Amal Ghazal

Director, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies
University Professor, Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies
Office: AQ 6224



This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.


I was born and raised in Lebanon, where I earned a BA in History at the American University of Beirut. I moved to Canada in 1996 and completed my MA and PhD at the University of Alberta. After a postdoctoral stint at the University of Toronto, I joined Dalhousie University as a faculty member in the History Department. I joined SFU's History Department in September 2017. I am currently the director of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at SFU. 

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Research Interests

I consider myself a historian of the modern Middle East, and more specifically the Arab world, as well as Islam in Africa. I have been examining a wide range of issues in the modern history of these regions, including religious reform, religious minorities, intellectual networks, anti-conationalism, nationalism, and slavery.


Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism: Expanding the Crescent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, 1880s-1930s (Routledge: 2010; Paperback, 2014).

Amal Ghazal & Jens Hanssen (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African History (Oxford: Forthcoming).

Selected Articles

"Kamal al-Salibi in Ta’ir `Ala Sindiyana: Memoirs from Lebanon," Tarif Khalidi et al (eds.), In the House of Understanding" Histories in in Memory of Kamal S. Salibi (Beirut: American University of Beirut Press), 35-48.

“Conservative Thought in the Liberal Age: Yusuf al-Nabhani, Dream-Stories and the Polemics against the Modern Era,” in Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss (eds.), Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 214-233.

“Counter-Currents: Mzabi Independence, pan-Ottomanism and WWI in the Maghrib,” Journal of First World War Studies, published online 12 May, 2016.

"Omani Fatwas and Zanzibari Cosmopolitanism: Modernity and Religious Authority in the Indian Ocean," The Muslim World, Vol. 105.2(2015), 236-250.  

“Tensions of Nationalism: Mzabi Student Missions in Tunis and the Politics of Anti-Colonialism,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 47.1(2015), 47-63.

"Transcending Area Studies: Piecing Together the Cross-Regional Networks of Ibadi Islam,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 34.3(2014), 582-589.

"An Ottoman Pasha and the End of Empire: Sulayman al-Baruni and the Networks of Islamic Reform,” in James Gelvin and Nile Green (eds.) Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), 40-58.

“The Other Frontiers of Arab Nationalism: Berbers, Ibadis and the Arabist-Salafis of the Interwar Period,” The International Journal of Middle East Studies 42(February 2010): 105-122.

“Debating Slavery in the Arab Middle East: Abolition between Muslim Reformers andConservatives,” In Behnaz Mirzai Asl, Ismael M. Montana and Paul E. Lovejoy (eds.), Islam, Slavery and Diaspora (Trenton NJ: Africa World Press, 2009): 139-153.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

The Arab world from the 18th century onwards, and Islam in Africa.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant, 2017-2022

The Gerda Henkel Foundation Grant, 2013

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant, 2011-2014


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