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New Texts Out Now: Mostafa Minawi, The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz

Mostafa Minawi, The Ottoman Scramble for Africa, Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz (Stanford University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mostafa Minawi (MM): I did not set out to write this book. I was not particularly interested in questions of diplomacy, international Law, or even empire. I was interested in the lived experiences and life worlds of Ottomans during a time of transition from the late nineteenth to the early ...

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Mostafa Minawi is an assistant professor of history and the director of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative at Cornell University. His research focus on late ninteenth century trans-imperial social and diplomatic history from an Ottoman perspective. Mostafa holds a PhD. in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from NYU, an MA in History from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Engineering and Management from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Canada. He divides his time between Ithaca, NY and Istanbul, and travels extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and East Africa as he continues to conduct research on the history of the region with a focus on Istanbul and its relations with the other European and African imperial centers of power. He is also a regular commentator on the social and political developments in Turkey, and their relation to wider developments in the region and American foreign policy.