Research Interests:

  • Ottoman Court Literature
  • Cultural History of the Ottoman Empire
  • Turkish Oral Literature
  • Secularism, Islam, and Modernity in Turkey
  • Textual Studies
  • Liberal Fascism
  • Islamic Civilizations
  • Lawful Islamism(s) within Liberal Democracies
  • Terrorist Movements and Organizations
  • Organized Crime.

He is the author of numerous articles in Turkish and English on Turkish culture, literature, and politics.

Current Research Projects:

  • Bir Halk Yazmasının Anatomisi: Seyyid Ebu’l-vefa Menakıbnamesi Üzerine
  • On the Book of Handsome Ones: Same-Sex Discourse in Ottoman Court Literature
  • The Cultural, Political, and Economic Nature of the ‘Turkish Islam’ Movement.
European Studies, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
PhD, Indiana University Bloomington, Turkish Literature, 1993
MA, Indiana University Bloomington, Turkish Studies, 1990
BA, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey, Turkish Language and Literature, 1987