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Areas of Interest: 

  • Islamic history and culture, 7th-15th centuries
  • History of architectural preservation in the Middle East
  • Jews in the lands of Islam, Cairo Geniza


Selected Publications: 

  • Creating Medieval Cairo: Empire, Religion, and Architectural Preservation in Nineteenth-Century Egypt (The American University in Cairo Press, 2007)
  • A Mediterranean Society, vol. 6, with S. D. Goitein (California, 1993)
  • Ritual, Politics, and the City in Fatimid Cairo (SUNY, 1994)
  • Travelers in the Middle East Archive (co-PI).  The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) is a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.