Dr. Murat Inan

Dr. Murat Inan
Sessional Lecturer
Office: Cle B226
Area of expertise

Islamic World; Near and Middle East; Medieval and Early Modern History; Cultural, Social and Intellectual History

Office Hours

Fall Term: Friday 11:00 - 12:30


I teach and research Islamic and Middle Eastern history. My work focuses on multilingual literary, cultural and intellectual production in the Ottoman Empire, with an emphasis on the flow and interaction of people, texts and ideas in a region extending from the Balkans through Anatolia into Iran and the Arab lands. Currently, I am completing a book on the making of an imperial culture in the early modern Ottoman world. My book explores the reception and circulation of the Persian language and classics in the Ottoman court and wider society during the period of empire building (1400–1600) and examines how the Persian influence played a key role in the creation of Ottoman imperial language and culture. By examining the relationship between language, culture and imperialism in the Ottoman context, the book aims to bring new insights into Ottoman imperial history and to contribute, on a larger scale, to our understanding of early modern imperial cultural systems.


"Ottomans Reading Persian Classics: Readers and Reading in the Ottoman Empire, 1500–1700” in The Edinburgh History of Reading: Early Readers, ed. Mary Hammond (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), 160–181.

 “Imperial Ambitions, Mystical Aspirations: Persian Learning in the Ottoman World” in The Persianate World: The Frontiers of a Eurasian Lingua Franca, ed. Nile Green (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2019), 75–92.

 “Imperial Patronage of Literature in the Ottoman World, 1400–1600” in The Empires of the Near East and India: Source Studies of the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Literate Communities, ed. Hani Khafipour (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019), 493–504.

 “Crossing Interpretive Boundaries in Sixteenth-Century Istanbul: Ahmed Sudi on the Divan of Hafiz of Shiraz,” Philological Encounters, vol. 3, no. 3 (2018): 275–309.

 “Rethinking the Ottoman Imitation of Persian Poetry,” Iranian Studies, vol. 50, no. 5 (2017): 671–689.