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History Department

Mehmet Celik

M.A., Bilkent University

Mehmet Celik



Urban life, multiculturalism, ethnic conflict and gender in Southeastern Europe and the Middle East


Mehmet Celik was born and raised in Turkey. After receiving his B.A. in history from Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) in 2004, he attended graduate school at the Bilkent University history department (Ankara), where he developed an interest in the Ottoman Balkans. He earned his M.A. with a thesis entitled “Tanzimat in the Balkans: Midhat Pasha’s Governorship in the Danube Province, 1864-1868,” which he published as a Turkish language monograph in 2010. Currently he is a PhD candidate writing his dissertation, which examines the complex process of urban change in the city of Ruse, now in northern Bulgaria, between 1839 and 1885. His research explores how people of various religious and ethnic backgrounds lived together in a discreet urban environment during the Ottoman reform period, so called Tanzimat (1839-1878) and the early years of Bulgarian state building following liberation. He is particularly interested in the Ottoman management of diversity, changing interactions and the shared or separate everyday experiences of ethno-religious groups. His project has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program, American Research Center in Sofia and the UT History Department.


HIS S362G • Islam In Southeastern Europe

84347 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am PAR 206
(also listed as EUS S346, ISL S372, R S S357, REE S335)


In this upper division lecture course, students will explore and discuss how Islamic civilization made its way into Southeastern Europe from the fourteenth through twentieth centuries under Ottoman rule. The assigned readings and class discussions will focus on new methodological approaches to historiographical issues of conversion to Islam, Sufism in the Balkans, the Ottoman millet system, Islamic art and architecture, and the changing relationships between Christians, Muslims and Jews. Using primary and secondary sources, students will have an opportunity to theorize the region as a site of “multiple spheres of contact” where the cooperative efforts of the three faiths were as common as their conflicts. Lastly, the course will examine the legacy of Ottoman Islam in Southeastern Europe within emerging and competing nationalist agendas of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.



Karen Barkey, Empire of Difference: the Ottomans in comparative perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Ivo Andríc, The Bridge over the Drina. London: Harvill, 1994.

Course Packet: The packet will include short readings that will be available on Canvas.



Two in-class examination examinations (30% each)

one short paper (25%)

attendance and participation (15%).

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