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Arnab DeyKent F. Schull

Associate Professor
Ph.D., UCLA, 2007
Ottoman History, Modern Middle East History, Crime & Punishment, Islamic Criminal Law, Muslims in North America & Europe.
Office: LT 802
Phone: (607) 777-6202


My general research and teaching endeavors focus on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East during the 19th & 20th centuries. Research specializations include state formation, criminal justice, incarceration, identity, and Islamic criminal law in the Ottoman Empire. I also conduct research on Muslim and Middle East diaspora populations in North America and Europe. My first book, Prisons in the Late Ottoman Empire (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), explores the transformation of the Ottoman Criminal Justice System (particularly prisons) during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and argues that Ottoman prisons function as microcosms of imperial transformation. Many of the pressing questions of Ottoman modernity are found within these prisons. They include such issues as national identity, administrative rationalization and centralization, the transformation of Islamic criminal law, gender and childhood conceptualizations, the rehabilitation of prisoners, the government's expanding role in the lives of the population, the professionalization of the bureaucracy, and industrialization and economic development. In other words, prisons act as windows into broader imperial and social transformation throughout the late Ottoman Empire and are comparable to other contemporary states in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

My second book project is a co-edited volume with Dr. Christine Isom-Verhaaren on Ottoman Identity that investigates the transformation of what it meant to be Ottoman during the empire's long existence from a pastoral-nomadic polity, to a conquest state, world empire, and finally to a nation-state . The twenty four contributors to this volume demonstrate how the central state, subjects, groups, allies, enemies, and the indifferent projected, adopted, contested, and negotiated their identities in relation to the Ottoman state.

Undergraduate Courses:

• 20th Century Middle East
• Revolutions in the modern Middle East
• History of the Ottoman Empire, 13th-20th Century
• Palestine, Zionism, and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
• Modern Iran
• Islamic Civilizations
• Istanbul: Imperial City
• Muslims in America
• History of Religion

Graduate Courses:

• Major Topics in Ottoman History
• Major Topics in Modern Middle East History
• Egypt since the Arab Conquest
• The United States and the Middle East

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Last Updated: 8/8/14