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Ulrike Freitag

The Falah School in Jeddah: Civic Engagement for Future Generations?

Beginning in 1869, the Ottoman state attempted to build a state education system, largely in reaction to the establishment of foreign missionary schools throughout the empire. During this period, education also became a prominent field of civic engagement, understood as ways in which citizens participate in shaping community life.[1] Local initiatives like the Falah school in Jeddah—largely financed through the time-honored tradition of religious endowment or waqf, itself a ...

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Ulrike Freitag

Ulrike Freitag is a historian of the modern Middle East with a special interest in urban history and the Arabian Peninsula in its global context. She is author of Indian Ocean Migrants and State Formation in Hadhramaut (2003), and co-editor (with Nelida Fuccaro, Nora Lafi and Claudia Ghrawi) of Urban Violence in the Middle East. Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State. (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Publishers, 2015), as well as (with Nora Lafi) of Urban Governance Under the Ottomans. Between Cosmopolitanism and Conflict (SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East, Abingdon, Routledge, 2014). Among her recent articles is "Playing with Gender: The Carnival of al-Qays in Jeddah", in Women and the City, Women in the City. A Gendered Perspective on Ottoman Urban History, edited by Nazan Maksudyan (New York, Oxford: Berghahn, 2014), 71-85. She directs Zentrum Moderner Orient, and teaches at the Freie Universität, Berlin.