Indiana University, Bloomington
Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1964 to a middle-class Muslim family, he was
educated in public schools from the elementary to the college level.
After completing his B.A. from the Department of Turkology at Ankara
University in 1988, he was awarded a governmental scholarship to study
abroad. He came to the United States in 1988, where he received his M.A.
in Turkic Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1990, and his
Ph.D. in 1993. In the Fall of 1993, he was appointed as Assistant
Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of
Washington in Seattle. In 1997, he returned to his alma mater, Indiana
University to become the holder of the Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies
Endowed Chair. Throughout his academic career, he has been teaching a wide
variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, from "Islamic Civilization"
to "Islamist Jihad"; from "Medieval Ottoman Manuscripts" to "Contemporary
Turkish Media." Among his books are Nedim and the Poetics of the
Ottoman Court: Medieval Inheritance and the Need for Change (1994);
Anthology of Turkish Literature (1996); and Ahmedi's History of the
of the Ottoman Lineage and Their Holy Raids against the Infidels
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