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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.
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
"Zion's Rebel Daughter," New Left Review, 48 (November-December 2007).
An exchange with Zeev Sternhell in New Left Review, 62 (March-April 2010).
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