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Till Grallert

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Till Grallert joined the Orient-Institut Beirut as research associate in August 2014. Here is responsible for all things related to digital humanities (DH) at the institute and our fellowship programme.

He completed his Ph.D. with a thesis titled "To Whom Belong the Streets? Property, Propriety, and Appropriation: The Production of Public Space in Late Ottoman Damascus, 1875-1914." at Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies earlier this year. He graduated from SOAS with a M.A. in Historical Research Methods (distinction) in 2008 and previously studied Islamwissenschaft, VWL, and Judaistik at Freie Universität Berlin. His current research project at the OIB under the working title "women on the streets!" aims at establishing a genealogy of urban food riots in the Eastern Mediterranean as a repertoire of contentions between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries.

In addition to the social and spatial history of late Ottoman cities and the history of popular contentions, he developed a strong interest in digital humanities (DH) and the socio-linguistics of early Arabic newspapers. This resulted in the online publication of a chronology of nineteenth century Arabic periodicals and their known holdings (Project Jarāʾid at ) and he currently works on an open, collaborative, and scholarly digital edition of Muḥammad Kurd ʿAlī's periodical *Majallat al-Muqtabas* ( ). He is an active developer and occasionally blogs with a focus on DH and early Arabic periodicals at He taught introductory courses on digital editing technologies such as TEI XML in multi-lingual environments in the context of "Digital Humanities Institute Beirut" at AUB and "Digital Humanities Summer Institute" (DHSI) at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada.

His research has been funded through grants and scholarships awarded by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), OIB, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL).


Digital projects

Grallert, Till (ed.). 2015. Digital Muqtabas: An open, collaborative, and scholarly digital edition of Muḥammad Kurd ʿAlī’s early Arabic periodical Majallat al-Muqtabas (1906–1917/18). Available at [Accessed January 14, 2016].

with Adam Mestyan, Philip Sadgrove et al. 2012. Jarāʾid: A chronology of nineteenth-century periodicals in Arabic (1800-1900). Available at

Book chapters

Grallert, Till. 2016. Mapping Ottoman Damascus through news reports: A practical approach. In: Muhanna, Elias (ed.). Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies. Boston, Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 171–193. Available at

with Carmen Dege et al. 2010. Widersprechen! In: Dege, Martin et al. (eds.). Können Marginalisierte (Wi(e)der)sprechen? Zum politischen Potenzial der Sozialwissenschaften. Gießen: PsychoSozial-Verlag, pp. 471–495.

Andrews, Molly. 2010. Biografie und Geschichte: Dynamiken individueller und kollektiver politischer Erzählungen. In: Dege, Martin et al. (eds.). Können Marginalisierte (Wi(e)der)sprechen? Zum politischen Potenzial der Sozialwissenschaften. Translated by Till Grallert. Gießen: PsychoSozial-Verlag, pp. 347–405.

Blog posts

Grallert, Till. 2015. “Warum ist der Mensch dem Menschen ein Wolf?” – 5in10 mit Till Grallert. Available at [Accessed January 11, 2016].


Grallert, Till. 2014. Embracing the digital age in the MENA region. Egyptian German Science Monitor, (1), p. 19.

Grallert, Till. 2013. [Review]: Weber, Stefan: Damascus. Ottoman modernity and urban transformation 1808-1918. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, 108 (1), pp. 39–51.

Grallert, Till. 2012. To whom belong the streets? Investment in public space and popular contentions in late Ottoman Damascus. Bulletin d’études orientales, (61), pp. 327–359.


with Martin Dege et al. (eds.). 2010. Können Marginalisierte (wieder)sprechen?: Zum politischen Potenzial der Sozialwissenschaften. Gießen: Psychosozial-Verl.