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A. Asa Eger

Dr. A. Asa Eger

Contact Information

Email: aaeger@uncg.edu
Office: MHRA 2113
Office Phone: 336-334-5203

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2008
M.A., University of Chicago, 2002
B.A., Rutgers University, 1998

Academic Positions

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009-

Research Interests

  • Islamic and Byzantine archaeology and history
  • Eastern Mediterranean (Anatolia, Syria-Palestine, Cyprus)
  • Landscape and Settlement Archaeology
  • Frontier and Borderlands
  • Environmental History
  • Tribes and the State
  • Gender and Sexuality in classical and modern Mediterranean cultures

Current Projects

I am now in the process of co-authoring a book on the history of Antioch to appear in a series on Ancient Cities (Routledge). In addition, I am publishing the final report of the excavations at the site of Tüpraş Field, the 10th century frontier fortress of Ḥiṣn al-Tīnāt in Turkey, which I directed. I am currently working on republishing the material from the excavations at Antioch by Princeton conducted in the 1930s. In addition, I am doing the same with material from the survey of the plain of the Aleppo (the Qoueiq / Quwayq River valley). All of these archaeological reports will be published as books.

Courses Taught

  • HIS 207: Islamic Civilization: From Mecca to the Crusades (Topics in Pre-Modern World History) - Part one survey of the context, rise, and spread of Islamic civilization from the sixth century until the Crusades.
  • HIS 209: Islamic Civilization: From Empires to Nations (Topics in Modern World History II) - Part two survey of the context, rise, and spread of Islamic civilization from the Crusades until the present day.
  • HIS 380: Unearthing Islam's Past: Art, Archaeology, and History (Topics in the Near and Middle East) - Survey of Islamic monuments, material culture, and the field of archaeological exploration in Islamic lands from the 6th to 16th centuries.
  • HIS 380:  Byzantium: The First Christian Empire - Survey of Byzantine art and archaeology, political, socio- economic, and religious history through analysis of material culture and texts.
  • HIS 511C: Town and Country in the Medieval Islamic World - Speaking and writing intensive seminar exploring the nature of urbanism and rural settlements, land use and the spread of agricultural crops and techniques, manufacturing industries and trade, and the economy of the Islamic world from the 6th to 14th centuries.
  • HIS 514: Cyprus and the Medieval Mediterranean: An Island and its Monuments - Seminar on the religious and cultural history of Cyprus from the Late Roman through modern periods through its topography and monuments. Includes study abroad component of a one week visit to the island. Co-taught with Dr. Derek Krueger (Religious Studies).
  • HIS 589: Borders and Frontiers in the Classical and Medieval Mediterranean World - Seminar examining the theoretical concepts and roles of frontiers in the Mediterranean from the Roman to Islamic periods.
  • HIS 716: Graduate Colloquium in World History (team-taught with four faculty)

Selected Publications

  • The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange Among Muslim and Christian Communities (I.B. Tauris, 2014). Winner of American School Oriental Research G. Ernest Wright Book Award
  • The Spaces Between the Teeth: A Gazetteer of Towns on the Islamic-Byzantine Frontier. Istanbul: Ege Yayinlari, 2016.
  • “Patronage and Commerce at the Twilight of Mamlūk Rule: Two New Fifteenth Century Inscriptions from the Amuq Plain, Turkey.” Journal of Islamic Archaeology 1.1 (2014): 55-73.
  • "(Re)Mapping Medieval Antioch: Urban Transformation from the Early Islamic to Crusader Periods," Dumbarton Oaks Papers 67 (2013).
  • "The Swamps of Home: Marsh Formation and Settlement in the Early Medieval Near East." Journal of Near Eastern Studies 70.1 (April 2011), 55-79.
  • Other publications listed on Vitae.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • American Council of Learned Societies, Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Dumbarton Oaks Project Grant for el-Kabri Survey in Israel, 2014
  • Dumbarton Oaks, Byzantine Studies, Fellow, Spring 2012
  • Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, Visiting Research Fellow, Fall 2011
  • Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, Senior Fellow, 2008-2009
  • Other awards and honors listed on Vitae.

Master's Research Projects Directed

  • Richard Bock, "Ethnic Change and Identity in the Byzantine East" and "Urban Transformation from the Byzantine to Islamic Periods" Fall 2017-Spring 2018
  • Laura Malloy, "Jews in the Early Islamic Period" Spring 2013
  • Wes Clifton, "Islamic Perspectives on the Crusades" Fall 2011-Spring 2012
  • Stacie Keevil, "Jewish Diaspora in the Ottoman Empire & Medieval Jewish Society and Sabbatai Zevi" Fall 2010

Curriculum Vitae

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