History Department
History Department

Mohammed Hadi Hosainy

M.A. in History, Sabanci University, Istanbul



history of the Middle East, Islamic law, gender


Born and grown up in Iran and lived in Afghanistan, I came to Turkey for my undergrad education in 1998. I studied International Relations at METU, Ankara, after which I moved to Istanbul to study for a Master's degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. There, I developed interest in Ottoman ways of alternative dispute resolution. I studied for a master's degree in Ottoman history and I wrote my dissertation on early-modern amicable settlement. Since 2008, I have been pursuing my Ph.D. degree at the University of Texas at Austin. As a Ph.D. candidate, I am working on my dissertation, which is about the intergenerational transfer of property in early-modern Istanbul. I am interested in how gender, law, state, and social norms influenced the process of the devolution of property from a generation to another.


HIS F306K • Intro M East: Rel/Cul/Hist Fnd

84208 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM WAG 101
(also listed as MES F301K, R S F314K)

This course surveys the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the end of the fifteenth century. Students will be introduced to basic aspects of the political, social, and cultural dimensions of Islamic civilization from Spain to Iran as they changed over time.

In the midst of mapping this broad view, we will focus our attention on how specific historical figures and events contributed to definitions of Islamic identity, community, and authority. Central themes include the emergence of Sunni and Shi`i identities, the relationship of Muslims and non-Muslims, and the unique material and intellectual contributions of Islamic civilization to world history and other societies.

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