Loyola University Maryland

Department of History

Dr. Sara Scalenghe

Headshot of Sara ScalengheAssociate Professor
Office: Humanities 301
Website: http://loyola.academia.edu/SaraScalenghe

Curriculum Vitae


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 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 recently edited a roundtable on Disability Studies in the Middle East and North Africa for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and she is currently writing a book on disability in the Arab world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prof. Scalenghe is a member of the Editorial Review Board of Disability Studies Quarterlyof the Manuscript Review Board of Review of Disability Studies, and, starting in September 2017, she is serving a three-year term as the Chair of the Board of the Disability History Association. She is a core faculty member in the Global Studies program at Loyola, and in 2015 she received a Dean's Achievement Award. In June and July 2018 Sara directed a four-week Summer Institute for College and University Teachers funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled "Global Histories of Disability." 

Areas of Specialization

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Disability
  • Gender


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  • HS 107 The Making of the Modern World: The Middle East
  • HS 397 Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS 398 Global Histories of Disability
  • HS 449 The Modern Middle East Through Literature and Film
  • HS 489 Seminar: America in the Middle East
  • HS 491 Migration, Displacement, and Refugees in the Middle East



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

Oghenetoja Okoh, Ph.D.

Toja Okoh, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, sees Loyola’s core values as helping her students gain self-confidence, their sense of purpose, and social responsibility