Idriss Jebari

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History

Teaching this semester

HIST 2292. Modern Middle Eastern History

Offers a chronological and thematic overview of the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa. Covers the period from the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after World War I to the 2011 Arab uprisings. Studies the formation of the modern state system and the historical roots and developments of long-standing conflicts including the Arab and Israeli wars, the emergence of ideological radicalism, and the political riots and revolutions that have shaken the region. Seeks to examine the region’s history beyond “War and Peace” by considering essential social and cultural transformations associated with the formation and fragmentation of nation-states in this region, including the role of colonial legacies, resources and economic distribution, social modernization, conflicting cultures, and sectarian strife, among others. Makes use of secondary literature and a variety of primary sources in English translation.

After completing his doctorate on the history of the production of critical thought in Morocco and Tunisia at the University of Oxford, Idriss Jebari has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the American University of Beirut to study the dynamics of intellectual and cultural exchanges between the Maghrib and the Mashriq in contemporary Arab thought. He has published on the intellectual projects of several North African intellectual figures and on the theory and practice of Arab intellectual engagements in public affairs. He is also currently involved in a number of initiatives on the humanities in the Arab region with the Arab Council for Social Sciences and frequently provides analysis and comments on current issues on social and political change in North Africa.

Spring 2018 Course: HIST 2293 Arab Intellectual History and 2883 Violence, Memory and Reconciliation in the Middle East.


  • B.A., University of Geneva
  • M.A., University College of London
  • M.A., London School of Economics
  • Ph.D., Oxford

Selected Publications

“A comparative reading of the intellectual trajectory of Laroui and Djait.” In Identity and History. Tunisian readings in the studies of Dr. Hisham Jaït. [Arabic]. Tunis: Arab Centre for Political Studies, 2017. 

“The Maghrib and the postcolonial intellectual in 1977.” The Journal of North African Studies. Special volume on “Violence and the State in North Africa: Aesthetics and Politics” Volume 23.1-2, 53-70. 

“Limited Reconciliation and the Possibilities of Memory after Violence in the Maghreb”. Article for a special volume on “Trauma” for Middle East Topics and Arguments (META) n. 11. Forthcoming, Fall 2018. 

“Malek Bennabi and his colonial education: cultural authenticity, nostalgia and renaissance in Algeria.” In Culture under Colonialism in the Arab world. Ed. Antony Gorman. Forthcoming, 2018.