary areas of interest include classical and modern Persian literature, literary theory and criticism, and cultural history.


    • Naqd va Arman/Critique & Vision: An Afghan Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities (1995-2003)
    • Iran Nameh: Journal of the Foundation for Iranian Studies (Washington, DC), vol. XXII, nos. 1–2 (2005)
    • Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan: Anomalous Visions of History and Form (London and New York: Routledge, 2008).
    Asad Ahmed View Profile [+]
    Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies


    Professor Asad Q. Ahmed joins the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Berkeley in the fall of 2012.  He specializes in early Islamic social and religious history and post-classical Muslim intellectual history.  In the former field, he focuses on the sociopolitical networks of the elite of the Hijaz during the first two centuries of the hijra.  By using prosopographical and social network analysis methods on genealogies, biographical dictionaries, and transmission chains, he investigates the significance of formal and informal groups for the development of early Muslim politics, society, and dogma.  These same methods have also allowed him to speculate on the metahistorical thrust of his sources and on the nature of kinship ties in early Islam.


    The Religious Elite of the Early Islamic Hijaz. P&G, University of Oxford, 2011.

    Avicenna's Deliverance: Logic. Oxford University Press, 2011.

    In the field of intellectual history, Asad's long term goal is to write a responsible history of the rationalist sciences (ma'qulat) after the so-called Golden Age of Islam.  Since such work first and foremost requires detailed and piecemeal studies of texts in logic, theology, philosophy, jurisprudence, etc., much of his output in this area focuses either on case studies of salient technical issues or on the rationalist tradition in pre-modern and early modern Muslim India.  In this area of scholarly interest, Asad has published Avicenna's Deliverance: Logic (Oxford University Press, 2011), in addition to a number of articles.  Asad's more general training includes classical Arabic poetry and poetics, Graeco-Arabica, and Qur'anic and Hadith studies.

    Nezar AlSayyad
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    Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Urban History
    Phone: 510-642-0831


    Nezar AlSayyad is a Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Urban History. He served as Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies from 1996 to 2014.

    AlSayyad holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and Diploma in Town Planning from Cairo University, an M.S. in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Architectural History from UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of many grants and awards for his research, books, films, and projects. In 2008, AlSayyad was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty. In 1988, AlSayyad co-founded the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). Today, he serves as president of the association and editor of its highly acclaimed peer-reviewed journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. Professionally, AlSayyad has an active practice in the Middle East and United States. He is also the Principal in the XXA: Office of Xross-Xultural Architecture, an urban design and planning firm with several award-winning credits.

    View AlSayyad's complete CV here.


    • Streets of Islamic Cairo (1981).
    • Dwellings, Settlements, and Tradition (1989).
    • Cities and Caliphs (1991).
    • Forms and Dominance (1992).
    • Al Mudun Fi Sadr Al-Islam (In Arabic - 1996).
    • Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage (2001).
    • Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam (Translated to Arabic, Spanish, and Turkish - 2002).
    • The End of Tradition (2004).
    • Making Cairo Medieval (2005).
    • Cinematic Urbanism (2006).
    • The Fundamentalist City? Religiosity and the Remaking of Urban Space (2010).
    • Cairo: Histories of a City (2011).
    • Traditions: The "Real," the Hyper, and the Virtual in the Built Environment (2014).
    Benjamin E. Brinner
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    Associate Professor of Music
    Phone: 510-642-2678


    Benjamin Brinner is a professor of Music. His research interests include music cognition, Javanese and Balinese gamelan and Middle Eastern music. Before coming to UC Berkeley, Brinner taught in Israel at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He also directed the Workshop for Non-Western Music at the Jerusalem Music Center, where he taught Javanese gamelan, coordinated instruction in Arab, Jewish, and East African music and produced concert series dedicated to exposing the public to a broader range of musical practices than was then generally known in Israel. Returning to Israel on numerous occasions from 1991 to 2003, he conducted research on the emergent field of performance involving Palestinian musicians from the West Bank, as well as Israeli Jews and Arabs.


    • Playing Across a Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters. Oxford University Press, expected publication November, 2009.
    • The Music of Central Java: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture Global music series. Oxford University Press, 2007.
    • Knowing Music, Making Music: Javanese Gamelan and the Theory of Musical Competence and Interaction. University of Chicago Series in Ethnomusicology. University of Chicago Press, 1995.

    Articles include “Beyond Ethnic Tinge or Ethnic Fringe: The Emergence of New Israeli/Palestinian Musical Competences & Connections.” Min-Ad: Israeli Studies in Musicology Online. 7:2 (2008-2009); “Beyond Israelis vs. Palestinians or Jews vs. Arabs: The Social Ramifications of Musical Interaction,” Music and Anthropology, 8 (2004); and “Performing Practice II: Non-Western and traditional music,” The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Ed. Stanley Sadie, 2001. Vol. 19: 384-88.

    Munis Faruqui
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    Assistant Professor of South and South East Asian Studies
    Phone: 510-643-9188


    Munis Faruqui is an Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies. He teaches courses on Islam and the Muslim experience in South Asia. He is currently working on a monograph exploring state formation, imperial power, and dynastic decline in 16th and 17th century South Asia through the figure of the Mughal Prince. Recent and forthcoming publications include an examination of the creation of the Mughal Empire under Emperor Akbar; an investigation into the founding decades of the princely state of Hyderabad; and a study of the mystic and Mughal prince, Dara Shikoh. His other research interests include Islam’s interaction with non-Muslim religious traditions, prosopographical approaches to studying Mughal history, and the development of Persianate cultural traditions in South Asia. He received his M.Phil from the University of Cambridge in 1992 and his Ph.D. in History from Duke University in 2002.


    • “Expanding Frontiers in South Asian and World History,” Modern Asian Studies, Special Issue (co-edited with Richard Eaton, David Gilmartin, and Sunil Kumar), 43(1), 1-366, 2009.
    • To the Grave or the Throne: Princes in Mughal India, forthcoming.
    Mia Fuller
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    Associate Professor of Italian Studies
    Phone: 510-642-2704


    Mia Fuller is an Associate Professor of Italian Studies. She is a cultural anthropologist who has combined fieldwork and archival research in her studies of architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies between 1869 and 1943. Her book on the subject, Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism (Routledge, 2007) won the International Planning History Society Book Prize, 2008. She is also the co-editor (with Ruth Ben-Ghiat) of Italian Colonialism (Palgrave, 2005), and she collaborated with filmmaker Caterina Borelli on the documentary film “Asmara, Eritrea” (2008). As part of her continuing interest in the afterlives of Italian colonialism, she organized a conference on Libyan Historiography hosted by the Center in 2009. Currently, she is preparing a book on the vestiges of Italian colonial rule in East Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, as well as an ethnographic, architectural, and oral-historical study of the 'New Towns' built in fascist Italy. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984 and 1994 respectively.


    • Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism, London: Routledge (Architext series, series editors Anthony D. King and Thomas Markus), 2007.
    • Italian Colonialism, anthology of 20 essays co-edited with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Italian and Italian American Studies series, series editor Stanislao G. Pugliese), 2005.

    Articles and book chapters include: “Preservation and Self-Absorption: Italian Colonisation and the Walled City of Tripoli, Libya,” The Journal of North African Studies 5(4)(2000): 121–54; "The Medina and the Islamic City: Colonial Terms and Postcolonial Legacies," Public Affairs Report 43(4)(2002): 4-6; “Oases of Ambiguity: On How Italians Did Not Practice Urban Segregation in Tripoli,” in La Libia tra Mediterraneo e mondo islamico (Atti del convegno di Catania, Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, 1–2 dicembre 2000, Aggiornamenti e approfondimenti), edited by Federico Cresti, Milan: Giuffrè, 2006, 163-81; “Mediterraneanism: French and Italian Architects’ Designs in 1930s North African Cities,” in The City in the Islamic World, edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Renata Holod, Attilio Petruccioli, and André Raymond, Leiden: Brill, 2008, 977–92; and “Libya,” in A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in Continental Europe and Its Empires, edited by Prem Poddar, Rajeev Patke, and Lars Jensen; Edinburgh University Press and Columbia University Press, 2008, 300–304.

    Deniz Göktürk
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    Associate Professor of German Studies
    Phone: 510-643-2004


    Deniz Göktürk is an Associate Professor of German Studies. Born in Istanbul, Göktürk graduated from Deutsche Schule Istanbul, and then studied in Konstanz, Germany; Norwich,UK; and Freie Universität Berlin, where she received her Ph.D. in 1995. Göktürk coordinated the “Multicultural Germany Project” and has organized workshops and conferences, including “Goodbye Germany? Migration, Culture, and the Nation State.” A co-edited sourcebook, titled Germany in Transit. Nation and Migration, 1955-2005 (University of California Press, 2007), resulted from this project, as well as an updated German edition, titled Transit Deutschland: Debatten zu Nation und Migration (Konstanz University Press, 2010). Göktürk is also a co-founder of TRANSIT, the electronic journal launched by the Berkeley German Department.


    • Jedem Wort gehört ein Himmel (1991, with Zafer Senocak) and translated novels by Aras Ören and Bilge Karasu.
    • Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe? (2010), co-edited with Levent Soysal and ?pek Türeli.
    Emily Gottreich
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    Associate Adjunct Professor of History and International and Area Studies
    Phone: 510-642-8208


    Emily Gottreich is the Interim Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an Associate Adjunct Professor of History and International and Area Studies. She also co-chairs the undergraduate major in Middle Eastern Studies and serves as the President of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies.

    Gottreich received her Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University in 1999. Her research focuses on Moroccan Jewish history and Muslim-Jewish relations in broader Arab-Islamic contexts. Her current projects include historicizing the idea of “the Arab Jew,” the impact of the “false messiah” Shabbatai Tsvi on Moroccan Jews, and a thematic history of Muslim-Jewish relations.


    • The Mellah of Marrakesh: Jewish and Muslim Space in Morocco’s Red City. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007
    • Jewish Culture and Society in North Africa, with Daniel Schroeter. Indiana University Press, 2011
    Charles Hirschkind
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    Associate Professor of Anthropology
    Phone: 510-642-3392


    Charles Hirschkind is an Associate Professor of Anthropology. His research interests include religious practice, media technologies, and emergent forms of political community in the Middle East and North America. He has held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Toronto, and the New School of Social Research in New York. Hirschkind received his M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1989 and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1999.


    • Powers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and His Interlocutors, edited with David Scott. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005
    • The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette-Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

    Articles and edited contributions include: “Feminism, the Taliban, and Politics of Counter-Insurgency” (with Saba Mahmood), Anthropological Quarterly Vol. 75, no. 2 (2002): 339-354; “Media and the Quran” in The Encyclopedia of the Quran, J. McAuliffe, ed. Leiden: Brill Press: (2003); and “Hearing Modernity” in Hearing Cultures: Essays on Sound, Listening, and Modernity. V. Erlman, ed. New York: Berg Publishers (2004).

    Margaret Larkin
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    Professor of Arabic Literature
    Phone: 510-642-3757


    Margaret Larkin is a Professor of Arabic Literature. She works on both classical and modern Arabic literature in literary and colloquial Arabic. Larkin was named the 2010 Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo. She is currently at work on a book exploring the tenth century poet, Abu’l-Tayyib al-Mutanabbī, which includes a series of studies on the inter-textual engagement with al-Mutanabbī’s poetry by successive generations of Arab poets. Larkin received her M.A. from New York University in 1980 and her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1989.


    • The Theology of Meaning: Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani’s Theory of Discourse. Ann Arbor: American Oriental Society, 1995
    • “Al-Jurjani” in Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia. Oxford: Routledge, 2005
    • Al-Mutanabbī: Voice of the ‘Abbasid Poetic Ideal. Oneworld Publications, 2008
    Saba Mahmood
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    Associate Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology
    Phone: 510-642-3392


    Saba Mahmood is an Associate Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology. Her focus includes the anthropology of subject formation, liberalism, and secular modernity; feminist and poststructuralist theory; religion and politics; and Islam, the Middle East, and South Asia. Mahmood is the recipient of the 2005 Victoria Schuck Award from the American Political Science Association. She also received an Honorable Mention for the 2005 Albert Hourani Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association. She was awarded a grant in 2010 from the Luce Foundation to study how law and politics are transforming religious freedom. Mahmood received her M.A. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1998 from Stanford University.


    • Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.

    Her articles include: “Feminism, the Taliban, and Politics of Counter-Insurgency” (with Charles Hirschkind), Anthropological Quarterly Vol. 75, no. 2 (2002): 339-354; “Ethical Formation and Politics of Individual Autonomy in Contemporary Egypt,” Social Research vol. 70, no. 3 (2003): 1501-1530; “Secularism, Hermeneutics, and Empire: The Politics of Islamic Reformation,” Public Culture, vol. 18, no. 2, Spring 2006; “Retooling Feminism and Democracy in the Age of Empire,” in Women Studies on the Edge, edited by Joan W. Scott, Elizabeth Weed, Ellen Rooney, Duke University Press, 2007.

    Maria Mavroudi
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    Professor of History and Classics
    Phone: 510-642-4218


    Maria Mavroudi is a Professor of History and Classics. She is a Byzantinist, whose research focuses on the relations between Byzantium and the Arabs, especially bilingualism in Greek and Arabic in the Middle Ages and its implications for cultural exchange between the Byzantine and Islamic world, including the development of Byzantine and Islamic science. Mavroudi earned her B.A. in Philology from the University of Thessaloniki and her Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies at Harvard University. She is one of the world’s foremost scholars in the field of Byzantine Greek History, especially in the domain of Greek-Arabic cultural, literary, and intellectual interaction. She is also a leading figure in the area of ancient science and occult practices, and cross-cultural exchange within these domains. Her interests include Byzantium and the Arabs; bilinguals in the Middle Ages; Byzantine and Islamic science; the recycling of the ancient tradition between Byzantium and Islam; Byzantine intellectual history; survival and transformation of Byzantine culture after 1453. Mavroudi is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2004-2009).


    • A Byzantine Book on Dream Interpretation: The Oneirocriticon of Achmet and Its Arabic Sources. E.J. Brill: Leiden, 2002.
    • Artemidorou Oneirocritica. Translation of a 2nd century A.D. manual on dream interpretation from Classical into Modern Greek and Introduction. Histos: Athens, 2002.
    • The Ocult Sciences in Byzantium, ed. with Paul Magdalino (Geneva: éditions de la Pomme d’Or, 2007).
    • Bilingualism in Greek and Arabic: Evidence from the Manuscripts (in preparation).
    Minoo Moallem
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    Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies
    Phone: 510-642-2767


    Minoo Moallem is a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. She chaired the Gender and Women’s Studies department at the University of California at Berkeley from 2008–2010 and the Women’s Studies department at San Francisco State University from 2001–2006. Moallem has recently ventured in digital media. Her online project, “Nation-on-the Move”(design by Eric Loyer), was recently published in Vectors. Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular (Special issue on Difference, Fall 2007). She is currently working on a book exploring the commodification of the nation through consumptive production and circulation commodities, such as the Persian carpet. She is also working on a research project on gender, media and religion and another project on Iran-Iraq war movies and masculinity. She received her M.A. in 1982 from the University of Tehran and her Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Montreal.


    • Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister. Islamic Fundamentalism and the Cultural Politics of Patriarchy in Iran, University of California Press, 2005
    • Co-editor (with Caren Kaplan and Norma Alarcon) of Between Woman and Nation. Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms and The State, Duke University Press, 1999
    • Guest Editor, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East on Iranian Immigrants, Exiles and Refugees.
    Laura Nader
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    Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology
    Phone: 510-642-3392


    Laura Nader is a Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology. Her current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work in law, energy science, and anthropology. Nader’s areas of interest include comparative ethnography of law and dispute resolution, conflict, comparative family organization, the anthropology of professional mindsets and ethnology of the Middle East, Mexico, Latin America, and the contemporary United States. Her films To Make the Balance and Little Injustices are widely disseminated. Nader is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in 1961 from Radcliffe College.


    • Harmony, Ideology—Injustice and Control in a Mountain Zapotec Village (1990).
    • The Life of the Law: Anthropological Projects (2002).
    • Plunder—When the Rule of Law is Illegal (2008).
    • Energy Choices in a Democratic Society (1980).
    • Naked Science—Anthropological Inquiry into Boundaries, Power, and Knowledge (1996).
    • Essays in Controlling Processes (1994, 1996, 2002).

    Nader’s recent articles and edited contributions include a review of “An Invitation to Laughter: A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World” by Fuad I. Khouri. American Anthropologist June 2008; “What the Rest Think of the West-Legal Dimensions.” Global Jurist. Berkeley Electronic Press. Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, vol. 32. no. 2, pp 765-77. Summer 2009; “The Words We Use: Justice, Human Rights and the Sense of Injustices.” In Justice in the Mirror, eds. K. Clarke and M. Goodale. Also to be published in Annuario di Anthropologia, Metemi Publishers 2008. Ugo Fabietti, editor. 2009; “Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Contexts” (with Alison Dundes Renteln). In Marie-Claire Foblets et al. (eds). The Response of State Law to the Expression of Cultural Diversity. Bruselles: Francqui foundation. 2009; and “Law and the Frontiers of Illegalities,” In Law, Power, and Control, A. Griffiths, K and F. von Benda-Beckmann, eds. New York: Berghahn Press. 2009

    Stefania Pandolfo
    Stefania Pandolfo View Profile [+]
    Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology
    Phone: 510-642-3392


    Stefania Pandolfo is a Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology. Her research involves the study of theories and forms of subjectivity and their contemporary predicaments in the Middle Eastern and Muslim world. Pandolfo’s writing, teaching and research cover the following themes: narrative, trauma, psychoanalysis and the unconscious, memory, historicity and the hermeneutics of disjuncture, language and poetics, experimental ethnographic writing, anthropology and literature, dreaming and the anthropological study of the imagination, intercultural approaches to different ontologies and systems of knowledge, modernity, colonialism and post-colonialism, madness and mental illness. Her areas of interest include Morocco and the Maghreb, the Middle East, Maghribi migration to Europe, Islam, and Sufism. She received her M.A. in 1989 and her Ph.D. in 1991 from Princeton University.


    • Impasse of the Angels: Scenes from a Moroccan Space of Memory. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
    • The Thin Line of Modernity in Some Moroccan Debates on Subjectivity. University of Minnesota Press, Forthcoming.
    Benjamin Porter
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    Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology
    Phone: 510-642-3757


    Benjamin Porter is an Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and a curator of Near Eastern archaeology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Porter co-directs the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project in Jordan, an archaeological field project investigating how agricultural communities dominated by imperial systems use technologies to organize agricultural and craft production in semi-arid, resource-scarce environments. He also co-directs the Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project with Sonoma State University’s Alexis Boutin. This project is researching and publishing skeletal evidence and artifacts from Peter B. Cornwall’s 1941 expedition to Bahrain and Eastern Saudi Arabia. Porter received his PhD in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anthropology.



    • Complex Communities: The Archaeology of Early Iron Age West-Central Jordan. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (In press).
    • Dead:  Recent Contributions in Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Archaeology From the Ancient Near East, ed. with Alex Boutin. Forthcoming edited volume with the University of Colorado Press.
    • “The Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project: A First Look at the Peter B. Cornwall Collection at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology,” with Alex Boutin; Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 23: 35-49 (2012).
    • “Dry Dig: Ethics and Alcohol in Middle Eastern Archaeological Practice” Society for American Archaeology’s Archaeological Record 10(5): 7-11 (2012) Download at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/37w0t9kr.
    Soraya Tlatli
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    Associate Professor of French Studies
    Phone: 510-642-2712


    Soraya Tlatli is an Associate Professor of French Studies. Her research interests focus on francophone literature, particularly from North Africa, as well as colonial and postcolonial historiography. She has also written and researched on 20th century French psychoanalysis, philosophy and intellectual history. Tlatli received her M.A. in 1990 from John Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in 1991 from Emory University.


    • “French Nationalism and the Issue of North African immigration,” in Franco-Arab Encounters, ed. Carl Brown, Beirut: American University of Beirut Press, 1996.
    • Le Psychiatre et ses Poètes: essai sur le jeune Lacan. TCHOU, Paris, 2000.
    • La Folie Lyrique: essai sur le surréalisme et la psychiatrie. L’Harmattan, Paris, 2004.
    • “Algeria as an Archive,” in Derrida and the Time of the Political, eds. Pheng Cheah and Suzanne Guerlac. Duke University Press, July 2006.
    Cihan Tugal
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    Professor of Sociology
    Phone: 510-642-4766


    Cihan Tugal is a Professor of Sociology. His research explores how the interaction between religion and politics shapes everyday life, urban space, class relations, and national identity. Tugal also studies Islamic mobilization in Turkey, Iran and Egypt to understand why similar movements have not resulted in a comparable Islamic market consensus in these countries. He argues that Islamic politics has interacted with civil society and the state in different ways in these three cases, leading to the victory of neo-liberalized Islam in Turkey, its defeat in Iran, and a stalemate in Egypt. Tugal has also written extensively in Turkish.


    • Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism. Stanford University Press, 2009.

    Articles include “Islamism in Turkey: Beyond Instrument and Meaning,” Economy of Society 31(1): 85-111; 2002; “State and Society in the Study of Islam: Discontents of a Dichotomy,” New Perspectives on Turkey 31. (Review Essay), 2005; “The Appeal of Islamic Politics: Ritual and Dialogue in a Poor District of Turkey,” The Sociological Quarterly, 2006; and “Memories of Violence, Memoirs of Nation: 1915 and the Construction of Armenian Identity,” in Esra Ozyurek (ed.) Politics of Public Memory, Syracuse University Press, 2007. His research was also published in Economy and Society, Theory and Society, Sociological Theory, the New Left Review, the Sociological Quarterly, and edited volumes.