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Architecture April 28, 2020

Ottoman Baroque

The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul

Ünver Rüstem

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In Istanbul, there is a mosque on every hill. Cruising along the Bosphorus, either for pleasure, or like the majority of Istanbul’s denizens, for transit, you cannot help but notice that the city’s landscape would be dramatically altered without the mosques of the city. In Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul (Princeton University Press, 2019), Ünver Rüstem takes a stab of a slice of that history, arguing that …
Art December 23, 2019

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa

Kathleen Bickford Berzock

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The companion publication to the 2019-2020 traveling exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa (Princeton University Press, 2019, published in association with …
Middle Eastern Studies September 25, 2019

A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo

Humphrey Davies and Lesley Lababidi

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Guides have been written to the city of Cairo for generations. Whether they’re for foreigners who’ve come to the city or its residents. However, it might be safe to say …
Middle Eastern Studies June 7, 2019

Practicing Islam in Egypt

Print Media and Islamic Revival

Aaron Rock-Singer

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Discussions of Middle East politics will inevitably bring Islamism to the table and with it, questions of how Islam in its current iterations came to be. In most cases, the …
Middle Eastern Studies February 7, 2019

Pitfalls of Scholarship

Lessons from Islamic Studies

Ahmad Atif Ahmad

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Ahmad Atif Ahmad’s Pitfalls of Scholarship: Lessons from Islamic Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) is a unique reflection on the field of Islamic studies. It is not quite a memoir, although …
British Studies December 31, 2018

Mandatory Separation

Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine

Suzanne Schneider

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The history of Palestine is overly political; most studies, especially of the Mandate period, when the British effectively colonized Palestine, focus on the political actors. In Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education …
Israel Studies December 17, 2018

Preventing Palestine

A Political History from Camp David to Oslo

Seth Anziska

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The question of Palestinian autonomy has been a key element of Middle Eastern and Arab politics for much of the last century. A new history, by Seth Anziska, Preventing Palestine …
Middle Eastern Studies December 7, 2018

Caliphate Redefined

The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political Thought

Hüseyin Yılmaz

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In Islamic intellectual history, it is generally assumed that the Ottomans did not contribute much to Islamic thought. With his new book, Caliphate Redefined: The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political …
Literary Studies November 12, 2018

Letters of Light

Arabic Script in Calligraphy, Print, and Digital Design

J.R. Osborn

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Arabic script is astounding! Not only because it represents one of the most commonly spoken languages today –that is, the Arabic language– but because it has represented dozens of other …
Middle Eastern Studies November 5, 2018

The Lighthouse and the Observatory

Islam, Science, and Empire in Late Ottoman Egypt

Daniel Stolz

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Both a history of science and a history of Islam, The Lighthouse and the Observatory: Islam, Science, and Empire in Late Ottoman Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2018) by Daniel Stolz …
European Studies September 12, 2018

Emotional Cities

Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910

Joseph Ben Prestel

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Joseph Ben Prestel talks with us about Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910 (Oxford University Press, 2017), blending together history of emotions, urban history, global …
Middle Eastern Studies September 4, 2018

Between Christ and Caliph

Law, Marriage, and Christian Community in Early Islam

Lev Weitz

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Recent years have seen new waves of research in Syriac studies, the medieval Middle East, and family history. Combining all three, Lev Weitz’s Between Christ and Caliph: Law, Marriage, and …