Toufoul Abou-Hodeib

Associate Professor - History
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Toufoul Abou-Hodeib qualified as an architect from the American University of Beirut (B.Arch, 1998) before pursuing her graduate studies in Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (M.A., 2002) and in History of Culture at the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 2010). Her doctoral dissertation investigates the home's role in mediating the experience of modernity and in formulating cultural "authenticity" for an emerging middle class in late Ottoman Beirut.

After completing her doctoral studies, Toufoul was a fellow in 2010-2011 of the research program "Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe," Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2011-2012, she was a member of St Antony's College and Lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford.

Teaching Experience

University of Oxford: "The History of the Middle East, 1860-1971," (M.Phil.); "The Middle East in the Age of Empire, 1882-1971," (undergraduate); "Nationalism and Imperialism in the Middle East, 1914-1961," (undergraduate); Supervision of undergraduate and M.Phil. theses.

University of Chicago: "Culture of Modernity in the Middle East," (undergraduate & graduate).

American University of Beirut: Introductory Arabic, Intensive Summer Program, Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies.

Reading proficiency in Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Norwegian, Ottoman Turkish.


Tags: History, Modern History, The Middle East, Material Culture


A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2017).

"Sanctity across the Border: Pilgrimage Routes and State Control in Mandate Lebanon and Palestine," The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates, Schayegh and Arsan eds. (Routledge, 2015), 787-813.

"The Material Life of the Ottoman Middle Class," History Compass 10/8 (2012): 584-595.

"Taste and Class in Late Ottoman Beirut," International Journal of Middle East Studies 43 (2011): 475-492.

"Researching Domestic Life in Late Ottoman Beirut," Syrian Studies Association Newsletter 5/2 (2009).

"Quarantine and Trade: The Case of Beirut, 1831-1840," International Journal of Maritime History 19 (2007): 223-243.

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  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2017). A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut. Stanford University Press.  ISBN 9780804799799.  280 s.

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  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2016). Den tidligere historien frem til det osmanske rikets fall.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2016). Work and Labor: Palestinian Embroidery in Exile.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2015). Den tidligere historien frem til det osmanske rikes fall.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2015). Everyday Resistance: Representing Conflict in Hezbollah’s “Tourist Landmark” in South Lebanon.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2015). Fragmented Publics: Class, Consumption, and Leisure in a Late Ottoman City.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2015). Review of "Saints and Their Pilgrims in Iran and Neighbouring Countries". Iranian Studies.  ISSN 0021-0862.  48(2), s 504- 507 . doi: 10.1080/00210862.2014.1000626
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2015). The Politics of Palestinian Folklore: Embroidery in the Diaspora.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2014). From Mleeta to Mar Ilyas: Political and Religious Commemorative Sites in South Lebanon.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2014). Jewish and Shi‘a Pilgrimages in South Lebanon during the Mandate Period.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2014). Jews in South Lebanon, Shi‘a in North Palestine: Religious Identity during the Mandate Period.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2014). Manufacturing Tastes in Late Ottoman Beirut.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2013). Consuming Tastes: Local Labor and New Commodities in an Ottoman Port-City.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2013). Involuntary History: Writing Levantines into the Nation.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2013). Religious Communities, Popular Beliefs, and Shared Religious Practices in the Levant.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2013). Review of "Ottoman Izmir: The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port, 1840-1880". International Journal of Islamic Architecture.  ISSN 2045-5895.  2(1), s 216- 218
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2013). Sanctity across the Border: Pilgrimage Routes and State Control in Mandate Lebanon and Palestine.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul & Mestyan, Adam (2013). The Politics of Taste in the Middle East, 1800s-1900s.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2011). Mangfold, ikke multikulturalisme. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul (2010). Demonstrerte for sekularisme. Ny tid.  ISSN 0803-3498.

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