Former Faculty Members

By , February 22, 2010


Alexandre Bennigsen—late Professor of History at the University of Chicago and Director of Studies in the Social Sciences at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, University of Paris—was the world’s leading authority on the Turkish peoples of Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Volva. He was the author of Les Mouvements nationaux chez les Musulmans de Russie, The Evolution of the Muslim Nationalities of the U.S.S.R. and their Linguistic Problems, Islam in the Soviet Union, and, with S. Enders Wimbush, Muslim National Communism in the Soviet Union (Publications of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Number 11, University of Chicago Press, 1979).

John Carswell—former Curator of the Oriental Institute Museum and of the David and Alfred Smart Museum, The University of Chicago, and recently retired specialist on Middle Eastern and Islamic art at Sotherby’s, London—has published extensively on various aspects of Islamic art and art history, with special reference to Turkish ceramics (İznik and Kütahya tiles and pottery).

Richard L. Chambers—Associate Professor Emeritus of Turkish Language and Civilization—former Director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies; founding member Treasurer, and Director of the Turkish Studies Association; served as Treasurer, Secretary, and President of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT); co-founder and co-director of the ARIT/Bosphorus University Summer Turkish Language Program; founding member and Director of the American Association of Teachers of Turkish; co-editor of The Beginnings of Modernization in the Middle East and Contemporary Turkish Short Stories and author of numerous articles in learned journals and encyclopedias.

Robert Dankoff—Professor emeritus of Turkish Language and Literature—former Treasurer of the American Research Institute in Turkey; an accomplished teacher of the Central Asian Turkic as well as the Ottoman and modern Turkish languages and literatures; translator and editor of Yusuf Khass Hajib, Wisdom of Royal Glory (Kutadgu Bilig): A Turko-Islamic Mirror for Princes (Publications of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Number 16, The University of Chicago Press, 1983) and The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Statesman, Melek Ahmed Pasha (1588-1662), as Portrayed in Evilya Çelebi’s Book Of Travels, An Ottoman Mentality: The World of Evliya Çelebi.

Hans G. Güterbock—late Tiffany and Margaret Black Distinguished Service Professor in the Oriental Institute and the Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations—former President of the American Research Institute in Turkey; an internationally renowned expert on the Hittite peoples of ancient Turkey; founding editor and co-director of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary project; author of Die Historische Tradition und ihre literarische Gestaltung bei Babyloniern und Hethitern bis 1200, Kumarbi: Mythen vom churritischen Kronos aus den hethitischen Fragmenten, Keilschrifttexte auf Boghazköi, and numerous other works on Hittite studies and Anatolian archaeology. Among his many honors have been: Member, Deutsches Archäologisches Institute; Corresponding Member, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften; Corresponding Member, The British Academy; Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Member, American Philosophical Society; Honorary Member, Türk Tarih Kurumu; and honorary Dr. Phil., Uppsala University; honorary Ph.D., Ankara University.

Halil İnalcık—University Professor Emeritus of Ottoman History—former President of the International Association of SoutheastInalcik European Studies; co-editor of Archivum Ottomanicum; associate member of the Executive Committee, Enclyclopaedia of Islam; the world’s foremost living historian of the Ottoman Empire. His publications in Turkish include Tanzimat and the Bulgarian Question, The Ottoman Land and Population Survey of Albania dated 1431 A.D., Documents and Studies on the Reign of Mehmet the Conquerer; The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age, The Ottoman Empire: State and Society, An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1914 (edited with Donald Quataert) are only a few of his many publications in English. His honors include: Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Honorary Member, Royal Asiatic Society; and Corresponding Member, Royal Historical Society.

Fahir İz— late Professor Emeritus of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Literature—formerly co-editor of the Journal of Turkish Studies—the world’s leading scholar of Ottoman language and literature; a prolific writer, he is author of Classical Turkish Prose and Classical Turkish Verse and co-author of A Turkish-English Dictionary and An English-Turkish Dictionary.

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