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Queen's University

Ariel Salzmann Salzmann.jpeg

Associate Professor
Islamic and World History

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74350
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 101


Ph.D., History, Columbia University, 1995
M. A., Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, 1983
B. A., University of Massachusetts (Amherst), 1978


Ariel Salzmann's scholarship on the past bridges world regions and disciplines. She began her graduate studies in Persian language and literature at Ferdowsi University in Mashhad, Iran. She studied sociology at Binghamton University and the New School for Social Research before completing a PhD in Middle Eastern History at Columbia University in 1995. An article that summarizes the findings of her dissertation, "An Ancien Régime Revisted: Privatization and Political Economy in the 18th century Ottoman Empire," (Politics & Society 1993) won the Ömer Lutfi Barkan Article Prize from the Turkish Studies Association. It remains one of the most influential essays in the field of Ottoman studies and has been cited by sociologists, political scientists and economists interested in aspects of governance and the history of privatisation.

In addition to her 2004 monograph on the political sociology of the later Ottoman Empire, Tocqueville in the Ottoman Empire: Rival Paths to the Modern State, Professor Salzmann has published articles on a wide range of subjects, from a sociological analysis of the integration/exclusion of religious minorities in Medieval Christendom and the Islamic World, to an account of the conversion of a Maltese priest to Islam in seventeenth-century Egypt and an analysis of the consumer craze over tulips in eighteenth-century Istanbul. Her scholarship has been supported by fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Research Institute in Turkey Fellowship (1988, 1999), the American Council of Learned Societies (2000), and  Queen's University's A.R.C/ S.A.R.C. (2005, 2011). Her current research project, which seeks to document cultural and diplomatic relations between the popes and Ottoman sultans, was the alternate for the American Academy in Rome's Senior Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Italian Studies in 2010. She was awarded a Senior Fellowship at the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations of Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey for Winter Term 2011.

Before coming to Queen's in 2003, Professor Salzmann taught graduate and undergraduate students at the Pratt Institute, the University of Cincinnati and New York University. At Queen's University she teaches seminars and lectures on Middle Eastern and world history.

Selected Publications

(in press)." L'impero ottomano: dinamica e stabilita." in Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo ed. Alessandro Barbero. (Roma: Salerno Editrice,s.r.l. 2011).

(in press) "Cosmpolis, Islampolis: Ottoman Urbanity between Myth, Memory and Post-Modernity." in Cosmopolitanisms in Muslim Contexts, ed. Derryl N. MacLean (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press. 2011)

2010. "Is there a Moral Economy of State Formation?  Religious Minorities and Repertoires of Regime Integration in the Middle East and Western Europe, 600-1614." Theory & Society

2007 Ariel Salzmann, "A Travelogue Manqué? The Accidental Itinerary of a Maltese Priest in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean." A Faithful Sea, The Religious Culture of the Mediteranean, 1200-1700 ed. Adnan A. Husain and K. E. Fleming (London: One World).

2006 "Mehmet Genç, Economic Historian." in Türk Tarihçiliginde Dört Sima: Halil İnalcık, Halil Sahillioğlu, Mehmet Genç ve İber Ortaylı. ed. Erol Ozvar (Istanbul: İstanbul Büyükşehir Bedeliyesi Kültür A.Ş. Yayınları).

2000 "The Age of Tulips: Confluence and Conflict in Early Modern Consumer Culture (1500-1730)." in Consumption Studies and the History of the Ottoman Empire ed. Donald Quataert (Albany: State University of New York Press).

1999 "Citizens in Search of a State: The Limits of Political Participation in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1808-1914." in Extending Citizenship, Reconfiguring States ed. Michael Hanagan and Charles Tilly (Lanham, MD.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers).

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