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Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Associate Professor & Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History

James Schafer

Phone: (713) 743-4381
Office: 552 Agnes Arnold Hall

Abdel Razzaq Takriti is the inaugural holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History. Professor Takriti received his DPhil from St Antony’s College, Oxford University. His dissertation was awarded the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Malcolm Kerr Prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities and the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences or the Humanities. He was elected for a three year Junior Research Fellowship at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and subsequently served as a faculty member at the University of Sheffield. In 2014 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 2015 he was an Academic Visitor in Modern History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. His opinion pieces on Arab affairs have appeared in a variety of English and Arabic media outlets including The Guardian, Aljazeera English, Al-Ahram Weekly, Politics in Spires, Jadaliyya and al-Quds al-Arabi.


Professor Takriti is a committed teacher and has designed and delivered a range of survey and specialised undergraduate and graduate courses on Arab history, global history, and historiography. In 2014, he was voted by the Sheffield Student Union as an Inspirational Lecturer and he was a finalist for the 2015 Student Union Academic Award for Excellence in Teaching. At the University of Houston, he currently offers courses on Arab revolutions (HIST 4393) and Palestinian history (HIST 3397).

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Research Interests

Professor Takriti's research focuses on revolutions, transnational movements, imperialism, and intellectual history in the Arab world. He is the author of Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976 (Oxford University Press, 2013) which was a finalist for the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize for Best Debut Book in non-British History, received Honourable Mention from the University of Cambridge’s British-Kuwait Friendship Association Bookprize, and was selected by the editors of Zer0 Books as one of the “Best Books of 2013”. He is currently co-authoring a book (with Professor Karma Nabulsi) on the history of the Palestinian Revolution.

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Selected Publications

  • Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-76. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press (Oxford Historical Monographs series), 2013.

  • “Political Praxis in the Gulf: Ahmad al-Khatib and the Movement of Arab Nationalists, 1948-1969” in Hanssen, Jens; Weiss, Max (eds.). Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: New Directions in Middle East Intellectual History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Forthcoming.

  • “The 1970 Coup in Oman Reconsidered”. Journal of Arabian Studies. Volume 3, Issue 2, December 2013.

  • “Ishkalyat al-Muwatana fi al-Tajamu’at al-Filasteenya fi Orouba wa al-Ameriykiyatayn” in Shahin, Khalil (ed.) Al-Tajamu’at al-Filastinyia wa Tamathulatuha. Ramallah: Markaz Masarat, 2013.                                                                                        

  • (With Nimer Sultany).“Jadalyat al-Dimuqratiya al-Hizbya wa al-Tahrur Tah’ta al-Isti’mar ” in al-Kawari, Ali; al-Sadawi, Atef (eds.). Mafhoum al-Ahzab al Dimuqratiya wa Waqi al Ahzab fil Buldan al-Arabiya. Beirut: Markaz Dirasat al-Wihdah al-Arabiya, 2011.