Beshara Doumani is Professor of Middle East History at the University of California, Berkeley. He writes on the social history of the family, gender and law in Ottoman times, academic freedom, and Palestinian affairs.He is author of Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900. He has been a fellow at Washington D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson Institute, Berlin’s Institute for Advanced Studies, and Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Doumani serves on the editorial committee of the Journal of Palestine Studies as well as the Board of the Palestinian American Research Center. He is helping to establish the Palestinian Museum.