Amal Ghazal was born and raised in Lebanon, where she attended the American University of Beirut and earned a BA in History. She moved to Canada in 1996. She completed her MA and PhD at the University of Alberta, and held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. She was a faculty member in the History Department at Dalhousie University between 2006 and 2017. She specializes in the history of the Middle East and Islam in Africa. Her writings have covered several regions, including the western Indian Ocean, the Levant and North Africa.

Advisory Committee

Evdoxios Doxiadis

Lecturer, History Department


Dr. Adel Iskandar

Assistant Professor, Communication

Dr. Thomas Kuehn

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Paul Sedra

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani

Associate Professor, World Literature


Janine-Marie Conrad, Program Assistant

Ardalan Rezamand, Research Assistant 

Aslam Bulbulia, Community Engagement Initiatives

Yaqeen Abdulzahra

Research Assistant

Behrang Nabavi Nejad (PhD)

Research Associate

Art History and Visual Studies

University of Victoria


Salma Amer

Research Assistant


Yara Younis 

Research Assistant