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Saturday, January 17, 2015

An Andalusi in Fatimid Egypt | Sumaiya Hamdani

E183| The story of the twelfth-century scholar Umaya b. `Abd al-`Aziz Abu al-Salt al-Dani al-Ishbili starts in al-Andalus but moves eastward, to Fatimid Cairo and Zirid Tunisia. His movement across the Mediterranean illustrates a west-east transmission of knowledge and intellectual culture. A prolific scholar trained in diverse fields, Abu al-Salt's story traces scholarly links between multiple medieval Islamic states. Professor Sumaiya Hamdani joins Graham Cornwell to discuss her work on Abu al-Salt and the historiography of intellectual culture in the medieval Mediterranean.

Sumaiya Hamdani is Associate Professor of World History at George Mason University, and founder of the GMU Islamic Studies program. She is also the author of Between Revolution and State: The Construction of Fatimid Legitimacy, published in 2006.
Graham H. Cornwell is a PhD Candidate in History at Georgetown University. His dissertation is entitled "Sweetening the Pot: A History of Tea and Taste in Morocco, 1856-1960.


Sumaiya Hamdani. "Worlds apart? An Andalusi in Fatimid Egypt." Journal of North African Studies 19.1 (2014): 56-67.

Hamdani, Sumaiya. Between Revolution and State: The Path to Fatimid Statehood : Qadi Al-Nuʻman and the Construction of Fatimid Legitimacy. London: I. B. Tauris, 2006.

Salma Khadra Jayyusi. The Legacy of Muslim Spain, Volume 1. Brill: 2000.

Yaacov Lev. State and Society in Fatimid Egypt, Volume 1. Brill: 1991.

Amin Maalouf. Leo Africanus. New Amsterdam Books: 1998.

Stephen O' Shea. Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World. Walker: 2007.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Missionaries and the Making of the Muslim Brotherhood | Beth Baron

E182 | In this episode, Beth Baron discusses the historical context of the Muslim Brotherhood's rise during the interwar period and how the organization's activities and goals were shaped by the actions of European missionaries in Egypt.

Beth Baron is Professor of History at City University of New York (CUNY), the Graduate Center and direct of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC). She has written extensively on the gender, the press, nationalism, and politics in modern Egypt.
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. (see academia.edu)
Susanna Ferguson is a PhD student in Middle Eastern History at Columbia University, where she focuses on the history of women and gender in the Arab world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (see academia.edu)

Listeners might also like:

#031 American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire | Scott Rank
#161 Reconstituting the Stuff of the Nation | Lerna Ekmekçioğlu
#104 Crypto-Christianity in the Ottoman Empire | Zeynep Türkyılmaz
#180 Law and Order in Late Ottoman Egypt | Khaled Fahmy
#150 The Lives of Ottoman Children | Nazan Maksudyan

Select Publications of Beth Baron

The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Stanford University Press, 2014.

Egypt As a Woman: Nationalism, Gender, and Politics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

The Women's Awakening in Egypt: Culture, Society, and the Press. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.


A representation of Egypt press and its critiques of missionary privileges in interwar Egypt. Captions read: "Every one of the knights is a chivalrous here... fighting those who are hidden in the fortress of colonialism" From Al-Lata'if al-Musawwara, 3 July 1933 in Beth Baron, The Orphan Scandal

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Slavery and Manumission in Ottoman Galata | Nur Sobers-Khan

The legal and social environments surrounding slavery and manumission during the early modern period varied from place to place and profession to profession. In this episode, Nur Sobers-Khan presents her exciting research on the lives of a particular population of slaves in Ottoman Galata during the late sixteenth century, how they were classified and documented under Ottoman law, and the terms by which they were able to achieve their freedom.

Nur Sobers-Khan completed a PhD in Ottoman History at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Cambridge. Dr. Sobers-Khan was formerly a curator for Persian manuscripts at the British Library. She is currently a curator at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. (see academia.edu)
Nir Shafir is a doctoral candidate at UCLA focusing on the history of knowledge and science in the early modern Middle East. He also runs the website HAZİNE, which profiles different archives, libraries, and museums that house sources on the Islamic world. (see academia.edu)

Citation: "Slavery and Manumission in Ottoman Galata," Nur Sobers-Khan, Chris Gratien, and Nir Shafir, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 181 (11 December 2014) http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2014/12/slavery-istanbul-ottoman-empire.html.

Listeners might also like:

#046 Slavery in a Global Context | Elena Abbott / Soha El Achi / Michael Polczynski
#141 Race, Slavery, and Islamic Law in the Early Modern Atlantic
#144 Galata and the Capitulations | Fariba Zarinebaf
#130 Family and Property in Ottoman Lebanon | Zoe Griffith


Sobers-Khan, Nur. Slaves Without Shackles Forced Labour and Manumission in the Galata Court Registers, 1560-1572. Berlin: Klaus-Schwarz-Vlg, 2014.

Heberer, Michael, Osmanlıda bir Köle: Brettenli Michael Heberer’in Anıları 1585-1588 (tr.) Türkis Noyan (Istanbul, 2003)

Faroqhi, Suraiya, “Quis Custodiet custodes: Controlling Slave Identities and Slave Traders in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-century Istanbul” in Stories of Ottoman Men and Women (Istanbul, 2002), pp. 245-263

İnalcık, Halil, ‘Servile labor in the Ottoman Empire’ The Mutual Effects of the Islamic and Judeo-Christian Worlds: The East European Patterns (ed.) Abraham Ascher et al (New York, 1979), pp. 25-52

Sahillioğlu, Halil, ‘Slaves in the social and economic life of Bursa in the late 15th and early 16th centuries’ Turcica Vol. 17 (1985), pp. 43-112

Seng, Yvonne J., ‘Fugitives and factotums: slaves in early sixteenth-century Istanbul’ JESHO Vol. 34 (1996), pp. 136-169

Toledano, Ehud R., The Ottoman Slave Trade and Its Suppression 1840-1890 (Princeton, 1982)

Zilfi, Madeline, Women and Slavery in the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge, CUP, 2010)

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