Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

IMES Research Seminar: Ula Zeir

About the seminar

Gulf History: from the Annals of the British Library to the Digital Universe

By Ula Zeir

Ula Zeir is a Content Specialist for Arabic Language at the British Library (BL). She joined the BL in August 2015 and since then she has been working on the India Office Records (IOR) related to the Gulf region from the early 18th to the mid-20th century.

In 2011, Ula worked as an independent researcher at the Prime Ministry State Archives (Başbakanlık Devlet Arşivleri), Istanbul, Turkey, and in 2010 she was a Researcher at the Department of Community Relations at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Ismaili Centre Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, since December 2016.

Ula’s research interest is in the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries, with special focus on Greater Syria in the 19th century, and she is in the final year of a PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) at the University of Edinburgh. The title of her thesis is "Salamiyya: a City of the Ismailis in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Ottoman Syria (1831- 1918)".

About the seminar series

Each semester, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) welcomes a fantastic range of guest speakers and colleagues to present an evening seminar on their research.

IMES is internationally recognised as a leading institution for research on the languages, history, culture, religion and politics of the Middle East and the wider Islamic world, and its Research Seminar Series is now an established feature in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) events calendar.

Seminars take place on Monday evenings at 5.15pm, usually in room G.02, 19 George Square (check individual listings for details). This semester, they are based on the theme 'Approaches to Teaching Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies'.

Entry is free and no booking is required. Everyone is welcome.

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Apr 01 2019 -

IMES Research Seminar: Ula Zeir

'Gulf History: from the Annals of the British Library to the Digital Universe'. A free research seminar by guest speaker Ula Zeir (The British Library).

Room G.02
19 George Square