Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Ottoman Middle East

Historiography of the Middle East

A lecture by Heather J. Sharkey (University of Pennsylvania) Thursday, November 02, 2017

In this talk, Heather J. Sharkey will examine the history of relations among Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the pre-World War I, Ottoman Middle East. She will assess the role that religion played – and did not play – in shaping individual and group identities, and in propelling events. At the same time, reflecting on issues of method – namely, on how we tell a history like this one and for whom we try to tell it – she will discuss the use of material and sensory culture to study how people mingled in everyday life.

Heather J. Sharkey is a Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches classes on Middle Eastern, North African, and Islamic history, and where she won the Charles Ludwig Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.  She has received many fellowships, including the Marshall, Fulbright-Hays, and Carnegie.  Her most recent book, A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East, appeared from Cambridge University Press in 2017.

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Duration: 40:22