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D.Phil. in Islamic Art and Archaeology

Barakat Trust Student
Supervisor: Associate Professor Zeynep Yürekli-Görkay
College Affiliation: Blackfriars Hall

Project Researcher (2017 - Present)

Advisor: Associate Professor Zeynep Yürekli-Görkay
‘Clash of civilizations’ in late medieval Southwest Asia: Interfaith transference of sacred sites and shrines in Anatolia/Thrace and the Indian subcontinent.
Funded by the John Fell Fund


2016 – Present: DPhil / Oriental Studies / University of Oxford
Working Thesis Title: The Formation and Transformation of Abdalan-ı Rum in Early-Modern Period: Shrines in the Ottoman Balkans

2014 – 2016: MPhil / Islamic Art and Archaeology / Khalili Research Centre / Wolfson College / University of Oxford (Distinction)
Supervisor: Associate Professor Zeynep Yürekli-Görkay
Dissertation Title: Legend and Architectural Patronage in the Balkans: Sarı Saltuk in the Ottoman Political Context

2006 – 2010: MA / Cinema / University of Bahçeşehir (Distinction)

2003 – 2006: BA Double Major / Visual Communication Design / University of Bahçeşehir (First-class honours)

2001 – 2006: BA Major / Cinema and Television / University of Bahçeşehir (First-class honours)

Research Interests:

Islam in Eastern Europe;
Sufi shrines, material and visual culture;
Abdals, Bektashis and Kızılbaş/Alevis in Anatolia and the Balkans;
Hagiography and poetry;
Ottoman historiography.

Teaching Experience:

2006 – 2012: Teaching Assistant / Cinema Department / University of Bahçeşehir
Fall Term, 2011: Introduction to Film & TV I / University of Bahçeşehir