Gabi Piterberg was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and
grew up in Israel. He graduated at Tel Aviv University, where he majored
in Middle East history and political science (BA), and Middle East and
European history (MA). His D.Phil. in the history of the Ottoman Empire is
from the University of Oxford. He taught at the University of Durham,
England, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
Piterberg has three main fields of interest: the cultural and intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire and its Mediterranean environment in the early modern period; the critique of Orientalism, nationalism, and Zionism; the theoretical literature on what history is.
An Ottoman Tragedy: History and Historiography at Play, Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2003.
"The Formation of an Ottoman-Egyptian Elite in the 18th Century," International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol.22 (1990).
"Speech Acts and Written Texts: A Reading of a 17th Century Ottoman Historiographic Episode," Poetics Today, Vol.14 (1993).
"The Tropes of Stagnation and awakening in Nationalist Historical Consciousness: The Egyptian Case," Israel Gershoni & James Jankowski (eds.), Rethinking Nationalism in the Arab Middle East, Columbia University Press, 1997.
"Domestic Orientalism: The Representation of ‘Oriental’ Jews in Zionist/Israeli Historiography," British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.23 (1996).
"Erasures," New Left Review, 10 (July-August 2001).