University of Chicago

Research Topic

Diasporic Citizens: Ottoman-Iraqi Jews and Extra/Imperial Identity


Annie Greene researches late Ottoman history, modern Iraqi history, Arab-Jews, cultural and intellectual production, Ottomanism, mutilingualism, constitutionalism, modern Arabic Literature, and transregionalism. Her current focus is on Islamic history and civilization in 19th- and 20th-century Ottoman Iraq. In particular, she is examining the ways that Tanzimat reforms shaped new ideas of identity, subjectivity, citizenship, and modernity.

Greene completed her PhD at the University of Chicago with a dissertation titled “Provincial, Not Peripheral: Ottoman-Iraqi Intellectuals, Cultural Production, and Languages of Reform.” She has held fellowships at the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq.

Selected publications

  • “James Grehan, Twilight of the Saints: Everyday Religion in Ottoman Syria and Palestine,” Journal of Religion (2017)



Delving into the meaning of modernity beyond the European, American, and Israeli contexts, looking instead to North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia.