Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Ussama Makdisi about his most recent book, Age of Coexistence. In this conversation we will explore a period in Lebanese history where thinkers and intellectuals in Bilad al-Sham began to imagine, discuss, and implement a new and secular political order to replace the old Ottoman system.
Tarikh is a series where we speak with experts of Lebanese Diaspora studies who will share stories that give participants insight into the history of Lebanon from the perspective of migrants in the Global Diaspora.
Dr. Ussama Makdisi is Professor of History and Chancellor’s Chair at the University of California Berkeley. Professor Makdisi’s most recent book is, Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World. His previous books include, Faith Misplaced: the Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East, winner of multiple awards, and The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon. He has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. Among his major articles are “Anti-Americanism in the Arab World: An Interpretation of Brief History” which appeared in the Journal of American History, and “Ottoman Orientalism” and “Reclaiming the Land of the Bible: Missionaries, Secularism, and Evangelical Modernity” both of which appeared in the American Historical Review.