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Welcome to DGLnotes! This is the official professional website of D Gershon Lewental, assistant professor of Islamic history at Shalem College in Jerusalem, Israel, and visiting assistant professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. On this website, I aim to host an ongoing discussion of various aspects of scholarship on the Middle East, focusing mainly on matters of identity and memory. Information about my publications, academic presentations, public talks, and more can also be found on this website. Please use the menu bar at the top of each page to navigate the website and please share your comments through the feedback tools.
I am a cultural historian of the Middle East, focusing on how societies use religion, memory, and conflict to define and maintain their identities. In my publications and in my classes, I explore this theme in various chronological and geographical contexts, and the scarlet thread running through my research is an attention to shared heritages and historical continuities, which I find in what appear to be contradictory narratives or unconnected cultures through a comparative and transnational approach. My primary academic background lies in early Islamic history, Iranian history, and Israeli society and I completed my doctorate on the Battle of al-Qādisiyyah, during the Arab-Muslim conquest of Iran and its changing perceptions through time. Please click here for a brief professional biography.