Free and open to the public, the lecture will feature Amy Singer, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Singer is the author of multiple works on Ottoman societies, including Palestinian Peasants and Ottoman Officials: Rural Administration around Sixteenth-Century Jerusalem.
Singer provides a closer examination of the Ottoman conquest and occupation of Jerusalem. Her lecture will focus on the impact of construction, endowment, and administrative changes on the city during the occupation and explores the ways in which the Ottomans invested in the process of reshaping identities among the peoples and places they conquered. This consideration of how the Ottomans attempted to reconfigure physical and human identities points to some of the challenges inherent in the creation of a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional empire, and suggests new ways to understand the impact of the empire on its provinces.