Dr. Jane Hathaway
© Jane Hathaway

Prof. Dr. Jane Hathaway

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


Current Position

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor for History

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

Research Project

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.

Education

  • 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

Academic Positions

  • 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

 
Editorial and Professional Organization Positions

  • 2004                          Professor C4 for Southeast Asia Studies, University of Passau, Germany
  • 2018–present          Editorial Board, The Journal of Ottoman Studies / Osmanlı Araştırmaları3 (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 Bulletin4

Professional Reviewing Activity

External application reviewer for the American Council of Learned Societies5, National Endowment for the Humanities6, Institute for Advanced Study, American Research Center in Egypt7, American Research Institute in Turkey8

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 Studies9, British Journal of Middle East Studies10, Journal of the American Oriental Society11, International Journal of Turkish Studies12, Journal of Northeast African Studies13, Medieval History Journal14, Endowment Studies15, etc.

Major External Funding

  • 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

Selected Publications

  • 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: P. Crone (ed.): Makers of the Muslim World. 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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