Malek Abisaab

Malek Abisaab
Contact Information

Leacock, Rm 620
855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

514-398-4400 ext.09325
Email address: 
malek.abisaab [at]
Associate Professor
Leacock, Rm 620

PhD (Binghamton University, SUNY) 2001

Specialization by time period: 
1800 - 1900
1900 - Today
Specialization by geographical area: 
Middle East
Office hours: 

Winter 2023: Monday 3:00-5:30 pm


Malek Abisaab is an associate professor of history at the department of history and the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. He teaches courses dealing with the social and political transformation of the Middle East and women in Islamic societies, exploring new conceptual tools and comparative frameworks for discussing gender, labor nationalism and the nation-state in the Middle East. He co-authored with Rula Jurdi Abisaab, The Shi`ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014), and authored “Warmed or Burnt by Fire? The Lebanese Maronite Church navigates French Colonial policies, 1935,” Arab Studies Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 4 (Fall, 2014): 291-312; Militant Women of a Fragile Nation (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2010); “Shi`ite Peasants and a New Nation in Colonial Lebanon: the intifada (uprising) of Bint Jubayl, 1936,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (November, 2009); “Orientalism and Historiography of Arab Women and Work,” Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World (HWWA) (Fall, 2009); “Contesting Space: Gendered Discourse and Labor among Lebanese Women,” in Ghazi Falah and Caroline Nagel eds., Geographies of Muslim Women (New York: Guilford Publications, 2005), 249-274; and “’Unruly’” Workingwomen: Contesting French Colonialism and the National State in Lebanon, 1940-1946,” Journal of Women’s History, vol. 16, no. 3(2004): 55-82.


Graduate supervision: 

Modern Middle Eastern history, women's history

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