Aline Schlaepfer

Aline Schlaepfer holds a Ph.D. in Arab Studies from the University of Geneva. In her dissertation she examined the intellectual and literary activities of Jews in Baghdad from the Young Turk Revolution until their departure en masse in 1951 from a historical perspective. During her doctoral years, she was a visiting research student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and the University of Haifa. A postdoctoral fellowship with the Swiss National Science Foundation brought her to the American University of Beirut, and to the Department of Near Eastern Studies in Princeton. Aline is currently a lecturer at the University of Geneva. She is the author of Les intellectuels juifs de Bagdad. Discours et allégeances (1908-1951) (Brill 2016), and articles dealing with the history of Jews in Arab countries, the implementation of the concept of minority in the Middle East and the study of the Ottoman legacy in post-Ottoman Arab spaces.


Selected Publications


Les intellectuels juifs de Bagdad. Discours et allégeances (1908-1951). Leiden : Brill, 2016

Voile, corps et pudeur. Approches historiques et anthropologiques. Co-edited with Yasmina Foehr-Janssens and Silvia Naef, Geneva: Labor et Fides, 2015


Special issues, articles and book chapters

Fantômes d’Empire. Persistances et revendications d’ottomanité(s) dans les espaces post-ottomans. Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, special issue co-edited with Philippe Bourmaud and Iyas Hassan, 2020

« Entre « communauté » et « minorité » juive. Les défis de la transition en Irak au moment de l’indépendance, » in Minorités en Méditerranée au XIXe siècle, ed. V. Assan, B. Heyberger and J. Vogel, Rennes : Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2019, 217-234.

“Defining Minorities: Mission Impossible? The Case of Hashemite Iraq,” Roundtable Minoritization and Pluralism in the Modern Middle East, International Journal of Middle East Studies 50/4, 2018, 769-772.

“When Antifascism Meets Anti-Colonialism. Modern Jewish Intellectuals in Baghdad,” in Minorities of the Modern Middle East. New Perspectives. ed. Laura Robson, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2016, 93-105