Dr. Corinne Blake
Associate Professor
Rowan University
History Department

Fall 2009 Course Syllabi:

Historical Methods

Islamic Civilizations

Ottoman History

Fall Office Hours: Mon 8:30-10:30, 1:30-2:00; Wed. and Fri 8:15-9:15; Wed. 1:30-2:00 or by appointment

Dr. Blake teaches a series of courses on the Middle East: Islamic Civilizations, Modern Middle East, Women in Islam, Islamist Movements, Ottoman Empire and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. She also teaches World History Since 1500, Historical Methods, and the occasional Senior Seminar. 

She serves as advisement coordinator for the History Department, so all students who plan to apply for graduation this year should see her to check their academic record.

Dr. Blake also serves as the Fulbright Program advisor for graduating seniors and graduate students interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship.  Students interested in applying for a Fulbright should begin to prepare now by taking at least two years of college level language training and pursuing a rigorous academic program.  If you are interested in applying for a grant, go to the Fulbright website at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html, review the information, and contact Dr. Blake, preferably in the spring or summer.  Applications are typically due the first week of October. 


PhD Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 1991.

B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Department of History,1980.


Research Interests

Dr. Blake is currently working on a manuscript about Ottoman administrators from the Arab provinces at the end of the Ottoman Empire. The manuscript is based on her dissertation, "Training Arab-Ottoman Bureaucrats: Syrian Graduates of the Mülkiye Mektebi, 1890 – 1920." 


Scholarly Publications and Presentations

  • "Incorporating Technology into Courses on Islamic Civilization," in Teaching Islam, edited by Brannon Wheeler, Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • "Teaching Islamic Civilization with Information Technology," in Journal for MultiMedia History, Vol. 1, No. 1, fall 1998, at http://www.albany.edu/jmmh/vol1no1/v1n1.html.
  • Organized panel, "Teaching with Technology: Middle East History and Politics," and presented paper, "Teaching Islamic Civilization with Information Technology," at Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference, November 1997.
  • Organized panel on teaching World History and presented paper, "Teaching World History: What to Include," at Mid Atlantic World History Association Conference, October 1996.
  • "Sources for Middle Eastern Historians on the Internet", paper presented at M.E.S.A. Conference, November 1995.
  • "Sources for Syrian History in the Ottoman Archives", Syrian Studies Group Newsletter, Vol. 3, no. 1, Spring 1995, pp. 1-4.
  • "The Mechanics of Promotion: The Case of `Abd al-Qadir al`Azm", at M.E.S.A. Conference, November 1993. Abstract published in Turkish Studies Association Bulletin, 18/1, Spring 1994.
  • "Arab Students in Ottoman Imperial Schools During the Hamidian Era", at conference entitled "Nationalism, Education, and Ethnicity during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid", Bad Homburg, Germany, July 1993.
  • "Ottoman State Education in the Arab Provinces: 1876-1918", at M.E.S.A. Conference, November 1991.
  • "Arab-Ottoman Identities in Late Ottoman Syria", at M.E.S.A. Conference, November 1989. Abstract published in Turkish Studies Association, March 1990 (vol. 14, no. 1), pp. 37-38.



Rowan University, S.B.R. grants, spring 1997, spring 1996, spring 1995.
Institute of Turkish Studies Dissertation Writing Grant, 1989-90.
Fulbright Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Scholarship, 1987-88. Research in Turkey and Syria.
American Research Institute in Turkey, Honorary Fellowship, 1987-88.
Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholarship, 1982-83, to Jordan.
Israel Government Grant, 1981-82.