Specialty: Islamic History, Sufism, Early Modern Ottoman Political, Intellectual and Religious History
Side Emre (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2009) specializes in the late medieval and early modern history of the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. She examines the historical trajectories of one Islamic mystical order (Gülşeniye) and its members with a focus on their socio-political and cultural impact in the local/inter-regional communities they lived and networked in the pre-modern Muslim world. Her research brings together Near/Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean/North African history (political, cultural, intellectual and religious) and establishes dialogues with medival, early modernist and modernist scholars from a wide array of disciplines. Specifically she focuses on the connections between politics, society, religion, and Sufism (Islamic mysticism) in the pre-modern Muslim world. Her book manuscript in progress is tentatively titled Powerbrokers at the Imperial Peripheries: The Gülşeniye Order of Dervishes in Early Modern Egypt and the Ottoman Empire. Her publications include a peer-reviewed article in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Sufi Studies titled “Crafting Piety for Success: Gülşeniye Literature and Culture in the Sixteenth Century.” Journal of Sufi Studies 1.1 (2012): 31-75; a peer-reviewed book chapter in an edited volume, “A Subversive Story of Banishment, Persecution, and Incarceration on the Eve of the Ottoman Conquest of Egypt: İbrahim-i Gülşeni’s Mamluk Years 1507/10-1517” in Sufism and Society: Arrangements of the Mystical in the Muslim World, 1200-1800 C.E., ed. John J. Curry and Erik S. Ohlander (London and New York: Routledge, 2011), 201-222. Her current article is under review with the Journal of American Oriental Society and is titled “Ibn al-ʿArabī and Ottoman Sufism: A Preliminary Investigation of Speculative Concepts in the Corpus of İbrahim-i Gülşenī and the Gülşeniye Order in Egypt.” The larger themes and research topics she is interested in include: cultural transformations, Islamic mystical literature, politics and religion, empire and state making, law, heresy, and Sufism, with its cultural, political, and societial reflections in the Ottoman historical context. At TAMU, she is affiliated with the Religious Studies and Arabic Studies Programs and her courses are currently cross-listed with these programs. She teaches HIST 347: The Rise of Islam (ca. 600-1258); HIST 348: History of the Modern Middle East; HIST 221: History of Islam (ca. 600-1600); HIST 103: World History to 1500. She is hoping to contribute to the history curriculum by offering two new courses: “Religious Outsiders in the Early Modern Mediterranean and the Near East, ca. 600-1600” and “Gunpowder Empires of the Middle East: The Mamluks, Ottomans, and Safavids, ca.1250-1700 C.E.”.