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Former Member of Staff: Dr James E. Baldwin

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I work on the legal, social and political history of the Ottoman Empire, with a particular focus on the province of Egypt. I am currently completing a monograph on dispute resolution in Ottoman Cairo. Through an examination of several formal and informal dispute resolution forums and practices, including the shari‘a courts, the Ottoman governor’s Diwan, the petitioning system, and informal arbitration undertaken by military officials and community elders, the book investigates the relationship between Islamic law and political power, and examines how law connected Cairo to the imperial capital Istanbul.

I am also working on a second project examining the roles of litigation and political violence in the struggles among elite households over land, revenues and administrative office in eighteenth-century Egypt.

My teaching interests include Islamic legal history, the history of the Ottoman Empire and its relations with other world regions, and the nineteenth-century Ottoman and Egyptian reforms and the emergence of the modern Middle East.

Academic Career

  • 2014-2016: Assistant Professor of Islamic History, University of Warwick
  • 2013-2014: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University of Warwick
  • 2011-2013: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 2011: Senior Fellow, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul
  • 2010: Visiting Research Fellow, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard University
  • 2003-2010: PhD, Joint Program of the Dept. of History and the Dept. of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, New York University


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