Ali Yaycioglu

Associate Professor of History
B.S., Middle East Technical University, International Relations (1994)
M.A., Bilkent University, History (1997)
Graduate, McGill University, Study in Islamic Studies (1998)
Ph.D., Harvard University, History and Middle Eastern Studies (2008)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, Program in Hellenic Studies (2009)
Ali Yaycioglu
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.

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August 7, 2020
With the conversion last month of the architecturally stunning Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a working mosque, Turkish President Recep Erdoğan fulfilled a long-held hope of many Turkish Muslims and of his own political party. On July 24, for the first time in nearly 90 years, Muslim worshippers prayed together there, as the imam held a sword – a...
October 9, 2018
The Stanford Data Science Initiative (SDSI) has awarded Professor Ali Yaycioglu a Data Science Research Seed Grant for his Mapping Ottoman Epirus project.