Ethel Sara Wolper is a cultural historian of the medieval and early modern Islamic world. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago, where she designed a program on public policy and the arts. She earned a Ph.D. in Islamic Art from the University of California in Los Angeles. At UNH, Wolper teaches courses on the history of Islam and the Middle East, Sufism, Cities in crisis, Islam in America, and Islamic Art. Wolper has held fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays program, the American Association of University Women, the Center for Advanced Study at the National Gallery of Art, the Mellon Foundation at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and the National Humanities Center. At UNH, she served as director of the UNH in London program. Wolper is the author of Cities and Saints: Sufism and the Transformation of Urban Space in Medieval Anatolia (Penn State University Press, 2003), and an editor with Daphna Ephrat and Paulo Pinto of Saintly Spheres and Islamic Landscapes: Emplacements of Spiritual Power across Time and Space (Brill, 2021) She has published articles in Muqarnas, Mesegios, Muslim World, and Medieval Encounters. She has contributed chapters and entries to The Art Museum (Phaidon, 2010), Women in Islamic Culture, and the Readers Guide to Gay and Lesbian Studies. Wolper's current research focuses on the politics of heritage conservation in destroyed cities of the Islamic world. She is the lead on the remembering Mosul project (www.rememberingmosul.org).
Ph.D., Art History,Criticism&Conserv., University of California - Los Angeles
M.A., Art History,Criticism&Conserv., University of Chicago
B.A., PublicRelationsAdvertAppldComm, University of Chicago
Cultural heritage and sustainability
Heritage & Cultural Conservation
History of Islam
History of Islamic art
History of the Middle East
Sociocultural anthropology: heritage
HIST 425: Top/Islamic Cultr & Civiliztn
HIST 440F: Honors/Islam, Art, & the Past
HIST 500: Intro to Historical Thinking
HIST 585: Medieval Islam
HIST 586: Islam in the Modern Age
HIST 600/800: Expl/Marco Polo - Drug Trade
HIST 797: Coll/Cities in Crisis
HIST 797/897: Colloquium/ Cities in History
HUMA 511A: Medieval World (The Crusades)
HUMA 513A: Global Humanities
Ephrat, D., Wolper, E. S., & Pinto, D. G. (2020). Saintly Spheres and Islamic Landscapes Emplacements of Spiritual Power Across Time and Place.
Wolper, E. S. (2017). Shrines of the Hebrew Prophets and the Architecture of Religious Communities in Medieval Iraq. In Synagogues in the Islamic World Architecture, Design and Identity.
Wolper, E. S. (2015). Khidr and the Politics of Translation in Mosul Mar Behnam, St George and Khidr Ilyas. In SACRED PRECINCTS: THE RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE OF NON-MUSLIM COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE ISLAMIC WORLD (Vol. 3, pp. 379-392). doi:10.1163/9789004280229_022
Wolper, E. S. (2015). Khidr and the Politics of Translation in Mosul: Mar Behnam, St George and Khidr Ilyas. In Sacred Precincts (pp. 377-392). doi:10.1163/9789004280229_022
Wolper, E. S. (2014). Islamic Architecture and Institutions in the Late Medieval City. History Compass, 12(12), 912-923. doi:10.1111/hic3.12204
Wolper, E. S. (2013). Khidr and the Politics of Place: Creating Landscapes of Continuity. In Cormack (Ed.), Muslims and Others in Sacred Space. Oxford University Press.
Wolper, E. S. (2013). Khidr and the Language of Conversion: Creating Landscapes of Discontinuity. In Shankland (Ed.), Archaeology, anthropology, and heritage in the Balkans and Anatolia the life and times of F.W. Hasluck, 1878-1920.
Wolper, J. C. (2011). Stuccoes from the Early Norman Period in Sicily: Figuration, Fabrication and Integration. Medieval Encounters, 17(1-2), 80-119. doi:10.1163/157006711x561730