Alessandra Cecolin (HST/MES/PSC368 Islam & the West)

Alessandra Cecolin is a Lecturer at the Department of History, Goldsmiths, University of London. She has a PhD from the Department of Languages and Culture of the Near and Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research analyses how the Conflict of Nationality versus Cultural Identity became an increasingly relevant issue for Iranian Jews living in Israel between 1948 and 1978. It explored how the political history and diplomatic strategies that characterize the sixty-year relationship between Iran and Israel, as well as the wider conflict between national and religious identity, have affected the process of migration and integration of Iranian Jewry within Israel. Her expertise covers the history and development of Islamic cultures in the Middle East; wider conflict between national and religious identity for Jewish minorities living in Middle East; Islamic and Judaic shared history in Middle East, history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; absorption of Middle Eastern Jewish minorities in Israel. Dr Cecolin is the author of ‘Iranian Jews in Israel: Between Persian Cultural Identity and Israeli Nationalism’, published by I.B. Tauris (2015). acecolin@syr.edu