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Semerdjian, Elyse

Assistant Professor, History Department
Whitman College


Elyse Semerdjian is the Associate Professor of Islamic World/Middle Eastern history at Whitman College. She served as the Dumanian visiting professor in Armenian Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Chicago in Spring 2013. A specialist in early modern Ottoman history, she authored “Off the Straight Path”: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo (Syracuse University Press, 2008) as well as several articles on women, non-Muslims, and law in the Ottoman Empire. She received her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1994 and her Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University in 2003. Her dissertation earned both distinction and the Syrian Studies Association Best Dissertation Prize in 2003. She is a two-time Fulbright awardee and is currently writing a social history of the Armenians of Saliba Judayda, the Christian quarter of Aleppo, focusing on the formative seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Armenian Studies   
Gender/Women's Studies   
Islamic Law   
Ottoman Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Armenia   
All Middle East   
Ottoman Empire   
Syria   
SPECIALTIES
Gender   
Islamic Law   
Ottoman Syria   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
French (Intermediate)   
Armenian (Advanced)   
Turkish (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
PhD2003HistGeorgetown U
MA1994Center for Middle Eastern and North African StudieUniversity of Michigan
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Elyse Semerdjian






Dept of History
Whitman College
345 Boyer Ave.
Walla Walla, WA
99362
United States
semerdve@whitman.edu

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