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Lewental, D Gershon

Assistant professor, Middle Eastern & Islamic studies


D Gershon Lewental is a cultural historian of the Middle East, focusing on how societies use religion, memory, and conflict to define and maintain their identities. He has been a visiting assistant professor in the Departments of History and International & Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma since 2012. He earned his bachelor of arts degree (magna cum laude) from Cornell University and his doctorate in Middle Eastern history from Brandeis University. His dissertation, on the Battle of al-Qadisiyyah during the Arab-Islamic conquest of Iran and the changing perceptions of the engagement through time, received the Foundation of Iranian Studies Best Dissertation Award and the Brandeis University Glatzer Dissertation Prize. His fields of specialisation include early Islamic history and historiography, Iranian history, the Baha’i faith, and Israeli society.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Israel Studies   
7th-13th Centuries   
Historiography   
Iranian Studies   
Islamic Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Iraq   
Ottoman Empire   
Israel   
Islamic World   
Iran   
SPECIALTIES
nationalism and religious identity   
memory and identity studies   
Islamic historiography   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
French (Advanced)   
Hebrew (Native)   
Persian (Advanced)   
Russian (Intermediate)   
Tajik (Advanced)   
EDUCATION
PhD2011Near Eastern StudiesBrandeis University
MA2005Near Eastern StudiesBrandeis University
BA2003Near Eastern StudiesCornell University
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D Gershon Lewental






Department of International & Area Studies
University of Oklahoma
729 Elm Avenue, Room 314
Norman, OK
73019
United States
DGL7@cornell.edu

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