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Research Topics
  1. The Ottoman Institution of Petitions
  2. Greater Syria 
  3. Ottoman Palestine 
  4. The Early Jewish-Arab Conflict
  5. Ottoman Jewry
  6. Ottoman Mapping
  7. Ottoman Gaza
  8. The Rothschilds and the Ottoman Empire 
  • Personal Information
    Higher Education 
     
    Year of Approval of Degree
    Degree
    Name of Institution
    and Department
    Period of Study
    2000, Cum Laude
    B.A.
    Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Geography,  Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    1997-2000
    2002
    M.A.
    Department of Near Eastern
    Languages and Civilizations (NELC), University of Chicago
    2000-2002
    2007
    Ph.D
    Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC), University of Chicago
    2002-2007
     
     
     Academic Ranks and Tenure in Institutes of Higher Education 
     
    Rank/Position
    Name of Institution and Department
    Dates
    Lecturer
    History of the Middle East,
    University of Haifa
    Since October 2007
    Senior Lecturer
    History of the Middle East,
    University of Haifa
    Since May 2012
     Visiting Professor
    University of California at
    Berkeley, Law School, Institute of Jewish Law and Israel Studies
    2014-2016
     
  • Courses
    Classes Taught 
    • Justice in the Islamic World, undergraduate seminar, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
    • Rise of Modern Jerusalem, 1850-1950, undergraduate seminar, University of California, Berkeley, 2014-2015
    • Modern Middle East, undergraduate lecture, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
    • History of Modern Israel, 1882 to the Present, undergraduate lecture, University of California, Berkeley, 2014-2106
    • Immigration and Settlement in Late Ottoman Palestine, M.A., University of Haifa, 2013
    • Petitions in the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic World, M.A., University of Haifa, 2012-2013
    • Historiographic Issues in the History of Modern Turkey, Seminar, M.A., University of Haifa, 2013
    • Reading Primary Sources on the History of the Modern Middle East, 2008-2009, Undergraduate, University of Haifa
    • Computerized Methodology for Historians of the Middle East, 2008-2009, Undergraduate, University of Haifa
    • Modern Turkey, 2007-2011, Pro Seminar, Undergraduate, University of Haifa
    • The Ottoman Empire, 2007-2011, Course, Undergraduate, University of Haifa
    • Islamic State, 2007-2008, Course, Undergraduate, University of Haifa
    • Ottoman Palestine 1517-1918, 2006, Course, Graduate and Undergraduate, University of Chicago
    • Intermediate Modern Hebrew, 2001-2004, Course, Graduate and Undergraduate, University of Chicago
    • Islamic Middle East 600-1150, 2005, Course, Graduate and Undergraduate, University of Chicago (Teaching Assistant)
    • Women in the Middle East, Course, 2004, Graduate and Undergraduate, University of Chicago (Teaching Assistant)
  • Publications
    Publications
    Books

    Ben-Bassat, Yuval. Petitioning the Sultan: Justice and Protest in Late Ottoman Palestine. London: I.B.TAURIS, 2013, XIV+350 pp. 

    Reviewed by:
    • Ami Ayalon in Hamizrah Hehadash (The New East), 53 (2014), pp. 296-299 [in Hebrew].
    • Roberto Mazza, Middle Eastern Studies, 51/2 (2105), pp. 336-339.

    Edited Books

    Ben-Bassat, Yuval and Eyal Ginio (Eds.), Rethinking Late Ottoman Palestine: The Young Turk Rule, 1908-1918. London: I.B. Tauris, 2011, 310pp.(introduction by the editors pages 1-14).

    Reviewed by:
     
     
    Articles
     
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. "On Crossroads: The Hebrew Press in Palestine in the Aftermath of the Young Turk Revolution of 1908," Kesher, 37 (2008), pp. 71-81[in Hebrew].
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. "Proto-Zionist Arab Encounters in Late Nineteenth-Century Palestine: Socioregional Dimensions," Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 2 (Winter 2009), pp. 42-63. 
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. "Rethinking the Concept of Ottomanization: The Yishuv in the Aftermath of the Young Turk Revolution of 1908," Middle Eastern Studies, 45:3 (2009), pp. 461- 475.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. "In Search of Justice: Petitions Sent from Palestine to Istanbul from the 1870," Turcica, 41 (2009), pp. 89-114.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. "On Telegraph and Justice: Petitions from Jaffa and Gaza to the Ottoman Grand Vizier in Istanbul during the Late Nineteenth Century," Hamizrah Hehadash: The New East, 49 (2010), pp. 30-52 [in Hebrew]. 
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “Incidents in Rehovot in Petitions Sent by the Neighboring Rural Population to Istanbul 1890-1913,” Cathedra, 146 (2012), pp. 101-116 [in Hebrew].
              See an article in Haaretz about this research
            
    http://www.haaretz.co.il   /news/education/1.1856241
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “Regional Cooperation among the Rural Population of Palestine’s Southern Coast as Seen in Joint Petitions at the end of the 19th Century,” New Perspectives on Turkey, 46 (2012), pp. 213-238.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval and Fruma Zachs. “Manuals of Correspondence in 19th Century Greater Syria: Between the Arzuhalci and the Advent of Popular Letter Writing, Turkish Historical Review, IV/1 (Spring 2013), pp. 1-25.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “Conflicting Accounts of Early Zionist Settlement: A Note on the Encounter between the Colony of Reovot and the Bedouins of Khirbat Duran,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 40/2 (Spring 2013), pp. 139-148.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “Rural Reactions to Zionist Activity in Palestine before and after the Young-Turk Revolution of 1908 as Reflected in Petitions to Istanbul,” Middle Eastern Studies, 49/3 (Spring 2013), pp. 349-363.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. "Mass Petitions as a Way to Evaluate 'Public Opinion' in the Late Nineteenth- Century Ottoman Empire? The Case of Internal Strife among Gaza's Elite," Turkish Historical Review, 4 (2013), pp. 135-152. 
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval and Fruma Zachs. “From Şikayet to Political Discourse and 'Public Opinion': Petitioning Practices to the King-Crane Commission,” New Middle Eastern Studies, 4  (2014), pp. 1-23.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “A Zionist Torn between Two Worlds: Aharon Eisenberg’s Correspondence after the Young Turk Revolution,” Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture, Vol. 33/ 1 (2014), pp. 25-39.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “The Secret Ottoman Telegraphs on Palestine during WWI,” Zmanim, 126 (2014), ed. Ami Ayalon, pp. 52-57 [in Hebrew]. 
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “Bedouin Petitions from Late Ottoman Palestine,”JESHO, 58 (2015), pp. 1-28.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “The Secret Ottoman Telegraphs from World War I concerning the Yishuv in Palestine,” Turcica, 46 (2015), pp. 269-287.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval and Yossi Ben-Artzi. “The Collision of Empires as seen from Istanbul: The Border of British-Controlled Egypt and Ottoman Palestine as  Reflected in Ottoman Maps,” Journal of Historical Geography, 50 (2105), pp. 25-36.   
    • Fruma Zachs and Yuval Ben-Bassat, “Visibility of Women in Petitions during the Late Ottoman Period,” IJMES, 47/4 (2015), pp. 765-781.

     

    Articles Accepted for Publication                                                  

    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “The Challenge of First ʿAliyah Sephardic Colonists,” Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture (January 2016).
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval and Dotan Halevy. “Jamal Pasha’s Manifest,” Cathedra [in Hebrew].
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval and Gur Alroey. “The Zionist-Arab Incident of Zarnuqa 1913: A Chronicle and Several Methodological Remarks,” Middle Eastern Studies.
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval and Yossi Ben-Artzi. “The Creation of the Border between Ottoman Palestine and Egypt  as reflected in Ottoman Maps,” Cathedra [in Hebrew].


    Articles or Chapters in Books

     

        Ottoman Background of Proto-Zionist – Arab Encounters in Fin de Siècle
        Nineteenth Century Palestine,” in Ginio, Eyal  and Karl Kasr (eds.), Ottoman
        Legacies in the Contemporary Mediterranean: The Balkans and the Middle
        East Compared
    . Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, European Forum
        at the
    Hebrew University, 2013, pp. 93-118.

    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “The Fate of a Bulgarian Jewish Settlement in Palestine  (1895-1896),”  in Cohen, Julia Phillips and Sarah Abrevaya Stein (eds.), Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014, pp. 192-1
    • Ben-Bassat, Yuval. “Palestine’s Population and the Question of Ottomanism during the Last Decade of Ottoman – Rule,” in Oktem, Kerem, Hans-Lukas Kieser and Maurus Reinkowski (eds.), World War I and the End of the Ottoman World: From the Balkan Wars to the Armenian Genocide (London: I.B.TAURIS, 2015), pp. 153-169.

    Book Reviews


    • Johann Büssow, Hamidian Palestine: Politics and Society in the District of Jerusalem, 1872-1908 (Leiden: Brill, 2011), Hamizrah Hahadash: The New East, 51 (2012)  pp. 225-228 [in Hebrew].
    • Bedross Der Matossian, Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014), Hamizrah Hehadash: The New East, 55 (2015), pp. 227-229 [in Hebrew].
    • Jonathan Marc Gribetz, Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race and the Early Zionist Arab Encounter (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014), AJS Review, 39/2 (2015), pp. 462-464.
     



  • Participation in Conferences
    Participation in Scholarly Conferences
     
    a.    Active Participation
     
     
    Abroad
     
     
    Role
    Subject of  Lecture/Discussion
    Place of Conference
    Name of Conference
    Date
    Presentation
    “The Relationships between the Jewish Colonizers and the Arab Population in Palestine at the End of the 19th Century”
    University of Chicago
    Middle East History and Theory Conference (MEHAT)
    May 2005
    Presentation
    “Local Feuds or Premonitions of a Bi-National Conflict? A Re-examination of the Encounter between Jews and Arabs in Palestine during the Early Zionist Colonization, 1882-1903”
    Washington DC
    Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
    November 2005
     
     
     
    Presentation
     “The Effects of the Young Turk Revolution of 1908 on the Yishuv
    University of Chicago
    MEHAT
    May 2006
    Presentation
     “A Divided and Challenged Community: The Yishuv and the of 1908”
    Boston
    MESA
    November 2006
    Presentation
     “A Zionist Torn between Two Worlds: Aharon Aizenberg at the Jerusalem Branch of the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP)”
    Montreal
    MESA
    November 2007
    Roundtable Discussion
    “The Ambivalence of Jewish-Arab Relationships in Palestine at the End of the 19th Century: Implications for Identity Construction”
    Montreal
    MESA
    November 2007
    Presentation
     “The Ottoman Background of the Early Jewish-Arab Encounter in Palestine at the End of the 19th Century”
    Washington D.C
    MESA
    November 2008
    Presentation
     “In Search of Justice: Petitions Sent from Palestine  to the Grand Vizier from the Early 1870s Onwards”
    Boston
    MESA
    November 2009
    Presentation
    “Arab Reactions to Zionist Activity in Palestine before and after the Young-Turk Revolution in 1908 as Reflected in Petitions to Istanbul”
    The University of Zurich
    Rifts in Time: Israel/Palestine, 1911-2011
    October 12-14, 2011
    Presentation, workshop
    "Petition from Palestine to Istanbul in 1912-1913: A Turning Point in Local Support for the Empire?"
    University of Basel
    The Ottoman Cataclysm: Its Beginnings, 1912-1913
    October 17-19, 2013
     
     
     
     
    In Israel
     
    Presentation
    “The Notion of Justice in the Ottoman Empire at the End of the 19th Century: The Case of the Sub-District (kaza) of Jaffa”
    University of Haifa
    Middle East and Islamic Studies Association of Israel (MEISAI)
     May 2008
    Presentation
     “The Ottoman Background of the Early Jewish-Arab        Encounter in Palestine at the End of the 19th Century”
     
    Hebrew University of
    Jerusalem
    Ottoman Roots of Contemporary Realities: The Middle East and the Balkans Compared, International Conference
    January 2009
    Presentation
    “Regional Connections among the Rural Population in the Region of Gaza at the End of the 19th Century”
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Israeli Geographical Association Annual Meeting
    December 2010
    Presentation
    “Petitions as Historical Text for the Study of Late Ottoman Palestine: The Case of Rehovot and the Bedouins of al-Sitriyya”
    University of Haifa
    Conference in Honor of Prof. David Kushner
    January 2012
    Presentation
    “Incidents in Rehovot in Petitions Sent by the Neighboring Rural Population to Istanbul 1890-1913”
    University of Haifa
    Association of Israel Studies (AIS), 28th Annual Conference
    June 26-28, 2012
    Presentation
    “The Relationships between the First Aliya Colonies and the Arab Rural Population: The Case Study of Rehovot and its Neighbors, 1890-1913ˮ
    Yad Ben-Zvi and the Municipality of Rishon  le-Zion
    Conference to Commemorate 130 Years to the Beginning of the First ʻAliya
    October 2012
     
     
     
     
    b. Organization of Conferences or Sessions
     
    ole at Conference/
    Comments
    Subject of Conference/Lecture
     
    Place of
    Conference
    Name of
    Conference
     
    Date
    Co-organizer with Dr. Eyal Ginio from the Hebrew University
    International Conference
    Yad Ben-Zvi Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
     
    2-3.7.2008      
     
     
    Organizer
    Keynote
     
    The Ottoman heritage and long lasting influence in Eretz Yisrael Keynote Address: “The Ottoman Heritage in Eretz-Yisrael and the Region”
    University of Haifa
    The Ottoman Heritage in Eretz-Yisrael Revisited
    14.4.2010
    Co-organizer with Prof. Avner Giladi
    New Studies on the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey
    University of Haifa
    Conference in Honor of Prof. David Kushner
    10.1.2012                 
     
     
    Colloquium Talks and other Invited Addresses

    a.     Invited Lectures
     
     
    Presentation/Comments
    Name of Forum
    Place of Lecture
    Date
    “The Contribution of Ottoman Documents to the Study of Eretz-Yisrael”
    Department of Geography, Departmental Seminar
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    December 2008
    “Petitions from Late Ottoman Palestine: Historical Sources or Literary Topoi?” paper presented in the framework of GIF
    Oriental Institute
     
    Free University of Berlin
    April 2012
    “Beyond National Historiographies:
    Reflections on the Ottoman Background
    of Zionist-Arab Encounters in Fin de
    Siècle 19th century Palestine,ˮ
    paper presented in the framework
    of GIF
    Oriental Institute
     
    University of Halle
    April 2012
    Palestine as Portrayed in Petitions
    to Istanbul at the End of the 19th
    Century: Beyond the National Historiographies
    Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies
    University of Tübingen
    October 2013
     
    b.    Colloquium Talks
     
    Presentation/Comments
    Name of Forum
    Place of Lecture
    Date
    “An Ottoman View of Eretz-Yisrael at the End of the 19th Century”
    Dean of
    Humanities Forum
    University of Haifa
    April 2009
    “Turkey between Islamism and Secularism: Trends and Process”
    A talk delivered to 
    navy intelligence officers
     
    University of Haifa
    January 2010
    “In Search for Justice: The Petitions Sent to the Chamber of the Grand Vizier by the        Inhabitants of Jaffa and Gaza since the 1870s”
    Bear Forum
    Tel-Aviv University
    January 2010
    “The Ottoman Institution of Petitions to the Ruler at the End of the 19th Century: Continuations and Changes”
    Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    January 2011
    “The Institution of Petitions to the Ottoman Sultan at the End of the 19th Century: A Continuation of an Old Tradition?”
    The Young Researchers’ Forum, Faculty of Humanities
    University of Haifa
    March 2011
       “Petitions as a Source for the Study of Late Ottoman Eretz-Yisrael”
    Ofakim Program
    University of Haifa
    November 2011
       “The Residents of the District of Jerusalem during the Late Ottoman Eraˮ      
    Research Seminar on the History Jerusalem during the Modern Era of
    Yad Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem
    November, 2012
       Keynote address
    Inauguration of the book  Late Ottoman Palestine: The Period of Young Turk Rule
    University of Haifa
    January 2013
    "Regional Networks among the Rural Population of Gaza-Jaffa Region at the End of the 19th Century"
    Workshop on Jewish-Arab Relations
     
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,
    The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism in Sde Boker
    23 April 2013
     
     
  • More Info
    Selected Scholarships, Awards, and Research Grants
    • German-Israeli Fund (GIF), 2016-2018
    • Rothschild Caesarea Grant, 2013-2014
    • Rector’s Grant, The University of Haifa, 2011
    • German-Israeli Fund (GIF) for Young Scientists, 2010-2011
    • Whiting Fellowship for Dissertation Final Year, University of Chicago, 2007
    • Lady Davis Fellowship, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007
    • Fuerstenberg Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2001-2005
    • Division of Humanities and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2001-2004
    • Dean's Fellowship for Distinguished Students, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999
    • Pharhi Fellowship for Distinguished Students, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999
    • Dean's List, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1998, 1999
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