On April 4, Fresno State will host speakers from US CIS, a variety of organizations devoted to resettlement of Syrian refugees, as well as Dr. Keith Watenpaugh, historian of refugees and human rights at UC-Davis. The all-day event features expertise on all sides of the… Read More
3 February 2017: today a workshop on Religious and Ethnic Minorities in the Ottoman Empire brought together four scholars working in Armenian, Kurdish, Assyrian, Sephardic, and Arab Christian histories to Fresno State. The meeting was co-organized by the Islamic Studies lecture series, the Armenian Studies… Read More
1 February 2017: Trump’s January 27 Executive Order, colloquially understood as the #MuslimBan, sparked immediate protest at airports and initiated a series of federal court challenges which are ongoing. As a scholar of Middle Eastern migration I am watching these developments with trepidation. I have… Read More
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6 November 2016: the Islamic Studies symposia series I organize will host its first speaker of the year tomorrow evening with Dr. Elyse Semerdjian, who will speak on “Ottoman History from the Margins: Reflections on Women and Dhimmis at Aleppo’s Shari‘a Court” at the Smittcamp Alumni… Read More
1 July 2016: I am proud to announce that this Fall I am starting a new position in the History Department at California State University, Fresno. I will be a 3-year visiting assistant professor of Islamic World History, teaching two courses a semester on topics… Read More