Gender, Communal Boundaries, and Leisure Activities: A New Approach?

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Lecture with Murat Yildiz (Skidmore College)

This historiographical talk connects scholarship on masculinity and leisure in the modern Middle East with work on the fluidity of communal boundaries during the late Ottoman Empire. Focusing on the creation of a shared sports culture in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Istanbul, the talk explores the ways in which Muslim, Christian, and Jewish young men from an expanding middle class cultivated shared and exclusive ties as they exercised, joined sports clubs, and explored the city.

Murat C. Yıldız is Assistant Professor of History at Skidmore College. He received his Ph.D. in History from UCLA and served as a Manoogian Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. Yıldız’s current book project examines the making of a sports culture among Muslims, Christians, and Jews in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Istanbul. He serves as an Assistant Editor of the Arab Studies Journal.

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Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2022