Political, social and cultural History of Greater Syria and modern Syria and the nahda period (the Arabic Renaissance)
Prof. Zachs is an associate Professor at the Department Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Haifa. Her main fields of research are cultural and intellectual history of Bilad al-Sham in the Nahda period. She focuses mainly on gender and literary perspectives, as well as children, childhood and emotional history. Among her publications are three books, and she teaches the following topics: cultural, social, and political aspects of modern Syria; gender, society, and culture in the Middle Eastern novel; and Syrian proto-national and national concepts in Arabic texts. Among Prof. Zachs’ publications are: The Making of a Syrian Identity -Intellectuals and Merchants in Nineteenth-Century Beirut (Brill, 2005); Ottoman Reform and Muslim Regeneration (co-editor with Itzchak Weismann, I.B. Tauris, 2005); Gendering Culture in Greater Syria: Intellectuals and Ideology in the Late Ottoman Period (co-authored with Dr. Halevi, I.B. Tauris, 2015).