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Maha Nassar is an Assistant Professor of Modern Middle East History and Islamic Studies in the UA Department of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. She is a cultural and intellectual historian of the twentieth-century Arab world, with a focus on Palestinian history during the 1950s and 1960s. Her research centers on how intellectuals construct social, political and cultural identities, and how those identities are circulated across national boundaries.
Nassar's first book, "Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World," examines the ways in which Palestinian writers and intellectuals in Israel during the 1950s and 60s positioned themselves within an Arab and third-world social, cultural and intellectual milieu. Her book demonstrates the importance of Arabic newspapers and literary journals in traversing national boundaries and in creating transnational and transregional communities of solidarity.