| Cemal Kafadar

Cemal Kafadar


Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies, Department of History, Harvard University


Harvard University


Dr. Kafadar received his PhD from McGill University in 1987 and taught for two years in Princeton's Near Eastern studies department before coming to Harvard. Dr. Kafadar teaches seminars related to popular culture, hagiography and Ottoman historiography as well as the early modern history of the Middle East and Balkans, and is a member of the editorial board of the Historians of the Ottoman Empire. He is a leading documentary critic and was a member of the jury of the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in 2009. Prof. Kafadar is interested in social and cultural history of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe in the early modern era. He teaches seminars on archival research and on popular culture. His latest publications include 'The Ottomans and Europe, 1400-1600' and a book on the rise of the Ottoman state.

Selected Publications

Kim Var İmiş Biz Burada Yoğ İken Dört Osmanlı: Yeniçeri, Tüccar, Derviş ve Hatun (2009).

"The Question of Ottoman Decline" in Harvard Middle East and Islamic Review (1999).

Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State (1995).

Suleiman the Second and His Time edited with Halil Inalcik (1993).

"Self and Others: The Diary of a Dervish in Seventeenth Century Istanbul and First-Person Narratives in Ottoman Literature" in Studia Islamica (1989).


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