Prof. Dina Khoury

Dina Khoury

Professor of History
Phillips Hall 323
Address: 801 22nd Street NW
Phone: 202-994-6239


Dina Rizk Khoury's research and writing spans the early modern and modern history of the Middle East. Her first book, State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire: Mosul, 1540-1834, which won awards from the Turkish Studies Association and British Society of Middle Eastern Studies, explores the relationship between the Ottoman state and group of local power holders and urban gentry on the eastern Iraqi frontiers of the Ottoman Empire. Prof. Khoury has also written on the politics of reform and rebellion in eighteenth and nineteenth century Baghdad. Since 2007, she has been researching and writing on war and memory. Her new book, Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom and Remembrance draws on government documents and interviews to argue that war was a form of everyday bureaucratic governance that transformed the manner in which Iraqis made claims to citizenship and expressed notions of selfhood. Prof. Khoury's research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, The American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and more recently, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.


Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1987.


Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom and Remembrance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

"The 1991 Intifada in Three Keys: Writing the History of Violence." In Writing The Modern History of Iraq: Historiographical and Political Challenges, ed. Jordi Terjel, Peter Sluglett, Riccardo Bocco and Hamit Bozarslan, 245-267. London: World Scientific Press, 2012.

"Ambiguities of the Modern: The Great War in the Memoirs and Poetry of Iraqis." In The World in World Wars: Experiences, Perceptions and Perspectives from Africa and Asia, ed. Heike Liebau, Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Dyala Hamzah and Ravi Ahjua. Leiden: Brill,2010.
"The Security State and the Practice and Rhetoric of Sectarianism in Iraq." International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies 4, no 3 (December 2010): 325-338.
"Comparing Empires: The Ottoman Domains and the British Raj in the Long Nineteenth Century." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 27, no. 2 (2007): 233-244. Co-authored with Dane Kennedy.
"Who is a True Muslim? Exclusion and Inclusion among Polemicist of Reform in Baghdad." In Early Modern Ottoman History: A Re-mapping the Empire, ed. Virginia Aksan and Daniel Goffman, 256-274. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
"Violence and Spatial Politics between Local and Imperial: Baghdad, 1778-1810." In The Spaces of the Modern City: Imaginaries, Politics, and Everyday Life, ed. Gyan Prakash and Kevin Kruse, 181-213. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008.
State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire: Mosul 1540-1934. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Winner of the Fuat Koprulu bi-annual prize awarded by the Turkish Studies Association and the British-Kuwait Friendship Prize awarded by the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies.
"Slippers at the Entrance or Behind Closed Doors: Domestic and Public Space for Mosuli Women." In Women in the Ottoman Empire: Middle Eastern Women in the Early Modern Era, ed. Madeline C. Zilfi, 105-127. Leiden: Brill, 1997.

Classes Taught

Hum 8: Islamic Humanities
Hist 3810: History of the Middle East: Imperial Islam
Hist 3830: History of Iraq
Hist 6811: The Modern Middle East
His 6821: Islam and Social Movements
Hist 6822: Nationalism in the Middle East
Hist 6823: Imperialism in the Middle East