About Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium

Fall 2016 Events



Next Event: Wednesday, December 14
Gendering the Eastern Question, 1875-1878

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Jones 102
Presenter: Kyle Clark (NES)
Prof. Satyel Larson (NES)

A light lunch will be served.


"In my paper, I examine how Ottoman and British diplomats, British newspapers, and American and British feminist journals wrote about Ottoman women from 1875-1878. I argue that following the reporting of the Bulgarian Atrocities of 1876 in Western European newspapers, the status of women became a critical topic in diplomatic rhetoric for the Ottomans, the rebels, and Western Europe. All sides agreed that the treatment of women was the primary determinant as to whether a state was just, and so the Ottomans strove to prove that it was the rebels, not Ottoman forces, who mistreated women, while the rebels sought to demonstrate the converse. Additionally, feminists within England and the United States, while using the status of Ottoman women to argue for their own enfranchisement, supported Western imperialism. Thus, while Western feminists, popular opinion, and government officials had very different views of the proper role of women in Western society, they had similar conceptions of the hierarchies of races and religions. Therefore, they believed that Ottoman women needed to be more like Western women, and they could only achieve this goal through Western intervention. Consequently, the Ottomans correctly deduced that their treatment of women was not just an issue of public perception in the West, but also a matter that would affect international alliances and perhaps the long-term survival of Ottoman sovereignty, at least in Europe.”


About the PISC

The Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium is a forum for discussion and peer review of graduate students' research projects and guest scholars' works-in-progress in the field of Islamic Studies. The Islamic Studies Colloquium formed in the spring of 2009 with the hope of encouraging an interdepartmental discussion and circulation of ideas among graduate students and professors with an interest in Islamic Studies.

The colloquium meets once or twice a month over lunch to discuss a pre-circulated paper, and all attendees are expected to have read and reflected on the paper beforehand. A discussant initiates the conversation with a summary of the work in progress' main argument, taking care to identify what the piece contributes to current scholarship as well as the potential for further development. Following the author's response, a moderator conducts an hour of mediated discussion. The forum is led and organized by graduate students.

PISC is supported by the generosity of Princeton University's Department of Religion, the Department and Program of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion.

Please contact pisc@princeton.edu for more information.


Fall Schedule 2016

             All meetings will take place in Jones 102 at 12pm unless otherwise noted. A light lunch will be served.

Wednesday, September 28: Varak Ketsemanian (NES)

"The Hunchakian Revolutionary Party and the Pattern of Violence in Sasun, 1890–1894"

Discussant: Alexander E. Balistreri (NES)

Wednesday, October 19:  Onur Gunay (ANT)

"Islamist Movements and Ethnic Politics"

Discussant: Prof. Julia Elyachar (ANT)

Wednesday, November 16: Raissa von Doetinchem de Rande (REL)

"Of Created Human Nature, Custom, and Reform: Fitra in Shah Wali Allah's Hujjat Allah al-Baligha"

Discussant: Prof. Daniel Sheffield (NES)

Wednesday, December 14: Kyle C. Clark (NES)

"Gendering the Eastern Question, 1875–1878"

Discussant: Satyel Larson (NES)