Ph.D., Princeton University Modern Near East, Europe
Office: WD 140
Phone: (607) 777-6602
R. A. Abou-El-Haj's major interests are early modern, modern European, Near Eastern and North African history with an emphasis on political economy, culture, the study of comparative history, comparative historiography, and the critical evaluation of postmodernism and post-colonial studies. His research interests and publications are in the history of the Ottoman Turks and the Arabs and their cultures. He is the author of two books, co-editor and contributor to a third book, twenty-five articles, and thirty book reviews. Abou-El-Haj's teaching interests are focused on the social processes that produce multi-cultural societies where differences are mutually forged and symbiotically achieved for the purposes of minimizing and resolving conflict.
Recent or current undergraduate courses:
- Twentieth Century Wars and Their Effect on Women and Children
- Colonialism and Imperialism
- Wars and Revolutions of the Twentieth Century
Recent or current graduate courses:
- Civil Society and Modernity
- Formation of the Modern State
- Explorations in Comparative History
- Politics, History & Location (Team taught with Professor William Haver)
- The Formation of the Modern State: The Ottoman Empire Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries, IMGE Kitabevi (Ankara, 2000). Translation into Turkish.
- Formation of the Modern State: The Ottoman Empire Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries, SUNY Press, 1992.
- Ottoman Power and Urban Structure, co-editor with I. Bierman and D. Preziosi, Caratzas Press, 1992.
- The Rebellion of 1703 and the Structure of Ottoman Politics, Leiden, 1984.
- "How the Ottoman Elite Reproduces Itself in Sixteenth Century Ottoman Jerusalem," in Frauen, Bilder and Gelehrte - Studien zu Gesellschaft and Kunsten im Osmanischen Reich. Ed. Christoph K. Neumann (Istanbul, 2002).
- Chapter, "Historiogaphy in South West-Asian and North African Studies since Sa'id's Orientalism, 1978," in History After the Three Worlds: Post-Eurocentric Historiographies. Eds. Arif Dirlik, Vinay Bahl & Peter Gran. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
- "Social Uses of the Past: Arab Historiography of the Ottoman Era," The International Journal for Middle East Studies, May 1982. Also appeared in French under the title, "Identite et Histoire: leur utilisation sociale dans l'historiographie Arabe," Maghreb-Machrek, (Paris) September, 1982.
- "The Ottoman Vezir-Pasha Households," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1974.