Dr. Ami Ayalon

Dr. Ami Ayalon is a Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University. He recieved his BA, MA and PhD from Princeton University. Between 1992 and 1995, he served as the Chairman of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University.

In 2007, Dr. Ayalon taught the following courses as a visiting Israeli scholar at the Emory University History Department:

The Near East: 1914-Present (Fall 2007)

This course aims to explore the historic foundations and current attributes of Middle Eastern society, politics and culture. We will examine the historic roots from the lateĀ  Ottoman period to World War II, then move on to analyze major themes in the region's contemporary realities. Topics will include social and demographic trends, state-formation, nationalism, liberalism and democracy, Islamic radicalism and revolt, domestic and inter-Arab relations, the emergence of modern Israel, Turkey, and Iran, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and relations between the states of the region and the rest of the world.

Land of Israel 1882-1948: Sources, Narratives, Perspectives (Fall 2007)

This Junior/Senior seminar will examine the pre-1948 history of the country which for Jews is ancestral Eretz Israel and the Arabs call Palestine. We will review the two parties' divergent outlooks at the point of departure, their views of each other, the dialogue/antagonism between them, and political implications throughout this turbulent period. Students will use secondary as well as primary sources, including (to the extent possible) sources in Arabic and Hebrew. We will conclude by assessing the impact of these disparities on later Jewish-Palestinian relations.