Nasser Rabbat

From SourceWatch
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This article is a stub. You can help by expanding it.

Biographical Information

"Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture at MIT where he has been teaching since 1991. His interests include Islamic art and architecture, medieval urban history and historiography, and post-colonial criticism...

"Professor Rabbat earned his BArch from the University of Damascus, MArch II from UCLA, and PhD from MIT. His dissertation "The Citadel of Cairo, 1176-1341: Reconstructing Architecture from Texts" won the 1991 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award from the Middle East Study Association. A book based on the dissertation, The Citadel of Cairo: A New Interpretation of Royal Mamluk Architecture, was published in 1995. Professor Rabbat has a book of essays on architecture in Arabic titled Thaqafat al Bina’ wa Bina’ al-Thaqafa (The Culture of Building and Building Culture) (Beirut: Riad Alrayyes Publisher, 2002). He is a co-author of Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition, ed. D. Reynolds (University of California Press, 2001) and co-editor with Nezar AlSayyad and Irene Beirman of Making Cairo Medieval (Lexington Press, 2005)....

"Before joining the faculty in 1991, Rabbat worked as a designer in Los Angeles and in Damascus. Among his honors are The Chaire de l’Institut du Monde Arabe (2003), The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Fellowship (1999-00 and 1988-89); The J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship (1993-94) in the History of Art and Humanities; and a visitorship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton (1996-97). Beside publishing articles in specialized scholarly journals and edited collections in English, French, and Arabic, professor Rabbat regularly contributes to a number of Arabic newspapers and journals, such as Wughat Nazar, Akhbar al-Adab, Jaridat al-Funun, al-Hayat and al-Adaab, on art, architectural, and critical and cultural issues. He serves on the boards of various organizations concerned with Islamic cultures, lectures extensively in the US and abroad, and maintains several websites focused on Islamic Architecture." [1]

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. Nasser Rabbat, MIT, accessed February 10, 2011.