5:30pm - 7:00pm PST January 24
Henry R. Shapiro, Polonsky Fellow, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Henry R. Shapiro’s talk will be based on his first book titled ‘The Rise of the Western Armenian Diaspora in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire: From Refugee Crisis to Renaissance in the Seventeenth Century’ (Edinburgh University Press, 2022), focuses on Armenian history in the Ottoman Empire from 1590 to 1695. In the seventeenth century, the historical Armenian population centers in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus were ravaged by war with Persia, the Celali Revolts (a series of violent rebellions), famine, and economic collapse, part of what Geoffrey Parker calls a “global crisis” of “war, climate change, and catastrophe.” Ottoman historians have extensively debated the Celali Revolts’ causes, but they have not given enough attention to the transformative effects they had on the demographic and cultural landscape of the Ottoman Empire. Using both Ottoman Turkish and little-known Armenian sources, his book is a study of the Armenian population movements that the Celali Revolts set in motion, migrations which resulted in the cosmopolitan remaking of Istanbul.
HENRY R. SHAPIRO has been a Polonsky fellow since 2018, joining immediately after the completion of his PhD in the History Department of Princeton University. Previously he had earned degrees from Brown University (BA in Classics), Harvard University (Master of Divinity), and Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey (MA in History). His works have been published in Iranian Studies and Journal of Early Modern History. Shapiro regularly teaches in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, including both philology courses on the Classical Armenian language and history courses on medieval Anatolia and the early modern Islamic empires. 3335 Dwinelle Hall