Dr. Yoav Alon
Dr. Yoav Alon
Dr. Yoav Alon is senior lecturer in modern history of the Middle East at Tel Aviv University. Having studied modern Middle Eastern history and political science at Tel Aviv University, he wrote his doctoral thesis at Oxford University on the creation of the modern Jordanian state under the British mandate, and the integration of the tribal population into the modern structures of the new state (2001). He teaches, researches, lectures and publishes on topics such as Jordanian history and politics, the British Empire in the Middle East, the Palestine mandate and tribal societies in the modern Middle East. Dr. Alon is the author of The Shaykh of Shaykhs: Mithqal al-Fayiz and Tribal Leadership in Modern Jordan (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016 and The Making of Jordan: Tribes, Colonialism and the Modern State (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007) as well as articles published in International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Die Welt des Islams, and Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. He is also the co-editor of Hamizrah Hehadash (The New East), Israel's leading journal in Middle Eastern studies.
Since the BA in Liberal Arts Program's inception, Dr. Alon has taught the third year seminar in Middle Eastern history. The course, Tribes and Tribalism in the Modern Middle East, offers a close analysis of the historical as well as current role of tribes and tribal values in the region. It demonstrates the significance of this phenomenon as one of the main features of Middle Eastern politics, society and culture. The course's syllabus draws on cutting-edge scholarship in the disciplines of history, anthropology, sociology and political science.