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DepartmentDepartment of History
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  • Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • M.A., Georgetown University
  • B.A., New College


Judith Mendelsohn Rood received her Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago and her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. She earned her B.A. at New College, an experimental liberal arts college modeled on the Oxford University curriculum, and did undergraduate and graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rood was the first woman ever permitted to undertake research in the Islamic Archives in Jerusalem, and was the first American since 1967 to do so. Her specialization is the Muslim community in Jerusalem during the Ottoman period. She is especially interested in the relations of Muslims, Christians and Jews from an historical perspective. Currently she is working on writing a history of world civilizations. Rood loves the arts, hiking, swimming and good conversation.


  • The Conference on Faith and History
  • The American Historical Association
  • The Historical Society, Middle East Studies Association, Turkish Studies Association

Publications (Selected)


  • Sacred Law in the Holy City: The Khedival Challenge to the Ottomans as seen from Jerusalem, 1829-1841, Leiden: Brill, 2004.


  • “Is Christian Zionism Based on Bad Theology?” with Paul W. Rood, Cultural Encounters 7 (2011): 37-48.
  • "Shoah/Nakbah: Offerings of Memory and History" in History (1933-1948) : What We Choose to Remember ; Margaret Monahan Hogan, James M. Lies, editors (Portland, OR: Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture/University of Portland, 2011), 411-448.
  • “The Historian and the Claims of Memory: A Review Essay for Fides et Historia” Fides et Historia, Fall 2010.
  • “What do Muslims Really Think about Israel?” The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Winter 2008, 6:37-41.
  • “Intercommunal Relations in Jerusalem during Egyptian Rule (1834-1841) Part Two” Jerusalem Quarterly, Spring 2008, 34: 78-88.
  • “Intercommunal Relations in Jerusalem during Egyptian Rule (1834-1841)” Jerusalem Quarterly, Autumn 2007, 32: 32-41.
  • “A Reflection Upon Our Witness in the Muslim World,” Mishkan, Spring 2008, 54: 39-53.
  • “The Time the Peasants Entered Jerusalem: The Revolt Against Ibrahim Pasha in the Islamic Court Sources,” Jerusalem Quarterly, Summer 2006, 27: 28-42.
  • “A Mideast Opportunity We Must Seize: Saudi Deal on Palestinian Government a Chance to Undercut Iran, al-Qaida,” Orange County Register, March 5, 2007.
  • “The Underground Railroad in Walled Lake, Michigan: The Banks Homestead,” Sacred History Magazine, January/February 2007: 40-51.
  • “Beauty for Ashes: Towards a Biblical Metanarrative of World History,” unpublished Faculty Theology Integration Seminar Paper written under for Drs. Wayne Grudem and Michael Wilkins, June 30, 2006. Current book project.
  • “Is the Dome of the Rock a Mosque?” Sacred History Magazine, January/February 2006:40-41, 43-45,48-9, 75.
  • “The Palestinian Culture of Death: Shari’ah and Siyasah—Justice, Political Power, and Capital Punishment in the Palestinian National Authority,” The Cultural Lives of Capital Punishment, edited by Austin Sarat, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005, 231-248.
  • “Why and How Should Christian Students Study World Religion?” Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Advance, Spring 2003, 7-8.
  • “Mehmed Ali as Mutinous Khedive: The Roots of Rebellion,” International Journal of Turkish Studies, Vol. 8, 2002. Republished in Jane Hathaway, ed. Mutiny and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002, 115-128.
  • “Architecture, Islamic, West Asia,” in David Levinson, and Karen Christensen, et al., Eds. Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002.
  • “Response to Terrorism Must Include Knowledge,” Detroit News, September 25, 2001,
  • “Law, Government and Family: Muhammad Ali, Marriage and Procreation, 1835.” in Essays on Ottoman Civilization, Proceedings of 1996 CIEPO Conference, Prague, 1996. Pp. 317-30.
  • “The Beginning of the End of Sunni Preeminence: Muhammad Ali and Jerusalem.” Arab Studies Journal, Spring 1996. Pp. 86-95.
  • “The I'ana Tax, Conscription and the Rural-Urban Alliance against Muhammad Ali in 1834: The Case of Jerusalem.” Histoire Economique et Sociale de l'Empire Ottoman et de la Turkie (1326-1960), ed. Daniel Panzac, Paris: Peeters, 1995. Pp. 415-25.


  • “The World in 4D: Contemporary Events from a Biblical Perspective” A Lecture Series and Special Events for Biola’s Year of the Arts: Sanctuary and Sacred Space”, Spring, 2012.
    • March 9: “The World in 4D: History and the Liberal Arts at Biola”
    • March 22: Jerusalem: The Holy City
    • March 24: The Middle East Crisis Conference (Talbot School of Theology)
    • March 25: The Passover Seder: Liturgy, Storytelling, and Tradition (Jewish Ministries Club)
    • April 23-7: Second Annual Holocaust Awareness Week (Jewish Ministries Club)
    • April 26: Biola Business Women’s Association: “Beauty for Ashes: The Shoah, Justice, and the Providence of God”
    • February 12 “The Dialogues of the Carmelites: Meditations on the French Revolution and the Holocaust
  • “Hamas and the Islamicization of the Arab-Israel Conflict: New or the Same Old Story?” and Panel Moderator Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, Washington, D.C., November 4-7, 2010.
  • “Shoah/Nakba, Narratives and History” and Panel Moderator “Women’s Stories,” Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, Washington, D.C., November 5, 6, 2010.
  • “Teaching Islam in CCCU Institutions,” Middle East Studies Association Invited Panelist, San Diego, November 18-21, 2010.
  • “New Wineskins Conference,” panelist Oct. 2, 2010.
  • “Shoah/Nakba” and “Between Promise and Fulfillment” Presentations at “What We Choose to Remember” University of Portland Conference, April 2010
  • “The Liberal Arts and Students of Faith”, Gaede Center Conference, Westmont College, February 26-27, 2010.
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