Associate Professor

fitzgetj@jmu.edu

Contact Info

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


Associate  professor of history

Affiliated Faculty: Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations; Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Education

Ph.D., Harvard University

Research interests

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

Teaching areas

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

Selected publications 

“Rituals of Possession, Methods of Control, and the Monopoly of Violence: The Ottoman Conquest of Aleppo in Comparative Perspective,” in The Mamluk-Ottoman Transition: Continuity and Change in Egypt and Bilād al-Shām in the Sixteenth Century, edited by Stephan Conermann and Gül Şen (Göttingen: Bonn University Press, forthcoming, 2016) 

“Murder in Aleppo: Ottoman Conquest and the Struggle for Justice in the Early Sixteenth Century,” Journal of Islamic Studies 27, no. 2 (2016): 176-215

“Reaching the Flocks: Literacy and the Mass Reception of Ottoman Law in the Sixteenth-Century Arab World,” Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 2, no. 1 (2015): 5-20; reprinted in Law and Legality in the Ottoman Empire and Republic of  Turkey, edited by Kent F. Schull, M. Safa Saraçoğlu, and Robert Zens (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016),9-25

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

Service

First-Year Advisor

Lifelong Learning Institute instructor


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