Schusterman Center for Israel Studies:

ONLINERibhi Kamal: The Predicament of an Arab Hebraist

March 2, 2023 Waltham Free
(Photo: Tanner Mardis/Unsplash)
(Photo: Tanner Mardis/Unsplash)

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies invites you to join us for the next Schusterman Seminar, “Ribhi Kamal: The Predicament of an Arab Hebraist,” with Dr. Caroline Kahlenberg. What led Arab intellectuals to study Hebrew in the early twentieth century? And how did they use that knowledge in the post-1948 Middle East? This talk explores such questions through the life of one Palestinian Arab scholar of Hebrew, Ribhi Kamal, who employed his linguistic knowledge throughout the twentieth century in Zionist organizations, on British-Mandate radio, and in the service of postcolonial Arab governments in Damascus, Amman, and Beirut.

Dr. Caroline Kahlenberg is a scholar of Jewish and Middle Eastern history. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Israel Institute Faculty Fellow at the University of Virginia. She is the author of several scholarly articles including “New Arab Maids: Domestic Work, New Arab Women, and National Memory in British Mandate Palestine” (International Journal of Middle East Studies) and “The Star of David in a Cedar Tree: Jewish Students and Zionism at the American University of Beirut (1908-1948)” (Middle Eastern Studies). Kahlenberg earned her doctorate in history and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University.

Free and open to all. This presentation is part of the Schusterman Seminars series, advanced seminars geared toward faculty and graduate students, and open to all, presenting the latest research in Israel Studies to the Schusterman Center community and beyond. Review the full spring semester lineup.

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Thursday, March 2, 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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