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Lior Sternfeld

M.A, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Ph.D. Candidate
Lior Sternfeld



I was born and raised in Israel. I received both my Bachelor's degree in Middle East Studies and Jewish History, and Masters in Middle East Studies, From Ben Gurion University of the Negev. I wrote my thesis: "Between Abadan and Suez: The Emergence of Mossadeghism", under the dedicated supervision of Relli Shechter and Haggai Ram. In my thesis, I examined how Mossadegh's policy in Iran impacted and inspired the Egyptian society, towards the Anti-Colonial revolution of 1952.

During my studies at BGU, I also served as the editorial board coordinator for Jama'a Journal for Middle East Studies.

In Fall 2009 I entered the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Austin, in the History Department, working under Dr. Kamran Aghaie.




Social History, Modern Iranian politics, Left movements in the Middle East, Grassroots movements in the Middle East, Transnational Hisotry.

HIS F306K • Intro M East: Rel/Cul/Hist Fnd

85255 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm WEL 2.304
(also listed as MES F301K, R S F314 )
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This course surveys the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the end of the fifteenth century. Students will be introduced to basic aspects of the political, social, and cultural dimensions of Islamic civilization from Spain to Iran as they changed over time.

In the midst of mapping this broad view, we will focus our attention on how specific historical figures and events contributed to definitions of Islamic identity, community, and authority. Central themes include the emergence of Sunni and Shi`i identities, the relationship of Muslims and non-Muslims, and the unique material and intellectual contributions of Islamic civilization to world history and other societies.



"Before the Revolution- The Untold Story of the Israeli Community in Iran"


"Between Foreigners and Shi'is: Nineteenth-Century Iran and its Jewish Minority"







"Pahlavi Iran and Zionism: An Intellectual Elites Short Lived Love Affair with Israel


The Jewish Hospital in Tehran during the 1979 Revolution

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