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Alan Mikhail


New Texts Out Now: Alan Mikhail, "Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt"

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Alan Mikhail, Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [Winner of the 2011 Roger Owen Book Award] Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Alan Mikhail: In the most general sense, I wrote this book because I wanted to understand the period of Ottoman rule in the Arab World. The Ottomans were in Egypt for over 350 years, so they clearly must have had a fundamental role in shaping its history, ...

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Alan Mikhail


Alan Mikhail is Assistant Professor of History at Yale University. He is a historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt whose research and teaching focus mostly on the nature of early modern imperial rule, peasant histories, environmental resource management, and science and medicine. Professor Mikhail received his PhD in 2008 from the University of California, Berkeley, where his dissertation won the Malcolm H. Kerr Award from the Middle East Studies Association and the James H. Kettner Award from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2008 to 2010, he was a member of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford University. Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt is his first book. He is currently writing a second book about the changing relationships between humans and animals in Ottoman Egypt and also editing a collection of essays on Middle East environmental history (under contract with Oxford University Press). His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, History Compass, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and in other journals and edited collections.