More about Dr. Nasser Rabbat

Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT

Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. His interests include the history and historiography of Islamic architecture, medieval urbanism, modern Arab history, contemporary Arab art, and post-colonial criticism. He has published several books, most recently ‘Imarat al-Mudun al-Mayyita: Nahwa Qira’a Jadida lil-Tarikh al-Suri (The Architecture of the Dead Cities: Toward a New Interpretation of the History of Syria) (2018); an online book, The Destruction of Cultural Heritage: From Napoléon to ISIS, co-edited with Pamela Karimi, http://we-aggregate.org/project/the-destruction-of-cultural-heritage-from-napoleon-to-isis (2016) and al-Naqd Iltizaman: Nazarat fi-l Tarikh wal ‘Ururba wal Thawra (Criticism as Commitment: Viewpoints on History, Arabism, and Revolution) (2015). He is currently writing an intellectual biography of the 15th century Egyptian historian al-Maqrizi.
Prof. Rabbat worked as an architect in Los Angeles and Damascus and held academic and research appointments in Cairo, Granada, Rome, Paris, Abu Dhabi, Munich, and Bonn, Germany. He regularly contributes to several Arabic newspapers, serves on the boards of various organizations and consults with international design firms on projects in the Islamic World. In recent years, he began researching and publishing on immigration, refugees, heritage conservation, and destruction and reconstruction.