Ali Yaycioğlu

Assistant Professor of Middle East History

At Stanford Since

B.S., Middle East Technical University, Ankara; M.A., Bilkent University, Ankara; Ph.D. Harvard University.
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Research Interests

My main research interest is the Middle East and the Balkans under the Ottoman Empire. In my forthcoming book, Partners of the Empire: Notables, Communities and the Crisis of the Ottoman Order (1770-1820), which is a revised version of my dissertation, I analyze the rise of the provincial notables and different forms of collective actions in various parts of the Ottoman world and their challenge to the empire. I depict how the new provincial formations triggered institutional restructuring of the Ottoman order in the global age of revolutions. Currently, I am working on two different projects. The first one is on capital accumulation and imperial confiscations in the Ottoman Empire, roughly from 16th to the early 19th centuries. In this project, I focus on economic and social implications of imperial confiscations and examine how some individuals and families developed strategies to maintain their wealth and power and to escape from the constant threat of imperial seizure. I also analyze how this instability of property rights affected attitudes towards inheritance, life and mortality in Ottoman society. My other project is on the imaginations of the political spaces in Early Modern Eurasia. In this project, I am particularly interested in the interactions and competitions between territorial organizations of the early modern Eurasian empires, particularly the Ottoman Empire, and exterritorial imaginations and practices of the Islamic and Chingissid legacies.   


  • The Making of the Islamic World, 600-1300
  • Islamic Eurasia: Nomads, Merchants and Empires, 1300-1850
  • Empires, Markets and Networks: Early Modern Islamic World and Beyond, 1500-1800
  • The Ottoman Empire: 1300-1920
  • Research Seminar in History of the Ottoman Empire
  • Communities and Empire: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Ottoman Empire
  • Modern Turkey
  • Istanbul: History, Memory and Global Experience (Bing seminar) 

Partners of the Empire: Communities, Notables and the Crisis of the Ottoman Order (1770-1820). In progress to be submitted to Princeton University Press in 2013.

“Provincial Elites and the Empire in the Late Ottoman World: Conflict or Partnership?” In The Ottoman World, edited by Christine Woodhead. (London: Routledge Press, 2012)

“Heirs of Genghiz Khan in the Age of Revolutions: The Gerays and Cengiz Mehmed Geray Sultan between the Ottoman and Russian Empires in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries.” With Hakan Kirımli (Forthcoming - submitted for review)

Révolutions de Constantinople:  The French and the Ottoman Worlds in the Age of Revolutions “ in French Mediterraneans: transnational and imperial histories, edited by Patricia M.E. Lorcin & Todd Shepard (Lincoln, NE, Nebraska University Press, forthcoming).

“Rahova 1784: 18. Yüzyıl Osmanlı Balkanlarında Katılım, Bilgi ve Güç,” [Rahova 1784: Participation, Information and Power in the 18th Century Ottoman Balkans] in Özer Ergenç Armağanı, edited by Ümit Ekin (Ankara, 2012). 

“Sened-i İttifak (1808): Bir Entegrasyon ve Ortaklık Denemesi.” [Deed of Agreement (1808): An Attempt of Integration and Partnership] In Nizam-ı Kadimden Nizam-ı Cedide: III.Selim ve Dönemi, edited by Seyfi Kenan (Istanbul: İSAM, 2010).

“Rumeli’nde Geraylar ve Cengiz Mehmed Geray Sultan’ın Hikayesi,” [Gerays in Rumelia and Cengiz Mehmed Geray’s Story] XV. Türk Tarih Kongresi, Ankara: 11-15 Eylül 2006 , vol. 2, (Ankara, 2010). (With Hakan Kırımlı).

 “Ottoman-Turkish Manuscripts in the Islamic and other Libraries of McGill Univeristy.” Fontanus 10 (1998): 41-64.  (With Adam Gacek)

Articles in Progress
“Osmanischer Konservatismus in den österreichischen diplomatischen Berichten, 1808.”

“Wealth, Power and Death: Capital Accumulations and Imperial Confiscations in the Ottoman Empire, 1450-1830.”

“The Shadow of Chingis Khan on Istanbul: The Ottoman Empire in the Early-Modern Asian Context.”

Encyclopedia Entries
“Ayan,” Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire, edited by Gabor Agoston (Washington DC, 2008).

Fellowships and Awards

  • Mary Seeger O’Boyle Fellowship, Princeton University, 2008-09
  • Aga Khan Postdoctoral Fellowship for Islamic Art and Architecture, Harvard University, 2008
  • Harvard University - Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2006-07
  • Harvard University Merit Fellowship, 2004-05 
  • KRUPP Foundation Fellowship of Center for European Studies, 2003-04
  • ARIT (American Research Institute in Turkey) Fellowship, 2003-04      
  • Harvard University, Graduate, Fellowship, 1998-2002
  • McGill University, Islamic Studies Fellowship, 1996-98
  • Bilkent University Graduate Fellowship, 1994-97