Idriss Jebari

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History

Teaching this semester

HIST 2293. Arab Intellectual History

Offers an overview of the topics and themes that have shaped the modern intellectual tradition of the Arab world in the modern period. Investigates the crucial interplay between the profound transformations the Arab region has experienced during the past two centuries with the way their intellectuals have made sense of them and formulated visions for change from the nineteenth century to the events of the Arab Spring. Covers debates such as the Arab Renaissance and the liberal age, the development of nationalist ideologies and pan-Arabism, third-world revolutionary ideologies, the Islamic revival and Islamic revolutionary ideology, and calls for democratization. Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Non Euro/US.

HIST 2883. Violence, Memory, and Reconciliation in the Middle East

Seminar. Interrogates the social uses of the past in the Middle East. Focuses on instances of violence in the past (political, ethnic, and social) and how they have been covered by official narratives and by collective memory in society and through cultural forms. Then interrogates how these painful pasts have informed current debates over political transition in the Middle East. Relies on several cases studies that highlight the challenges of re-activating difficult pasts and the opportunities of addressing trauma with several opportunities for comparisons with other regions of the world.Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Non-Europe/US.

Teaching next semester

HIST 2292. Modern Middle Eastern History

This survey course offers a chronological and thematic overview of the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa. It covers the period from the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after World War 1 to the 2011 Arab uprisings. We will study 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. The aim also to read 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. They include the role of colonial legacies, resources and economic distribution, social modernization, conflicting cultures and sectarian strife, among others. This course makes use of secondary literature and a variety of primary sources in class in their 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