Tim Louthan

M.A. student
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An MA student, I graduated from Davidson College in 2015 with a BA in history and Arab Studies. While at Davidson, I became particularly interested in the history of the modern Levant. My fledgling interests in the region led me to study Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan, a semester at the Sciences Po Middle East program in Menton, France, and a summer at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut. While studying at AUB in the summer of 2014 my research interests began to crystalize as I waded through the personal documents of the highly controversial Belgian Orientalist Henri Lammens (1862-1937) at the Jesuit Archives in Beirut. My archival research culminated in a senior honors thesis examining Lammens’ intellectual trajectory, particularly his revisionist work on early Islam and the development of his ideas on Greater Syria.

After graduating, I moved to Lebanon to sharpen my Arabic skills at the Institut français du Proche Orient (IFPO). While studying at the Institute, I had the opportunity to continue my research while working with Lebanese and Syrian professors. At Princeton, I plan to delve more deeply into debates concerning Syrian identity and nationalism in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. More broadly, I am interested in intellectual developments throughout the Near East starting in the mid-nineteenth century, especially the interchange of ideas between Egyptian and Syro-Lebanese leaders of al-Nahda.