Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti

Photo of Abdel Takriti


Lecturer in International History
DPhil (Oxon)


+44 (0)114 22 22618
Jessop West 3.08
Office hours: Spring 2014/15 - On Research Leave


Takriti Monsoon book cover large

Abdel Razzaq Takriti joined the department in September 2012, having previously held a Junior Research Fellowship in Political History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He received his DPhil from St Antony’s College, Oxford and was awarded for it the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) 2011 Malcolm Kerr Award for Best Dissertation in the Humanities as well as the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2011 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for Best PhD Dissertation. His book Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-76 (Oxford University Press, 2013) was a finalist for the 2013 Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize and was awarded an Honourable Mention from the University of Cambridge’s 2014 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize. He is currently co-authoring, with Professor Karma Nabulsi, a book on the Palestinian revolution (1949-1992). In 2014 he was voted by University of Sheffield students as an ‘Inspirational Lecturer’.


Abdel Razzaq is currently co-authoring a monograph with Dr Karma Nabulsi, Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, on the history of the Palestinian revolution (1958-1992). Emphasising the crucial role of middle and lower ranking revolutionaries, it highlights the importance of global networks in revolutionary organisation, contributing to the broader and emerging literature on transnational movements.

Research interests lie in the political, social, and intellectual history of the Arab world, with a particular focus on modern revolutions and revolutionary movements; political ideologies and currents; and Afro-Asian transnational trends and their social and cultural impact.

Research Supervision

Abdel Razzaq welcomes postgraduate students working on any aspect of modern Arab and Middle Eastern history, anti-colonialism, and Afro-Asian revolutions and liberation struggles.

Current Research Students

Mark Seddon - State-Private Networks and British Oil Diplomacy. A Case Study of Venezuela, 1941-1948.

Further information on research opportunities within the department.


Takriti Monsoon book cover Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-76 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, May 2013)

The Dhufar revolution in Oman (1965-1976) was the longest running major armed struggle in the history of the Arabian Peninsula, Britain's last classic colonial war in the region, and one of the highlights of the Cold War in the Middle East. Monsoon Revolution retrieves the political, social, and cultural history of that remarkable process. Relying upon a wide range of untapped Arab and British archival and oral sources, it revises the modern history of Oman by revealing the centrality of popular movements in shaping events and outcomes. The ties that bound transnational anti-colonial networks are explored, and Dhufar is revealed to be an ideal vantage point from which to demonstrate the centrality of South-South connections in modern Arab history.


Module Leader - From Napoleon to Nasser: Modern Arab History, 1798-1970, HST244 (Level 2 Option module)

This module offers a broad survey of Arab history from Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt in 1798 to Nasser’s death in 1970. It begins with a brief overview of historiographic approaches to the region, focusing on the Orientalism debate. Subsequently, it provides an overview of the rich political, social, economic and cultural transformations that have shaped the modern Arab world, drawing on a wide range of 19th and 20th century case studies. Themes include colonialism, state building, religious revival, economic policy, gender, political ideology, urban culture, and the birth of the modern novel and the cinematic arts.

Module Leader - Revolution and Revolt in the Modern Middle East, 1925-1992, HST3130/3131 (Level 3 Special Subject module)

This module offers a detailed examination of Middle Eastern revolutions and revolutionary movements, assessing their diverse causes and crucial impact. It will initially begin with an overview of the rich theoretical literature on the subject, covering key texts in the historiography of revolutions. It will then proceed to focus on eight major anti-colonial, republican, and Islamic case studies: Syria (1925-27); Palestine (1936-39); Egypt (1952); Algeria (1954-1962); Iraq (1958); Palestine (1965-1992); Oman (1965-1976); and Iran (1977-79). The module will conclude with an overview of the legacy of these historic revolutions and revolts and their relevance to the present. In addition to developing familiarity with major published texts on the subject, students will engage with a wide range of primary documents (in translation) as well as revolutionary films, songs, posters, and art.

Module Leader - Palestine and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, HST6057 (Postgraduate module)

This module examines the origins of one of the longest running conflicts in modern history. It explores social dynamics in late-Ottoman Palestine; the birth of the Zionist movement; the establishment of the British Mandate; the Palestinian revolt of 1936-39; and the 1948 war. You will consider questions of social, demographic, and cultural transformation as well as political dynamics. Using a broad range of primary sources, you will be encouraged to reflect upon the period in question on its own terms and to search for the voices of its protagonists. The subject under consideration has attracted lively debate and led to the development of several major theoretical approaches such as post-colonialism and comparative settler-colonial studies. These approaches, as well as major historiographical debates in the field, will be thoroughly engaged with.

Public Engagement

Abdel Razzaq is a research fellow of, and contributor to, the British Academy sponsored “Teaching Contemporary Palestinian Political History” programme. This project pioneers collaboration and capacity sharing in the fields of history and politics between universities in the UK and the Arab world. Teaching materials developed in the course of the programme as well as hundreds of original written and oral sources will be provided online in a scholarly website that will be launched by the end of 2012.

In the Media

'Arab youth, don't lose momentum now' The Guardian (February 2011)

Professional Roles

Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)

American Historical Association

University Administrative Roles

To follow.