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Projects

Book: In the Steps of the Sultan: Essays in Honor of Abdulrahim Abu Husayn

Editors Tylor Brand and Bilal Orfali. Beirut: American University of Beirut Press, 2023. 

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“Beyond the Blood Shedder: Crisis, Corruption, and the Ottoman Legacy in Lebanon after World War I”

The figure of Jamal Pasha looms large in contemporaneous and historical memory of World War I in Lebanon and Greater Syria. While Jamal and his allies deserve scrutiny for their failures, the war had a far deeper and more nuanced impact on the Ottoman administration and the subjects it was to serve during the wartime period. 

In The Long War in the Eastern Mediterranean. Edited by James Tallon (Forthcoming)

“Childhood and Children in the Lebanese Famine of World War I”

In crisis studies, children are often reduced to literary devices or reflections of the adults who surround them. This essay demonstrates that children were active agents in the Lebanese famine of World War I, but that their agency still depended upon 

In In the Steps of the Sultan: Essays in Honor of Abdulrahim Abu Husayn. Eds. Tylor Brand and Bilal Orfali. Beirut: The American University of Beirut Press, 2023. 

“Good Crime in Bad Times in the Lebanese Famine of World War I”

It is a famine commonplace that extreme hunger and social breakdowns cause an increase in criminality and a decline in public morality. This article seeks to understand how the Lebanese famine of World War I changed the ways that people looked at criminality as a result of both widespread need and the perceived injustice of the Ottoman state's handling of the wartime crisis. 

Anticipated submission in 2023. 

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