Dr. Peled was trained as an architect (B.Arch. – 'Bezalel' Academy of Art and Design), as well as a historian of Arab and Islamic societies (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). He specializes in the field of the Social and Cultural History of Palestinian Arabs in general and of Israeli Arabs in particular.

Within this field, the study of the complex relations between society and space has been the focal point of his work. Striving for historical synthesis, his research employs various methods of spatial interpretation in four major fields of knowledge: 

  1. History of collective remembrance and social amnesia.
  2. Urbanization and social transformation of Israeli Arab society.
  3. Dynamics of relations between sub-groups within Palestinian society.
  4. Constructing and negotiating political and social identities of Jews and Arabs.

Before joining The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Dr. Peled had taught various courses in these fields in 'Bezalel' Academy of Art and Design, in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (for the past six years, he had been teaching in the 'Amirim' Interdisciplinary Program).

Previously, Dr. Peled received the George L. Mosse Program Fellowship, the Kreitman Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Lady Davis Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Gilo Center for Citizenship, Democracy, and Civic Education.

Recently, his forthcoming book Noura's Dream: Historical Ethnography of a Galilean Bedouin Tribal Group won the “2011 Bahat Award for a groundbreaking manuscript."

He lives with his family in Midreshet Ben-Gurion.

Selected Publications


Architecture of Collective Memory: Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Kibbutz Yad-Mordechai 1943-1951 (in Hebrew), Givat Haviva: Moreshet & Yad-Yaari Press, 2008. 

The House as a Text: Israeli Arab Society in a Spatial Perspective (in Hebrew, forthcoming in Resling Publishing House).

Noura's Dream: Historical Ethnography of a Galilean Bedouin Tribal Group (in Hebrew, forthcoming in the University of Haifa Press). 


Recent Articles

“Well Houses: The Disappearing Palaces of Jaffa," Zmanim: History Quarterly, Vol. 103 (2008): 38-47 (in Hebrew).

“Reveal and Conceal the Feminine Body in the Ville Nouvelle of Marrakech," in: Meri Torras and Noemi Acedo (eds.), Telling Bodies: Embodiments – Theories of the Body, Barcelona: Ediuoc, 2008, pp. 235-239.

“The Architectural Metamorphosis of the Israeli-Arab Kitchen: Social Structures, Cultural Patterns, and Gender Identities in a Spatial Perspective," Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, Vol. 7 (2009): 199-228.

“The Social History of the Israeli Arab Salon," in: Yaara Bar-On and Ezri Tarazi (eds.), Israeli Backyards (in Hebrew), Jerusalem: Bezalel, 2009, pp. 69-72.  

“The Well of Forgetfulness and Remembrance: Milieu de Mémoire and Lieu de Mémoire in a Palestinian Arab Town in Israel," British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 37 (2) (August 2010): 139-158.

“'Germany in Jerusalem': The Inauguration of Augusta Victoria in 1910," Zmanim: History Quarterly, Vol. 111 (2010): 76-89 (in Hebrew).