Orit Bashkin

Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Pick Hall 223


2005, Ph.D. Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Teaching at Chicago since 2004

Fellowships, Awards or Special Recognition

2009-2011, Fellow, The National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education (funded by the Teagle Foundation)

2008-2009 Fellow, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago

2006, Provost’s Teaching Award, University of Chicago 

2005, Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Prize, Best Dissertation Award in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

2003-2004, Recipient of the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University

2002-2003, Dissertation Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University

1997, Zalman Aranne Scholarship for Outstanding Achievements in Graduate Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University

1996, Leo Assioe Scholarship for Outstanding Achievements in Graduate Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University



New Babylonians, A History of  Jews in Modern Iraq, (forthcoming)

The Other Iraq – Pluralism, Intellectuals and Culture in Hashemite Iraq, 1921-1958, Stanford University Press, 2009 [Paperback, 2010]

Sculpturing Culture in Egypt: Cultural Planning, National Identity and Social Change in Egypt, 1890-1939, co-authored with Israel Gershoni and Liat Kozma, (Ramot Press, Tel Aviv, 1999) [Hebrew]

Essays in journals:

“Lands, Hands and Socio-cultural Boundaries: A Reading in Dhu Nun Ayyub’s The Hand, the Land and the Water (1948),” Middle East Studies, 389-401

« Un Arabe juif dans l’Irak de l’entre-deux-guerres La carrière d’Anwar Shā’ul», Vingtième Siècle. Revue d'histoire 103:3 (2009), 121-131

“ ‘Out of Place’: Home and Empire in the Works of Mahmud Ahmad al-Sayyid and Dhu Nun Ayyub, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” 28:3 (2008), 428-442

“A Note from the Jewish Past — A Comparison between Iraqi Refugees in Arab States Today and Jewish Iraqi Migrants in Israel,”  ViewpointsSpecial Edition, Iraq’s Refugee and IDP Crisis: Human Toll and Implications. Washington DC: The Middle East Institute, 2008, 

“Representations of Women in the Writings of the Intelligentsia in Hashemite Iraq, 1921–1958,” Journal of Middle East Women's Studies4.1 (2007) 53-82

“When Mu‘āwiya entered the Curriculum” – Some comments on the Iraqi education system in the interwar period,” Comparative Education Review, (special Issue on “Education in Islam: Myths and Truths”), Vol. 50, no. 3 (2006)

“Why Did Baghdadi Jews Stop Writing to their Brethren in Mainz? – Some Comments about the Reading Practices of Iraqi Jews in the 19th Century,” Journal of Semitic Studies, Sup.15 (2005)

“Grandma and I – Tales from Old Baghdad,” Mekarov, Winter 2002 [Hebrew]

“Hanukka in the Zionist Discourse According to “Seffer Hamoadim” (The Book of Festivals),” Zemanin, Vol 16, Number 61, Winter 1997/8 [Hebrew]

Book Chapters:

Nationalism as a cause: Arab nationalism in the writings of Ghassan Kanafani” Christoph Schumann (ed) Nationalism and Liberal Thought in the Arab East

Ideology and Practice, Routledge 2010

To Educate an Iraqi-Jew: Or What Can We Learn From Hebrew Autobiographies about Arab Nationalism and the Iraqi Education System (1921-1952)André E. Mazawi, Ronald G. Sultana (eds),World Yearbook of Education 2010: Education and the Arab 'World': Political Projects, Struggles, and Geometries of Power, Routledge 2010, 163-181

“The Iraqi Afghanis and ‘Abduhs: Debate over reform among Shiiite and Sunni ‘Ulama’ in interwar Iraq,” Meir Hatina (ed.), Guardians of Faith in Modern Times: ‘Ulama’ in the Middle East, Brill, 2009, 141-170

“The Nile Valley at the Banks of the Euphrates and Tigris: Egyptian Intellectuals in Iraq during the Interwar Period,” Israel Gershoni and Meir Hatina (eds). “Narrating the Nile – Politics, Cultures, Identities, Lynne Rienner Press, 2008

“Looking forward to the Past: Nahda, Revolution and the Early Ba‘th in Iraq,” The Other Renaissance, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007.

“When Dwelling Becomes Impossible – Arab-Jews in America and in Israel in the writings of Ahmad Susa and Shimon Ballas,” for Zahia Salhi (ed.), The Arab Diaspora – Voices of Anguished Scream, Routledge, 2005

“On Noh’s Fantastic Struggle against Fadhil al-Jamali – Dhu al-Nun Ayyub (1904-1983) and the Iraqi Education System in the Interwar Years,” in Ami Ayalon (ed.),The Madrasash Festschrift in Honor of Michael Winter, Tel Aviv University Press, 2004 [Hebrew].

Book Chapters Submitted for Publication:

“Iraqi Women, Jewish Men and Global Noises in Two Texts by Ya‘qub Balbul” Transnational Borderlands: The Making of Cultural Resistance in Women’s Global Networks, Clara Román-Odio and Marta Sierra (eds), Palgrave, forthcoming (under review)

“Concubine J Demands Her Freedom -- Harems and Political Tyranny in the works of Jurjī Zaydān,” Marilyn Booth (ed.), Harem Histories, forthcoming, Duke University Press, forthcoming (under contract).