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Paula A. Sanders
Professor
Professor of History
 
e-mail:sanders@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1977) Northwestern University
  • M.A. (1981) Princeton University
  • Ph.D. (1984) Princeton University
 
Primary Department
   Department of History
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Provost's Office
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    Research Areas
     medieval Islamic history, civilization and culture; history of Egypt; Ismaili shiism
     
    Creating Medieval Cairo in the Nineteenth Century
     My current book project investigates the politics of 19th century architectural conservation in Cairo, situating it within the context of 19th century empires as well as local Egyptian practices. The book demonstrates the dynamic process by which the historic city we call Medieval Cairo came into existence and continues to be sustained by ideas and practices that are rooted in 19th century colonialisms.
     
    Making Cairo Medieval: Architecture, Religion, and Empire in 19th century Egypt
     My current book project investigates the politics of 19th century architectural conservation in Cairo, situating it within the context of 19th century empires as well as local Egyptian practices. The book demonstrates the dynamic process by which the historic city we call Medieval Cairo came into existence and continues to be sustained by ideas and practices that are rooted in 19th century colonialisms.
     
    Travelers in the Middle East Archive
     http://timea.rice.edu

    I was co-PI with Lisa Spiro of the Electronic Resource Center for this innovative digitization and scholarly resource project, funded by IMLS (grant amount: $249,000). TIMEA provides a digitized research collection of materials on 19th century Egypt. It is unique in offering successive editions of travel guides and museum catalogs in addition to visual material of various kinds (photographs, postcards, and other ephemera). It is designed both as a research collection and as a teaching resource. We utilize Rice's Connexions for our teaching modules, which are designed to teach college-level students how to use a variety of print and electronic library resources.
     
    Teaching Areas
     M.E. history to 1800; Women's and gender studies; Jews and Christians in pre-modern Islamic world
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Paula Sanders "The Victorian Invention of Medieval Cairo: A Case Study of Medievalism and the Construction of the East." Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association, 37/2 (2003) : 179-198.

     
     Articles
     

    Paula Sanders "Court dress, Fatimid." Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (2005) : 179-180.

     
     

    Paula Sanders "Fatimid Egypt, Women in." Women in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia (2004) : 338-340.

     
     

    Paula Sanders "Geniza." Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (2005) : 282-284.

     
     

    Paula Sanders "Dhimmis." Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Supplement I (2004) : 158-159.

     
     

    Paula Sanders "Eunuchs." Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Supplement I (2004) : 188-189.

     
     

    Paula Sanders and Yedida Stillman "Tiraz." Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, 10 (1999) : 534-538.

     
     Books
     

    Paula Sanders "Creating Medieval Cairo: Empire, Religion, and Architectural Preservation in 19th century Egypt ."  (2008)

     
     

    Paula Sanders "Ritual, politics, and the city in Fatimid Cairo."  (1994)

     
     

    S.D. Goitein and Paula Sanders "A Mediterranean Society, vol. 6."  (1993)

     
     Editor of books
     

    Paula Sanders and Werner Kelber, Editors "Special issue: "Oral-Scribal Dimensions of Scripture, Piety and Practice in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"." Oral Tradition (2010/March)

     
     

    Patricia Lorcin and Paula Sanders "Special Issue: France and Islam." French Historical Studies (2007/June)

     
     Book chapters
     

    Paula Sanders "The Contest over context: Fatimid Cairo in the Twentieth Century." Text and Context in Islamic Societies (2004) : 131-154.

     
     

    Paula Sanders "Les Fatimides sont-ils devenus égyptiens? Culture et identité dans le Caire médiéval." Valeur et distance: Identités et sociétés en Égypte (2000) : 265-277.

     
     

    Paula Sanders "Robes of honor in Fatimid Egypt, 969-1171." Robes and Honor: the medieval world of investiture (2000) : 225-239.

     
     

    Paula Sanders "Bohra architecture and the restoration of Fatimid culture." L'Egypte Fatimide, son art et son histoire (1999) : 159-165.

     
     

    Sanders, Paula "The Fatimid State, 969-1171." Cambridge History of Egypt, 1 (1998) : 151-174.

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    "Cairo of the Arabian Nights." National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC. (April, 2003)

     
     Lectures
     

    lecturer.  "Cairo of the Arabian Nights." Colonial Cities/Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (April 16, 2004) With none

     
     

    lecturer.  "Cairo of the Arabian Nights." American Research Center in Egypt, Northwest Chapter, University of Washington, Seattle. (February 5, 2004) With none

     
     Other
     

    ""Was Maimonides a Sexist?"." First Annual Yedida Kalfon Stillman Memorial Lecture, University of Oklahoma. (February 22, 2001)

     
     

    "Context and Contest: The Making of Fatimid Culture in the Twentieth Century." Text and Context in Islamic Societies, Sixteenth Giorgio Levi Della Vida Conference, UCLA. (April 9-10, 1999)

     
     

    "Making Cairo Medieval." An 'Authentic' City for a Modern World: Cairo in the 19th Century, University of California, Berkeley. (October 28, 1999)

     
     

    "Reconstructing Fatimid Cairo: Tradition and Modernity in a Diaspora Community." Making the City Medieval: Scholars, Architects, Citizens and the Creation of Islamic Cairo, The 1999 Hagop Kevorkian Lectures in Near Eastern Art and Civilizatoin, New York University. (March 27, 1999)

     
     

    "Bohra Architecture and the Restoration of Fatimid Culture." Middle East Studies Association, Chicago, IL. (December 6, 1998)

     
     

    "Fatimid Architecture in the 19th and 20th Centuries." Les Fatimides: Son art et son histoire, Paris, France. (May 30, 1998)

     
     Workshops
     

    presented work at workshop for Geographies of Difference seminar.  "Keeping Cairo Medieval: World Heritage, Religion, and the Debates over Fatimid Monuments." Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (April 15, 2004) With none

     
    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, The Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia for Students. Charles Scribner's Sons. (1996 - 1996)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     John E. Sawyer Fellow, National Humanities Center (2002-3)

     Fellow, National Humanities Center (Aca. Yr.)

     Fellow, American Philosophical Society (declined)

     Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities (Aca. Yr.)

    Positions Held
     Member, Committee on Women Historians, American Historical Association. (2003 - 2003)