Dr. A. Asa Eger
Office: MHRA 2113
Office Phone: 336-334-5203
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2008
M.A., University of Chicago, 2002
B.A., Rutgers University, 1998
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009-
I research and teach the Early and Medieval Mediterranean and Islamic Near East focusing on the intersection of archaeology and history and how these two lines of evidence relate and create dialogue that strengthens both fields. Specifically, I am interested in frontiers, landscape archaeology, and environmental history. My area of specialization is Anatolia and Syria-Palestine (the Levant) from the Byzantine period through the Early and Middle Islamic periods (until the 12th century). I have excavated and surveyed in Israel, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey since 1996 and recently completed directing excavations at a site on the coast of Turkey in the northeast corner of the Mediterranean known as Tüpras Field, the 10th century frontier fortress of Hisn al-Tinat. I also work on issues of gender and sexuality in classical and modern Mediterranean cultures.
- Antioch Republication of Princeton Excavations, 1932-39 (The New Committee for the Publication of the Excavation of Antioch and its Vicinity)
- Nahr Qoueiq/Tell Rifa'at Survey, Syria Republication Project
- Mopsos Survey (Hatay, Turkey) Islamic/Medieval Ceramics
- de Giorgi, A.U. and A. Eger. "The Urban Survey and the Ceramics." In Anazarbos I, edited by R. Posamentir, in preparation.
- A Guide to Hamams of Istanbul. An ongoing research project (including blog) on the role of bathhouses today in Turkey and their social, gendered, and sexualized significance in modern society. www.hammamguide.com
- HIS 207: Islamic Civilization: From Mecca to the Crusades (Topics in Pre-Modern World History) Part one survey of the context, rise, and spread of Islamic civilization from the sixth century until the Crusades.
- HIS 209: Islamic Civilization: From Empires to Nations (Topics in Modern World History II) Part two survey of the context, rise, and spread of Islamic civilization from the Crusades until the present day.
- HIS 380: Unearthing Islam's Past: Art, Archaeology, and History (Topics in the Near and Middle East) Survey of Islamic monuments, material culture, and the field of archaeological exploration in Islamic lands from the 6th to 16th centuries.
- HIS 380: From Late Antiquity to Byzantium (337-850 C.E.) Survey of Byzantine political, socio-
economic, and religious history through analysis of material culture and texts.
- HIS 511C: Town and Country in the Medieval Islamic World. Speaking and writing intensive seminar exploring the nature of urbanism and rural settlements, land use and the spread of agricultural crops and techniques, manufacturing industries and trade, and the economy of the Islamic world from the 6th to 14th centuries.
- HIS 514: From Constantinople to Istanbul Seminar on the religious and cultural history of
Constantinople/Istanbul in the Byzantine and Ottoman periods through its topography and
monuments. Includes study abroad component of a one week visit to the city. Co-taught with
Dr. Derek Krueger (Religious Studies).
- HIS 589: Borders and Frontiers in the Classical and Medieval Mediterranean World Seminar examining the theoretical concepts and roles of frontiers in the Mediterranean from the Roman to Islamic periods.
Current and Recent Publications
- “Patronage and Commerce at the Twilight of Mamlūk Rule: Two New Fifteenth Century Inscriptions from the Amuq Plain, Turkey.” Journal of Islamic Archaeology 1.1 (2014): 55-73.
- The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange Among Muslim and Christian Communities (I.B. Tauris, 2014)
- "(Re)Mapping Medieval Antioch: Urban Transformation from the Early Islamic to Crusader Periods," Dumbarton Oaks Papers 67 (2013).
- The Spaces Between the Teeth: A Gazetteer of Towns on the Islamic-Byzantine Frontier. Istanbul: Ege Yayinlari, 2011.
- "The Swamps of Home: Marsh Formation and Settlement in the Early Medieval Near East." Journal of Near Eastern Studies 70.1 (April 2011), 55-79.
- Other publications listed on Vitae.
Selected Awards and Honors
- American School of Oriental Research G. Ernest Wright Book Award for The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange Among Muslim and Christian Communities, 2015
- Dumbarton Oaks Project Grant for el-Kabri Survey in Israel, 2014.
- Spring 2012 Fellow in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks
- Fall 2011 Visiting Research Fellow, Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
- 2008-2009 Senior Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Other awards and honors listed on Vitae.