Loyola University Maryland

Department of History

Dr. Sara Scalenghe

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Dr. Sara ScalengheAssociate Professor
Office: Humanities 303

Curriculum Vitae

Website: http://evergreen.loyola.edu/~sscalenghe


I am a historian of the social and cultural history of the early modern and modern Middle East, with a focus on the Arab world. I 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 Fall 2009, I was an Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington. My first book, entitled Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500-1800, was published by Cambridge University Press (2014). It examines blindness, deafness, impairments of the mind, and intersex in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire.

Areas of Specialization

  • History of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Disability
  • Women and Gender
  • Colonial Libya


Course syllabi and other resources can be found at http://evergreen.loyola.edu/~sscalenghe.

  • HS 107 The Making of the Modern World: The Middle East
  • HS 394 Colonialism and Nationalism in the Middle East and North Africa
  • HS 481 The History of Disability in Comparative Perspective
  • HS 448D Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS 449D The Modern Middle East Through Literature and Film
  • 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).