Institute of Graduate Studies

Full-Time Faculty

bilgin.jpg Aydın, Bilgin

PhD, 2003, Marmara University

Bilgin Aydın is professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information and Records Management at Istanbul Medeniyet University. He received his B.A. from Marmara University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Archives (1993) and joined the staff of the same department as a research assistant in the following year. In 1996 he received his M.A. with his thesis on “The Bureaucratic Structure and Record Management at the Sheikhul-Islam’s Office during the Ottoman Modernization Era.” He defended his Ph.D. thesis “The Emergence and Evolution of the Record Book Formats of Ottoman Imperial Council (15th-16th Centuries)” in 2003.  His main fields of research are history of archives and history of Ottoman bureaucracy.

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Atçıl, Zahit

PhD, 2015, The University of Chicago

Zahit Atçıl received his B.A. in Political Science and History from Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) in 2005. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago (USA), where he defended a dissertation titled “State and Government in the Sixteenth Century Ottoman Empire: The Grand Vizierates of Rüstem Pasha (1544–1561).” He has previously taught at the University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul Şehir University and Bahçeşehir University (Istanbul). His research areas include early modern Ottoman history, Ottoman diplomacy, and the Ottoman Mediterranean.

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Bayraktar-Tellan, Elif

PhD, 2011, Bilkent University

Elif Bayraktar Tellan holds a B.A. (2000) from the Philosophy Department of Boğaziçi University (Istanbul). She continued her graduate studies at the History Department of Bilkent University (Ankara), where she submitted an M.A. thesis titled “The Implementation of Ottoman Religious Policies in Crete, 1645–1735: Men of Faith as Actors in the Kadı Court” (2005). Her doctoral dissertation, “The Patriarch and the Sultan: The Struggle for Authority and the Quest for Order in the Eighteenth Century Ottoman Empire” (2011), focuses on the transformation of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Istanbul during the 18th century. She has published on subjects related to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the Orthodox Church of Crete, Cyprus and islands in the Ottoman Empire from the 17th to the 19th centuries. She currently works in the Tourism Faculty at Istanbul Medeniyet University and continues her research on the Ottoman period of the Greek Orthodox Church and on the history of tourism in Istanbul.

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Bayram, Fatih

PhD, 2008, Bilkent University

Fatih Bayram was born in Samsun in 1974. He graduated from the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) in 1997. In 2000, he received his master’s degree from Bilkent University (Ankara) with an M.A. thesis titled “Ebubekir Ratib Efendi as an Ottoman Envoy of Knowledge between the East and the West.” He received his Ph.D. with a dissertation titled “Zaviye-Khankahs and Religious Orders in the Province of Karaman: Seljukid, Karamanid and Ottoman Periods, 1200–1512” (Bilkent University, 2008). He worked at TİKA (Turkish International Cooperation Administration) during 2004–2008 and served as researcher at IRCICA (Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture) during 2008–2010. After working at Fatih University’s Department of History during 2010–2011, he joined Istanbul Medeniyet University’s Department of International Relations as lecturer.

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Çiçek, M. Talha

PhD, 2012, Sabanci University

M. Talha Çiçek is assistant professor at Istanbul Medeniyet University. He studied Political Science at Sakarya University and received his Ph.D. from Sabancı University (Istanbul). He has been a visiting researcher at the Free University of Berlin (2009–2010) and learned Arabic at Kuwait University (2005–2006). He has done research in the Ottoman, Austrian, German, British, French and American state archives, focusing on the history of the Arab provinces under Ottoman rule at the end of the nineteenth and in the early twentieth centuries. His research interests include the history of the modern Middle East, Islamic history, late Ottoman history and historiography, the socio-political history of Ottoman Syria and Arabia, Arab tribes under Ottoman rule, modern Turkish history, Empire Studies and World History. His articles have appeared in War and Society, Middle Eastern Studies and Die Welt des Islams. He is the author of the book War and State Formation in Syria: Cemal Pasha’s Governorate during World War I(Routledge, 2014) and editor of Syria in World War I: Politics, Economy and Society (Routledge, forthcoming).

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Fazlıoğlu, İhsan

PhD, 1998, Istanbul University

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

İhsan Fazlıoğlu is professor of Philosophy at Istanbul Medeniyet University. Fazlıoğlu graduated from the Philosophy Department of Istanbul University (1989) and continued his academic work at the University of Jordan (Amman) and Institute of the History of Arabic Science (Aleppo) where he did research on the history of mathematics and science (1990-92). He received his Master’s degree in 1993 from the Department of History of Science at Istanbul University, and his PhD in 1998 from the department of Philosophy of the same university. Fazlıoğlu visited the University of Oklahoma as a research fellow (2001-2002) and worked at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University as a visiting professor, senior researcher and project advisor (2008-2011). He specializes on Islamic manuscripts with an emphasis on the history of science, philosophy and mathematics in the Seljukid-Ottoman-Turkish civilization.

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Işıksel, Güneş  

PhD, 2012, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales EHESS (Paris)

Having done his doctoral work on the principals, institutions and actors of Ottoman foreign relations in the third quarter of the 16th century, Güneş Işıksel is currently working on commercial and juridical exchanges between multi-confessional actors in the Ottoman capital during 1500–1670, focusing especially on the Archives of Bailo kept at the Archivio di Stato in Venice and on other unpublished material from the Archives de Ministère des Affaires étrangères and the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris. He is also involved in projects on republican Turkish historiography (with Emmanuel Szurek) and early Ottoman warcraft (with Emanuel Antoche).

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Kadı, İsmail Hakkı, Program Coordinator

PhD, 2008, Universiteit Leiden

İsmail Hakkı Kadı is associate professor at Istanbul Medeniyet University, where he teaches on the economic and social history of the Ottoman Empire. After obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marmara University (Istanbul), he attended Leiden University (Netherlands), whence he obtained his Ph.D. in 2008. His dissertation, on the role of Ottoman merchants in Ottoman-Dutch trade during the eighteenth century, was published by Brill Academic Publishers in 2012 under the title Ottoman and Dutch Merchants in the Eighteenth Century: Competition and Cooperation in Ankara, Izmir and Amsterdam. Kadı’s research focuses on various aspects of Ottoman-Dutch interactions in the early modern period and on Ottoman interactions with Southeast Asia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His publications include articles on Ottoman-Dutch trade and traders; guilds in Ottoman Izmir; oriental studies in the Netherlands; non-Muslim Ottoman traders; and the Acehnese embassy to Istanbul of the mid-nineteenth century

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Karahasanoğlu, Selim  

PhD, 2009, State University of New York at Binghamton

Selim Karahasanoğlu received his PhD from the History Department at State University of New York-Binghamton (USA). He currently teaches Ottoman history at the History Department of Istanbul Medeniyet University. Karahasanoğlu’s studies focus on eighteenth century Ottoman Empire with specific emphasis on Ottoman culture and society. His recent book Kadı ve Günlüğü: Sadreddinzade Telhisi Mustafa Efendi Günlüğü (1711-1735) Üstüne Bir İnceleme [The Judge and His Diary: An Examination of Sadreddinzade Telhisi Mustafa Efendi’s Diary (1711-1735)] was published in 2013.

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Sunar, Mehmet Mert  

PhD, 2006, State University of New York at Binghamton

Mehmet Mert Sunar received his Ph.D. from the History Department at the State University of New York–Binghamton (USA). He subsequently worked at the International Relations Department of Kocaeli University from 2006 until 2011. Focusing on Ottoman social and military history, Sunar studies Ottoman military institutions, civil-military relations and wartime mobilization in the Ottoman Empire. He currently teaches Ottoman military and social history at Istanbul Medeniyet University’s History Department.

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Tak, Ekrem

PhD, 2009, Marmara University

Ekrem Tak is an assistant professor in the Department of Information and Records Management at Istanbul Medeniyet University. After receiving a BA degree from the department of Archival Studies at Marmara University in 1999, he obtained MA and PhD degrees from the same department in 2002 and 2009 respectively. He works on the diplomatic characteristics of Ottoman archival documents, and he is an expert of Ottoman court registers.

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Aral, Berdal

PhD, 1994, University of Glasgow

Professor Berdal Aral completed his PhD on “Turkey and International Society from a Critical Legal Perspective” in 1994 at the University of Glasgow. His main areas of interest, both in his scholarship and teaching, include international law and human rights. He has written three books in Turkish, namely “The Right of Self-Defence under International Law” (1999), “Collective Rights as Third Generation Human Rights” (2010), and, “From Global Security to Global Hegemony: The UN System and the Muslim World” (2016). He has also published articles, both in English and Turkish, on the topics mentioned above as well as on Turkish foreign policy. Prof. Aral currently teaches at the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Medeniyet University.

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Durgun, Fatih

PhD, 2013, Bilkent University

Fatih Durgun is assistant professor at Istanbul Medeniyet University. He holds B.A. (2004) from English Language and Literature Department of Ankara University. He received his M.A. (2007) and PhD (2013) degrees from History Department of Bilkent University (Ankara). The title of his M.A. thesis was “Enlightenment and Reformation in the Historical Writings of Thomas M’Crie.” His doctoral dissertation was “Power and Identity in Lancastrian England, 1399-1461: A Study of Historical Writing in the Fifteenth Century” While he was a PhD candidate at Bilkent University, Durgun conducted his research for 8 months at History Faculty of St. Andrews University. His research focuses on medieval and modern European historiography, European political thought, intellectual history, Enlightenment/Counter-Enlightenment Debate and historical methodology.

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Afacan, Serhan

PhD, 2015, Universiteit Leiden

Dr. Afacan graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University from the departments of history and international relations in 2008. He then joined Leiden University in Holland where he obtained his MA degree in 2008 at Iranian Studies Department by his thesis entitled “Occidentalism in the Age of Orientalism: Mohammad Iqbal and the West”. He defended his PhD thesis, State, Society and Labour: A Social History of Iranian Textile Workers 1906-1941”, at the same university in 2015. His primary research interests are modern Iranian history, Iranian labour history, labour historiography, social movements and state-society relations in Iran.

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