The 11th Western Ottomanists' Workshop (April 2-3, 2021)

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Dear Colleagues,

The 11th Western Ottomanists' Workshop (WOW), organized by the Department of History and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at California State University-Sacramento, will be held virtually on April 2-3, 2021. Below you can find the program and the links to register for the event. Please contact Serpil Atamaz ( for questions.



California State University, Sacramento 

April 2-3, 2021 


1st Day: April 2, 2021 Frida

Keynote Speech 1:30-3:00 PM (PST)  

Linda Darling (University of Arizona): “Justice and Ottoman Political Thought”




Panel 1 3:30-5:00 PM (PST) 

Discussant: Christine Philliou (UC Berkeley) 

Gülay Tulasoğlu: The Son of İzmir’s Richest Man in the Mediterranean Trade in the Beginning of the 19th Century: Katipzade Mehmed Efendi

Kaleb Herman Adney (UCLA): “To Acquire the Amount Agreed Upon” — The Transformation of Macedonian Credit and the Politicization of Tobacco (c. 1874-1889 CE) 



2nd Day: April 3, 2021 Saturday

Panel 2 9:00-10:30 AM (PST) 

Discussant: Fariba Zarinebaf (UC Riverside)

Dilyara Agisheva (Georgetown University): Knowledge Networks: Crimean ‘Ulemâ and the Ottoman Learning Establishment from the 15th Century until the Early Years of the Russian Annexation of the Crimean Peninsula

Merve Tekgürler (Stanford University): Recounting News, Gathering Information: Ottoman Experiences of Eastern Europe in the Time of the Polish Partitions (1772-1795)



Panel 3 11:00-12:30 PM (PST) 

Discussant: James Grehan (Portland State University)

Mustafa Emre Günaydı (Iowa State University): At the Crossroads of Disaster and Opportunity: Ecologies of Centralization in Ottoman Baghdad, 1828-1831 

İsmail Noyan (Simon Fraser University): Rifa’a Rafi al-Tahtawi’s Travel to Paris and His Ideas’ Travel to Istanbul



Panel 4  2:00-3:30 PM (PST) 

Discussant: Linda Darling (University of Arizona)

Baki Tezcan  (UC Davis):  The Three Conversions of İbrahim Müteferrika: Risale-i İslamiye, Niyazi Berkes, and Mahmud Esad Coşan

Fariba Zarinebaf (UC Riverside): The Battle for Silk: Rethinking Ottoman-Safavid Encounters on Their Borderlands