| Engin Akarlı

Engin Akarlı


Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle East History and Professor of History


Brown University


Akarlı studied economics at Robert College (BA '68), southeast European history at University of Wisconsin (MA '72), and Middle East history at Princeton (MA '73, Ph.D. '76). He taught at Bosphorus University in Istanbul (1976-83), Yarmouk University in Jordan (1983-89), and Washington University in St. Louis (1989-96) before joining Brown. He held research fellowships at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1985-86), at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2003-04), and at the Islamic Legal Studies Program of Harvard Law School (2005-06). He taught courses in economic history of the world and the Middle East and wrote on Ottoman demographic, fiscal and political history earlier in his career. His later works explore the history of geographical Syria under Ottoman rule. His book on Ottoman Lebanon in 1860-1920 won the Best History Book Prize of the Missouri Historical Society. Currently, he works on themes related to the legal history of the region.

Selected Publications

“Islamic Law in Asia Minor (Turkey) and the Ottoman Empire” in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (Oxford University Press, 2009), vol. 6.

“Law and Communal Identity in Ottoman Lebanon, 1893‐1912” (with Abdul‐Rahim Abu‐Husayn) in Dirasat (Beirut: American University of Beirut), Jan. 2008.

“Daughters and Fathers: A young Druze Woman’s Experience (1894‐97)” in Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman Middle East and the Balkans, edited by K. Barbir and B. Tezcan (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007), pp. 167‐83.

“Ottoman Encounters with the West and Problems of Westernization,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 26/3 (2006): 353‐366.

“Lebanese Dilemmas” (in Turkish), Birikim (Sept. 2006).

“The Subordination of the Hawran Druze in 1910: The Ottoman Perspective” (with Abdul‐Rahim Abu‐Husayn) in The Druze: Realities and Perceptions, ed. by Kamal Salibi (London: The Druze heritage Foundation, 2005), pp. 115‐128.

“Law and Communal Identity In Ottoman Lebanon, 1909‐12" [in Turkish], in İlhan Tekeli için Armağan Yazılar, ed. by S. İlkin, O. Silier, and M. Güvenc (Istanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 2004), pp. 237‐262.

“Law in the Marketplace, 1730‐1840,” in Dispensing Justice in Islam: Qadis and their Judgments, ed. by M. Khalid Masud, Rudolph Peters and David S. Powers (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006), pp. 245‐270.

"Gedik: A Bundle of Rights and Obligations for Istanbul Artisans and Traders, 1750‐1840," in Law, Anthropology and the Constitution of the Social: Making Persons and Things, ed. by Alain Pottage and Martha Mundy (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 166‐200.

"The Tangled Ends of an Empire and Its Sultan," in Modernity and Culture from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, ed. by Leila Fawaz and Christopher Bailey (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002) pp. 261‐284.

"Rights and Conditions of Religious Communities in Ottoman Lands: Preliminary Observations" (In Turkish) in Osmanlı Devleti'nde Din ve Vicdan Hürriyeti, ed. by Azmi Özcan (Istanbul: ISAV, 2000), pp. 27‐40 & 369‐374.

“The Reign of Abdülhamid II,” Yeni Türkiye 2000. “Particularities of History” Armenian Forum (1998).

“Ottoman Historiography,” MESAB (1996).

The Long Peace: Ottoman Lebanon, 1861-1920 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993).

“Ottoman Attitudes Towards Lebanon, 1885‐1910” in Lebanese and the World, ed. by A. Hourani and N. Shehadi (London: I.B. Tauris, 1992).

“Economic Policy and Budgets in Ottoman Turkey, 1876‐1909,” Middle Eastern Studies 28 (1992).

"Defense of Libya, 1882‐1902” in Studies on Ottoman Diplomatic History: Ottomans in Africa, ed. by S. Deringil and S. Kuneralp, Istanbul, 1991.

Ottoman Documents on Jordan (Amman: University of Jordan, 1989).

“Provincial Power Magnets in Ottoman Bilad al‐Sham and Egypt, 1740‐1840” in La vie sociale dans les provinces arabes a l’époque ottomane, ed. by A. Temimi (Zaghouan, Tunisia, 1988).

“Gedik: Implements, Mastership, Shop Usufruct, and Monopoly among Istanbul Artisans, 1750‐1850” in Wissenschaftskolleg Jahrbook 1986 (Berlin, 1987).


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