Nora Barakat

Assistant Professor of History, Arab Crossroads Studies Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Brandeis University; MA Columbia University; PhD University of California, Berkeley

Research Areas: Ottoman Empire, modern Middle East history

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.

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