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Dr. Steven Wolf is an Islamic architectural and urban historian with a secondary specialization in Italian Renaissance art and architecture. He received a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Harvard University in 2005 under the auspices of the Aga Khan Program. His Syracuse University M.A. is in Italian medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. He taught at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, where he lived for over a decade. Dr. Wolf was Lecturer in the Art History Department of Fordham University, in New York City, for seven years.
Dr. Wolf teaches, writes, and researches on medieval and early modern Mediterranean architecture and urban culture, and especially on the Ottoman world. His work concentrates on the permeable and flexible cultural borders of the medieval and early modern world, the deep commonality of the Mediterranean monotheist universes that made this possible, and the creative impulses that flowed from encounters between Muslims, Christians, and Jews -- a far greater historical legacy than their wars, but less often remembered.