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June-August 2018, Istanbul

Ibn Haldun University (IHU) offers a variety of courses taught in the summer months, varying in length, structure, and price.

Classes begin on June 25, 2018. Program end dates vary by course.

Credit transfer is available. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the specific course.

Application deadline: Application deadline for all courses is June 20, 2018.

Application procedure: Please submit your application by creating an online application form at http://apply.umran.ihu.edu.tr

You will need to submit the following documents to complete the online application:

  • CV
  • Transcript
  • Copy of passport ID page

 Scholarships: The program offers a limited number of scholarships (25% discount on tuition fees) based on academic merit and financial need. It also offers discounted rates for students admitted to IHU graduate programs for Fall 2018. To be considered for scholarships, please submit a recommendation letter from a faculty member.

Accommodation: Not included. If you will need housing during the program dates, please contact IHU International Office at international@ihu.edu.tr

Contact: If you have questions about the program, please feel free to e-mail Dr. M. Fatih ÇALIŞIR, IHU Summer School Deputy Director, at summerschool@ihu.edu.tr

Language Program

IHU summer language program offers intensive instruction in Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, Persian, and English. The program, which will be held in the Süleymaniye Mosque complex between June 25 and August 17, aims to provide an immersive learning experience by combining its co-curricular activities with extracurricular activities. Some of these activities include field trips to historical sites and archives, conversation tables and study hours, movie screenings, cultural events, and, seminars by renowned scholars on Turkish history, politics, literature, and the arts.

Modern Turkish:

  • Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels of instruction offered
  • Runs from June 25 to August 10, 2018 (7 weeks)
  • Meets in the mornings, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., five days a week
  • The fee is $2,000 for 140 hours of instruction.

Ottoman Turkish:

  • Basic-II and Advanced-I levels of instruction offered
  • Runs in two 4-week programs; Program I (June 25-July 20) and Program II (July 23-Aug. 17). Students can choose to attend either or both of the programs.
  • Meets in the mornings, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., five days a week
  • The fee is $1,000 for each Program.

Arabic:

  • Basic and Intermediate levels of instruction offered
  • Runs from June 25 to August 10, 2018 (7 weeks)
  • Meets in the mornings, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., five days a week
  • The fee is $2,000 for 140 hours of instruction.

Persian:

  • Basic and Intermediate levels of instruction offered
  • Runs from June 25 to August 10, 2018 (7 weeks)
  • Meets in the mornings, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., five days a week
  • The fee is $2,000 for 140 hours of instruction.

English:

  • Basic and Intermediate levels of instruction offered
  • Runs from July 2 to August 17, 2018 (7 weeks)
  • Meets in the mornings, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., five days a week
  • The fee is $2,000 for 140 and $1,000 for 70 hours of instruction.

Other program details:

Students are placed into the appropriate level after a skill-based placement test in the specific language, prepared and conducted by specialists and experienced teachers.

The 140 hours covered in one IHU Summer School Language Program course is equivalent to two full semesters of language instruction in a credit-based course.

Fees include tuition, course materials, lunch and program activities but do not include housing, international travel fares, passport and visa costs, and health/travel insurance.

The IHU summer language program, 2018, is coordinated and developed in collaboration with IHU’s School of Languages and the Department of History.

 

Academic Subject Courses

IHU Summer School offers courses not only in languages but also in academic subjects. The academic subject courses run from June 25 to August 10, 2018 (7 weeks, 6 classes per week) and they will be held in the Süleymaniye Mosque complex in the afternoons. The fee is $1,000 for 42 hours of instruction and it includes tuition, course materials, lunch, and program activities.

ANTH 450/550
Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies (by Assoc. Prof. Ramazan Aras)

Islam has been one of the most influential religions by shaping social, cultural, economic and political structures in different societies in various parts of the world. This course aims to help students to gain new perspectives and understanding of Islam and diverse forms and meanings of religious practices of Muslims by providing some selected sociological, anthropological and ethnographic studies on Islam and Muslim societies. The course will start with an epistemological discussion of knowledge, Islamization of knowledge and the concept of knowing. Then, it will continue with a critical discussion and thinking of phenomena of colonialism and orientalism in the history of anthropological thought that played a great role in misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims. The objective of this course is to develop a deeper and anthropological understanding of Islam in the light of theoretical discussions around ideas of “Anthropology of Islam” and “Islamic Anthropology”. At the end of the course, students are expected to have a critical, sociological and anthropological understanding of how to study Islam and Muslim communities and their diverse practices, thoughts, discourses, and movements around the world in the contemporary period.

ANTH 440/540
Political Violence, Identity and Memory in Turkey (by Assoc. Prof. Ramazan Aras)

This course focuses on the formation of the modern nation-state with a particular focus on political violence, identity, and memory. By providing theoretical discussions on the state formation (Weber, Gramsci, Althusser, Foucault, Agamben) and violence (Benjamin, Arendt, Sartre, Fanon), it aims to develop an anthropological perspective on modern nation-state, its acts of violence and impacts on formation of identities and memories at both subjective and collective levels. The violence of modern states and the counter-violence of oppositional groups and movements have surpassed the arguments of legitimacy and consent and made the subject controversial among thinkers and social scientists. The state-sponsored violence, counter-terror, counter-violence, and trans-national terror have shattered communities, occasioning prevalent social suffering in Turkey from past to the present. This course will focus on how we might think sociologically and anthropologically about the effects of Turkish state formation and phenomenon of political violence in diverse forms.

HIST 308/508
Oral History (by Assoc. Prof. Ramazan Aras)

This course introduces oral history studies as a new methodology and practice of collecting, recording, preserving and interpreting personal and collective stories of the past and thereby contributing to the process of history writing in the present. Students will not only learn about theoretical discussions on oral history as a new sub-discipline of history and as a new method in historiography but also how to set up an oral history project. By making bridges between sociology, anthropology, and history, this course will offer students some answers to the following questions: how much do we know about the process of history writing? How is our perception of history? Who is the subject and object of the history? What kind of histories are dominating and shaping our understanding of the past? This course will focus on how we might think anthropologically about history writing and the practice of making history with a particular focus on the making of the history of modern Turkey. Students are going to learn how to design and conduct an oral history project.

HIST 102 History of Modern Turkey II (by Prof. Halil Berktay)

This is the second half of a year-course on the history of the Turkish Revolution and Atatürk’s Principles that continues to be officially required of all undergraduates at Turkey’s universities. At Ibn Haldun University it is part of the University Courses core curriculum, and is taught as a normal, rigorous academic sequence on the history of modern Turkey, with HIST 101 devoted to the “long 19th century” background (from 1789 to 1914) and HIST 102 to the “short 20th century and beyond (from 1908 to the early 21st century). Format: two hour-lectures per week; two hours of discussion.

Here is a plan of HIST 102 lectures designed by Halil Berktay for Spring 2019. In Summer 2018 the same sequence of main ideas and lectures will be adapted from a 14-week, 4 hours per week term to a 7-week, 8 hours per week format. All lectures and discussion sections will be handled by Professor Berktay.

HIST 415/515 History of the Modern Middle East (by Dr. İ. Vehbi Baysan)

This course aims to understand current affairs and regional developments through the history of the Middle East. The course mainly focuses on turning points, major events, ideological differences, social life etc. in the history of the Middle East with the aim of shedding light on today’s regional conflicts, clashes, alliances, and disagreements. This is a three-hour course and two hours will be spared for studying the history of the region; starting with the pre-Islamic period (Jahiliya), Islamic, Umayyad and Abbasid periods, the course will continue with the rise and fall of Ottoman Empire. Thereafter, building the Arab identity and its transformation into Arab nationalism as well as the establishment of Arab nation-states will be studied. One hour of this course will be devoted to critical discussion and debate on the current affairs and what is going on in the Middle East with special reference to historic ties. This academic discussion is an essential part of the course and students are required to follow the developments within a global context

HIST 468/568: A 19th Century History of Ideas in the Ottoman Empire (by Dr. Uygar Aydemir)

The early modern Ottoman state went through an intensive process of bureaucratization and legislation in the nineteenth century in an attempt to meet the requirements of modernity. This process was accompanied by revising and reproducing prevalent Ottoman political theories as well as importing or appropriating ideologies from Europe. While existing literature on the nineteenth century Ottoman Empire concentrates predominantly on the institutional and legal aspects of this transformation, its intellectual components have also received a gradually increasing deal of interest in recent decades. This course aims to review and evaluate the literature on the intellectual aspect of the Ottoman modernization in the nineteenth century while approaching critically the established paradigms in the field.

HIST 480/580 Iraq, Shiites and Sectarianism in the Middle East (by Dr. Faruk Yaslıçimen)

This course focuses on physical and human geography, climate, and the ethnic and sectarian map of Iraq with a further effort to understand social, political, economic, administrative and military changes and transformation that the region went through in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Socio-political meanings of being Shiite in the Ottoman Empire will be discussed in various respects. Shiite shrine cities, dominant tribal structure and the debate over the conversion of Iraqi tribes to Shiism in the late nineteenth century, as well as the political positions of the Shiite ulama vis-à-vis the Ottoman, Iranian and the British governments, will be extensively evaluated. Incorporation of Shiite subjects into the Ottoman bureaucratic mechanism is another topic that the course will address. Last two weeks of the course will be devoted to the issue of sectarianism both in Iraq and in Lebanon. The past of the thin line between ethnic and sectarian identities, the birth of sectarianism in different Iraqi and Lebanese contexts and their current repercussions will be debated.

HIST 496/596 Modern Iranian History (by Dr. Serhan Afacan)

This course examines the history of modern Iran from the foundation of the Pahlavi dynasty to the present day. This is a major period in Iranian history in political, economic and social terms. The modernization attempts of the Qajar during the 1800s have culminated in the Constitutional Revolution of 1906. Nevertheless, despite the significant achievements it brought about in the formation of a political community, the Revolution failed to bring stability to Iran which became most visible in the devastations of the WWI. In 1921 the Coup d’état of 1921 brought Reza Khan, later Shah, to power first as the Minister of War, then as Prime Minister and finally as the first Pahlavi shah in 1925 when the Qajar dynasty was replaced by the Pahlavis. Reza Shah Pahlavi’s modernizing policies are still a hot matter of debate among historians. For some, he was the champion of Iran’s transition from a feudal and archaic society to a modern one while others criticized his authoritarian policies for creating a tension between the modernist state and a predominantly traditional society. When Mohammad Reza Shah replaced his father in 1941 Iran had made significant progress towards industrialization, but more than a decade had passed with highly authoritarian policies. Such policies were more or less maintained by the new Shah. The Iranian Revolution of 1979 broke out based on this background. It not only changed changes the political structure of the country but also radically shifted its economic orientations and societal dynamics.

POLS 377 – The Politics and International Relations of Iran (by Dr. Bilgehan Alagöz)

The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the rising powers in the Middle East and a long-term challenge to U.S. regional interests. Thus, understanding Iran’s foreign policy is substantial both for regional and global politics. Since the Revolution in 1979, Iran’s foreign policy has evolved and produced a paradigm based on pragmatism. Pragmatism is conventionally viewed as the opposite of principle, whether religious, moral or ideological. The gradual evolution of Iranian foreign policy since the revolution, however, demonstrates that Iranian foreign policymakers have aspired to create a hybrid of pragmatism and spirituality.

In this course, students will learn the main dynamics of Iranian foreign policy, its institutional structure and the bilateral relations it has developed over the last four decades. After introducing the country in the first lecture, the second week will be devoted to the political structure of the country.  This is necessary for an in-depth understanding of the Iranian foreign policy. The remaining weeks will continue by focusing on current bilateral relations with prominent countries.

ECON 441 Iranian Economy (by Prof. Murat Aslan)

The course will concentrate on Iranian economy with a focus on contemporary issues. Qajar era is an important turning point in Iran history, particularly economic history. During the Qajar period, the organization of the state was not compatible with governing the entire country and also apparatuses and institutions of the state were not in tune with economic development and were not adequate to overcome the economic exploitation efforts of foreign powers, Russia and England. With the discovery of oil on the early 1900s, After the discovery of oil in Iran on the early 1900s, the massive natural resources Iran have possessed attracted attention from large energy companies and western countries, particularly the US and England. Therefore, the economic exploitation history of Iran needs to be well understood before better analyzing the causes of the emergence of the Islamic Revolution. The years of war with Iraq, Iran also suffered a great destruction where a big portion of production capacity of the country has perished. Moreover, due to uncertainties stemming from both war with Iraq and also the new system constructed by the Revolution, the part of the skilled labor forced immigrated to western countries during the early 1980s. Another important issue has been the economic sanctions the country has been facing since the early 1980s. Given this background, the course will provide detail explanation about power centers that play important role in designing and implementation of economic policies.  The course also concentrates on sectoral development in Iran, including agriculture, industry, service and government sector. We will also concentrate on some public finance including taxation and public spending. Oil and natural gas are two important factors in the economic performance of the country and therefore we are planning also to devote at least one week over energy issue. economic topic economic dimension.

LIT 208 Introduction to Modern Iranian Literature (by Dr. Maryam Najafi)

This course aims to familiarize the participants with a literary landscape of modern Iran. The course sheds light on literary theory, short story, novel, poetry, and drama in their social, political, and cultural context. The course intends to develop familiarity with the origins, emergence, and progress of new literary modes of expression in the wake of political, social, and cultural alterations in the modern era. The survey in this class begins from the Constitutional Revolution (1905-1911) down to the present. The pre-constitutional literary and cultural figures who made a significant contribution to the later developments will also be considered and discussed. The female literary figures will be discussed and studied in a separate session in order to locate a focus on the alterations on gender roles and definitions in modern times in Iran.

MAN 401 Strategic Management (by Prof. Ekrem Tatoğlu)

Over the years, the field of strategic management has had a major influence on corporate behavior. Terms such as cash cow, sustainable competitive advantage, and core competence are frequently raised in day-to-day business conversations. In fact, the ability to apply strategic analysis to practical business problems has become a valuable skill in many occupations, including management consultancy, stock broking, merchant banking and corporate finance. The aim of this course is to give students the tools needed to analyze situations and think strategically. By the end of the course, the students will be able to:  explain the elements of the strategic management process, analyze industry structure and environmental trends to assess industry potential, assess a firm’s resources for their potential to generate a competitive advantage, and have knowledge about new business models and strategies for the internet economy.

MAN 402 International Business (by Prof. Ekrem Tatoğlu)

This course provides an overview of the environment, concepts, and basic differences involved in international business. Topics include forms of foreign involvement, international trade theory, governmental influences on trade and strategies, international organizations, multinational corporations, human resource management in international business, and international marketing. Upon completion, students should be able to describe the foundation of international business.

MAN 334 Corporate Finance (by Prof. Mustafa Kemal Yılmaz)

This course provides an introduction to the theory, the methods, and the concerns of corporate finance. The main topics include the time value of money and capital budgeting techniques, uncertainty and the trade-off between risk and return, security market efficiency, optimal capital structure, and dividend policy decisions.

MAN 362 Operations Management (by Dr. Ali Osman Kuşakçı)

As a primary business function, along with marketing and finance, the operations function provides goods and services which are presented to the company’s customers. Through models and methods, this course explores how the operations function plays a vital role in achieving a company’s strategic plans and is a major determinant of a company’s financial performance. The content of the course might includes forecasting, design, inventory management, facilities planning, location, and supply chain issues.

STAT 201 Statistics I (by Dr. Ali Osman Kuşakçı)

The course will focus on the fundamentals of statistical analysis primarily for students of business and economics. The course topics will cover elementary probability, sampling distributions, central limit theorem, normal probability distribution, and introductory inferential statistics through confidence intervals.  Learning to do statistical analysis through a software is an integral part of the course.

MAN 463 Supply Chain Management (by Dr. Ali Osman Kuşakçı)

This course essentially deals with the management of material, information, and finance flows in multi-stage production-distribution networks. Driven by fierce global competition and enabled by advanced information technology, many companies have taken initiatives to reduce costs and at the same time increase responsiveness to changes in the marketplace. This course will provide students with the knowledge and the tools necessary to develop, implement, and sustain strategies for managing supply chain issues. The topics include building a strategic framework to analyze supply chains, designing the supply chain network, planning demand and supply, managing inventories, sourcing, transporting, pricing and revenue management, and coordinating a supply chain.

MAN 301 Human Resource Management (by Dr. Sümeyye Kuşakçı)

This course covers topics such as theoretical developments in organizational learning and human resource development, identifying, analyzing and developing effective human resources, designing training programs for human resource development in various settings, developing policies and procedures for training in organizational perspective, methods for conducting needs assessment, defining training objectives, determining and organizing content, formulating instructional and evaluation strategies.

MAN 408 Leadership and Change Management (by Dr. Sümeyye Kuşakçı)

The objective of this course is to present the principles of organizational change, and how to manage the organizational change process.  In particular, the role of leadership and teamwork is addressed with special emphasis on technology-based organizations.  Initially, the subject will address how an organization works, how changes affect organizations, the most common types of organizational change, as well as management tools and techniques required as an organization passes through various stages of the change cycle. Building on this background, the subject provides leadership models and techniques for developing and sustaining a creative, visionary and successful project team. The concepts introduce the selection of a leadership style appropriate for a team performance context, how to build trust between team members, how to truly empower others, and how to manage the conflicts that arise over task performance and interpersonal issues.

MAN 364 Business Research Methods (by Dr. Nihat Gümüş)

This course aims to develop  students’ understanding of the process involved in the pursuit of knowledge, (2) skills in obtaining and interpreting secondary data using internet and library sources, teaming and group effectiveness skills, (4) written and verbal communication skills, and (5) statistical analysis skills through the use of SPSS for Windows. By the end of this course, students will be able to (1) understand the business and marketing research process and 2) demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate research methods to business problems or opportunities. In addition, they will be able to think conceptually and develop abstract ideas or concepts to more concrete solutions or results.  They will gain the ability to conduct primary and secondary research, analyze results, develop findings, report and interpret results.

MAN 242 Financial Management (by Dr. Nihat Gümüş and Dr. Çetin Ali Dönmez)

This is an introductory course in corporate finance. Students develop a basic understanding of business finance which deals with how organizations effectively manage their operating and fixed assets and fund them with an optimal mixture of debt and equity financing. Topics might include financial statement analysis, financial forecasting, working capital management and short-term borrowing, valuing financial assets, cost of capital, capital budgeting and risk, capital markets and sources of long-term financing, dividend policy, and foreign exchange.

MAN 461 Management Information Systems (by Dr. Ahmet Kaplan)

Through his course, the students acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed to effectively utilize information systems and technology in support of organizational strategy. Topics include an introduction to information systems in organizations, strategy and information systems leadership, databases and data management, information networks, the Internet and social media, enterprise resource planning and business applications, e-business, wireless and mobile technology, knowledge management, developing and implementing information systems, security and information systems auditing, information ethics and privacy, and practical skills using operating systems, word processing and spreadsheet software.

MAN 302 Organizational Design (by Prof. Mahmut Arslan)

Students will analyze the structure and dynamics of organizational open systems. There will be a focus on the external environment, technology, structure (and their interrelationship), organizational culture and change management. This course will also address the actions that managers must take to ensure that behavior within the organization aids rather than impedes achievement of overall organizational goals.

MAN 202 Organizational Behavior (by Prof. Mahmut Arslan)

Organizational behavior course examines individual, interpersonal, and group effectiveness at work. Topics range from decision- making, motivation, and personality to networks, influence, helping, leadership, teamwork, and organizational culture. This course provides students with the tools to understand and evaluate individual, group and organizational processes. The students will also gain an appreciation of the relevance of the study of organizational behavior to the practice of human resource management.

 

Testimonials from IHU Ottoman Language Summer Program 2017:

“İbn Haldun Üniversitesi Tarih Bölümü tarafından düzenlenen Osmanlıca Seminerleri Programı benim için gerçek bir keşifti. 3 hafta boyunca süren bu ders programı bana hem Osmanlıca ve Osmanlı tarihi üzerindeki bilgilerimi derinleştirme imkânı temin etti, hem de dünyanın dört bir tarafından gelen araştırmacı arkadaşlarla tanışıp, tecrübelerinden yeni şeyler öğrenmek ve onlarla elverişli bir bilimsel görüş alışverişinde bulunmak için mükemmel bir ortam sağladı. Derslerin yanı sıra, Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi’ne ve Başbakanlık Arşivi’ne ziyaretler ve Osmanlı araştırmaları alanında dünyaca ünlu olan akademisyenler Prof. H. Berktay, Prof. F. Emecen ve Prof. M. İpşirli’nin programımıza katılıp, ders vermeleri gibi ilave etkinlikler seminere ayrı bir anlam kattı. Seminer süresince bizimle birlikte olan tüm öğretim görevlilerine en içten teşekkürlerimi ifade eder, hem akademik araştırmaları, hem de pedagojik faaliyetlerinde başarılar dilerim.” Dr. Darya Zhigulskaya, Moskova Devlet Üniversitesi Asya ve Afrika Enstitüsü

“The program is excellent for those who already know some or a fair amount of Ottoman but need revision to bring them up to speed before a period of research involving Ottoman material. It works well in that regard since the school is in Istanbul and runs for less than a month, so it is easy to pursue research while doing the course. The course included trips to archives, excellent lectures from major scholars in Turkey, and, in the advanced group, classes conducted largely in Turkish. In our class we engaged deep reading of different forms of official correspondence from the Late Ottoman period, looking closely at grammar and intent behind documents. Lunch was provided on-site in a canteen, which was also really conducive to focusing on the work at hand and engendering a community spirit.” Andrew Hammond (Doctoral Candidate, Oxford University, Faculty of Oriental Studies)

“At Ibn Haldun University, Ottoman Language Summer School (2017) I had a holistic experience that went beyond educational benefits. In the classroom, I was challenged but not overwhelmed. Instructors accommodated students’ different language backgrounds and skills in both Ottoman and Modern Turkish. They gradually guided us through everything from matbu (printed) scripts to riqa (handwritten) documents. Together we covered a wide variety of Ottoman documents ranging from literary and legal texts to fermans, berat and petitions.

I particularly benefitted from the one-hour group-work session that we were required to do daily after lunch. In these sessions, we were left alone to collaborate to decipher the documents. After this, together with our instructors we checked and corrected our work. This system allowed me to process the information I learned during the lesson and to learn from the skills of my peers. The fact that the language of instruction was mainly Turkish greatly contributed to the improvement of my skills in Modern Turkish. The program complemented our language training with lectures by leading Turkish Ottoman historians. These lectures opened my eyes to new interpretations, potential sources and questions that are relevant to my research. Additionally, the trips that the university organized to the different archives in Istanbul were a great opportunity to know where to start researching, what documents are available, and how to navigate the research work in Istanbul.

In addition to all of this, the warm, friendly, generous and hospitable environment of the staff and instructors made going to school every day a joyful and fun experience. I genuinely enjoyed every single day of my course and had a great cultural experience. I felt that I gained new friends and a home institution in Turkey. Next year, I am coming back for Ibn Haldun Summer School Ottoman Turkish Advanced Level course and I look forward to future work opportunities with Ibn Haldun University.” Benan Grams (Ph.D. Student, Georgetown University, Department of History)

“The Ibn Haldun Ottoman Turkish summer program proved to be a great asset for me as a student of history. Not only did the wonderful teachers make sure we were exposed to various kinds of texts, but they also shared with us the historical contexts of each text. By making us deeply understand what we were reading, the teachers helped us realize which kinds of texts and scripts we would need to focus on for our own research. In addition to practicing a variety of skills in class, we were able to benefit from leading guest lecturers and beneficial trips to premier research locations in Istanbul. Researchers in the field will not go wrong by choosing this truly well-rounded Ottoman summer program.” Maariyah Lateef (Ph.D. Student, Brown University, Department of History)

“In July 2017, I had a unique opportunity to participate in the first Ottoman Turkish Summer School organized by Ibn Haldun University. Combining intensive and focused many-hour in-class work with the relatively short overall length of the school, the advanced level course contributed enormously to my reading ability of unfamiliar Ottoman Turkish texts: it helped me to develop reading speed, to build vocabulary, and trained me to parse the text of the documents in such a way as to speed up and facilitate understanding of the content and translation. One of the strongest aspects of this school as far as education is concerned was that each level had two instructors assigned to teach it, exposing students to greater variety of methods and techniques. While not offering accommodation, the program in turn did an excellent job of cultivating community and providing its participants with multiple opportunities to enjoy the company and benefit from the expertise of one another, all the four instructors involved, as well as to develop ties with guest lecturers from among the top scholars of Turkish academia and students of other summer programs in the EDEP. Having the classes in the heart of Fatih in Istanbul and particularly welcoming atmosphere of the EDEP made my study experience truly special.” Daria Kovaleva (Ph.D. Student, Harvard University, Department of History)

“This program provided me with an excellent opportunity to improve my knowledge of Ottoman Turkish and Ottoman written culture. Thanks to the wide range of teachers’ expertise, I gained the experience of reading a variety of Ottoman sources, reaching from chronicles, through petitions to the sultan to late Ottoman narrative sources. Keynote lectures delivered by Halil Berktay or Mehmed İpşirli improved my knowledge of Ottoman periodizations or Ottoman traditions of history writing. This school inspired me to think out of the box and to search for new ways of combining Ottoman and European diplomatic sources in historical writing. I strongly recommend this summer school to all researchers interested in Ottoman language, culture and civilization.” Mariusz Kaczka (Ph.D. Researcher, European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization)

 

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