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Dr. Timothy J. Fitzgerald

Cleveland Hall, Room 316
Office phone: 540-568-4709
MSC 2001
58 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Assistant professor of history
Affiliated Faculty: Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations; Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Ph.D., Harvard University

Fields and specialties

Ottoman Empire; Islamic law; urban history; premodern Middle East

Teaching areas

Middle Eastern and world history; comparative empire; practice of history

Research interests

Mamluk-Ottoman transition in the Arab world; comparative imperial formations; legal culture and institutions; literacy; Arabic and Turkish literatures

Selected publications and presentations

“Negotiated Fiat: Ottoman Provincial Law Codes and Governance in Theory and Practice,” at the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies, “Islamic Law and the State: Doctrine and History” conference (May-June 2012)

“The Mamluk-Ottoman Transition: The End of Legal Pluralism?” at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Beirut “Pluralisme judiciaire et interactions institutionnelles dans l’Islam médiéval et moderne” conference (May 2012)

“The Qadi is Not Alone: The Diffusion of Justice in Early Ottoman Aleppo,” at the Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes, Istanbul, “Justice in Ottoman Society: Institutions, Actors, and Practices” conference (January 2012)

Law and Empire: The Ottoman Conquest of the Arab World (book manuscript in preparation)

“Bibliography of the Published Works of Abdul-Karim Rafeq” in Syria and Bilad al-Sham under Ottoman Rule: Essays in Honour of Abdul-Karim Rafeq (Leiden, 2010)


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