The Middle East field at the University of Michigan's History Department covers the Ottoman Empire (beginning in the 13th century), early modern and modern Iran (Safavids, Qajars and more recent history), and the Arab world under Ottoman rule, in the European colonial period, and under conditions of independent nation-building since World War II. (Students interested in the period before the Ottoman Empire, and especially those interested in the classic caliphates or Mamluks, should apply to the Near Eastern Studies Department). Michigan's Middle East historians have a long tradition of interest in social history, historical anthropology, Islamic movements, and cultural history. The Department is also well-supplied with historians who work on the frontiers of the Middle East, from Spain to South Asia.
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