The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Abdullah Farooqi

PhD Program (Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies)


Major/Minor fields:

Early Modern Mediterranean, 1400-1700 (major); Late Medieval Europe, 1000-1400 (minor); Islamic History, 1000-1500 (minor)


Mark D. Meyerson

Dissertation Title:

“So Give Glad Tidings to the Strangers”: Jews, Muslims, and Eschatological Identities in the Early Modern Mediterranean

Description of Dissertation and Research Interests:

My research focuses on the (re)construction of Jewish, Muslim, and crypt-religious identity in the wake of the Christian conquest of Granada in 1492, the expulsions of Jews from Iberia between 1492 and 1498, and the forced conversions of Spanish Muslims to Christianity in the decades that followed. Specifically, it explores how these religious groups (re)conceived their identities in eschatological terms, against the background of heightened millenarian expectations in the late 15th and early 16th century Mediterranean, and at the possible instigation of their co- religionists abroad in North Africa and Egypt.

More generally, I am interested in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean (especially the western Mediterranean); crypto-religious groups; and eschatology, millenarianism, and prophecy.

Awards and Scholarships:

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2014-present)
University of Toronto Fellowship (2012-2014)
Scace Graduate Fellowship (2014)
Terek Heggy Graduate Award in Jewish-Muslim Relations (2014)
Shiff Graduate Student Enhancement Fund (2013)
Centre for Jewish Studies Graduate Funding (2012)
McCuaig-Throop Bursary (2012)
C. P. Stacey Connaught Graduate Fellowship (2012)
Sarah and Joseph Lazarus Graduate Prize in Jewish Studies (2009, 2011)
Yaacov Zipper Award for Graduate Studies (2010)
McGill Provost’s Graduate Fellowship (2009)
McCall MacBain Fellowship in Arts (2009)
Rose and Harry Rothman Memorial Scholarship in Jewish Studies (2008)


  • MA, Jewish Studies, McGill University, 2011
  • BA, Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, McGill University, 2009


  • 2012-2013