Revisiting Ottoman Reforms

The Alliance of Civilizations Institute (ACI) at Ibn Haldun University organized a workshop titled ‘Revisiting Ottoman Reforms: The Problem of Legitimacy’, co-organized by ACI, Istanbul University’s School of Theology and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, on 4-5 May at the Medrese-i Salis Building of ACI in the Süleymaniye Külliye/Complex. Participants included Recep Şentürk, Murteza Bedir, Jonathan A. C. Brown, İsmail Kara, Engin Deniz Akarlı, Samy Ayoub, Sami Erdem and Vahdettin Işık among others from Turkey and abroad.

Jonathan Brown, who gave the keynote address of the workshop on the mazālim courts, remarked that the legal developments in the late Ottoman period often get interpreted as mere outcomes of Western influence, whereas they could also be contextualized by looking at the general global trends of the 19th century towards codification and reform, which found local reverberations in regional contexts. The workshop discussed the late Ottoman legal reforms, including constitutional reforms, developments in human rights and penal law, the Mecelle, 1917 Hukuk-ı Aile Kararnamesi (1917 Decree of Family Law), and finally, developments in commercial and waqf law. Murteza Bedir said that the Ottoman legal reforms of the 19th-20th centuries were components of a greater institutional reform project also devised by the Ottoman ulema and the Şeyhülislam in light of the circumstances of the time and contemporary developments of the era. Recep Şentürk argued that the notion of equality of human beings found in the classical fiqh literature found a new, broader iteration in the discourse of the ulema in the 19th century, as a result of the expanding understanding of equality.

The contributors stressed in the final evaluation session of the workshop that the legal reforms of the late Ottoman period pose a complex phenomenon that requires alternative questions and points of reference that would do justice to the complicated nature of the developments in question. The workshop welcomed the new literature emerging in the past couple of decades bringing to light new documents of the period and new approaches to the subject. The workshop concluded with an intention to organize follow-up workshops for the study of the period in question with its political, cultural, religious aspects to develop a deeper and more nuanced scholarly understanding.

Master and PhD Candidates Interview List (International Applicants)

Master

FIRST NAME- LAST NAME NATIONALTY
1 NOORUDEEN PATTASSERİ HİNDİSTAN
2 MANAL ALKHATEEB URDUN
3 ISHAQ HAJİ YOUSOUF ETİYOPYA
4 NAVİD CHİZARİ ALMANYA
5 NADİA SİDDİQUE-NARDELLA İNGİLTERE/BİRLEŞİK KRALL
6 AİSHA GARAEVA RUSYA
7 MOHAMMAD HOSSAIN BANGLADEŞ
8 ARUUKE URAN KYZY KIRGIZİSTAN
9 ZAKARİA EL HOUBBA BELÇİKA
10 ELVİNA GÜLVERDİYEVA AZERBAYCAN
11 FATEMA GHALY MISIR
12 SNYYA TAHA FİLİSTİN
13 FATEMAH MASHAEL URDUN
14 YATOUJİ FATMA TUNUS
15 FATİH BAHADİR KAYA ALMANYA
16 RAJEEV KUMAR HİNDİSTAN
17 ALA’ OBEİDAT URDUN
18 KHURRAM SAJJAAD PAKİSTAN

PhD

FİRST NAME-LAST NAME NATİONALİTY
1 NEİRA OMEROVİC GERMANY
2 SİMONE DARİO NARDELLA ITALY
3 ABDULLAH AL MAMUN BANGLADESH
4 AHMED ABDELRAHMAN EGYPT
5 MAIWULA WUSHOUER CHINA
6 HUTHAIFAH BUSUULWA UGANDA
7 HİROAKİ KAWANİSHİ JAPAN
8 ORİOL GUNİ ALBENIA
9 AYAZ ASADOV AZERBAIJAN
10 MAHIR JIBRIL AHMED ETİYOPYA

Medit Student Research Group

7TH MAY 2015

14:00-15:15: Combined guest lectures with Q&A:

Historian and Lecturer Ercüment Asil, “The Dissertation Journey: How to Survive Your PhD.”

PhD student Nassef Manabilang Adiong, “Entering the Academic World: Networking, Publishing, and Attending Conferences.”

15:15-15:30: Student presentation on helpful books during your personal dissertation journey (by PhD student Jeroen Vlug).

15:30-16:00: Student research presentation with feedback and peer group discussion

16:00- Open: MEDİT Student Board Elections 2015/16

We invite you to participate in creating a rich community of scholars to enliven civilization studies at FSMVU and across the globe.

Listen to a helpful and inspiring lecture series, present your work, and socialize with your peers. Meetings every first Thursday in the MEDİT building library.

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