A Radical Revision of Modern History
Tracing How the Muslim World Drove World Events for Centuries

Alan Mikhail

Author & Professor of History, Yale University

Reza Aslan (moderator)

Author, Producer, Scholar

September 30, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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Join us for a discussion with Yale University historian and award-winning author Alan Mikhail, in conversation with scholar and author Reza Aslan, who will present a lesser known perspective on the history of the world: that the Muslim world—not the West or Christianity’s sphere of influence—drove and determined world events for centuries. This version of history centers the East, its people, and their faith. Mikhail argues this version of history was suppressed and rewritten for centuries following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. 

Mikhail and Aslan will also address how current politics in the Middle East, including the Sunni-Shi’ite divide, stretches back to the Ottoman Empire, why these angles on history are not what most people in the West learn in school about world events, and how this is symptomatic of a greater suppression of Muslim history. It will be a conversation that will challenge conventional wisdom about both the past and the present.

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Alan Mikhail, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Yale University, is widely recognized for his work in Middle Eastern and global history. He is the author of four books and over thirty scholarly articles that have received multiple awards in the fields of Middle Eastern and environmental history, including the Fuat Köprülü Book Prize from the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association for Under Osman’s Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History and the Roger Owen Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association for Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History.
In 2018, he received the Anneliese Maier Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for internationally distinguished humanities scholars and social scientists. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. His latest book God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World will be published in August 2020.

Reza Aslan
 (moderator) is a renowned writer, commentator, professor, Emmy-nominated producer, and scholar of religions. A recipient of the prestigious James Joyce award, Aslan is the author of three internationally best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. His producing credits include the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers and the new Chuck Lorre comedy United States of Al. He is the host and Executive Producer of the talk show Rough Draft with Reza Aslan and co-host along with Rainn Wilson of the podcast Metaphysical Milkshake. Aslan teaches Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.