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

  • "The Question of Ottoman Decline"
    in Harvard Middle East and Islamic Review
  • Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State (1995)
  • Suleiman the Second and His Time edited with Halil Inalcik (1993)


Cemal Kafadar

Position: Vehbi KoƧ Professor of Turkish Studies

Field: Middle East

Specialty: Ottoman History; Turkish Studies; Modern and Modern History of the Middle East and the Balkans

Fall 2013:
- History 1878a: Ottoman State and Society I (1300-1550)

Spring 2014:
- History 1878b: Ottoman State and Society II (1550-1920)
- History 2884: Topics in Ottoman Social and Cultural History: Seminar

Contact Info

Robinson Hall

Room l-01

35 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138



Office Hours: Tuesday 10-12