Loyola University Maryland

Department of History

Dr. Sara Scalenghe

Sara ScalengheAssociate Professor
Office: Humanities 303

Curriculum Vitae

Website: http://loyola.academia.edu/SaraScalenghe


Sara Scalenghe is a historian of the social and cultural history of the early modern and modern Middle East, with a focus on the Arab world. She graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a B.A. in Arabic and Persian, and then went on to pursue an M.A. in Arab Studies and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and North African History from Georgetown University. Before returning to the East Coast and joining the Department of History at Loyola University Maryland in 2009, she held a Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, followed by two years as an Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington. Prof. Scalenghe's research has been supported by numerous grants, including fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright-Hays program, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the American Historical Association. Her first book, Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500-1800 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Paperback, 2016), won the 2016 Disability History Association Outstanding Book Award, as well as an Honorable Mention in the 2015 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies. It examines blindness, deafness, madness, and intersex in early modern Egypt and Greater Syria. Recent reviews of Disability in the Ottoman Arab World can be read here. She is currently writing a book on disability in the Arab world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prof. Scalenghe serves on the Editorial Review Board of Disability Studies Quarterly and on the Manuscript Review Board of Review of Disability Studies. She is a core faculty member in the Global Studies program at Loyola, and in 2015 she received a Dean's Achievement Award.

Areas of Specialization

  • History of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Disability
  • Women and Gender

Courses (Click on a course number to download its most recent syllabus) 

  • HS 107 The Making of the Modern World: The Middle East
  • HS 448 Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS 449 The Modern Middle East Through Literature and Film
  • HS 481 The History of Disability in Comparative Perspective
  • HS 489 Seminar: America in the Middle East


Disability in the Ottoman Arab World Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 2014. Paperback 2016).