Ali Yaycioglu is a historian of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. His research centers on economic, political and legal institutions and practices as well as social and cultural life in southeastern Europe and the Middle East during the Ottoman Empire. He also has a research agenda on how people imagined, represented and recorded property, territory, and nature in early periods and how we can use digital tools to understand, visualize and conceptualize these imaginations, representations and recordings. Dr. Yaycioglu teaches courses on the Ottoman Empire; history of Muslim world from medieval to modern times; empires, markets and networks in Early Modern History; and economic, social and cultural history Modern Turkey.
Professor Yaycioglu's first book, Partners of the Empire: Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions (Stanford University Press, 2016) offers a radical rethinking of the Ottoman Empire within the global context of the revolutionary age in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Currently Dr. Yaycioglu is working on a book project, entitled The Ultimate Debt: State, Wealth and Death inthe Ottoman Empire analyzing transformations in property, finance and statehood in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The book particularly focuses on episodes of economic violence through probate inventories, debt and credit registers, confiscation and auction records. Dr. Yaycioglu's other project, tentatively entitled Ottoman Topologies: Managing, Knowing and Recording Nature in an Early-Modern Empire, examines symbiotic relationship between managerial, intellectual and scribal organization of the empire and various eco-orders, such as mountains, forests, valleys, steppes, river and lakesides, coastal areas, islands and deserts...
Ali Yaycioglu is the supervisor of a digital history project, Mapping Ottoman Epirus, housed in Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). MapOE is big data project, which aims to analyze and illustrate the spatial dimension of political, economic, infra-structural, and environmental relations in the Ottoman Empire. MapOE focuses on a region (Epirus - today Western Greece and Southern Albania) and period (late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries), as an exemplary microcosm of the Ottoman Empire. To this aim, MapOE is producing a number of digital projects for spatial and quantitative analysis, based on big data extracted from multi-lingual archival sources from the Ottoman period.
Born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, Ali Yaycioglu studied International Relations at the Middle East Technical University and Ottoman History under the supervision of Professor Halil Inalcik at Bilkent University. Then, he studied Arabic and Islamic legal history at McGill University in Montreal. Yaycioglu completed his Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard in 2008. After his Ph.D., Yaycioglu carried out post-doctoral studies in the Agha Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the same university and then in Hellenic Studies at Princeton. He joined the History Department at Stanford in 2011. Professor Yaycioglu is also director of Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and a board member of Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), cofounder of Ottoman and Turkey Encounters at Stanford (OTES) and an associate member of the Centre d'études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques at L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.
Ottoman Topologies: Production of Space in an Early Modern Empire (with Cemal Kafadar) in progress, to be submitted to Stanford University Press.
Articles in Progress
“Ottoman Mountainology: Empire, Highlands, and Mountaineers,” to be published in Festschrift for Cemal Kafadar, with Ilham Khuri-Makdisi and Rachel Goshgarian (under contract, Academic Studies Press, to be submitted in 2018). (with Molly Greene)
“Kendine Ait Bir Tarih: İmparatorluk, Cumhuriyet ve Yeni Türkiye,” [An Ottoman of One's Own: History between Restoration and Revolution] in Post-Kemalizm ve Sonrası: Yeni bir Paradigmayı Ararken, edited by İlker Aytürk (under contract, İletişim Yayınları, Istanbul, to be published in 2019)
“Spatiality in an Early Modern Empire (Henri Lefebvre Meeting Evliya Çelebi)” With Cemal Kafadar to be published as the introductory article in Ottoman Topologies: Production of Space in an Early Modern Empire (edited by Cemal Kafadar and Ali Yaycioglu) in progress, to be submitted to Stanford University Press in early 2019.
“Space, Nature and Order: Geo-Power of Ali Pasha of Epirus in Ottoman Greece and Albania” to be published in Ottoman Topologies: Production of Space in an Early Modern Empire (edited by Cemal Kafadar and Ali Yaycioglu) in progress, to be submitted to Stanford University Press in early 2019.