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2016年2月 9日 (火)


Lecture title: "Swimming against the currents: On the unpublished memoirs of an Arab-Ottoman officer during WWI"

Date: Friday, February 19, 2016

Time: 17:00-18:30

Venue: 7th Floor meeting room, Hongo Satellite (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) 2-14-10 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033
          東京外国語大学本郷サテライト 7th Foor meeting Room

Language: English

Admission: Free, No registration is required.

Summary: In this talk Dr. Malek Sharif will introduce the memoirs and discuss their significance in view of other reminiscences dealing with the same period. Some themes in the memoirs will be analysed, like the author’s experience as a Boy Scout and later as a cadet in Istanbul as well as his experience as a young officer in the Ottoman army on the west Jordanian front. The self perception of the author as an educated Beiruti, an Arab and an Ottoman officer will be discussed.

Sponsored by Core Project “Human Mobility and Formation of Plural Societies in the Middle East and the Muslim World,” ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Short Bio of Dr. Malek Sharif:

Malek Sharif holds a BA in History and a MA in Middle Eastern History from the American University of Beirut.  In 2004, he received his PhD in Ottoman History from the Free University of Berlin, Institute of Turkic Studies. 2004-2005 he was affiliated to the German Orient Institute in Istanbul, as a post doctoral fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. From 2005 until 2007 he was a fellow of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation residing in Istanbul where he conducted research on the parliamentary, municipal and medical history of the Ottoman Empire. From 2008 until 2014 he was visiting assistant professor and lecturer at the American University of Beirut. He is currently senior research associate at the Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae at the University of Münster.

He is the author of Imperial Norms and Local Realities: The Ottoman Municipal Laws and the Municipality of Beirut (1860-1908), 2014, and coeditor of The First Ottoman Experiment in Democracy, 2010. He also wrote on migration, health care, the closing days of the Ottoman Empire in Beirut and the first Ottoman parliament.

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