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Alexander Bevilacqua
Assistant Professor of History, Williams College

is an assistant professor of history at Williams College, Massachusetts. He specialises in the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe (c1450 to 1800). His most recent book is The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment (2018).

Written by Alexander Bevilacqua