Ameen Omar

1st-year Ph.D. student
Jones Hall

Ameen studies slavery and post-abolition in the Persian/Arabian Gulf from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. He also looks at the present realities of formerly enslaved people and their descendants, using ethnography as a methodological framework. Before joining Princeton, Ameen spent time in Istanbul learning Turkish at İbn Haldun Üniversitesi. He obtained a BA in History from George Mason University and an MA from George Washington University in the same discipline. Ameen holds a second MA in Islamic Studies from Hamad Bin Khalifa University. While studying in Doha, Ameen wrote his thesis on what is considered the first slavery museum in the MENA, The Bin Jelmood Museum. With his training in history and interdisciplinary studies, Ameen approaches questions on slavery and race from a multi-method perspective, incorporating interviews, archival material, Arabic media, Islamic normative literature, and literary novels into his work.