Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies
University of California, Davis
Tezcan received his B.A. in International Relations from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey (1994), and his M.A. and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University (1996, 2001). His research interests are mainly pre-modern Middle Eastern history, focusing on such topics as Ottoman political history in the 16th-18th centuries; pre-modern ethnic and racial identities in the Islamic world; Ottoman perceptions of others; Ottoman and modern Turkish historiography; fiscal and monetary history; Islamic law, and the intellectual tradition of Islam. His next book project is tentatively entitled Imperial Visions: Africans, Americans, Asians, and Europeans in the Early Modern Ottoman World.
The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Co-edited with Donald Quataert. Beyond Dominant Paradigms in Ottoman and Middle Eastern/North African Studies: A Tribute to Rifa'at Abou-El-Haj. Istanbul: SAM, 2010.
Co-edited with Karl K. Barbir. Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman World: A Volume of Essays in Honor of Norman Itzkowitz. Madison: University of Wisconsin, Center for Turkish Studies, 2007.
Articles and book chapters
“Some Thoughts on the Politics of Early Modern Ottoman Science.” In Beyond Dominant Paradigms in Ottoman and Middle Eastern/North African Studies: A Tribute to Rifa'at Abou-El-Haj, edited by Donald Quataert and Baki Tezcan, pp. 135-56. Istanbul: İSAM, 2010.
“The Ottoman mevâlî as ‘lords of the law,’” Journal of Islamic Studies 20 (2009): 383-407.
“The Ottoman Monetary Crisis of 1585 Revisited,” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 52 (2009): 460-504.
“Lost in Historiography: An essay on the reasons for the absence of a history of limited government in the early modern Ottoman Empire.” Middle Eastern Studies 45 (2009): 477-505.
“The Multiple Faces of the One: The Invocation Section of Ottoman Literary Introductions as a Locus for the Central Argument of the Text.” Middle Eastern Literatures 12 (2009): 27-41.
“The History of a ‘Primary Source:’ The making of Tûghî’s chronicle on the deposition of Osman II.” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 72 (2009): 41-62.
“Dispelling the Darkness: The politics of ‘race’ in the early seventeenth century Ottoman Empire in the light of the life and work of Mullah Ali.” In Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman World: A Volume of Essays in Honor of Norman Itzkowitz, edited by Baki Tezcan and Karl K. Barbir, pp. 73-95. Madison: University of Wisconsin, Center for Turkish Studies, 2007.
“The Politics of Early Modern Ottoman Historiography.” In The Early Modern Ottomans: Remapping the Empire, edited by Virginia H. Aksan and Daniel Goffman, pp. 167-98. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
“The 1622 military rebellion in Istanbul: a historiographical journey.” International Journal of Turkish Studies 8 (2002): 25-43.
“Ethics as a domain to discuss the political: Kınalızâde Ali Efendi and his Ahlâk-ı Alâî.” In Proceedings of the International Congress on Learning and Education in the Ottoman World, Istanbul, 12-15 April 1999, edited by Ali Çaksu, pp. 109-20. Istanbul: IRCICA Publications, 2001.
“The development of the use of ‘Kurdistan’ as a geographical description and the incorporation of this region into the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century.” In The Great Ottoman-Turkish Civilisation, 4 vols., edited by Kemal Çiçek et al., vol. 3, pp. 540-53. Ankara: Yeni Türkiye, 2000.
“The ‘Kânûnnâme of Mehmed II:’ a different perspective.” In The Great Ottoman-Turkish Civilisation, 4 vols., edited by Kemal Çiçek et al., vol. 3, pp. 657-65. Ankara: Yeni Türkiye, 2000.