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Gabriel Piterberg


PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    GABIP@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  5339 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-3944
Gabriel Piterberg was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and grew up in Israel.

He graduated at Tel Aviv University, where he majored in Middle East history and political science (BA), and Middle East and European history (MA). His D.Phil. in the history of the Ottoman Empire is from the University of Oxford. He taught at the University of Durham, England, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

Piterberg writes and teaches on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean in the early modern period, and modern themes like colonialism, Zionism, and Palestine/Israel. He writes for the New Left Review and London Review of Books.

Selected Publications

With Teofilo Ruiz and Geoffrey Symcox (eds.), Braudel Revisited: The Mediterranean World, 1600-1800, University of Toronto Press, 2010.

The Returns of Zionism: Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel, London and New York: Verso, 2008.

An Ottoman Tragedy: History and Historiography at Play, Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2003, and in Turkish from Istanbul: Literatur Yayinlari, 2005.


"The Formation of an Ottoman-Egyptian Elite in the 18th Century," International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol.22 (1990).

"Speech Acts and Written Texts: A Reading of a 17th Century Ottoman Historiographic Episode," Poetics Today, Vol.14 (1993).

"The Tropes of Stagnation and awakening in Nationalist Historical Consciousness: The Egyptian Case," Israel Gershoni & James Jankowski (eds.), Rethinking Nationalism in the Arab Middle East, Columbia University Press, 1997.

"Domestic Orientalism: The Representation of ‘Oriental’ Jews in Zionist/Israeli Historiography," British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.23 (1996).

"Erasures," New Left Review, 10
(July-August 2001).

"Zion's Rebel Daughter," New Left Review, 48 (November-December 2007).

An exchange with Zeev Sternhell in New Left Review, 62 (March-April 2010).

Current Courses by Term

2017 Winter Quarter

Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 500 to 1300

Topics in Middle Eastern History: Early Modern

Previous Courses by Term

2015 Winter Quarter

Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 1300 to 1700

Capstone Seminar: History -- Near East

Topics in History: Near East

2014 Spring Quarter

Topics in Middle Eastern History: Early Modern

Advanced Historiography: Near East

2012 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East

Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 500 to 1300

2012 Spring Quarter

Topics in Middle Eastern History: Early Modern

Advanced Historiography: Near East

2012 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 1300 to 1700

2011 Spring Quarter

Topics in Middle Eastern History: Early Modern

Capstone Seminar: History -- Near East

Topics in History: Near East

2011 Winter Quarter

Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 1300 to 1700

2010 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

2010 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 1300 to 1700

Advanced Historiography: Near East

2009 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Capstone Seminar: History -- Near East

2009 Summer Session

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East

2009 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Religion

2009 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Religion

Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 1300 to 1700

2008 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East

Topics in History: Near East

2008 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Near East

Advanced Historiography: Near East

2008 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

Topics in Middle Eastern History: Modern

2007 Fall Quarter

Teaching History

2007 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

2007 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

2006 Fall Quarter

Topics in Middle Eastern History: Early Modern

Teaching History

2005 Summer Session

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East

2005 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

2004 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East

Advanced Historiography: Near East

2004 Summer Session

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East

2004 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Topics in Middle Eastern History

2004 Winter Quarter

Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

Topics in Middle Eastern History

2003 Winter Quarter

Survey of the Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

Undergraduate Seminar: Near East

Topics in History: Near East

2002 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East

2002 Winter Quarter

Survey of the Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

Topics in History: Near East

2001 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East

Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Spring Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

Topics in History: Near East

2001 Winter Quarter

Survey of the Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

2000 Fall Quarter

Topics in Middle Eastern History

2000 Winter Quarter

Survey of the Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 191F
Capstone Seminar: History -- Near East

2015 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

HIST 201J
Topics in History: Near East

2015 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

HIST 105B
Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 1300 to 1700

2015 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

HIST 111B
Topics in Middle Eastern History: Early Modern

2014 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 200J
Advanced Historiography: Near East

2014 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST 105A
Survey of Middle East, 500 to Present: 500 to 1300

2012 Fall Quarter

HIST 9D
Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of the Near and Middle East

2012 Fall Quarter

2009 Summer Session

2008 Fall Quarter

2005 Summer Session

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Summer Session

2002 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

HIST 97F
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Near Eastern History

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History
HIST 96W
Introduction to Historical Practice

2010 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

HIST 97K
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Religion

2009 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

HIST 97G
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

2009 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

HIST 191F
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Near East

2008 Spring Quarter

HIST 97C
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

HIST 105B
Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 111C
Topics in Middle Eastern History: Modern

2008 Winter Quarter

HIST 495
Teaching History

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 114
Topics in Middle Eastern History

2004 Spring Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

HIST 106B
Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

2004 Winter Quarter

HIST 106B
Survey of the Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1300 to 1700

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

HIST 197F
Undergraduate Seminar: Near East

2003 Winter Quarter

HIST 197J
Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Fall Quarter

HIST 197B
Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Spring Quarter