Anything on the Middle East and North Africa post 1600

History 101.005

Spring 2012
201 Giannini
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A

All research topics relating to early modern and modern history of the region from Afghanistan to Morocco are welcome. The expectation is that you can do primary research in one of the languages of the region and that you will attempt a history from the inside out. By that I mean a history that pays some attention to the actual lives, actions, and thoughts of the peoples of these regions. If you cannot do research in a Middle East language, then topics on the encounter with Europe and the United States are also welcome. The use of one of the European languages in addition to English to conduct primary research is encouraged. It is vital that interested students identify a topic and available archival sources, then make an appointment to see me during the Fall, 2011semester. At the meeting, we will discuss the significance and viability of the topic and sources as well as issues of approach and methodology. I will also suggest secondary readings. The goal is to settle these issues before the semester starts so you can hit the ground running. A late start will significantly reduce your chances of completing a good research paper. Please email me ( to reserve a time during office hours (T, 3-4) or to set an appointment. Also, please make sure to read the history 101 guidebook before you see me. It is available at: Some background on my research interests: I am a social historian of Arab lands in Ottoman times. I write on the political economy of urban-rural relations, family history, gender relations, law and society, social movements, colonial and post-colonial conflicts, and the modern history of the Palestinians.