Professor Emeritus — Ph.D., 1979, Columbia University
Arab and Ottoman history; Islamic history; social history of the Middle East; music cultures of the Middle East
Social and cultural history of the early modern and modern Middle East; cities and urban life; Islamic law and legal practice; music and society.
His major teaching fields are early modern and modern Middle Eastern history, the Ottoman Empire, and music cultures of the Middle East.
Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, 1991.
The Middle East on the Eve of Modernity: Aleppo in the Eighteenth Century.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1989, 418pp. Paperback edition, 1992.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, volume 6: The Middle East
(New York: Routledge, 2002), Consulting Editor.
An Encyclopedia of World History, 6th revised edition, General Editor Peter Stearns (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001), Editor for the Middle East and North Africa.
The Encyclopedia of Social History, General Editor Peter Stearns
(New York: Garland, 1994), Editor for the Middle East.
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