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Faculty bio-Jim Grehan


Jim Grehan
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (1999)

Contact Info:
Cramer Hall 441-T
grehanjp @

Office hours:
Wed 10:00-12:00 for Spring 2015


Fields of Expertise:
social and cultural history of the early modern and modern Middle East
popular culture and popular religion
Ottoman Empire 

Recent publications:
Twilight of the Saints: Everyday Religion in Ottoman Syria and Palestine, Oxord University Press (forthcoming, 2014).

“The Legend of the Samarmar: Parades and Communal Identity in Syrian Towns, c. 1500-1800," Past and Present 204 (2009), 89-125.

Everyday Life and Consumer Culture in Eighteenth-Century Damascus, University of Washington Press, 2007.

"Smoking and 'Early Modern Sociability:' the Great Tobacco Debate in the Ottoman Middle East (17th-18th Centuries)," American Historical Review 111 (December 2006), 1352-77.

Courses taught:

  • HST 385, Modern Middle East I
  • HST 407/507: Popular Religion
  • HST 485/585, The Ottoman World
  • HST 495/595, Comparative World History: Islam and Modernity