Jane Hathaway

Jane Hathaway

Jane Hathaway

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor



339A Dulles Hall
230 Annie and John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Islamic History
  • Comparative Empires
  • Religion in History


  • PhD, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton
  • M.A. and B.A. University of Texas

Professor Hathaway is an expert on the Ottoman Empire before the nineteenth century, particularly the Arab provinces. She has published on Ottoman reactions to Jewish messianism in Egypt and Yemen, and on Jewish economic activity as exemplified in Geniza documents. Professor Hathaway’s research is conducted in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic as well as Turkish, Arabic and various European languages. Her regular course offerings include Jewish Communities under Muslim Rule; Intellectual and Social Movements in the Muslim World; The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800; Early Islamic Society, 610-1258; and courses in world history. She is currently working on a major project on the Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman imperial harem.

Selected Publications

The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem: From African Slave to Power-Broker (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

The Arab Lands under Ottoman Rule, 1516-1800 with contributions by Karl Barbir (Pearson/Longman, 2008), which won the Turkish Studies Association's M. Fuat Koprulu Book Prize in 2008. It has been translated into Turkish and Polish.

Beshir Agha, Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Imperial Harem (Oneworld Publications, 2006). It has been translated into Turkish.
A Tale of Two Factions: Myth, Memory, and Identity in Ottoman Egypt and Yemen (State University of New York Press, 2003), which won the Ohio Academy of History Publication Award in 2005. It has been translated into Turkish.
The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt: The Rise of the Qazdaglis (Cambridge University Press, 1997). It has been translated into Turkish and Arabic.
Edited Volumes
The Arab Lands in the Ottoman Era: Essays in Honor of Caesar Farah (Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota, 2010)
Al-Jabarti's History of Egypt (an edited primary source) (Markus Wiener Publishers, 2009)
Mutiny and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002). It has been translated into Turkish.
Rebellion, Repression, Reinvention: Mutiny in Comparative Perspective (Greenwood Publications, 2001).
Professor Hathaway has also published numerous articles on related topics, on Ottoman historiography, on Ali ibn Abi Talib’s double-bladed sword Zülfikar, and on the repercussions in Egypt and Yemen of the movement of the 17th-century Jewish messianic figure Sabbatai Sevi.
Undergraduate courses: the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800; intellectual and social movements in the Muslim world; Jewish communities under Islamic rule; early Islamic society; and world history. I offer graduate courses on the Ottoman provinces, medieval Islamic history, chronicles as sources for Islamic history, and the Mamluk sultanate and its neighbors.
Hathaway is a member of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and has chaired the selection committee for MESA’s Albert Hourani Book Award.  She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Ottoman Studies and the Executive Committee of the International Association for Ottoman Social and Economic History (IAOSEH), and also served on the board of directors of the Comité International d’Études Pre-Ottomanes et Ottomanes (CIEPO), as president of the Turkish Studies Association, and as a member of the American Historical Association's Professional Division.
In 2018 she received Ohio State’s University Distinguished Scholar Award, which is awarded to six faculty members university-wide each year.  The same year, she was named College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and received the Clio Award for Distinguished Faculty Teaching from Ohio State’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. In 2015 she received the Ohio Academy of History’s Distinguished Historian Award. In 2013-14, she received the Harlan Hatcher Distinguished Faculty Award, only the second time a History Dept. faculty member has won this award.
Professor Hathaway’s research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Research Institute in Turkey, among others.