My research interests are in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African, and modern Islamic history, especially modern and contemporary North Africa; and modern France and the French colonial empire (18th-20th cents.). My first work focused on the intersection of Islamic modernism and nationalist politics in colonial Algeria, and I continue to work on colonial and contemporary North African, and especially Algerian, history and politics. I also have a broader interest in the social, political, and intellectual history of the Arab world, and especially in Arabic/Islamic conceptions of history. Since 2008, I have been involved in a series of annual workshops on Arabic historiography, 'Arabic Pasts', organised in partnership with colleagues at SOAS and the Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London. My current research is divided between two projects, one on 'the everyday life of colonialism' and the aftereffects of empire in France and Africa, and another on the global history of Islam since the eighteenth century. I am also interested in historical methodology, the intersections of history and critical theory, and comparative historiography. As Academic Director of the Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Historiography (a five-year program begun in 2012), I organise a series of events in Trinity term each year on major themes in contemporary historical practice.
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