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Issam Nassar


Office Address: Schroeder 312
Office Phone: (309) 438-3505
Office Hours:

M 3:30-5 & TR 11-12

Email: Contact Issam Nassar (irnassa)
Website: Visit Issam Nassar’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
HIS104.41History of the Middle East T R 09:35 - 10:50SCH 0242
HIS287.026Independent Study   
HIS291.026Undergraduate Teaching Experience in History   
HIS307.02Selected Topics in Non-Western History M 17:00 - 19:50SFH 0132
HIS307.02Selected Topics in Non-Western History M 17:00 - 19:50SFH 0132
HIS400.026Independent Study   
Teaching Interests:
Social History of Palestine
Modern Histories of Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq.
History of Photography

Research Interests:
Middle Eastern History
History of Jerusalem
History of the Late Ottoman Empire
History of Photography of the Middle East
Brizeit University, Palestine, B.A.

University of Cincinnati, Ohio, M.A.

Illinois State University, Doctor of Arts
Selected Publications:

Authored books:

  • European Portrayals of Jerusalem: Religious Fascinations and Colonialist Imaginations (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2006).
  • Laqatat mughayira: al-tasweer al-fotografi al-mubaker fi filastin 1850-1948 [Different Snapshots: Early Local Photography in Palestine 1850-1948], (Beirut: Kutub Publishing, 2005).
  • Photographing Jerusalem: The Image of the City in Nineteenth-Century Photography (Boulder: East European Monographs, 1997).

Edited and co-edited books

·       Al-Quds: Tarikh al-Mustaqbal [Jerusalem: History of the Future] (Beirut and Ramallah: Institute for Palestine Studies, December 2010)

·       Gardens of Sand, edited with Clark Worswick  and Patricia Almarcegui (TrunerPhoto Middle East, October 2010)

·       I Would Have Smiled: Photographing the Palestinian Refugee Experience, co-edited with Rasha Salti (Jerusalem: Institute for Palestine Studies, 2009)

  • Awraq ’A‘iliya: Dirasat fi al-Tarikh al-Ijtima’I la-falastin [Family Papers: Studies in the Social History of Palestine] co-edited with Zakariya Mohammad and others (Jerusalem: Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 2009)
  • Dirasat fi al-tarikh al-ijtima’i libilad al-Sham [Studies in the Social History of the Levant], co-edited with Salim Tamari (Beirut: Institute for Palestine Studies, 2007).
  • Pilgrims, Lepers and stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem’s Cultral History co-edited with Salim Tamari (Jerusalem: Institute of Jerusalem Studies and Center for Jerusalem Studies, 2005).
  • Al-Quds al-Intidabeyah fil al-Muthakarat al-Jawhariyyeh [British Mandate Jerusalem in the Memoirs of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1918-1948], co-edtied with Salim Tamari (Jerusalem: Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 2005).
  • Al-Quds al-Othmaniyah fi al-Muthakrat al-Jawhariyyeh [Ottoman Jerusalem in the Jawhariyyeh Memoirs 1904-1917], co-edited with Salim Tamari, (Beirut: Institute for Palestine Studies, 2003).

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