We often regard print as a motor of social change, leaving revolutions in its wake. For historians of the Middle East, this line of thought leads to the (predictable) question: why didn’t Muslims or Ottomans or Arabs adopt print? In a new episode of the series "History of Science, Ottoman or Otherwise," a feature of the Ottoman History Podcast, CMES alumna Kathryn Schwartz (PhD '15) and host Nir Shafir discuss why this question is often poorly posed, and take an in-depth look at how and why people used print in one particular historical context: nineteenth-century Cairo.... Read more about Audio: A New History of Print in Ottoman Cairo
Aleksandar Sopov, PhD candidate in the joint program of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the History Department, helped save Istanbul green spaces, but has broader hopes. "I had to save them," he says. “When those public places are erased, it moves people into arenas where demagoguery can take place." Read more of his story in the Harvard Gazette.