Ottoman history through Ottoman texts

Dr Cumhur Bekar
WEBSITE COURSES SEPT 2019 ottoman adv

Course Dates: Wednesdays, 29th January – 8th April*

* There will not be a lesson on 1st April.

Times: 6 pm – 8 pm

Fee: £160

The class  requires specific knowledge of the Turkish language to the level of at least B2.

The course will provide the students with the necessary skills to read and understand Ottoman Turkish written in the Arabo-Persian alphabet. Ottoman Turkish as a written language was the direct predecessor of modern Turkish spoken today in Turkey and large geography outside of Turkey that used to form a part of the Ottoman Empire.

Advanced levels will be more reading intensive and students will gain knowledge on Ottoman History by reading significant texts of the era. The fundamental principles of Turkish grammar and syntax will be revisited from time to time.

At the end of the course, the students will be awarded a certificate of achievement.

Course Features

  • Max Students15
  • Duration10 week
  • Skill leveladvanced
  • LanguageTurkish
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Dr Cumhur Bekar
Dr Cumhur Bekar

Dr Cumhur Bekar is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire, with a particular interest in the Ottoman political sociology, vizierial households and comparative history. He obtained his PhD in the history department from Leiden University. His PhD dissertation, ‘The Rise of the Köprülü Family, The Reconfiguration of Vizierial Power in the Seventeenth Century’, is currently being prepared for publication. Cumhur Bekar earned his BA from the department of history at Ankara University. He continued his academic pursuits at Boğaziçi University, where he earned an MA degree in 2011. He worked as a research assistant at the same university from 2008 to 2010. He started his PhD at Leiden University in 2013, where he works as a research assistant to the project “Eurasian Empires”. He was a visiting fellow at Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University in 2015.

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