Prof. Dr. Jane Hathaway

Alumni

Ohio State University
Department of History
230 Annie and John Glenn Ave.
Columbus
OH, 43210-1367
USA
Personal website
hathaway.24@osu.edu

Dr. Jane Hathaway
© J. Hathaway

Academic Profile

Jane Hathaway’s research deals with slavery and dependency in the early modern Ottoman Empire.

Her previous publications have addressed elite slavery, including that of military slaves in Egypt and Yemen, and African eunuchs, above all the Ottoman Chief Harem Eunuch.
Her current research concerns the Jewish population of Ottoman Egypt as it engaged with two forms of dependency: that of a religious minority and the reciprocal dependency between Egypt, the Ottoman Empire’s largest province, and the imperial center.

6 books, 4 edited volumes, 59 articles and book chapters, 44 book reviews, 10 Ph.D.s directed to completion and 3 in progress, 7 M.A.s directed to completion

My current research engages with this last topic. I am launching a new project based on the Ottoman-era materials in the Cairo Geniza, a vast collection of documents of all kinds generated by Cairo's Jewish community between the tenth and nineteenth centuries C.E. These documents constitute a major source for the social history of the eastern Mediterranean. While the medieval materials have been heavily exploited by the late S.D. Goitein and his successors, the Ottoman-era materials have been largely ignored, apart from several articles by three Israeli scholars, most of them focusing on linguistic matters.

This project engages with dependency and slavery in several interrelated ways. Dependency defined the relationship of Ottoman Egypt's Jewish community to the Muslim majority: not only were non-Muslims "protected" subjects of the Ottoman sultan and his provincial administrators; they lived in economic and often social symbiosis with Egypt's Muslim population and relied on their tolerance. Far more broadly, Egypt, the Ottoman Empire's largest province, existed in a state of mutual dependency with the Ottoman imperial center, remitting huge amounts of revenue to the imperial capital each year but also relying on infusions of administrative and military personnel from the center. Slavery also plays a role in this project, for slaves, particularly elite military slaves, formed a significant component of Ottoman Egyptian society, and the Jewish population had frequent contact, above all commercial contact, with them. They appear with some degree of regularity in Ottoman-era Geniza documents.

1992
Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

1986
M.A., History, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA

1982
B.A. with highest honors, Plan II (liberal arts honors program), University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA

2018–present
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

2008–2018
Professor of Islamic and World History, Department of History, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

spring 2013
Douglas Southall Freeman Professor of History, University of Richmond, VA, USA

1997–2008
Associate Professor of Islamic and World History, Department of History, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

autumn 2004
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Islamic History, Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA

spring 2003
Ertegün Visiting Associate Professor of Ottoman History, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

1992–1997
Assistant Professor of Islamic and World History, Department of History, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

autumn 1997
Acting Director, Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

1989–1990
Preceptor, Department of Near Eastern Studies and Department of History, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

1986–1987
Research Assistant, Geniza Laboratory, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

1984–1986
Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA

2004
Professor C4 for Southeast Asia Studies, University of Passau, Germany

2018–present
Editorial Board, The Journal of Ottoman Studies / Osmanlı Araştırmaları (Istanbul)

2017–present
International Association for Ottoman Social and Economic History, Executive Committee

2015–present
Middle East Studies Association, Committee on Academic Freedom

2008–present
Comité International d'Études Pre-Ottomanes et Ottomanes, Board of Directors

2010–2013
Middle East Studies Association, Board of Directors

2009
Chair, Albert Hourani Book Award Committee, Middle East Studies Association

2006–2009
American Historical Association, Professional Division

2002–2004
President, Turkish Studies Association

1995– 2000
Book Review Editor, Turkish Studies Association Bulletin

External application reviewer for the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Advanced Study, American Research Center in Egypt, American Research Institute in Turkey

Book manuscript reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press, Yale University Press, Routledge, Brepols, etc.

Article manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, British Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of the American Oriental Society, International Journal of Turkish Studies, Journal of Northeast African Studies, Medieval History Journal, Endowment Studies, etc.

autumn 2016 
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ, USA), School of Historical Studies, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Membership

2006–2007
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

2005–2006
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

2003
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend

spring 2000 
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ, USA), School of Historical Studies, Membership

  • The Arab Lands under Ottoman Rule, 1516–1800. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2020. (1st ed. Harlow, Essex: Pearson/Longman, 2008.)
  • The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem: From African Slave to Power-Broker. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Paperback, 2020.
  • Al-Jabarti's History of Egypt (ed.) (abridged primary source). Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2009.
  • The Arab Lands in the Ottoman Era (ed.) Minneapolis: Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota, 2009.
  • Beshir Agha, Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Imperial Harem. In Makers of the Muslim World, edited by P. Crone. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2006.
  • A Tale of Two Factions: Myth, Memory, and Identity in Ottoman Egypt and Yemen. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2003.
  • Mutiny and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire (ed.). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.
  • Rebellion, Repression, Reinvention: Mutiny in Comparative Perspective (ed.) Westport, CT: Praeger/ Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001.
  • The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt: The Rise of the Qazdağlıs. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Paperback, 2002.
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