Amy Singer (historian)

Amy Singer is a Professor of Ottoman and Islamic History at Brandeis University. Her major research areas are agrarian relations, philanthropy and the city of Edirne,

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Amy Singer
Academic background
Alma materPrinceton University
Academic work
DisciplineHistorian
Institutions
Notable worksPalestinian Peasants and Ottoman Officials: Rural Administration around Sixteenth-century Jerusalem (1994)

EducationEdit

Singer took her BA at Swarthmore College (1982).[1] She completed a Phd in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University in 1989.[2]

CareerEdit

In 1989, she was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. In 2007 she was promoted to Professor. Singer served as head of the Women's Studies Forum at Tel Aviv University.[3]

In 2018 she was appointed to the Department of History and the Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Chair in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University.[4]

She has held a number of research grants and fellowships including from the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) (2014–15),[5] and a visiting fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford (2018–19).[6] Singer has also held visiting professorships at the Bosphorus University (2011) and Bologna University (2010).

Singer is on the editorial board of Mediterranean Historical Review[7], the Journal on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society[8] and Turcica and is president of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association.[9] She established OpenOttoman, a digital platform for Ottoman studies.[10]

Rewards and recognitionEdit

In 2010 she received the ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) Book Prize for the Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research, for Charity in Islamic Societies.[11] In 2008 she received the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award 2008, First Prize, for the article: “The Persistence of Philanthropy”.[12]

Selected publicationsEdit

BooksEdit

  • A. Singer.1994. Palestinian Peasants and Ottoman Officials: Rural Administration around Sixteenth-century Jerusalem. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Turkish translation: Kadılar, Kullar, Kudüslü Köylüler. İstanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 1996. Turkish translation republished: Kadılar, Kullar, Kudüslü Köylüler. Istanbul: Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, 2008.
  • A. Singer 2002. Constructing Ottoman Beneficence: An Imperial Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem. Albany: State University of New York Press. Turkish translation: Osmanlı'da Hayirseverlik: Kudüs’te bir Haseki Sultan İmareti. İstanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 2004
  • A. Singer. 2008. Charity in Islamic Societies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Turkish translation: İyilik Yap, Denize At: Musulman Toplumlarda Hayırseverlik (Istanbul: Kitap Yayınevi, 2012).

Edited volumesEdit

  • A. Singer with Michael Bonner and Mine Ener, eds. 2003. Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • A. Singer with Nina Ergin and Christoph K. Neumann, eds. 2007. Feeding People, Feeding Power: Imarets in the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul: Eren Yayıncılık.
  • A. Singer. 2011. Starting with Food: Culinary Approaches to Ottoman History. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers. Published simultaneously under the same title as a special issue of Princeton Papers. Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 16 (2011). Turkish translation: Haydi Sofraya! Mutfak Penceresinden Osmanlı Tarihi. Istanbul: Kitap Yayınevi, 2015.

ArticlesEdit

  • A. Singer 2005. Serving up charity: The Ottoman public kitchen. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 35.3: 481-500.
  • A. Singer 2006. Soup and sadaqa: Charity in Islamic societies. Historical Research 79.205: 306-324.
  • A. Singer 2011. The Persistence of Philanthropy. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 31:3: 557‐568.
  • A. Singer 2016. Making Jerusalem Ottoman. In Living in the Ottoman Realm: Sultans, Subjects and Elites, eds. Christine Isom-Verhaaren and Kent F. Schull. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, pp. 123-136.
  • A. Singer 2016. Enter, Riding on an Elephant: One Approach to Early Ottoman Edirne. Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, 3:1: 89 -109.
  • A. Singer, 2016. Introducing the Ottoman Gazetteer and OpenOttoman. Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 3(2): 407-412.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amy Singer appointed Hassenfeld Chair in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies". The Brandeis Hoot. 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  2. ^ "Amy Singer named to Hassenfeld Chair of Islamic Studies". BrandeisNOW. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  3. ^ "Questions & Answers / A Conversation With Amy Singer". Haaretz. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  4. ^ "Amy Singer named to Hassenfeld Chair of Islamic Studies". BrandeisNOW. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  5. ^ "2014-2015 Members, Visitors and Research Assistant | School of Historical Studies". www.hs.ias.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  6. ^ "All Souls College Oxford". www.asc.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  7. ^ Singer, Amy (2004-06-01). "Introduction". Mediterranean Historical Review. 19 (1): 1–5. doi:10.1080/0951896042000256616. ISSN 0951-8967.
  8. ^ "View of Vol 3 No 1 (2019)". scholarworks.iu.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  9. ^ link, Get; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Email; Apps, Other. "Our Board". Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  10. ^ Amy Singer (2016). "Introducing the Ottoman Gazetteer and OpenOttoman". Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. 3 (2): 407–412. doi:10.2979/jottturstuass.3.2.20. JSTOR 10.2979/jottturstuass.3.2.20.
  11. ^ "Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research - Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action". www.arnova.org. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  12. ^ "The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award 2016". award.sabanciuniv.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-22.