Professor Uzi Rabi, Ph.D. (Tel Aviv University, 2000) is the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, a Professor of Middle Eastern History at the Department of Middle Eastern and African Studies, and a Senior Researcher at the Center for Iranian Studies, at Tel Aviv University. He was the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. From 2004-2005, he held a visiting professorship at the Lipinski Institute of San Diego State University.
Prof. Rabi is the Director of the TAU Workshop, an annual 10-day seminar for international scholars that focuses on Israel’s geopolitical situation and its neighbors, and the co-editor of Bustan: The Middle East Book Review. His research focuses on the modern history and evolution of states and societies in the Middle East, Iranian-Arab relations, oil and politics in the Middle East, and Sunni-Shi’a dynamics. Within this framework, he has supervised the dissertations of numerous doctoral candidates in this field over the years.
Prof. Rabi has written several books in both English and Hebrew. He recently published The Return of the Past: State, Identity, and Society in the Post–Arab Spring Middle East (Lexington Books, November 2019), which is a translation of his best-seller book in Hebrew Back to the Future – The Middle East in the Shadow of the Arab Spring (Resling, 2016).