PD Dr. Nora Lafi


Telefon: +49-(0)30-80307-239
Aktuelles Forschungsgebiet: The Ottoman and Post-Ottoman City as a Laboratory of Change: Urban Integration and Disintegration in the Margins of Aleppo, Cairo and Tunis
Forschungsprojekt: HISDEMAB Gruppenleitung
PD Dr. Nora Lafi
PD Dr. Nora Lafi

Curriculum Vitae

Qualified by the French CNECEA to teach architectural and urban history at the level of Full Professor.
Privatdozentin (Islamwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin)
Qualified by the French National Council of Universities (CNU) to teach Modern and Contemporary History at the level of full professor (Renewed 2018).
Habilitation à diriger des recherches. Université Aix-Marseille I - Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme
Qualified (renewed 2004) by the French National Council of Universities to Teach Modern and Contemporary History, Arabic Language and Town Planning
PhD, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France Master in Arabic Language and Literature (Aix-en-Provence University and Cairo University)

Teaching Experience

2018 - 2020
FU Berlin, Seminar: Religion and Urbanity in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman cities
2017 - 2018
FU Berlin, Seminar: A History of ARchitecture and Urban Planning in the Arab World
2015 - 2016
FU Berlin, Seminar: Reflections on the History of Women in Ottoman and Arab Worlds
2013 - 2015
FU Berlin, Seminar: Global Perspectives on the History of the Arab World
2006 - 2019
(with Ulrike Freitag): Ottoman Urban Studies Seminar at ZMO
2003 - 2004
Université de Provence, Master ST, Arles: History of Architecture and Town Planning in Maghreb and the Middle-East
2000 - 2002
Université de Tours, France. History (Urban History Europe and Mediterranean XIX-XXth c.)
1999 - 2000
Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I) History (Social History France 19th c., International Relations Mediterranean-Ottoman Empire XVIII-XXth c.)

Research Experience

Since 2006
Researcher at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin. Chair (with Prof. U. Freitag), of the "Cities Compared: Cosmopolitanism in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions" Research Programme, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, Programme "Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe"
2004 - 2005
Fellow of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin)
2003 - 2004
Associate researcher at MALD Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
2000 - 2003
Post-doctoral Fellowship Cnrs Urbama, Tours, France
1996 - 1999
Junior researcher at the French research center in Tunis (IRMC)
Senior Research Fellow of the Max Weber Kolleg at Universität Erfurt (Religion and Urbanity Research Group)
2020 - 2023
Project Leader: Leibniz Collaborative Excellence Programme: "The Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim Worlds "

Memberships and Further Activities

  • European Association for Urban History (EAUH)
  • Italian Association for Urban History (AISU)
  • Deutsche Arbeitsstelle Vorderer Orient (DAVO)
  • Member of the EUME Collegium (Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin)
  • Founder and Editor: H-Mediterranean (H-NET, Michigan State University)
  • Board Member: H-Urban (H-NET, Michigan State University)
  • Book Review Editor (Middle-East and North-Africa): Planning Perspectives
  • Referee (History of Architecture in the Middle-East and North-Africa; Ottoman History) - Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR)
  • Editorial Board Member: Urban History (Cambridge University Press)
  • Scientific Board Member: Africa (Biella Editore)


Books and Edited Volumes

2021, Urbanity as an Ethic: Reflections on the cities of the Arab world. In: Urban Ethics - Conflicts Over the Good and Proper Life in Cities, Moritz Ege, Johannes Moser, Routledge, London. 

2019, Esprit civique et organisation citadine dans l'empire ottoman (XVe-XXe siècles), Leiden, Brill, Series The Ottoman Empire and its Heritage, 2018, 360p.

2018, Die Osmanische Stadt, guest-edited with Florian Riedler, Moderne Stadtgeschichte, 2018-1, 83 p.

2018, (Ed. with A. Chappatte and U. Freitag), Understanding the City through its Margins, Abingdon, Routledge, 2018, 190p.

2015, (mit Ulrike Freitag, Nelida Fuccaro, Claudia Ghrawi, eds.): Urban Violence in the Middle East. Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State, Berghahn series Space & Place, Vol 14, New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015, 334 S.

2015, Silvestre de Sacy. Le projet européen d’une science orientaliste, (ed. with Michel Espagne, Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn) Editions du Cerf: Paris, 2014, 356 S.

2014, Urban Governance Under the Ottomans: Between Cosmopolitanism and Conflict (co-ed with U. Freitag), London, Routldge, 2014, 238p.

2011, Un parcours scientifique: essai d'égo-histoire, Aix-en-Provence [u.a.]: Univ. de Provence, 2011, 48p.

2011, Daily Life and Family in an Ottoman Urban Context: Historiographical Stakes and New Research Perspectives, vol. 16-2, pp. 79-182, ed. with Ulrike Freitag (Special issue of The History of the Family).

2010, The City in the Ottoman Empire: Migration and the Making of Urban Modernity, ed. with Ulrike Freitag, Malte Fuhrmann and Florian Riedler, London: Routledge, 2011, 272p.

2005, Les annales tripolitaines de Charles Féraud, with an introduction by Nora Lafi, Paris: Bouchène, 2005, 437p.

2005, Municipalités méditerranéennes: Les réformes urbaines ottomanes au miroir d'une histoire comparée (Moyen-Orient, Maghreb, Europe méridionale), ed., Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2005, 370p.

2002, Une ville du Maghreb entre ancien régime et réformes ottomanes: genèse des institutions municipales à Tripoli de Barbarie (1795-1911), Paris: L'Harmattan, Tunis: Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain (IRMC), 2002, 305p. Review in English available on H-NET

List of Papers

2019, "Penser les marges de l'Europe: héritage ottoman, frontières invisibles et nouvelles forteresses." In:Point de fuite. La Méditerranée et la crise européenne, Franck Hofmann and Markus Messsling (eds), Hermann, 2019, 36-48.

2018, "Die osmanische Stadt im Wandel (1850-1920)" (with Florian Riedler), Moderne Stadtgeschichte, 2018-1, p. 5-15

2018, "Tunis als Laboratorium osmanischer Modernität: das Beispiel der Vorstadtbahn (1863-1881)", Moderne Stadtgeschichte, 2018-1, p. 16-25.

2018, "Finding Women and Gender in the Sources: Toward a Historical Anthropology of Ottoman Tripoli", Journal of North African Studies, 2018.

2018, "Organizing Coexistence in Early Ottoman Aleppo: an Interpretation of the 1518, 1526 and 1536 Tahrîr Defteris and the 1536 Qanunname" In: Human Mobility and Multiethnic Coexistence in Middle Eastern Urban Societies 2 (edited by Hidemitsu Kuroki), ILCAA Tokyo, 2018, p. 103-120.

2018, (with Florian Riedler), "Administrative Boundaries, Communal Segregation and Factional Territorialisation: The Complex Nature of Urban Boundaries in the Ottoman Empire", Journal of the Economic and  Social History of the Orient 61 (2018) 593-605.

2018, "Paradoxical Forms of Urbanity on the Margins? The Kherba: a Vivid Market in a Damaged Section of the Medina of Tunis" in Chappatte, Freitag, Lafi (eds.), Understanding the City through its Margins, Abingdon, Routledge, 2018, 190p.

2018, (with  A. Chappatte and U. Freitag), "The City and its Regulations: Unexpected Margins" in Chappatte, Freitag, Lafi (eds.), Understanding the City through its Margins, Abingdon, Routledge, 2018, 190p.

2017, Confronting the Unsaid: Historical Research and the Critical Interpretation of the Present Wars and Crises in the Middle East and North Africa, in Maecenata Fondation (Ed.), Europe and the Mediterranean. Talking, Learning, Working and Living Together, Berlin, München, 24-31.

2017, Die Ränder Europas denken. Osmanisches Erbe, unsichtbare Grenzen und neue Festungen", in Franck Hofman, Markus Messling (eds.), Flucht Punkt. Das Mittelmeer und die europäische Krise, Berlin: Kadmos, 2017, 70-82.

2017, (with Florian Riedler), "Postosmanische Phantome im städtischen Raum Südosteuropas Anatoliens des Mittleren Ostens" in  Michael Esch, Béatrice von Hirschhausen (Eds.): Wahrnehmen – Erfahren – Gestalten: Phantomgrenzen und soziale Raumproduktion, Berlin, Wallstein, 187-213.

2017, Workers vs Machines: Ottoman Tunis between Industrialisation and Colonisation, International Development Policy, 2017, 8, p. 37-60.

2017, Building and Deconstructing Authenticity in Aleppo. Heritage between Conservation, Transformation, Destruction and Re-Invention, in Christoph Bernhardt, Martin Sabrow, Achim Saupe (Hg.): Gebaute Geschichte. Historische Authentizität im Stadtraum, Götingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2017, 206-228.

2017, Policing the Medina: Public Order in Tunis at the Time of the Tanzimat (1857–1864), in JOTSA Special Issue "Crime, Punishmend, and Social Control in the Late Ottoman Empire", Guest edited by Kent F. Schull, Robert Zens and Ufuk Adak, 2017, 4-1, pp.55-71.

2017, Anthropologie historique de la violence urbaine dans le monde arabe: Le Caire, Alep, Tunis (1797-1857), in H. Amamou and M. Jerad (eds.), Echanger en Méditerranée. Recueil en hommage à Sadok Boubaker, Tunis, Latrach Editions, 345-366.

2017, The "Arab Spring" in Global Perspective: Social Movements, Changing Contexts and Political Transitions in the Arab World (2010–2014), in S. Berger and H. Nehring (eds.), The History of Social Movements in Global Perspective, New-York, Palgrave, 677-702.

2017, Kosmopolitismus als Governance: Das Beispiel des osmanischen Reiches, in: Bernhard Gißibl, Isabella Löhr (eds.), Bessere Welten. Kosmopolitismus in den Geschichtswissenschaften, Campus: Frankfurt a.M., 2017, 405p, 317-342.

2016, Alger au temps du consul Hammeken – une ville ottomane en reconstruction, in: Torbjørn Ødegaard (ed.), Les correspondances de Ludolf Hammeken, le premier consul dano-norvégien à Alger (1746 - 1751), Alger, ENAG, 2016, 234p., p.79-87

2016, "Urban open spaces and the revolutionary events of 2010–2011 in Tunis:  a Tentative Typology", in: Christoph Bernhardt (ed.), Städtische öffentliche Räume / Urban public spaces, Stuttgart, Frantz Steiner Verlag, 279-291.

2016, "Cités Barbaresques", in: Dionigi Albera, Maryline Crivello, Mohamed Tozzi (eds.), Dictionnaire de la Méditerranée, Actes Sud, 249-254.

2016, Historische Perspektiven auf den Maghreb, APuZ 33-34/2016, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn 2016, 4-10.

2016, Well-Managed Cities : Old Regime Urban Planning Practices in Ottoman North-Africa and their Reform during the Tanzimat Era" in Carlos Nunes Silva (ed.), Urban Planning in North Africa, London, Routledge, 2016, 23-30.

2016, Retour à Alexandrie: une communauté citadine avant Ilbert?, in: Dakhli (Leila) and Lemire (Vincent) (eds.), Etudier en liberté les mondes méditerranéens: mélanges offerts à Robert Ilbert, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2016, 589p., 201-207.

2016, Challenging the Ottoman Pax Urbana: Intercommunal Clashes in 1857 Tunis, in Nelida Fuccaro (ed.), Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2016, 95-108

2016, Piri Reis cartographe de l'Algérie, La géographie (revue de la société française de géographie), 2015, n.1559, 14-21.

2015, The Nature of Jewish Spaces in Ottoman Algiers, in: Alina Gromova, Felix Heinert, Sebastian Voigt (eds.), Jewish and Non-Jewish Spaces in the Urban Context, Berlin: Neofelis Verlag, 2015, 83-98. 

2015, L'empire ottoman en Afrique: perspectives d'histoire critique, Cahiers d'Histoire. Revue d'Histoire Critique, 2015, n.128, 59-70

2015, Ο Δήμος Θεσσαλονίκης μεταξύ του παλαιού καθεστώτος, των οθωμανικών μεταρρυθμίσεων και της μετάβασης από την αυτοκρατορία στο εθνικό κράτος: Ερωτήσεις και προοπτικές έρευνας " [The Municipality of Salonica between Old Regime, the Ottoman Reforms and the Transition from Empire to Nation State: Questions and Research Perspectives]. In: Dimitris Keridis (ed.), ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ, ΜΙΑ ΠΟΛΗ ΣΕ ΜΕΤΑΒΑΣΗ, 1912-2012, Thessaloniki: Epikentro, 99-113.

2015, Diversity and the nature of the Ottoman Empire from the construction of the imperial old regime to the challenges of modernity, in: Steven Vertovec (ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies, London, Routledge, 2015, 125-131.

2015, Mapping and Scaling Urban Violence: The 1800. Insurrection in Cairo, in: Ulrike Freitag, Nelida Fuccaro, Claudia Ghrawi, Nora Lafi (eds.), Urban Violence in the Middle East. Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State, Berghahn series Space & Place, Vol 14, New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015, 29-51.

2014, Early Republican Turkish Orientalism? The Erotic Picture of an Algerian Woman and the Notion of Beauty between the “West” and the “Orient”, in: Nazan Maksudyan (ed.), Women and the City, Women in the City. A Gendered Perspective on Ottoman Urban History, New York, Oxford: Berghahn, 2014, 139-148.

2014, "The Eighteenth Century in the Arab Provinces of the Ottoman Empire: Perspectives for a Global History", in Matthias Middell (Ed.), Cultural Transfers, Encounters and Connections in the Global 18th Century, Leipziger Universitätsverlag,  231-260

2014, "The 1819 Aleppo Riots and the Limits of the Imperial Urban Domestication of Factional Violence" in: Nora Lafi, Ulrike Freitag (eds.), Urban Governance Under the Ottoman: Between Cosmopolitanism and Conflict  London: Routldge, 2014, 58-75

2013, "In Alexandria: The New Cosmopolitan Reality", in Abdelwahab Meddeb, Benjamin Stora (eds.), A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations from the Origins to Present Day, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2013, 1152p., 80-84

2013, The Municipality of Salonica between Old Regime, the Ottoman Reforms and the Transition from Empire to Nation State: Questions and Research Perspectives, Proceedings of the October 18-21, 2012 International Conference in Thessaloniki, Municipality of Thessaloniki

2013, "Violence factieuse, enjeux internationaux et régulation ottomane de la confictualité urbaine à Tripoli d'Occident entre XVIIIe et XIXe siècles', in: Rémi Dewière, Gunes Isiksel "Tripoli, port de mer, port de désert", Hypothèses Université Paris I Sorbonne, 395-404

2013, "Mediterranean Cosmopolitanism and its Contemporary Revivals. A Critical Approach", New Geographies, n. 5 The Mediterranean (Harvard Graduate School of Design), 325-335.

2012, "L'Algérie dans l'historiographie allemande depuis 1945", Al-Mawaqi: Revue des études et des recherches sur la société et l'histoire, n.7, 35-57.

2012, 'Etre juif dans l’Algérie ottomane', in Anne Hélène Hoog (ed.) Juifs d’Algérie, Paris: Skira Flammarion, Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, 2012, 271p., 69-81.

2012, 'La gouvernance ottomane des équilibres locaux : le rôle du bureau central des pétitions à Istanbul et l’usage de ses archives', in Archives nationales de Tunisie – Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (CERES) (ed.) Les archives, la société et les Sciences humaine: Actes du colloque international tenu à Tunis de 22 au 24 février 2010 in Cahier de CERES, Série Histoire no. 21, Tunis, 369p., 261-274.

2012, 'Mu'ammar al-Kadhafi (1942-2011)', in Encyclopædia Universalis, 2012, 404-405.

2012, 'Al-hadâtha wal-idâra al-hadâriyya fî Misr al-'uthmâniyya. As'ila wa tafsîrât' (Modernity and Administration in Ottoman Egypt: Questions and Research Perspectives) in Nelly Hanna, Nasser Ahmed Ibrahim (eds.) Jadal al-mawḍū'īyah wa-al-dhātīyah fī kitābat tārīkh Miṣr : dirāsāt muhdāh ilá al-mu'arrikhah al-kabīrah Nillī Ḥannā (Objectivity and Subjectivity in the Historiography of Egypt: In Honor of Nelly Hanna), Cairo: al-Hay'ah al-Miṣrīyah al-'Āmmah lil-Kitāb, 2012, 179p., 263-273.

2012, 'A.I. Silvestre de Sacy', in Coeli Fitzpatrick and Dwayne A. Tunstall (eds.) Orientalist Writers, Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2012, vol. 366, 457p., 254-260.

2012, 'Ettore Rossi', in Coeli Fitzpatrick and Dwayne A. Tunstall (eds.) Orientalist Writers, Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2012, vol. 366, 457p., 250-253.

2011, 'The Ottoman Governance of Migrations and the Stakes of Modernity', in Nora Lafi, Ulrike Freitag, Malte Fuhrmann and Florian Riedler (eds.) The City in the Ottoman Empire: Migration and the Making of Urban Modernity, London: Routledge, 2011, 269p., 8-25.

2011, 'Goldziher vu d'Al-Azhar: 'Abd Al-Jalil Shalabi et la critique de l'orientalisme européen', in Céline Trautmann-Waller (ed.) Ignac Goldziher: Un autre orientalisme ?, Paris: Geuthner, 2011, 284p., 249-259.

2011, 'Petitions and Accommodating Urban Change in the Ottoman Empire' in Elisabeth Özdalga, Sait Özervarlı and Feryal Tansuğ (eds.) Istanbul as seen from a distance: Centre and Provinces in the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul: Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, 2011,  219p., 73-82.

2011, 'Daily Life and Family in an Ottoman Urban Context: Historiographical Stakes and New Research Perspectives', with Ulrike Freitag, in The History of the Family, 16-2, 2011, 80-87.

2011, 'Cronache civiche e microcosmi cittadini : Tripoli nell’Ottocento', in Paolo Militello (ed.) Il Mediterraneo delle città: Atti del convegno internazionale, Milano: Franco Angeli Editore, 2011, 368p., 233-240.

2011, 'Libye', with Olivier Pliez and Pierre Rossi, in Encyclopædia Universalis, 2010, 17p.

2010, 'Laurent Charles Féraud: Artiste, Soldat, Historien et Diplomate', in Bernard Merlin (ed.) Laurent Charles Féraud. Peintre et Témoin de la Conquète de l’Algérie, Saint-Rémy-en-l’Eau: Editions Monelle Hayot, 2010, 112p., 9-10.

2010, 'Biographie: Laurent Charles Féraud, une passion coloniale', in Bernard Merlin (ed.) Laurent Charles Féraud. Peintre et Témoin de la Conquète de l’Algérie, Saint-Rémy-en-l’Eau: Editions Monelle Hayot, 2010, 112p., 103-106.

2010, 'Entrée Bilad', in Christinan Topalev, Laurent Coudroya de Lille, Jean-Charles Depaule and Brigitte Marin (eds.) L'aventure des mots de la ville: À travers le temps, les langues, le sociétés, Paris: R. Laffont, 2010, 1490p., 69-72.

2009,'Microcosmes urbains et pluralité linguistique: pour une lecture dynamique de la relation entre espace, individu, et identité dans les villes arabesde l'époque ottomane', in Sabine Bastian, Thierry Bulot and Ellisabeth Burr (eds.) Sociolinguistique urbaine et développement durable urbain enjeux et pratiques dans les sociétés francophones et non francophones, München: Meidenbauer, 2009, 269p., 143-158.

2009, 'Entre ottomanité, colonialisme et orientalisme: les racines ambiguës de la modernité urbaine dans les villes du Maghreb (1830-1960)', in Sabine Bastian and  Franck Trouilloud (eds.) Frankreich und Frankophonie: Kultur – Sprache – Medien (La France et la Francophonie: culture langue médias), München: Meidenbauer, 2009, 305p., pp. 143-162.

2009, 'Muslim Networks', in Pierre-Yves Saunier and Akira Iriye (eds.) The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 1226p., 738-742.

2009, 'Transnational History in Ottoman Perspective: The Experience of the Ottoman Urban Studies Seminar at ZMO Berlin', with Ulrike Freitag, in Pierre-Yves Saunier and Akira Iriye (eds.) The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 1226p.

2008, 'Mediterranean Connections: The Circulation of Municipal Knowledge and Practices during the Ottoman Reforms, c. 1830-1910', in Pierre-Yves Saunier and Shane Ewen (eds.) Another Global City: Historical Explorations into the Transnational Municipal Moment, 1850-2000, New-York-Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 242p., 35-50.

2006, 'Ghadamès cité-oasis entre empire ottoman et colonisation', in Federico Cresti et al. (ed.), Libia tra Mediterraneo e mondo islamico, Milano: A. Giuffrè, 2006, 302p., 55-70.

2006, 'L’affaire ‘Alî al-Qarqânî (Tripoli 1872)', in Abdelhamid Hénia and Ma'had al-Buhuth al-Maghribiyah al-Mu'asirah (ed.)
Etre notable au Maghreb: Dynamique des configurations notabiliaires, Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 2006, 364p., pp. 201-214.

2006, 'The Ottoman Municipal Reforms between Old Regime and Modernity: Towards a New Interpretative Paradigm', in 1st International Eminönü Symposium, Istanbul: Eminönü Belediyesi, 2006, 508p., pp. 348-355.

2006, 'Eski Düzen ve çagdaslik arasindaki Osmanli Belediye Reformlari: Yeni bir yorumsal örnege dogru', in 1st International Eminönü Symposium, Istanbul: Eminönü Belediyesi, 2006, 508p., pp. 340-347.

2006, 'La fabrique des villes maghrébines entre héritage et réinterprétations: institutions, espaces, cultures' in Nadir Boumaza (ed.) Villes réelles, villes projetées. Fabrication de la ville au Maghreb, Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 2006, 703p.

2006, 'La Libia dalla conquista araba alla colonizzazione italiana', in HAL-SHS CNRS Online Server, 2006, pp. 1-7.

2006, 'Cities Compared: Cosmopolitanism in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions', with Ulrike Freitag, in HAL-SHS CNRS Online Server, 2006, pp. 1-7.

2005, 'Aspects du gouvernement urbain dans la Sicile musulmane', in Les Cahiers de la Méditerranée, vol. 68, 2006, pp. 1-16.

2005, 'Espace de loisir, espace politique : le café dans le monde arabe au XIXe siècle', in Robert Beck et al. (ed.) Divertissements et loisirs dans les sociétés urbaines à l'époque moderne et contemporaine, Tours: Presses Universitaires F. Rabelais, 2005, 410p., pp. 345-354.

2005, 'Les pouvoirs urbains à Tunis à la fin de l'époque ottomane: la persistance de l'Ancien régime', in Nora Lafi (ed.) Municipalités méditerranéennes: Les réformes urbaines ottomanes au miroir d'une histoire comparée (Moyen-Orient, Maghreb, Europe méridionale), Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2005, 370p., pp. 229-254.

2004, 'Les fonctions frumentaires dans les villes arabes aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles', in Brigitte Marin and Catherine Virlouvet (eds.) Nourrir les cités de Méditerranée: Antiquité-Temps modernes, Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 894p., pp. 479-490.

2004, 'La langue des marchands de Tripoli au XIXe siècle: langue franque et langue arabe dans un port méditerranéen', in Joceline Dakhlia (ed.) Trames de langues: Usages et métissages dans l'histoire du Maghreb, Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 561p., pp. 215-222.

2003, 'From Europe to Tripoly in Barbary via Istanbul: the Municipality and reforms in an Outpost of the Ottoman Empire (1868-1911)', in Joe Nasr and Mercedes Volait (eds.) Imported or exported urbanism?, Chichester: Wiley, 2003, 354p., pp. 186-205.

2003, 'Rattachement et autonomie locale: réflexions sur la ville ottomane', in Denise Turrel et al. (ed.) Villes rattachées, Tours: Presses universitaires François Rabelais, 2003, 433p., p. 99-112.

2003, 'La bienfaisance citadine dans le monde arabo-musulman au XIXe siècle', in Annuaire de l'Afrique du Nord, vol. 39, 2003, pp. 209-216.

2002, 'Local Élites and Italian town-Planning Procedures in Early Colonial Tripoli 1911-1912', in Libyan Studies Journal, vol. 3, no 1, 2002, pp. 59-68.

2001, 'Ville arabe et modernité administrative municipale: Tripoli (Libye actuelle) 1795-1911', in Histoire urbaine, no 3, 2001, pp. 149-167.

2000, 'L'affaire Ali al-Qarqani, Tripoli 1872' in Abdelhamid Hénia (coord.) Villes et territoires au Maghreb: Itinéraires de recherche, Tunis: IRMC, 2000, 227p.

2000, 'Pouvoir dynastique et élites locales à Tripoli', in Actes du colloque Aux rivages des Syrtes: Sorbonne d'octobre 1999, Paris: Editions l'Harmattan, 2000.

1999, 'Reorganisation adminstrative, politique et urbaine de Tripoli de Barbarie dans le cadre des réformes ottomanes (1835-1911)', in: Rives nord-méditerrannéennes, vol. 2, 1999, pp. 1-4.

1997, 'Tripoli de Barbarie: port de mer, port du désert (1795-1835)', in Christiane Villain-Gandossi, Louis Durteste and Salvino Bussutil (eds.) Méditerranée, mer ouverte: actes du colloque de Marseille (21-23 septembre 1995) / Tome 2, XIXe et XXe siècles, Malta: International Foundation, [1997], 942p., pp. 657-666.

1997, 'Notabilité et pouvoir dynastique: le cas d'un marchand Tripolin. Hasan al-Faqih Hasan', in François Paul Blanc et al. (eds.) L'/es Islamisation/s réel et imaginaire : IXe réunion des chercheurs sur le monde arabe et musulman: A.F.E.M.A.M. Les chantiers de la recherche, Perpignan, 7 et 8 juillet 1995, Perpignan: Presses universitaires de Perpignan, 1997.

1994, 'Les relations entre Malte et Tripoli de Barbarie au XIXe siècle', in R.E.M.M.M., 71, 1994, pp. 127-142.

Review Articles

2019, Ammar (Leïla), La rue à Tunis, Planning Perspectives, 34 (4), 753-755.

2019, Yuval Ben-Bassat, Petitioning the Sultan: Protests and Justice in Late Ottoman Palestine, Library of Ottoman Studies 42 (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013). Pp. 331. $135. ISBN: 9781780764573

2018, H. Khosravi, Tehran. Life within walls. A city, its territory and forms of dwelling, Planning Perspectives, Tehran 2018, p. 471-47

2018, Naar Devin, Jewish Salonica. Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece, Connections

2018, Franck Mermier, Récits de villes: d’Aden à Beyrouth. Arles, Actes Sud, 2015, 270 pp., in Planning Perspectives, 33-2, 303-304.

2017, Benjamin C. Fortna, ed., Childhood in the Late Ottoman Empire and After. Leiden, Brill, 2016, 285 p., in International journal of Turkish Studies, 2017, 23/1-2, pp. 151-153.

2017, Ali Yaycioglu, Partners of the Empire: The Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions. Stanford, Calif., Stanford University Press, 2016, 347 pp, in The American Historical Review, 122-4, 2017, Pages 1349–1350.

2017, Sibel Zandi Sayek, Ottoman Izmir: The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port (1840-1880), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 273 pp., in: Die Welt des Islam, 2017, 57, 130-133.

2017, Kirfan (Luna), World heritage, urban design and tourism. Three cities in the middle east, in : Planning Perspectives, 2017, 32-3, p.  4711-472.

2016, Susan Gilson Miller, A History of Modern Morocco. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 in: Islamic Africa, Vol 7, Issue 1, pp. 124-126.

2016, Zohra Hakimi, Alger: politiques urbaines (1864-1958), Planning Perspectives, 31-1, 140-142.

2015, Mary Dewhurst Lewis, Divided Rule: Sovereignty and Empire in French Tunisia (1881-1938), Law and History Review, 33-4, 1013-1015.

2015, Noémie Lévy-Aksu, Ordre et désordres dans l'Istanbul Ottomane (1879-1909), Paris, 2013 in Histoire Urbaine, 2015

2015, Sharif, Malek: Imperial norms and local realities. The Ottoman municipal laws and the municipality of Beirut (1860 - 1908). Würzburg: Ergon Verlag 2014, H-Soz-Kult , 26-06, 2015.

2015, J.CL. David and T. Boissière (eds.), Alep et ses territoires. Fabrique et politique d'une ville 1868-2011, IFPO, Damas-Beirut, 2014, 590 S., Planning Perspectives, 4-30(2) (2015).

2014, B. Florin, O. Legros, N. Semmoud, F. Trouin (eds.), Marges urbaines et néolibéralisme en Méditerranée, Tours, 287 S., Planning Perspectives, 21-4 (2014), 586-588.

2014, Mohamed Ourfelli and Elise Voguet (eds.), Le monde rural dans l’Occident musulman médiéval, Aix-en-Provence, 2009 (REMMM 126), 313 S., Die Welt des Islams, 54 (2), 2014, 278-280, DOI.

2014, 'Abdellatif, Rania ; Benhima, Yassir ; König, Daniel and Ruchaud, Elisabeth (eds.) Construire la Méditerranée, penser les transferts culturels. Approches historiographiques et perspectives de recherche. München: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2012, 193 p.', in H-Soz-u-Kult, 23-05, 2014.

2013, 'Sadria, Modjtaba, Homogenisation of representations: Geneva, Aga Khan Development Network, 2012., 230p.', in Planning Perspectives, 28-4, 2013, pp. 665-667.

2013, 'Bodenstein, Ralph, Villen in Beirut. Wohnkultur und sozialer Wandel (1860-1930)', Petersberg, Germany: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2012, 397p', in Planning Perspectives, 28-3, 2013, pp. 501-502.

2013, 'Annaloro, Milena and Lange, Guirémi, Alexandrie une architecture ottomane, Marseille: Parenthèses, 2011, 141p., in Planning Perspectives, 3-6, 2013, pp. 499-501.

2013, 'Wilkins, Charles L., Forging Urban Solidarities. Ottoman Aleppo 1640-1700, Leiden 2010, 323p.', in Comparativ, 23, 2013, pp. 129-133.

2013, 'Anastasopoulos, Antonis (ed.) The Eastern Mediterranean under Ottoman Rule: Crete, 1645-1840, Rethymno: Crete University Press, 2008, 411p.', in Die Welt des Islams, 53-1, 2013, pp. 108-111.

2012, 'Heinze-Greenberg, Ita, Europa in Palästina: Die Architekten des zionistischen Projekts (1902-1923), Zürich: GTA Verlag, 2011, 239p.', in Planning Perspectives, 27-3, 2012, pp. 486-487.

2011, 'Barkey, Karen, Empire of Difference: The Ottomans in Comparative Perpective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, 342p.', in Comparativ, 21-2, 2011, pp. 122-126.

2011, 'Sawalha, Aseel, Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a  Post-War Arab City, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010, 176p.', in Planning Perspectives, 26-2, 2011, pp. 338-340.

2011, 'Weber, Stefan, Damascus: Ottoman modernity and urban transformation (1808-1918), Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2009, 2 vol.', in Planning Perspectives, 26-1, 2011, pp. 119-150.

2010, 'Dogo, Marco and Pitassio, Armando (eds.) Città dei Balcani, città d’Europa: Studi sullo sviluppo urbano delle capitali post-ottomane, 1830-1923, Lecce: Argo, 2008, 331p.', in Annali Sissco, 2010.

2010, Hanssen, Jens, Fin de Siècle Beirut: The Making of an Ottoman Provincial Capital, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 307p., in Die Welt des Islams, 50-1, 2010 , pp. 163-168.

2009, 'Grehan, James, Everyday Life and Consumer Culture in Eighteenth‐Century Damascus, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007, 320p.', in The American Historical Review, 114-5, 2009, pp. 1574-1576.

2009, 'Hamadeh, Shirine, The City's Pleasures: Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008, 350p.', in The American Historical Review, 114-5, 2009, pp. 1574-1576.

2009, 'Raymond, André, André Raymond: Tunis sous les Mouradites: La ville et ses habitants au xviie siècle, Tunis: Cérès, 2006, 338p.', in Cahiers d'Histoire revue d'histoire critique, 107, 2009.

2009, 'Weintritt, Otfried, Arabische Geschichtsschreibung in den arabischen Provinzen des Osmanischen Reiches (16.-18. Jahrhundert), Hamburg: EB-Verlag, 2008, 250p.', in geschichte.transnational and H-Soz-u-Kult, 2009.

2007, 'Roussillon, Alain, Identité et modernité: Les voyageurs égyptiens au Japon, Arles: Actes Sud, 2005, 249p.' in geschichte.transnational, 2007.

2005, 'Salzmann, Ariel, Tocqueville in the Ottoman Empire: Rival Paths to the Modern State, Leiden: Brill, 2003, 240p.', in MIT-EJMES Online Journal, 5, 2005, pp. 90-94.

2005, 'Moalla, Asma, The Regency of Tunis and the Ottoman Porte, 1777-1814: Army and government of a North-Africa Ottoman eyalet at the end of the eighteenth century, London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2004, 175p.', in MIT-EJMES, 5-1, 2005, pp. 262-265.

2001, 'Bolasco, Ernesto Mario, Damasco-Medina: ferrovia avveniristica (1901-1908) : mille operai italiani nel Deserto dell'Hedjaz, Milano: F.Angeli, 1999, 116p.', in Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle, 23, 2001.

1999, 'Cresti, Frederico, Oasi di italianità: La Libia della colonizzazione agraria tra fascismo, guerra e indipendenza (1935-1956), Torino: Società Editrice Internazionale, 1996, 298p.', in R.E.M.M.M., 87-88, 1999, pp. 319-322.

1998, 'Arnaud, Jean-Luc, Le Caire: mise en place d'une ville moderne 1867-1907. Des intérêts du prince aux sociétés privées, Arles: Sindbad, 1998, 444p.', in R.E.M.M.M., 91-94, 2000, pp. 401-404.

1997, 'Baldinetti, Anna, Orientalismo e colonialismo: La Ricerca di consenso in Egitto per l'impresa de Libia, Rome: Instituto per l'Oriente C.A. Nallino, 1997, 199p.' in R.E.M.M.M., 83-84, 1997, pp. 255-259.

1993, 'Bono, Salvatore, Corsari nel Mediterraneo : cristiani e musulmani fra guerra, schiavitù e commercio, Milano: A. Mondadori, 1993, 243p.', in R.E.M.M.M., 68-69, 1993, pp. 300-302.