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Anais Massot

PhD candidate

Name
A.K.J.M. Massot
Telephone
+31 71 527 2171
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a.k.j.m.massot@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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PhD research

Inter-Confessional Relations and Political Change from 1740-1860 in Ottoman Damascus

Supervisors: Dr. Tsolin Nalbantian, Prof. dr. Erik-Jan Zürcher, Prof. dr. Bernard Heyberger (EHESS/EPHE)

The topic of this research is changes in inter-confessional relations from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century Ottoman Damascus. The mid-18th century, and especially the rule of As’ad Pasha, is often remembered as the most propitious time for Christians and Jews in Damascus. The mid-19th century, on the other hand, is remembered through the massacre of Christians of 1860 and is taken to represent the worst period for non-Muslims in Ottoman Damascus. This research will adress the relation between political, economic and urban changes and the nature of inter-confessional relations from 1740 to 1860. It shed light on the relation between urban organization, political institutions, group formation and inter-confessional relations. It will present an urban history of Ottoman Damascus from 1740 to 1860 featuring ‘minorities’ as embedded and integrated actors that can no longer be considered in isolation.

Education

Dec 2012- June 2013: Master 2 in Sciences of Religions and Society 
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris 
Master Thesis: « Uléma, Mouvements de Reforme Religieuse et Chrétiens de Damas, Relations Interconfessionnelles au début du 19ème siècle » under the supervision of Bernard Heyberger, EHESS/EPHE. 

Jan 2011- Dec 2012: Research Master, Area Studies: Asia and the Middle East, Leiden University 
Master Thesis: « Urban Change, Political Modernity and Inter-confessional Relations in the Early 19th  century Damascus » under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Murre van den Berg, Leiden University. Cum Laude. 

Sept 2008- July 2010: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Development, McGill University  

Sept 2006- Dec 2007: Associate Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution 
Mira Costa College, California

Grants

Research Grant: Ecole Française de Rome, January 2018

Phd Scholarship Paris Nouveaux Mondes 2013 (HeSam/France)


Publications

Book Review: A History of Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Middle East by Heather Sharkey, Syrian Studies Association Bulletin, 2018, Vol. 23, Issue 1.

« Ottoman Damascus During the Tanzimat: The New Visibility of Religious Distinctions » in Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere: Jews and Christians in the Middle East, ed. S.R. Goldstein-Sabbah, H.L. Murre-van den Berg (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

« Modernization, Communal Space and Inter-Confessional Conflicts in Nineteenth- Century Damascus »  Syrian Studies Association Bulletin, vol. 17, n°2 (2012).

Conference papers

October 2018: "Apostolic delegates in Ottoman Syrian in the early 19th century : knowledge production and power dynamics among Greek Catholics" in Workshop: Missionaries as Experts: Religious networks, knowledge of the fields and public action, IFEA/ Orient Institut Istanbul. 

July 2017: " Nationalité, protection étrangère et construction de la communauté parmi les chrétiens et juifs de Damas dans la première partie du 19ème siècle » presentation and organisation of the workshop: Faire communauté dans une période de transition : conflits de loyauté, stratégies politiques et nationalité(s) chez les juifs et chrétiens entre empire ottoman et états-nation, 2ème congrès du GIS Moyen Orient Monde Musulman, INALCO.

July  2017: "Ottoman, foreigner, protégé: building nationality and community among Christians and Jews of Damascus in the first part of the 19th century" presentation at workshop: Christians and Jews in Ottoman Society: A Workshop in Oxford, The Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

May  2017: "La tarīqa Naqshbandiyya-Khalidiyya à Damas au début du XIXe siècle : circulation d'individus et d'idées pendant les Tanzimat ottomanes" presentation at 2ème Journée des Doctorants de l'Université de Lyon en Histoire de l'Islam ( CIHAM-LARHRA-Université Lumière Lyon 2)

March 2017: "Réinterpréter le concept de la dhimma pendant les réformes des Tanzimat Ottomanes: jurisprudence et discours politiques à Damas au 19e siècle." Séminaire des doctorants du Césor (EHESS), France.

February 2017:   « Mikha'îl Mishâqa, notable de Damas converti au protestantisme, contre le patriarche melkite catholique Maximos Mazloum : un conflit politique, religieux et inter-personnel au XIXe siècle » Séminaire d’Anthropologie historique des chrétiens en Islam (Bernard Heyberger) IISMM ( EHESS), France.

April 2016: "Negotiating Citizenship(s) during the Ottoman Tanzimat in Damascus" What's New?!: Spring Lecture Series, Leiden University. 

March 2016: « Chrétiens et Juifs de Damas face aux réformes fiscales et militaires »  Minorités en méditerranée au XIXe siècle : identité, identifications, circulations, Science Po, GSRL, EPHE, HaStec, Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration, CéSor, Ciera, IISMM, Paris.

March 2016: « Clerical Clothing and the Politics of Recognition during the Ottoman Tanzimat Period: the ‘Affair of the Hat’ as a Case Study » International Symposium: The Politics of Dress and Identity in Eastern Mediterranean Societies, Past and Present, VU Amsterdan, Université de Salento, Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam.

May 2015: « La question de la réforme du calendrier parmi les melkites de Damas (xixe siècle) » in seminar of Bernard Heyberger : Anthropologie historique des chrétiens en Islam, IISMM, EHESS.

May 2015: « L’évolution du rôle économique et politique des Juifs de Damas entre 1840 et 1860 » in seminar of Bernard Heyberger : Anthropologie historique des chrétiens en Islam, IISMM, EHESS.

September 2013: Fourth annual LUCIS conference: Common ground? Changing interpretations of public space in the Middle East among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the 19th and 20th Century, Leiden University. 
« Ottoman Damascus during the Tanzimat:the new visibility of religious distinctions » 
Publication upcoming 

March  2013: Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Leeds. 
« Jean Sauvaget’s Encounter with the Other: Order, Heritage and History » 

May 2012: International Postgraduate Symposium : Middle Earth, Exchange, Influence, Memory & Legacy 300-2012, ERI, University of Birmingham. 
« The Greeks in Venetian Nation-building: Bernardo Guistinani’s History of Venice » 

March 2012: MESAAS Graduate Conference ‘Sites of Modernity’ 
Université de Columbia, New York 
« Communal Conflicts in 19th century Damascus » 

February 2012: Colloque international : L'Emir Abdelkader, Homme de tous les Temps, 
Tlemcen, Algeria 
« Le rôle de l’émir Abd el Kader dans les évènements de 1860 à Damas» 
Publication upcoming

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES APT
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