Sekce dějin raného novověku; Osmanská říše; Habsburská monarchie; diplomacie
I hold an M.A. degree in Ottoman history from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) and a Ph.D. from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA) in early modern European and Ottoman history with a minor in Russian imperial history. My research and teaching experience and interests combine interimperial and transimperial histories of Eurasian empires and Islamic-European world encounters to create an innovative research agenda and a stimulating classroom environment. I aim my career to serve a more informed understanding of the European-Islamic world relations at a time of growing distrust between the two domains. From September 11, 2001 to the emergence of ISIS, many globally important events have revived analyses postulating chronic historical irreconcilability between the West and the Muslim world. My research is not oblivious to the role of the immaterial in west-east dualism; however, breaking away from narratives of clash and antagonism and challenging ideology-based misconceptions, I explore the role of palpable phenomena including personal ambitions, institutional continuities and refractions, and climactic conditions in propelling European-Islamic world relations.
In 2016, I published with the Mediterranean Historical Review on grand vizieral authority in the early modern Ottoman Empire. I have a forthcoming article in the 2017 volume of Austrian History Yearbook comparing historiographical traditions in Ottoman and Habsburg studies. I also wrote a book chapter (in English and Turkish) about progressive attitudes in Habsburg and Russian historiography. Another article I co-authored (with Charles Ingrao) compares early modern Ottoman and Habsburg imperial strategies, in addition to many published and forthcoming book reviews.
Currently, I am preparing my book for publication, titled The Road to Vienna: European diplomacy in Istanbul, 1676-1683. Authoritative but outdated accounts of the second Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683 as well as more recent research have argued that an Islamic revival in the Ottoman Empire was the key catalyzer behind this so-called “failed final jihad.” Other scholars have stressed the role of grand vizier Kara Mustafa Pasa's (in office, 1676-1683) ambitious personality and the Habsburg court’s obsession to check Louis XIV’s expansionism along the Rhine rather than re-engaging in the perpetual Turkish peril along the Danube which left the monarchy’s eastern front at the mercy of Kara Mustafa Pasha. Thus far, however, little attention has been paid to the day-to-day progress of intense Habsburg diplomacy in the Ottoman capital during Kara Mustafa Pasha’s term in office and broader institutional patterns that governed Turkish and Austrian diplomatic behavior in the late seventeenth century. As a result, existing literature sanctions a reductionist narrative that underscores chronic incompatibility between the value systems of the two states, ultimately leading to the use of caricatural stereotypes to explain the Ottoman defeat and reproduction of triumphalist Eurocentric conceptions about the Habsburg victory. My book aims to remedy these drawbacks in the literature through a comparative examination of the complex dynamics of policy-making in Istanbul and Vienna in the light of contemporary Ottoman and Austrian sources as well as ambassadorial reports of other nations who were represented in Istanbul at the time.
In ongoing article projects I orient my interimperial and transimperial concerns toward plagues, diasporas, and religion-state relations in early modern era using a wide array of Ottoman and Habsburg archival documents.
At Palacky University, I am teaching courses on contemporary and pre-modern history of European-Islamic world encounters, emphasizing cultural, scientific, and diplomatic exchanges.