In 2015, historian Lâle Can received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) award to finish a book on trans-imperial pilgrimage across Asia at the turn of the 20th century. Her book, “Spiritual Subjects: Central Asian Pilgrims and the Ottoman Hajj at the end of the Empire” (Stanford University Press, March 2020) is one of several outstanding new publications by City College of New York faculty.
“Spiritual Subjects” examines the paradoxes of nationality reform and pan-Islamic politics in late Ottoman history. Can unravels how imperial belonging was wrapped up in deeply symbolic instantiations of religion, as well as prosaic acts and experiences that paved the way to integration into Ottoman communities.
Can is an assistant professor in CCNY’s Division of Humanities and the Arts.
Other recent titles from CCNY writers include:
- "Afterburn," by Séamus Scanlon, librarian, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at Center for Worker Education (CWE);
- “Business Improvement Districts and the Contradictions of Placemaking,” by Susanna F. Schaller, assistant professor, CWE;
- “España, Norteamérica y tiempos de crisis,” co-written by Danielle A. Zach, post-doctoral fellow; and Susanna Rosenbaum, associate professor, CWE;
- "Historia cultural de los hispanohablantes en Japón (Spanish Edition)," by Araceli Tinajero, professor, Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures;
- “How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy,” co-edited by Massimo Pigliucci, K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy, Division of Humanities and the Arts; and
- “Investment in Early Childhood Education in a Globalized World: Policies, Practices, and Parental Philosophies in China, India, and the United States,” co-written by Amita Gupta, professor; and Gay Wilgus, associate professor, School of Education.
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