Till Grallert

I am a social historian and a research associate at the Orient-Institut Beirut of the Max Weber Foundation. I completed my Ph.D. with a thesis titled “To Whom Belong the Streets? Property, Propriety, and Appropriation: The Production of Public Space in Late Ottoman Damascus, 1875–1914” at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (2014). My current research aims at establishing a genealogy of urban food riots as a “repertoire of contention” (C.Tilly) and genuine political negotiations of the social contract between the rulers and the ruled in the Eastern Mediterranean between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries. In addition, I developed a strong interest in digital humanities and the socio-linguistics of early Arabic newspapers. I am a co-organiser of the bi-annual “Digital Humanities Institute - Beirut” (since 2015) and the co-editor for the online chronology of Arabic periodicals until 1929 (Project Jarāʾid). In the framework of his research project “Open Arabic Periodical Editions” (OpenArabicPE), I work on open, collaborative and scholarly digital editions of early Arabic periodicals such as Muḥammad Kurd ʿAlī’s journal al-Muqtabas and ʿAbd al-Qādir Iskandarānī’s al-Ḥaqāʾiq.

Recent publications include: ‘Urban Food Riots in Late Ottoman Bilād Al-Shām as a “Repertoire of Contention”’, in Crime, Poverty and Survival in the Middle East and North Africa: The ‘Dangerous Classes’ since 1800, ed. by Stephanie Cronin, 157–76, London: I.B. Tauris, 2019 and ‘Mapping Ottoman Damascus through News Reports: A Practical Approach’, in Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies, ed. by Elias Muhanna, 175–98, Boston, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.





Universität Hamburg, HU Berlin



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