M'hamed Oualdi, Princeton University

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Assistant Professor Princeton, New Jersey moualdi@princeton.edu Office: (609) 258-8521

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M’hamed Oualdi is an assistant professor specializing in the social and political history of Post-1500 North Africa. His research interests include the social effects of the imperial transitions and the state reforms in the 19th century. He is jointly appointed in the Departments of Near Eastern ...

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Bio/Research

M’hamed Oualdi is an assistant professor specializing in the social and political history of Post-1500 North Africa. His research interests include the social effects of the imperial transitions and the state reforms in the 19th century. He is jointly appointed in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and History.

Based on Arabic and European historical sources, his first book, Esclaves et maîtres. Les mamelouks au service des beys de Tunis du XVIIe siècle aux années 1880 (Publications de la Sorbonne, 2011) is a study of the mamluks who served the governors of the Ottoman province of Tunis from the 1630s until the 1880s. Coming from various social and cultural backgrounds, the mamluks formed a really flexible political and social category that helped their masters, the Tunisian governors, to interact with men from different social groups (from urban notables to peasants). With the enforcement of the Ottoman reforms (tanzîmât) in the second half of the 19th century, they contributed to the depersonalization of the administrative service.


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