Amal Ghazal

Associate Professor - On Leave September 1st, 2017 - August 31st, 2019

A Ghazal web pic July 30 A 2015

Phone: 902-494-2011
Fax: 902-494-3349
Research Topics:
  • Modern Middle East history
  • Nationalism in the Arab world
  • African Islamic history
  • Islamic movements
  • Intellectual history


  • BA (Beirut)
  • MA (Alberta)
  • PhD (Alberta)

Selected publications

  • Amal N. Ghazal, Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism:  Expanding the Crescent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean 1880s-1930s (Culture and Civilizatin in the Middle East Series, London:  Routledge, 2010; Paperback, 2014).
  • Amal Ghazal and Jens Hanssen (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African History (Oxford:  Oxford University Press).  Under contract.
  • "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).  Forthcoming.
  • "Tensions of Nationalism:  Mzabi Student Missions in Tunisia and the Trans-border Politics of Anti-Colonialism," International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 47.1 (2015). Forthcoming.
  • "Oman: the Arab Views," in Michaela Hoffman-Ruf and Abdul Rahman al-Salimi (eds.), Oman and Overseas (Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2013), 341-352/
  • "An Ottoman Pasha and the End of Empire: Sulayman al-Baruni and the Networks of Islamic Reform," in James Gelvin and Nile Green (eds.), Circuits and Networks: Muslim Interaction in the First Age of Globalization (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), 40-58.
  • "The Other Frontiers of Arab Nationalism:  Ibadis, Berbers and the Arabist-Salafi Press in the Interwar Period", International Journal of Middle East Studies 42 (2010): 105-122. 
  • “Debating Slavery and Abolition in the Arab Middle East", In Islalm,Slavery and Diaspora. Behnaz A. Mirzai, Ismael Musah Montana and Paul E. Lovejoy (eds.), (Trenton NJ:  Africa World Press, 2009): 139-153.

Awards and honours

  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant, April 2011-March 2014
  • The Gerda Henkel Foundation Grant, 2013
  • Dalhousie Research Development Fund, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship, January 2005-June 2006.  Dalhousie Research Development Fund, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008
  • University of Alberta Dissertation Fellowship, University of Alberta, Edmonton. May 2003-April 2004
  • Margaret Brine Scholarship, Canadian Federation of University Women, Edmonton. May 2003