Ofra Bengio


Ofra Bengio is a senior research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and a senior lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. Her Fields of specialization are contemporary Middle Eastern history, the modern and contemporary politics of Iraq and the Arabic language.

She is the author of The Kurdish Revolt in Iraq (1989, in Hebrew), Saddam Speaks on the Gulf Crisis, A Collection of Documents (1991); Political Discourse and the Language of Power (1996, Hebrew); Saddam’s Word (1998); The Love and Wine Poems of Abu Nuwas (1999, in Hebrew); Editor (with Gabriel Ben-Dor) Minorities and the State in the Arab World (1999); Editor Women in the Middle East: Between Tradition and Change (1999, in Hebrew); The Turkish-Israeli Relationship: Changing Ties of Middle Eastern Outsiders (2004); (with Shmuel Regolant), Mahmoud Darwish: Like Almond Flowers or Further (2008, in Hebrew); Türkiye İsrail: Hayalet İttifaktan Stratejik İşbirliğine (2009, in Turkish); Nazim Hikmet: Blue-eyed Giant (Tel Aviv: Hakibutz Hameuhad, 2009); Editor (with Meir Litvak) The Sunna and Shi’a in History: Division and Ecumenism in the Muslim Middle East (2012); The Kurds of Iraq: Building a State within a State (2012).

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