Feb 07, 2017 Feb 07, 2017
12:00PM 01:00PM "Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Ottoman Empire": University Event Topic: Academics,Humanities,Lectures & Meetings,Religion & Ethics School: Graduate School Department/Organization: Graduate Division of Religion Building/Room: Dobbs University Center (DUC) Meeting Organizer/Sponsor: Laney Colloquium in Religion Speaker/Presenter: Heather J. Sharkey, Ph.D. Cost: free! Contact Name: Marianne Parrish Florian Contact Email: mfloria@emory.edu Link: http://www.laneycolloquium.emory.edu/ Dr. Sharkey will give a guest lecture related to her forthcoming book, A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East (Cambridge UP, 2017). In the mid-nineteenth century, the Ottoman sultan issued reforms that seemed to proclaim the social equality of Christians and Jews relative to Muslims as Ottoman subjects. These reforms ended a practice that Islamic states had followed since the early Islamic era, of identifying non-Muslim subjects as dhimmis: protected but subordinate people, who had to pay a tax called the jizya in recognition of their status. Approaching this subject through the lenses of material and military history, I will examine how Ottoman reforms affected the way Christians, Jews, and Muslims related to each other in the long nineteenth century. I will argue that the late Ottoman state’s efforts to dismantle some old hierarchies, while preserving others, ultimately heightened tensions along religious lines and set the stage for the twentieth-century Middle East. + DUC E334 Campus Events
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