Interpreting the Ottoman Past: Culture and Politics in the Ottoman Balkans

Friday, October 4, 2013

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Edin Hajdarpasic, Loyola University
Full, wait list only
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and longest-lasting empires in world history, stretching across the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Eastern Europe since the 1500s. Its fascinating history, from its beginnings in medieval Anatolia to violent disintegration during WWI, has been subject to passionate debates that often depict the Ottoman past in binary terms: as either an idyllic time of harmony among Christians, Jews, and Muslims, or a disastrous age of Muslim violence and repression. This seminar offers a chance to go beyond these conventional images of the Ottoman past. Primarily using examples from Ottoman Balkans, this seminar will focus on early modern and modern period and consider different interpretations of the complex character of the Ottoman state; the dynamics of religious and communal (in)tolerance; and the long-term processes of Ottoman disintegration.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration opens September 4, 2013.

For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe Ross at