I am interested in the impact of popularization of modern natural sciences on popular understanding of science and religion (in contrast to a professional or expert one) in the late Ottoman intellectual world. I specifically want to track how and in what forms the new combination was expressed in popular journals on science and technique as well as in various religious works.
I am interested in Ottoman Turkish language and literature, particularly in the changes that occurred in the written language in the 19th century. I am excited to learn more about the Ottoman press, translation movements, and education reform, and how these and many other factors interacted with and transformed language.
Yaşar Tolga Cora
I am interested in the social and economic history of the Eastern Anatolia in the mid-19th century. More particularly I focus on urban elite and merchants and their interaction with peasants and nomadic groups of the country side. The issue of ethnic-conflict between Armenians, Turks and Kurds is an important constituent of my project.
I am interested in the Islamic world throughout the complex fifteenth century, of which the Ottoman Empire was a particularly dynamic component. My focus dwells on the evolution of Ottoman religious and political attitudes between 1402 and 1514 — especially the dynamics of ulema, Sufi, and “heterodox” communities in the context of the wider regional political systems in which they fit.
Dissertation title: Founding a New Rome: the Formation of the Elite in the Early Ottoman Age
I am interested in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Ottoman intellectual and cultural history. My research interests include Ottoman cosmography and geography, historiography, and the taxonomy of the sciences.
I am interested in the development of intellectual trends in the pre-modern Ottoman Empire. More particularly I am interested in investigating the place of the early modern ‘Syrian’ intellectual in the wider Ottoman context.
Ahmet Tunç Şen
My research interests mainly focus upon social and intellectual history of the occult sciences in the early modern Ottoman Empire. I am particularly interested in the role played by astrology/the science of stars in the political, religious and scholarly debates of fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, in which the boundaries between astrology, astronomy, cosmology and mysticism are quite fluid. I also maintain my desire to further investigate the history of reading, writing, and particularly the manuscript culture.
My research interests include late 19th and early 20th century Middle Eastern history: mainly the relationship between literature and history, the rise of Turkish and Arab nationalism, comparative (modern) Turkish and Arabic literature, and the intellectual history of Turkey and Egypt in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
I’m interested in the old, weird Ottoman Empire of the fifteenth and early sixteenth century, particularly its relations and conflicts with its western neighbors, like the Most Serene Republic of Venice, the Kingdom of Hungary, and of course, the Hapsburgs, with whom they fought a world war under the shadow of the End of Days.
Dissertation title: A Comparative Political Economy of Sovereign Bankruptcy in Late 19th Century Egypt and Ottoman Turkey
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