3 March 2016: today I deliver a talk at Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies as part of their ongoing Sultan Lecture Series. The talk is titled “War Stories: World War I and the Ottoman Arab Diaspora” and caps off my year as a visiting scholar at the CMES. It begins at 5pm at 340 Stephens Hall.
Abstract: “The Ottoman Empire’s entry into the First World War in 1914 created an enormous legal predicament for its subjects living beyond the imperial domain. For a half million Syrians living in the diaspora, the war transformed into an unprecedented opportunity to oppose Ottoman rule from abroad. In this lecture, Dr. Fahrenthold will discuss the shifting politics of pro-Entente collaboration among Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestinian Ottoman nationals during the war, focusing on the trafficking and recruitment of young migrant men into the United States Army in 1917.”