Research Associates

Till Grallert

Research Associate

Phone: +961 (0)1 359241


Till Grallert joined the OIB in 2014 (on parental leave August 2016 – September 2017). His research and teaching focuses on the social and spatial history of late Ottoman cities, the socio-linguistics of early Arabic newspapers and digital humanities (DH) outside the global north. He completed his PhD at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies in 2014 with a thesis entitled “To Whom Belong the Streets? Property, Propriety, and Appropriation: The Production of Public Space in Late Ottoman Damascus, 1875 – 1914.” Till’s current research project aims at establishing a genealogy of urban food riots as a “repertoire of contention” (Tilly) and as genuine political negotiations of the social contract between the rulers and the ruled in the Eastern Mediterranean between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries. He is a co-organiser of the “Digital Humanities Institute – Beirut,” the developer and a core contributor to “Project Jarāʾid,” an online chronology of Arabic periodicals before 1900, and he contributed to a recent collection on “Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies” (ed. Elias Muhanna, 2016). Within the framework of his research project “Open Arabic Periodical Editions” (OpenArabicPE), Till works on open, collaborative and scholarly digital editions of early Arabic periodicals such as Muḥammad Kurd ʿAlī's journal al-Muqtabas and ʿAbd al-Qādir Iskandarānī's al-Ḥaqāʾiq.

Women on the streets! A genealogy of food riots in the Middle East between the 18th and 20th centuries

This project scrutinises the phenomenon of urban food riots in the Middle East between the mid-eighteenth and the mid-twentieth centuries as contentious performances that form and follow certain repertoires (C. Tilly).

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Open Arabic Periodical Editions (OpenArabicPE)

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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.