Middle East

Middle East 


Toby Jones, Associate Professor

Ph.D, Stanford University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Modern Middle East, Political Islam, Oil and Geopolitics.

Toby Jones is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University. He has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East, including several years in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. During 2008-2009 he was a fellow at Princeton University's Oil, Energy, and the Middle East project. From 2004 to early 2006 Jones worked as the Persian Gulf political analyst for the International Crisis Group. His research interests focus on the environment, energy, and the history of science and technology. He is the author of Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (Harvard University Press, 2010) and is currently working on two new books, America's Oil Wars (under contract at Harvard University Press) and Running Dry: Essays on Environmental Crisis (under contract with Rutgers University Press). He has written for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of American History, Middle East Report, Raritan Quarterly Review, The Nation, The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, and elsewhere. Jones is a member of the Editorial Committee at Middle East Report and Director of Rutgers' Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Tarek Kahlaoui, Assistant Professor

Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Islamic History, Art, Early Modern Mediterranean and North Africa

Tarek Kahlaoui completed a dissertation on "The depiction of the Mediterranean in Islamic cartography (11th -16th centuries): The images of the Mediterranean from the bureaucrats to the sea captains," where he emphasized the pre-modern visual sources, notably cartography, representing the Mediterranean, which were usually marginalized in favor of the textual sources. The dissertation used a largely unstudied list of cartographic samples along geographic writings made within the Islamic world between the 11th and the 16th centuries. He is also working on the publication of the "Jerba Studies" a survey and archeological project that began in the Tunisian island of Jerba since the mid 1990s and which is in the process of publication in two volumes in the Journal of Roman Archeology. He worked notably on the archival sources and rural landscape of the medieval and early modern history of the island. He took part in various excavations in Islamic and ancient sites in Tunisia. He worked also on Ottoman numismatics, which was the topic of his master thesis and a recent article in the publication of the collection of the Tunisian Central Bank. Tarek is currently researching the collections of the Islamic manuscripts in North Africa as part of an ongoing research on early Islamic codicology and paleography


Stephen Reinert

Specializes in: Byzantium as a Tran-continental Civilization, Early Islamic History


Gary Rendsburg

Specializes in: Ancient Near East

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