Dr. Wael Abu-ʿUksa, Assistant Professor (lecturer) is political scientist working in the fields of conceptual history and political thought in the Middle East. He was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, and a Polonsky postdoctoral fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem institute.
His research intertwines comparative political philosophy and Middle East studies. In his works, he explores the history of ideas from a linguistic perspective that focuses on the development of languages. Through the lenses of conceptual history, part of these works scrutinizes the history of central political ideas such as liberalism, socialism, and democracy in the Middle East during the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
Among his publications, Freedom in the Arab World: Concepts and Ideologies in Arabic Thought in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and “The Construction of the Concepts ‘Democracy’ and ‘Republic’ in Arabic in the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean, 1798–1878”, Journal of the History of Ideas 80, no. 2 (2019): 249-270. (61.36, 2018).
Recent Publications (2018-present)
“The Construction of the Concepts ‘Democracy’ and ‘Republic’ in Arabic in the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean, 1798–1878”, Journal of the History of Ideas 80, no. 2 (2019): 249-270.
“Imagining Modernity: Language and Genealogy of Modernity in 19th Century”, Middle East Studies, 55, no. 5 (2019): 671-682.
“Enlightened Religion and the Revival of Eastern Civilization in Fransis al-Marrash’s Thought”, The European Legacy, 25 (2020): 776-789.