Lecture by Mostafa Minawi (Cornell) with the topic "Ethno-racial Differentiation Comes to Istanbul"

On Wednesday 17th of May 20236 pm, at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH (Melissinou and Nikiforou Foka 130, Rethymno), Mostafa Minawi will speak with the topic of "Ethno-racial Differentiation Comes to Istanbul".

Mostafa Minawi is associate professor of history at Cornell University. His first book titled The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz was published in English by Stanford University Press in 2016, and it has been translated to Turkish and Arabic. His latest book and subject of this talk is Losing Istanbul: Arab-Ottoman Imperialists and the End of Empire, came out in late 2022. In addition to teaching history, Minawi is the director of the Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies (CO+POS) initiative at Cornell University.

 Based on his new book, Losing Istanbul: Arab-Ottoman Imperialists and the End of Empire, Mostafa Minawi offers an intimate history of empire, following the rise and fall of a generation of Arab-Ottoman imperialists living in Istanbul. Prof. Minawi shows how these men and women negotiated their loyalties and guarded their privileges through a microhistorical study of the changing social, political, and cultural currents between 1878 and the First World War. He narrates lives lived in these turbulent times focusing on the complex dynamics of ethno-racial differentiation in an increasingly Turco-centric imperial capital.

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