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Mustafa Kabha, Professor

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The Open University of Israel Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies 1 University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 4353701, Israel
Office:972-9-7781386 Email:mustafa@openu.ac.il

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Areas of Interest
  • Middle Eastern history in the new era
  • The history of the Palestinian national movement
  • The history of Arab mass communications

Prof. Mustafa Kabha is a is a professor of history. His research interests focus on the history of the Palestinian people in the modern era. He examines the political, social, cultural, economic and geographic history of the Palestinians, especially in the State of Israel, including the Arab press, education, Bedouin society, refugees and prisoners.
Prof. Kabha traces the factors that played a central role in shaping the history and identity consciousness of the Palestinian people.
His book, The Lost Orchard: The Palestinian-Arab Citrus Industry, 1850-1950, published on 2020 by Syracuse University Press,  (in collaboration with Dr. Nahum Karlinsky), analyzes the history of Palestinian orcharding  an important industry that turned Jaffa into an entrepreneurial center and initiated modernization processes in Arab society.

1993 - 1996
Ph.D., History, Tel-Aviv University. Dissertation: The Role of the Press and Journalistic Discourse in the Arab Palestinian National Struggle, 1929-1939; Supervisor: Prof. Israel Gershoni
1984 - 1987
M.A., History, Tel-Aviv University. Thesis: The War of Attrition as Reflected in Egyptian Sources; Supervisor: Prof. Jehuda Wallach
1981 - 1984
B.A., Middle Eastern History and Arabic Literature, Tel-Aviv University
Full Professor
2012 - 2015
Chair, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies
Associate Professor
Senior Lecturer, The Open University of Israel
2004 - 2007
Lecturer, The Open University of Israel
2002 – 2004
Lecturer, The Arab Academic Institute, Beit Berl College
1992 - 2004
Researcher, Tutor, and Consultant on the Development of new courses on Islam and Middle Eastern History, the Open University of Israel
1998 - 2002
Instructor, The Department of Communications, The Multidisciplinary Department, Yezreel Valley College
1998 – 1999
Lecturer, the Department of Middle East History, Tel Aviv University
1998 - 1999
Instructor, the Department of Middle East History, Haifa University
Israel Science Foundation
The Arabic Language Academy
The Arabic Language Academy
The Center of Bedouin studies , BGU
Israel Science Foundation Grant (ISF)
Ma'of Scholarship, The Council for Higher Education
Aranne Scholarship, The School of History, Tel-Aviv University
Uriel and Lora Dann Scholarship
Ben-Gurion Scholarship, The Histadrut Labor Federation
David Horowitz Institute for the Research of Developing Countries, Tel-Aviv University
2007 - 2021
The Arabic Language Academy
2004 - 2021
The Middle East Studies Association
2003 - 2021
Israel Communication Association
2001 - 2021
The Association for Israel Studies
1996 - 2021
The Historical Society of Israel

Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky, The Palestinian-Arab Citrus Industry, 1850-1948. Syracuse University Press, April, 2021.

Mustafa Kabha, Named Landscapes: Palestinian Toponymy in the Western Part of Tulkarm Sub-district in its Linguistic, Geographical, Historical and Social Contexts. Nazereth: The Arab Language Academy, 2017 [Arabic]

Mustafa Kabha, The Palestinian Names of Places and their Connection with Landscape: 'al-Lajjun Region as an Example. Haifa: The Arabic Language Academy, 2013 [Arabic]

Mustafa Kabha, Prisoners without Bayonets: The Palestinian Prisoners and the First Israeli Detention Centers, 1948-1949. Beirut: Institute of Palestinian Studies, 2013 [Arabic]

Mustafa Kabha, The Palestinian People: Seeking Sovereignty and State. Boulder, London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013

Mustafa Kabha, The Arab Press in Israel 1948-2006, as an Apparatus in the Identity-Building Process, Herzog Institute of Communications, Tel-Aviv University, 2006 [Hebrew]

Mustafa Kabha, Writing up a Storm: The Palestinian Press Shaping Public Opinion. London: Vallentine Mitchell Academic, 2007

Mustafa Kabha, The Press in the Eye of the Storm: The Palestinian Press Shapes Public Opinion 1929-1939, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and The Open University of Israel, 2004 [Hebrew]

Mustafa Kabha, Under the Eyes of the Censor, The Palestinian Press in the National Movement between the Two World Wars, The Center for Arabic Literature Studies, Beit-Berl College, 2004  [Arabic]

 Mustafa Kabha and Ronit Barzilai, Refugees in their Land – The Internal Refugees in Israel 1948-1996, Givat Haviva, 1996  [Hebrew]

 Mustafa Kabha, The War of Attrition as Reflected in Egyptian Sources (1995), Yad Tabenkin and Tel-Aviv University, 1995 [Hebrew]

Mustafa Kabha (Ed.), A Lexicon of Principle Terms in Citizenship, Media and Identity. Nazereth: The Arab Lunguge Academy, 2019 [Arabic]

Mustafa Kabha, Mansour Nasasra and Sofi Defro (Eds.) The District of Beer sheva: Political, Economic and Cultural aspects. Jerusalem: Muassat Dar al-Tifl al –'Arabi, 2019 [Arabic]

Mustafa Kabha (Ed.), The Palestinian Arab Minority in Israel under the Military Regime, 1948-1966. Haifa: Mada - Arab Center for Applied Social Research, 2014 [Arabic]

Sarah Ozacky-Lazar and Mustafa Kabha (Eds.), Between Vision and Reality : The Vision papers of the Arabs in Israel ,2006 -2007. Jerusalem: The Citizens' Acccord Forum, 2008

Mustafa Kabha and Guy Raz, (Eds.), Memories of a Place, The Photographic History of Wadi 'Ara, 1903-2008. Umm el-Fahm, 2008

 Mustafa Kabha  (Ed.), Towards a Historical Narrative of the Nakba: Complexities and Challenges. Haifa: Mada - Arab Center for Applied Social Research, 2006 [Arabic]

Hava Peretz,  Michael Korostishevsky, David M Steinberg, Mustafa Kabha, Sali Usher, Irit Krause, Hannah Shalev, Daniel Landau, David Levartovsky      :" An ancestral variant causing type I xanthinuria in Turkmen and Arab families is predicted to prevail in the Afro - Asian stone-forming belt" , JIMD Reports ,2019

Mustafa Kabha , Media discourse and its role in the formation of the boundaries of Public Opinion : The Arab Journalism in Israel in the period of the military government as a case study " al-Majallah, Nazareth , vol.10, 2019 . pp 155-189 . (Arabic)

Mustafa Kabha, "The life  of  Jewish  immigrants from  Muslum countries in the  transit  camps as reflected in the  Arabic  journalistic  discours in  Israel, 1950-1967". Israel Studies, 23:3 (Fall 2018), pp.123-131

Adnan Gribiea, Mustafa Kabha and Ismael Abu Saad, "New mass communication media and the identity of Negev Bedouin Arab youth in Israel: In conversation with Edward Said", Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, 16:1 (May 2017), pp. 99-123

Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky, "The lost orchard: The Palestinian-Arab citrus industry before 1948", Zmanim (Summer 2015), pp. 94-109 [Hebrew]

Mustafa Kabha, "The Palestinian national movement and its attitude toward the Fascist and Nazi movements 1925–1945", Geschichte und Gesellschaft, 37 (2011), pp. 437–450

Mustafa Kabha, "The language of political discourse in the Arabic Press in Israel under military rule", Al-Majalla - Journal of the Arabic Language Academy, 3 (2012), pp. 137-149 ]Arabic[

 Mustafa Kabha, "The Hebrew online media's treatment of Arab citizens in the Negev". HAGAR Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities, 8(2) (2008), pp. 159-172

Mustafa Kabha, "The Oriental Jews in the Arab Israeli Press, 1948 - 1967", Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 16, Autumn 2006, (in Hebrew)

 Mustafa Kabha and Haggai Erlich, "Al-Ahbash and the Wahhabiyya: Interpretations of Islam", International Journal of Middle East Studies, 38 (2006). pp. 519-538

 Mustafa Kabha, The popular courts of the Palestinian-Arab revolt, 1936-1939, Zmanim, 92 (Autumn 2005), pp. 26-35 [Hebrew]

 Mustafa Kabha, "The Palestinian press and the general strike of April-October 1936: Filastin as a case study", Middle Eastern Studies, 39:3 (July 2003), pp. 169-190

Mustafa Kabha and Daphna Ephrat, "Muslim Reactions to the Frankish Presence in Bilād al-Shām: Intensifying Religious Fidelity within the Masses", Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, 15:1 (March 2003), pp. 47-58

 Mustafa Kabha and Sarah Ozacky-Lazar, "The Haganah in Arab and Palestinian historiography and media", Israel Studies, 7 (Fall 2002), pp. 45-61

Mustafa Kabha, "The role of the Palestinian press in publicizing and organizing the general strike April-October 1936", Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 11 (2001), pp. 212-230 [Hebrew]

2Mustafa Kabha, "Between local Palestinian nationalism and pan-Arab nationalism among Palestinians during the British mandate: Akram Zu'Ayter as an example", in: Michael Cohen (Ed,) The British mandate in Palestine: A Centenary Volume, 1920-2020, Routledge, 2020

Mustafa Kabha , "A bold voice raised above the raging waves: Palestinian intellectual Najati Sidqi and his battle with nazi doctrine at the time of World War II", in: Bashir Bashir and Amos Goldberg (Eds.), The Holocaust and the Nakba, Columbia University Press ,2018, pp. 154- 173.

 Mustafa Kabha, "The Arabic Palestinian press between the two world wars" in: Anthony Gorman and Didier Monciaud (Eds.), The Press in the Middle East and North Africa, 1850-1950: Politics, Social History and Culture, Edinburgh University Press, 2018 . pp. 99-126

Mustafa Kabha, "The Palestinian names of places, a historiographic review", in: Amer Dahamshe and Yosi Schwartz (Eds.), Geographical Names and Space Terminology, Minerva Center, Tel Aviv University, 2018, pp.121-132   [Hebrew]

Mustafa Kabha and Dan Caspi, "Competing trends in the Arab press in Israel: From print to Internet", in : Dan Caspi and Daniel Rubinstein (Eds.), Reporting the Middle East: Challenges and Chances. World Scientafic Publishers, 2017, pp 141-161

 Noga Kadman and Mustafa Kabha, "It used to be home: Palestinian visits to houses depopulated in 1948", in: Sabine Marschall (Ed.), Tourism and Memories of Home. Channel View Publications, 2017, pp. 88-112

 Mustafa Kabha, "The role of historical drama  in the shaping of historical narrative, al-Taghriba al–Filastiniyya as a  case study", in: Avraham Sela and Alon Kadish (Eds.), Representations of History and Memory of the 1948 War: Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian Perspectives. Indiana University Press, 2017, pp. 194 -203

Mustafa Kabha, "Perspective on the prospects of settling the Zionist-Palestinian conflict", in: Eliezer Ben-Rafael and Yitzhak Sternberg (Eds.), Handbook of Israel: The Major Debates. Postdam: Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European Jewish Studies, 2016, pp.1161-1175

Mustafa Kabha, "Palestinian responses to the Spanish Civil War, 1936", in: Israel Gershoni (Ed.), Attraction and Repulsion:1939. Arab Responses to Fascism and Nazism, 1933-1945: Reappraisals and New Directions. Texas University Press, 2014, pp. 127-141

Mustafa Kabha, "Palestinians and the partition plan". in: Ruth Gavison (Ed.), The November 29th Resolution Sixty-Five Years Later. Jerusalem: Metzila, 2012, pp. 79-97

Mustafa Kabha, "The impact of the establishment of a Palestinian state on Israel’s Arab citizens and on their identity and desire to realize their national aspirations", in: The Effect of Establishing a Palestinian State on Israeli Arabs, Netanya: Daniel Abraham Center Press, 2011, pp. 56-67

Mustafa Kabha, "A net without borders: Online journalism among the Arab populations in Israel", in: Dan Caspi & Tehilla Shwartz-Altshuler (Eds.), Online Journalism in Israel, Jerusalem: The Israeli Institute of Democracy, 2007, pp. 177-198 [Hebrew]

Mustafa Kabha, "A Palestinian look at the new historians and post-Zionism in Israel" (2007), in: Benny Morris (Ed.), Making Israel, Michigan University Press, 2007, pp. 299-318

Mustafa Kabha, "The challenges of writing Palestinian modern history: The emergency of writing a complete narrative", in: Mustafa Kabha (Ed.), Towards a Historical Narrative of the Nakba, Complexities and Challenges, Haifa: Mada - Arab Center for Applied Social Research, 2006, pp. 5-25

Mustafa Kabha , "Historical development of the Israeli communist party" in: Areej Sabbagh-Khoury and Nadeem Rouhana (Eds.), The Palestinians in Israel, Studies in History, Policy and Society. Haifa: Mada al-Carmel, 2005, pp. 156 -165

Mustafa Kabha, "The plot and the victim, Kfar Kassem Massacre in the Arab Palestinian historiography", in: Ruvik Rosenthal (Ed.), Kfar Kassem Events and Myths, Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000,  pp. 87-117 [Hebrew]