A book discussion with author Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA and commentators Joel Beinin, Stanford University, and David Myers, UCLA
Gabi Piterberg is an Associate Professor of History at UCLA. He has three main fields of interest: the cultural and intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire and its Mediterranean environment in the early modern period; the critique of Orientalism, nationalism, and Zionism; the theoretical literature on what history is. His books include An Ottoman Tragedy: History and Historiography at Play (2003), also published in Turkish (2005), and The Returns of Zionism: Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel (2008).
Joel Beinin is a Professor of History at Stanford University and is currently the Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. His research and writing focuses on workers, peasants, and minorities in the modern Middle East and on Israel, Palestine, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has written or edited seven books, most recently Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East (2001) and The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005, co-edited with Rebecca Stein (2006).
David Myers is a Professor History and the Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA. He has written extensively in the fields of modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history, with a particular interest in the history of Jewish historiography. His books include Re-Inventing the Jewish Past: European Jewish Intellectuals and the Zionist Return to History (1995), Resisting History: Historicism and its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought (2003), and Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz (2008).
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