Mobility, Spatial Thinking, and MENA’s Global Interconnectivity: A Primary Source Roundtable


  • Cyrus Schayegh The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Giancarlo Casale European University Institute



MENA, mobility, space, global history, roundtable


Roundtable organizers Cyrus Schayegh and Giancarlo Casale's foreword for this issue's collection of essays on mobility and spatial thinking.

Author Biographies

Cyrus Schayegh, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Cyrus Schayegh is Professor of International History at the Geneva Graduate Institute; before, he was Associate Professor at Princeton University and Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut. His most recent books are the monograph The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard UP, 2017) and the edited volume Globalizing the U.S. Presidency: Postcolonial Views of John F. Kennedy (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Giancarlo Casale, European University Institute

Giancarlo Casale is Professor of Early Modern Mediterranean History at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, as well as a permanent member of the history department at the University of Minnesota.  He is a specialist in the history of the Ottoman empire and its relations with the larger early modern world.  His books include Prisoner of the Infidels: The Memoir of an Ottoman Muslim in Seventeenth-Century Europe (University of California Press, 2021) and The Ottoman Age of Exploration (Oxford University Press, 2011).  Since 2010, he has also served as executive editor of the Journal of Early Modern History.


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