Nabil Al-Tikriti


Nabil Al-Tikriti
Associate Professor
Office: Monroe 230
Phone: 540.654.1481


Nabil Al-Tikriti received his doctorate in Ottoman History from the University of Chicago in 2004 and joined the UMW faculty the same year. Having previously earned a bachelor’s degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, he has also studied at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul, the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad in Cairo, and the American University in Cairo.  Dr. Al-Tikriti is the recipient of several grants and scholarships, including two Fulbrights, a U.S. Institute of Peace Fellowship, and a NEH/American Research Institute in Turkey grant. A member of the MSF/Doctors Without Borders USA Board of Directors since 2011, he has also served as a consultant, election monitor, and relief worker at a number of field locations in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

With scholarly interests that include Ottoman History, the modern Middle East, and Humanitarian Affairs, Prof. Al-Tikriti is primarily responsible for the department’s offerings in Middle East History. He also serves as the university’s Fulbright Program Adviser.


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2004. Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 1996. Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
  • M.I.A., Columbia University, 1990. International and Public Affairs.
  • B.S., Georgetown University, 1988. Foreign Service and Developmental Economics.


Every Soul Tastes Death: Şehzade Korkud (ca. 1468-1513) and the Struggle over 16th Century Ottoman Religious Identity. (In progress)

“Hall ishkāl al-afkār: an Ottoman Royal’s Sharī‘a Argument for Imperial Control over Sea Ghāzī Plunder,” in Proceedings of La Frontière Méditerranéenne du 15e au 17e Siècle: Échanges Circulations et Affrontements. (Forthcoming)

“There Go the Neighborhoods: Policy Effects vis-à-vis Iraqi Forced Migration.” In Dispossession and Displacement: Forced Migration in the Middle East and  North AfricaBritish Academy Occasional Paper 14, eds. Dawn Chatty and Bill Finlayson. Oxford: University Press, 2010.

War, State Collapse and the Predicament of Education in Iraq.” In Education and the Arab World: Political Projects, Struggles, and Geometries of PowerWorld Yearbook of Education 2010, eds. André E. Mazawi and Ronald G. Sultana. London: Routledge Press, 2009, pp. 350-360.

“Negligient Mnemocide and the Shattering of Iraqi Collective Memory.” In Cultural Cleansing:  The Willful Destruction of Iraq, eds. Raymond W. Baker, Shereen T. Ismael, and Tareq Y. Ismael. London: Pluto Press, 2009, pp. 93-115.

“Was There an Iraq Before There Was an Iraq?” in International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies 3:2 (2009), pp. 133-142.

“U.S. Policy and the Creation of a Sectarian Iraq.” In Iraq’s Refugee and IDP Crisis: Human Toll and ImplicationsViewpoints Special Edition, Washington: Middle East Institute, 2008.

“Tikrit.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World:1750 to the Present, ed. Peter N. Stearns.  Oxford: University Press, 2008.

“Ottoman Iraq.” The Journal of the Historical Society 7:2 (June 2007), pp. 201-211.

“‘Stuff Happens’: A Brief Overview of the 2003 Destruction of Iraqi Manuscript Collections, Archives, and Libraries.” Library Trends 55:3 (Winter, 2007), pp. 730–745.

“Kalam in the Service of State: Apostasy Rulings and the Defining of Ottoman Communal Identity.” In Legitimizing the Order: Ottoman Rhetoric of State Power, eds. Hakan T. Karateke and Maurus Reinkowski.  Leiden: Brill, 2005, pp. 131-149.

“The Hajj as Justifiable Self-Exile: Şehzade Korkud’s Wasilat al-ahbāb (915-916/1509-1510).” al-Masāq 17/1 (2005), pp. 125-146.

“Şehzade Korkud (ca. 1468-1513).” In Pax Ottomana: Studies in Memoriam Prof. Nejat Göyünç (1925-2001), Turquoise Series 7, ed. Kemal Çiçek. Haarlem, Ankara: SOTA, 2001, pp. 659-674.

For more information and a complete list of publications, see Dr. Al-Tikriti at and at his publications site.