Feras Krimsti


In his research, Feras focuses on the Arabic provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the early modern and modern era. He works at the intersection of cultural, intellectual and social history. Analysing ego documents like travelogues, eyewitness reports, letters, chronicles and other texts, from a microhistorical perspective and through close readings, he engages with questions of identity formation and the complex processes in which social, religious and economic configurations shape representations of Ottoman rule and notions of self and society. He examines the agency of Arabic Christians and explores the relations of these individuals to their society and intellectual milieu.

Featured Publication

– Die Unruhen von 1850 in Aleppo: Gewalt im urbanen Raum, Berlin: Klaus Schwarz 2014.

– “The 1850 Uprising in Aleppo. Reconsidering the Explanatory Power of Sectarian Argumentations”, in: U. Freitag, N. Fuccaro (eds.), Urban Violence in the Middle East. Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State, New York / Oxford: Berghahn 2015, pp. 141–163.

  • Arsāniyūs Shukrī al-Ḥakīm’s Account of His Journey to France, the Iberian Peninsula, and Italy (1748-1757) from Travel Journal to Edition

  • The Lives and Afterlives of the Library of the Maronite Physician Ḥannā al-Ṭabīb (c. 1702–1775) from Aleppo

  • Disciplining Disobedient Subjects: The Punishment of Aleppo’s Insurgents in 1850 as a Contentious Issue

  • Signatures of Authority: Colophons in Seventeenth-Century Melkite Circles in Aleppo

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