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Daniel Stolz

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Princeton, 2013
Curriculum Vitae


Principal Research Interest(s):  Middle East History; Islamic History; History of Public Debt and Capitalism; History of Science, Technology, and Religion


Daniel Stolz (PhD, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University) is a historian of the modern Middle East, specializing in Egypt and the late Ottoman Empire. His research interests include the history of science, technology, Islam, and public finance. His first book, The Lighthouse and the Observatory: Islam, Science, and Empire in Late Ottoman Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2018) shows how new institutions of astronomy shaped the development of the modern Egyptian state as well as the emergence of new forms of Islamic piety in the early twentieth century. His current research project, Middle East Public Debt and Global Financial Knowledge, investigates the consequences of the Ottoman and Egyptian public defaults of the late nineteenth century, situating the Middle East within a global history of the rise of public debt and the forms of political and financial knowledge on which it depended. Prof. Stolz has also published articles on the history of Egyptian steamships and Muslim pilgrimage travel; mechanical timekeeping; and science in the Arabic press. 

Affiliated Programs

  • I am affiliated with the Science in Human Culture Program, which offers an adjunct major and minor for students interested in the relationship of science to society.


Teaching Interests

Prof. Stolz offers courses in Middle East and Global History, with a focus on science, technology, and religion. In Winter 2018 he is teaching Environment and Energy in the Middle East, and Science and Religion in Global History. In the Spring he will teach a History 395 research seminar on Creationism in Global History, as well as the survey course on Early Modern Science and Medicine (History 275-1). Other courses include Technology and Society in the Modern Middle East, and Islam, Science, and Modernity.

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