Thomas Kuehn

Associate Professor
Office: AQ 6238
Telephone: 778-782-3310


Research Interests

State formation, governance, governmentality, and knowledge production in the late Ottoman Empire (ca. 1700-1923); culture and imperialism in the late Ottoman Empire (ca. 1700-1923); comparative colonialism in the Modern Middle East (ca. 1700-Present); nationalism, nation-building and culture in the Modern Middle East (ca. 1850-Present)



  • "Clothing the 'Uncivilized': Military Recruitment in Ottoman Yemen and the Quest for 'Native' Uniforms, 1872-1914." In: Suraiya Faroqhi and Christoph K. Neumann (eds.), Ottoman Costumes. From Textile to Identity. Istanbul: Eren Publishers, 2004, pp. 143-156.
  • "An Imperial Borderland as Colony: Knowledge Production and the Elaboration of Difference in Ottoman Yemen, 1872-1918." In: The MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies 3 (Spring 2003), pp. 5-17.
  • "Empire-Building and Islam: Ottoman Rule in Yemen, 1872-1919." In: Items & Issues 3. 3-4 (Summer/Fall 2002), pp. 20-22.
  • "Ordering the Past of Ottoman Yemen, 1872-1914." In: Turcica 34 (2002), pp. 189 220.
  • "Ordering Urban Space in Ottoman Yemen, 1872 1914." In: Jens Hanssen, Thomas Philipp, and Stefan Weber (eds.), The Empire in the City: Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire. Warzburg: Ergon Verlag, pp. 329-347.
  • Report on the 12th Symposium of the Comité International d'Ètudes Pré-Ottomanes et Ottomanes (CIEPO), Prague, 9-13 September 1996; in: Orient 38.1 (1997), pp. 28 30.
  • "Krisenprovinz Weihrauchland? Der osmanische Jemen im Urteil osmanischer Reformer, 1879 1910." [Ottoman Yemen as viewed by Ottoman reformers, 1879-1910] In: Jemen-Report 27.2 (1996), pp. 4 9.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Identity, politics, political Islam, and secularism in the Modern Middle East (ca. 1850-Present) with a particular emphasis on Turkey and Iran. Also, please refer to "Research Interests" listed above.

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