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Dr Yusri Khaizran

Middle Eastern Studies

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr Yusri Khaizran is currently an Associated Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Having gained his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Prof. Moshe Maoz, he then engaged in three post-doctoral programs at Harvard, Brandeis, and the Hebrew University.

In recent years, he has published articles dealing with various aspects of the intellectual and political history of Lebanon and Iraq. These have all been published or accepted for publication in the Bulletin of Oriental and African Studies, Muslim World, Middle East Brief, Middle East Journal, Middle Eastern Literatures, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Der Islam, and Middle Eastern Studies.

His first book was published in 2014 under the title The Druze Community and the Lebanese State: Between Confrontation and Reconciliation, published by Routledge. This examines the development of the Druze community’s relationship with the Lebanese State and its major ideological and political attitudes during the first three decades of Lebanese independence (1943–1975). He has also completed an in-depth study of political sectarianism in the Arab Middle East. Herein, he seeks to refute both the apologetic explanations that ascribe sectarianism to the impact of foreign intervention and the essentialist arguments that ascribe it to religious and theological foundations.

Yusri is presently conducting in-depth research on Israel and the League of Minorities, a significant governmental strategy during the first three decades of the state of Israel. This examines the phenomenon of the League of Minorities from a historical point of view, focusing on the early relations and cooperation between Israel and Zionism and other ethnic communities in the Middle East. No study has yet approached this phenomenon and its ideological and historical dimensions from a comprehensive perspective or evaluated it thoroughly, and this forthcoming study seeks to fill this scholarly lacuna in the literature on Israeli and Middle Eastern history by gathering the many fragments into a complete historical model and examining the phenomenon from the viewpoints of both Israel and the minorities.

In addition to these specific topics of research, his general fields of expertise include four areas of modern Middle Eastern Studies: a) the history of modern Lebanon; b) minorities in the Arab Middle East; c) the social history of the Fertile Crescent; and d) the modern historiography of the Middle East. His professional experience and academic training in Israel and the United States has qualified him to teach general and specific courses in the field of Middle Eastern Studies, including the political history of the modern Middle East, the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, ethnic and religious minorities in the Arab Middle East, the modern history of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, and the history of the Druze community in the Middle East.