Nora Barakat, Assistant Professor of History, Arab Crossroads Studies

Nora Barakat

Assistant Professor of History, Arab Crossroads Studies

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


B.A. Brandeis University; M.A. Columbia University;
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Nora Barakat is a historian of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. Her research interests focus on the legal, economic, social, and environmental histories of the Ottoman Arab world. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Bedouin Bureaucrats: Property, Law and Nomads in Ottoman Syria, which examines late nineteenth century Ottoman modernization projects from the perspective of pastoral nomads. She is also working on a project on the history of credit relations and mortgage in the Ottoman Empire. She has published articles in The Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient and The Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies.

Barakat’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright Hays, the Council of Overseas American Research Centers, the American Center for Oriental Research, the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Middle East Studies and Department of History, the Foreign Language and Area Scholarships, and the Center for Arabic Study Abroad. Before coming to NYUAD, she taught at Qatar University as an Assistant Professor of History for one year.