| Cemil Aydin

Cemil Aydin


Professor of History and Director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies


Project Director, George Mason University


Dr. Aydin studied at Boğaziçi University, İstanbul University, and the University of Tokyo before receiving his PhD from Harvard University in 2002 in the fields of history and Middle Eastern studies. He was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Dr. Aydin has previously taught at Harvard College, Princeton University, Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Since 2009, Dr. Aydin has been a faculty member at George Mason University, where he holds the IIIT Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies.

Selected Publications


The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia: Visions of World Order in Pan-Islamic and Pan-Asian Thought (New York: Columbia University Press, Global and International History Series, 2007)

Articles and Book Chapters

“Orientalism and Civilizational Paradigm in Pan-Islamic Thought,” in Mapping Difference: Asia, Europe and the Dialectic of Modernity, Thierry Blanca, Sucheta Mazumdar and Vasant Kaiwar, eds. (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2009).

“Japan’s Pan-Asianism and the Legitimacy of Imperial World Order, 1931–1945” in Japan Focus: An Asia Pacific E-Journal, (March 2008) accessible at http://japanfocus.org/products/details/2695.

“Emperyalizm Karşıtı Bir İmparatorluk: Osmanlı Tecrübesi Işığında 19. Yüzyıl Dünya Düzeni (An Anti-Imperialist Empire? Ottoman Lessons on the Nature of 19th Century World Order ),” Divan, Disiplinler Arası Çalışmalar Dergisi (Divan: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Istanbul), . 12: 22 (2007/1): 39-85.

“A Global Anti-Western Moment? The Russo-Japanese War, Decolonization and Asian Modernity” in Conceptions of World Order, ca. 1880-1935. Global Moments and Movements, Sebastian Conrad/Dominic Sachsenmaier, eds., (New York City: Palgrave Transnational History Series, 2007), 213-236.

“Between Reverse Orientalism and the Global Left: Islamic Critiques of the West in Modern Turkey” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 26: 3 (Fall 2006): 446-461.

“Beyond Civilization: Pan-Islamism, Pan-Asianism and the Revolt against the West” Journal of Modern European History, 4:2 (Fall 2006): 204-223.

"Beyond Culturalism? An Overview of the Historiography on Ottoman Science in Turkey," in Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu et. al. Multicultural Science in the Ottoman Empire.  Tumhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2003.

“Overcoming Eurocentrism? Japanese Orientalism on the Muslim World (1913-1945),” Princeton Papers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, (Fall 2006): 139-164.

“Orientalism, Imperialism and the Renan Debates: The Formation of Modern Muslim Narratives on Islamic Science,” in Essays in Honor of Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, compiled by Mustafa Kaçar and Zeynep Durukal (Istanbul: IRCICA Publications, 2006), 817-832.

“Orientalism by the Orientals? The Japanese Empire and Islamic Studies,” İslam Araştırmaları Dergisi (Journal of Islamic Studies, ISAM, Istanbul) No. 14 (2005): 1-36.

“The Politics of Conceptualizing Islam and the West” Ethics and International Affairs, 19:1 (Winter 2005): 93-100. “Türk Bilim Tarihi Yazımı’nda ‘Zihniyet’, ‘Din’ ve ‘Bilim’ İlişkisi: Osmanlı Örneği (Mentality, Religion and Science in Turkish Historiography: The Case of the History of Ottoman Science)” in Türkiye Araştırmaları Literatür Dergisi (TALID), 2:4 (Istanbul: Bilim ve Sanat Vakfi 2004): 29-44.

“Beyond Culturalism? An Overview of the Historiography on Ottoman Science in Turkey” in Multicultural Science in the Ottoman Empire, eds. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Kostas Chatzis, Efthymios Nicolaidis (Brepols, Belgium 2003), 201-215.

“Modern Japon Tarihinde Batı Karşıtlığı: Ôkawa Shûmei’nin Asyacılık Düsüncesi (Anti-Westernism in Modern Japanese History: Pan-Asian Thought of Ôkawa Shûmei)” in Divan: İlmi Araştırmalar, 13:2 (Istanbul: Bilim ve Sanat Vakfi 2002): 107-133.

“Nihon Wa Itsu Tôyô No Kuni Ni Natta No Ka? Chutô Kara Mita Kindai Nihon” (When Did Japan Become an “Eastern” Nation? Modern Japan in the Imagination of Middle Eastern Nationalists), in Atarashi Nihongaku no Kôchiku -Constructing Japanese Studies in Global Perspective, (Tokyo: Ochanomizu University 1999), 81-88.

Edited Journal Issue Cemil Aydin and Juliane Hammer, “Critiques of the ‘West’ in Turkey, Iran and Japan: Occidentalism, the Crisis of Global Modernity and the Politics of Nationalism,” special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 26:3 (Fall 2006). (Editor’s Introduction: 347-352)


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