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Astrid Meier

Phone: +961 (0)1 359237 | Email: meier@orient-institut.org

Astrid Meier joined the Orient-Institut Beirut in October 2013 as deputy director. A historian by training, she holds a Ph.D. of the University of Zurich in Switzerland (1994). She worked as research assistant for the Chair of Modern History at the History Department of the same university (2006-2011) and taught as a lecturer at the universities of Zurich, Basel, Bern and St. Gallen. 2011 to 2013 she was visiting professor for Islamic studies at the Oriental Institute of the University of Halle-Wittenberg.

Her research interests include: the social and cultural history of the Middle East in the early-modern period, Bilad al-Sham and Damascus in particular; theory and practice of Islamic law; waqf studies; African history, in particular related to Sudanic Africa in pre-colonial and colonial times; famines, hunger and food systems; environmental history. Her research project at the OIB focuses on the early-modern history of rural societies in Bilad al-Sham under Ottoman rule.

Publications

Book

Hunger und Herrschaft. Vorkoloniale und frühe koloniale Hungerkrisen im Nordtschad. Stuttgart: Steiner-Verlag, 1995 (Beiträge zur Kolonial- und Überseegeschichte 62, also Diss. University of  Zurich 1994).

Edited Books

with Amir Shaykhzadegan (eds.): Beyond the Islamic Revolution. Perceptions of Modernity and Tradition in Iran before and after 1979. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2017 (Welten des Islams - Worlds of Islam - Mondes de l’Islam, vol. 8) 

with Johannes Pahlitzsch and Lucian Reinfandt (eds.): Islamische Stiftungen zwischen juristischer Norm und sozialer Praxis. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 2009 (Stiftungs-Geschichten, Vol. 5).

with Hans-Lukas Kieser and Walter Stoffel (eds.): Revolution islamischen Rechts. Das Schweizerische ZGB in der Türkei. Zürich: Chronos-Verlag, 2008.

Journal Article

“Looking for Credit in 18th-Century Damascus: A Case from the Court Records”, DYNTRAN Working Papers, n° 22, online edition, March 2017, available at: http://dyntran.hypotheses.org/1794

The materiality of Ottoman water administration in 18th-century rural Damascus. A historian’s perspective, in: McPhillips, Stephen/Wordsworth, Paul (eds.): Landscapes of the Islamic World: Archaeology, History, and Ethnography. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016, 19-33.

Un istibdāl revoqué. Sur le raisonnement juridique dans le sijill et quelques enjeux de son interprétation, in: Guéno, Vanessa; Knost, Stefan (eds.): Lire et écrire l’histoire ottomane. Damas et Beyrouth: Ifpo/OIB, 2015, 87-106.

(with Tariq Tell) The World the Bedouin Lived in: Climate, Migration and Politics in the Early Modern Arab East, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 58, 2015, 21-55.

Stiftungen für die Blinden im osmanischen Damaskus. Eigeninteresse und Altruismus im islamischen Stiftungswesen, Historische Zeitschrift, Beiheft 66, 2015, 95-122.

Ego-documents in early-modern Ottoman „Syria“? Results of a difficult search, in: Ruggiu, François-Joseph (ed.): Les usages des écrits du for privé. Afrique, Amérique, Asie, Europe, Paris, 2013, 123-138.

Archives and chanceries: Arab world, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd ed. (EI3), Leiden: Brill, 2012-4, 17-22.

with Johann Büssow: ʿAnaza, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd ed. (EI3), Leiden: Brill, 2012-1, 63-67.

with Brigitte Marino: L’eau à Damas et dans son environnement rural au xviiie siècle, in: Bulletin d’études orientales 61, 2012, 363-428.

The charities of a grand vizier. Towards a comparative approach to Koca Sinân Pasha’s endowment deeds (989-1004/1581-1596), in: Turcica 43, 2011, 309-343.

Bedouins in the Ottoman juridical field. Select cases from Syrian court records, seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, in: Eurasian Studies 9/1-2, 2011, 187-211.

Bathing as a translocal phenomenon? Bathhouses in the Arab-speaking provinces, in: Ergin, Nina (ed.): Bathhouses in Anatolia and Beyond. Architecture, History and Imagination. Leuven: Peeters, 2011, 169-197. (Turkish translation: Yerelötsi Bir Olgu Olarak Yıkanma: Osmanlı İmaparatorluğu’nun Arap Eyaletlerindi Hamamlar, in: Nina Ergin (ed.): Anadolu Medeniyetlerindi Hamam Kültürü: Mimari, Tarih ve İmgelem, İstanbul: Koç Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2012, 211–241.)

Grüne Schuhe, blaugestreifte Badetücher und das "Weisse Minarett". Religiöse Koexistenz in den Städten des osmanischen Syrien, in: Andreas Schmauder und Jan Friedrich Missfelder (eds.): Kaftan, Kreuz und Kopftuch. Religiöse Koexistenz im urbanen Raum (15.-20. Jahrhundert). Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2010, 281-303.

Ein Teppich als Denkmal. Historische Repräsentationen in Westasien und Nordafrika um 1900, in: Periplus. Jahrbuch für aussereuropäische Geschichte 18, 2008, 43-67.

Krisen des Selbst in der biographischen Literatur zu Damaskus, 17. und 18. Jahrhundert, in: Stefan Reichmuth und Florian Schwarz (eds.): Zwischen Alltag und Schriftkultur. Individuelle Horizonte in der arabischen Schriftkultur des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts. Beirut: Orient-Institut, 2008, 1-21.