The Global Merchants: The World of the Sassoons

For Current Fellows
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
3:00 PM

Katz Center
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Karen Schnitker
At the weekly Ruth Meltzer Seminars, Katz Center fellows share their research with Penn and regional faculty in an intellectually rigorous workshop setting.


Joseph Sassoon

Georgetown University

Joseph Sassoon is an associate professor and al-Sabah Chair in Politics and Political Economy of the Arab World, both at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. His current research focuses on globalization in the mid-nineteenth century and analyzes how merchant families built major trading networks around the globe. He has published extensively on Iraq, its economy, and the Middle East more broadly. He has published five books; the latest is: The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of a Dynasty (Pantheon, 2022)

Sassoon received his DPhil in the Economic History of the Middle East from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He has held visiting scholar or fellowship positions at Georgetown University, Oxford University, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

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