The Fifth International Congress of Turkology

Turks and Turkic Peoples Among Others – Others Among Turks and Turkic Peoples

Flyer: The Fifth International Congress of Turkology The main area of interest of the Fifth Congress will be the contemporary studies and research on the history, culture and the language of Turkey and Turkic peoples, as well as geographical areas inhabited by them today and in the past.

Deadline for sending abstracts and panel proposals: 30th April 2018.

Deadline for payment of registration fee: 30th June 2018.

Registration deadline for conference ends soon

Flyer für die Internationale Konferenz: Innovative Approaches in Islamic Sciences and Education“Innovative Approaches in Islamic Sciences and Education” – the registration deadline for the conference ends on 8 September.

The international conference will be held from 20–22 September at the Institute of Islamic Theology, University of Osnabrück.

Here you will find all the details in our event calendar.

Here you will find the event program with all contact information of the organizer.

Open Access: Historia Saracenica

Titelseite: Historia Saracenica von George Elmacin“Taʾrīḫ al-muslimīn min ṣāḥib šarīʿat al-islām Abi-ʾl-Qāsim Muḥammad ila ʾd-daula al-atābikīya … Id Est, Historia Saracenica” is now availabe in our open access collection MENAdoc.

The autor George Elmacin (also known as Ibn al-‘Amid, 1205–1273) was a Coptic Christian, who wrote a two-volume world chronicle from Adam to his day. He was significantly influencial on later Arab historians such as Ibn Khaldun.

“Historia Saracenica” was published in 1625 and is the second volume of Elmacin’s work. It covers the history of the Arabs from pre-Islamic times to the Seljuk Turks (570–1118) and includes a Latin translation by Thomas Erpenius.

Open Access: Mehmed the Conqueror

Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time : World Striker at a Turning Point in History

Book Cover: Mehmed der Eroberer und seine Zeit von Franz BabingerThe German biography of Mehmed II by Franz Babinger, 1959 is now availabe in our open access collection MENAdoc.

The classic standard work on the seventh sultan of the Ottoman Empire traces his life in great detail from his birth in 1432 to his death in 1481. Babinger has given a true portrait of a man little understood in his time and who has been controversial in historiography ever since.

The book appeared exactly 500 years after Mehmed’s conquest of Constantinople. It contains numerous illustrations and maps on its almost 600 pages.

International Conference: “New Perspectives on Slavery: The Ottoman Empire”

Flyer: BCDSS “New Perspectives on Slavery: The Ottoman Empire”The Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) aims to promote research on the various forms of dependency. It questions the classical binary of ‘slavery’ and ‘freedom’ derived from the transatlantic experience. In the interest of developing alternative approaches the focus is on transcultural and interdisciplinary research, particularly in relation to non-European pre-modernity as an alternative frame of reference.

The conference aims to continue the work of the initiative that is to go beyond the normative and universalizing model of slavery.

Please find the conference program here.

Mediterranean Mobilities and Borders


The workshop will investigate the interactions and interdependencies of modern Mediterranean mobilities with aspects of power, with class, gender, and generational identities, and with images of the region. It aims to develop a common perspective on these mobilities.

The workshop is a joint project of:

  • DFG-network: “A Modern Mediterranean: Dynamics of a World Region, 1800-2000”
  •  Istanbul Bilgi University European Institute
  • Orient-Institut Istanbul