| İhsan Fazlıoğlu

İhsan Fazlıoğlu


Visiting Scholar and ISMI Project (Advisor and Senior Research), Islamic Studies Institute


McGill University


He was born in Ankara in 1966 and completed studies at İstanbul Üniversitesi in the Department of Philosophy in 1989, his M.A. in the history of science in 1993, and his PhD in Philosophy. He conducted research at the University of Jordan (Amman) and the Arab Institute for the History of Science in Aleppo on the history of science and mathematics. He also worked as a researcher in the Department of Manuscripts at the International Research Center of Islamic Culture and Arts (IRCICA) from 1987-1996, including a period in Cairo during 1994. What was the Department of Philosophy (1996) and his Ph.D. from the same department (1988). At the University of Oklahoma, he conducted research from 2001 to 2002 as Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow. He focuses on the history and philosophy of mathematics in Islamic and Turkish History. Fazlıoğlu is a Teaching Fellow at the Foundation of Science and the Arts in Istanbul, holds a teaching post at Istanbul University, and is a Visiting Scholar and Senior Researcher and Advisor on the ISMI Project at McGill University.

Selected Publications


Encyclopedia of Ottomans-Their Lives and Works, as member of Editorial Team, vol. I, XVIII + 692 pp., vol. II, 704 p., Yapi Kredi Publications, Istanbul 1999.

History of Ottoman Astronomy Literature. Prepared by: Ramazan Sesen – Cevat Izgi – Cemil Akpinar – Ihsan Fazlioglu (Editor: Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu), vol. I-II (CCIII+1146p.), Istanbul 1997.

Introduction to the History of Pratical Geometry [ilm al-misaha], 168p., İstanbul 2004

Articles and Book Chapters

“From Semanîye to Süleymanîye: Theoretical Philosophy that Produced a ‘Küllî’ye/ the complex-university” Türkiye Günlüğü, Kış 100, Ankara 2010, s. 29-41.

“Keeping the Account of State: Of the Technical Content of Ottoman Mathematical Accountancy”, Kutadgubilig Felsefe-Bilim Araştırmaları, Sayı: 17, İstanbul/Mart 2010, s. 165-178.

“Philosophy in Turkey/Turkish: VII. Session”, Discourses on Philosophy in Turkey/Turkish [Türkiye'de/Türkçede Felsefe Üzerine Konuşmalar], İstanbul 2009, s. 201-255.

“The Samarqand Mathematical-Astronomical School: A Basis for Ottoman Philosophy and Science”, Journal for the History of Arabic Science, Aleppo 2008/XIV, No. 1, 2, pp. 3-68.

(English "The First Book on Mathematics in the State of Altın-Ordu: A Masterpiece in Arithmetic [et-Tuhfe fî ilmi'l-hisâb], Teoman Duralı'ya Armağan [Essays in Honor of Teoman Duralı][Bir Felsefe-Bilim Çağrısı], İstanbul 2008, pp. 224-259.

“Introduction to the History of Turkish Philosophy and Science During the Period of Seljuks of Anatolia and Beylikates”, Anadolu Selçukluları ve Beylikler Dönemi Uygarlığı[The Civilization of Anatolian Seljukites and Beylikates], edited by Ahmet Yaşar Ocak, v. I (Sosyal ve Siyasal Hayat), Kültür Bakanlığı Yayınları, Ankara 2006, pp. 413-427.

“How can We Benefit from the Manuscripts in Urban Studies?”, Türkiye Araştırmaları Literatür Dergisi, v. III, no. 6, İstanbul 2005, pp. 517-526.

"The logbook of the History of Turkish Philosophy and Science (an Introduction", Dîvân İlmî Araştırmalar Dergisi, İstanbul 2005/1, no. 18, pp. 1–57.

“A Bridge with Two Vague Edges: ‘History’ with ‘Science’ or ‘History of Science’, Journal of Literature for Turkish Researches, - History of Turkish Science-, V. 2, No. 4, İstanbul 2004, pp. 2-27.

“Alemuddin Kaysar and a Theorem of Geometry”, Kutadgubilig, Studies of Philosophy-Science, No. 5, Istanbul March 2004, pp. 199-208.

“Kelam Books as ‘Political Texts’ in the Ottoman Intellectual Tradition, Journal of Literature for Turkish Researches, -Turkish Political History-, V. 1, No. 2, İstanbul 2003, pp. 379-398.

“The Place and Importance of Scientific Works Written in or Translated into Turkish in the Formation of Language Consciousness in the Ottoman Period”, Kutadgubilig, Studies of Philosophy-Science, No. 3, Istanbul March 2003, pp. 151-184.


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