Whitman College

Pipeline: The transport of oil and making of the modern middle east

Rachel Havrelock trained in Hebrew Bible, Rabbinics, Folklore, and Middle East Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Havrelock’s research concerns three distinct areas and the overlap among them. Her work on gender and the Bible began with a co-authored book, Women on the Biblical Road (University Press of America, 1996), that introduced the idea of a female hero pattern based on evidence from the Hebrew Bible.

Rachel’s book, River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line (University of Chicago Press, 2011) illustrates her distinct methodology of combining biblical studies, literary and political theory, and the politics of interpretation. In the spirit of River Jordan, Rachel is currently working on the political interpretation of the book of Joshua for a monograph entitled The Joshua Generation: Politics and the Promised Land. Rachel’s work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and modern Middle East has been published in the journal National Identities and in Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motion (University of Georgia Press, 2010).

Her current research in this area focuses on the oil pipeline that once ran from Kirkuk to Haifa. She plans to publish
this research as a book entitled Pipeline: How Oil Created the Modern Middle East and How Water Can Transform It.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Visiting Educator Fund.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theater

Event Type



General Public


Academic, Provost-Dean of Faculty, Social Sciences, History


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