History of the Ottomans Course & Movie Screening


Celebrating 559 years since the conquest of Constantinople

An intensive course & screening of the film ‘Fetih 1453′


This short, intensive course aims to cover the following:

  • Rise and Fall of the Ottomans
  • Conquest of Constantinople in 1453
  • The Great Sultans
  • Political, Social and Administrative Structure
  • Culture and Art
  • Relationship between various Muslim states and other nations


Course Instructors:

Dr. Salim Ayduz

Dr. Salim Ayduz graduated from Istanbul University specializing in the Ottomans. He has taught at various universities such as FatihUniversity in Istanbul and is a visitor scholar at Manchester University. His specialization include Ottoman Archival documents  on Ottoman Imperial Arsenal (Tophane-i Amire) andhas published many scholarly articles at international symposiums. Currently, he is a Senior Researcher at the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) and contributed to the ì1001 Inventions:  Discover the Muslim Heritage in our worldî boththe book and with exhibitions around the world.

Professor Mehmet Ipsirli

Professor Mehmet Ipsirli completed his BA in History from Istanbul University and then went on to completed his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. As a leading Ottoman Scholar, he has taught Ottoman History for the last 35 years and is his research expertise includes Ottoman Administrative and Institutional History, Ottoman Historiography, Ulema in Ottoman Learning System and contributed to many academics journals, publications and conferences. He is a member of the Turkish Historical Society (Türk Tarih Kurumu) and currently he is Professor of Ottoman History at the Fatih University in Istanbul.

Professor Azmi Ozcan

Professor Azmi Ozcan, completed his BA Programme at the University of Ankara, and then went on to complete his MA in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester, and PhD Programme in History at the University of London, SOAS. He has been a lecture in the University of Bosphorus, University of Marmara and the University of Sakarya. He was also the Chairman of the Centre for Islamic Studies in Istanbul between 1996-1999. He is a member of many academic institutions and contributed to many articles on Islamic and Ottoman history published in many international journals, and entries to the Encyclopaedia of Islam. He also presented  papers at numerous international conferences around the world. He is also the author  of Pan-Islamism, Indian Muslims, the Ottomans and Britain, Brill-Leiden, N.York, Koln 1997. Currently, he is the Rector of Bilecik University since 2008.

Professor Alparslan Acikgenc

Professor Alparslan Acikgenc received his B.A. degree at Ankara University, School of Theology in 1974. He was successful at a nationwide exam and then was awarded a scholarship abroad to do MA in  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and PhD in History of Philosophy and a student of the late renowned Islamic scholar, Professor Fazlur Rahman of University of Chicago. His research interests include epistemology, History of Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy and Philosophy of Science and some his publications include Islamic science, “The Emergence of Scientific Tradition in Islam”, “Ibn Rushd, Kant and Transcendent Rationality: A Critical Synthesis” amongst many. He has taught has various universities in various countries such as the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, University of Jordan, and currently Professor of Philosophy and Head of The Social Sciences Institute at the Yildiz University in Istanbul.

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