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Dr. Beshara Doumani

Renowned Historian and Academic

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Date of Birth:



Saudi Arabia

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Why Featured?

Groundbreaking contributions to the study of Middle Eastern history, focusing on Palestinian social history.

Brief bio

Dr. Beshara Doumani is a distinguished historian and academic known for his pioneering work in the field of Middle Eastern studies, particularly his research on the social and cultural history of Palestine. As a professor and author, Doumani has significantly contributed to understanding the historical dynamics of Palestinian society, family life, and economic practices. His work challenges conventional narratives and provides nuanced insights into the everyday lives of people in historical Palestine.

Major Milestones


  1. Academic Appointment: Doumani's role as a faculty member at prestigious universities, including Brown University, where he has influenced the field of Middle Eastern studies through teaching and research...See More [ Read more here: ]

  2. Publication of 'Rediscovering Palestine': His acclaimed book "Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900" marks a significant contribution to Palestinian historiography by illuminating the economic and social life in Ottoman Palestine.

  3. Directorship of Middle East Studies: Doumani's leadership in the Middle East Studies program at his academic institution has helped shape the direction of Middle Eastern studies in American academia, fostering a deeper understanding of the region's history and culture.

  4. Development of Digital Humanities Projects: His involvement in innovative digital humanities projects, like 'New Directions in Palestinian Studies', has pushed the boundaries of how Middle Eastern history is researched and taught.

  5. Awards and Recognitions: Doumani has received several accolades for his academic work, recognizing his contributions to the field of history and Middle Eastern studies.

  1. Advancing Palestinian Social History: Doumani's research has been instrumental in developing the field of Palestinian social history, offering insights into aspects of Palestinian life that were previously underexplored.

  2. Innovative Methodological Approaches: His work employs innovative methodologies, including the use of court records and family papers, to explore the history of everyday life, economy, and social structures in Palestine...See More

  3. Scholarly Publications: Doumani has authored numerous influential publications that have become key texts in Middle Eastern studies and have contributed to the global understanding of Palestinian history.

  4. Mentorship and Teaching: Through his academic career, Doumani has mentored a generation of students and scholars, enriching the field with new voices and perspectives.

  5. Public Intellectual: As a speaker and participant in academic and cultural forums, Doumani has effectively communicated the complexities of Palestinian history and culture to wider audiences, bridging academic research and public discourse...See More

Date of Last Update: 
April 2, 2024

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