Middle East Studies

Sargon Donabed

Affiliated Scholar 2018-19

Sargon Donabed is associate professor and chair of the department of history at Roger Williams University. He is one of the foremost experts on the perennial history of Assyria-Mesopotamia and its culture. His recent focus consists of indigenous and marginalized communities but also cultural continuity. Currently, his studies center on cultures in contact and re-enchantment of reality through myth and panentheism.

He is a TAARII (the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq) recipient, serves on the advisory board of the journal Chronos, published by the University of Balamand and is also the editor for the book series Alternative Histories: Narratives from the Middle East and Mediterranean. Donabed is also published in a variety of journals from Folklore to National Identities and is the author of Reforging a Forgotten History: Iraq and the Assyrians in the 20th Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) and co-editor and contributor to numerous works including The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence (Uppsala University, 2012) among others. Currently, he is under contract to write a comprehensive history entitled The Assyrians: A Cultural History from Empire to Endangered Existence (Cambridge University Press). He will be working alongside Professor Susan Ashbrook Harvey on the steering committee of The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium, to be held at Brown University, June 16-19, 2019.