Baki Tezcan

Associate Professor, History

Office: 3222 Social Sciences & Humanities Building 
Tel.: (530) 752-9981
Fax: (530) 752-9769

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Tezcan is a graduate of Istanbul Lisesi. He got his B.S. in International Relations from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey (1994), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University (1996, 2001).

Book and co-edited volumes:

Co-edited with Selim KuruJournal of Turkish Studies Türklük Bilgisi Araştırmaları 39-40 (2013): Defterology: Festschrift in Honor of Heath Lowry.

Co-edited with Gottfried HagenOther Places: Ottomans traveling, seeing, writing, drawing the world: Essays in honor of Thomas D. GoodrichA special double issue [39-40 (2012)] of the Journal of Ottoman Studies / Osmanlı Araştırmaları, Parts I&II.

Co-edited with the late Donald Quataert. Beyond Dominant Paradigms in Ottoman and Middle Eastern/North African Studies: A Tribute to Rifa'at Abou-El-Haj.Istanbul: ISAM, 2010.

The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Co-edited with Karl K. Barbir. Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman World: A Volume of Essays in Honor of Norman Itzkowitz. Madison: University of Wisconsin, Center for Turkish Studies, 2007.

Recent articles and book chapters 

(for articles published before 2013, see

“From Veysî (d. 1628) to Üveysî (fl. ca. 1630): Ottoman Advice Literature and Its Discontents.” In Reforming Early Modern Monarchies: The Castilian Arbitristas in Comparative European Perspectives [Wolfenbütteler Forschungen, vol. 143], edited by Sina Rauschenbach and Christian Windler, pp. 141-156. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016.

“Muslihiddin Lari (d. 1572): The Fate of an Immigrant Polymath in the Sixteenth Century Ottoman Empire.” In History From Below: A Tribute in Memory of Donald Quataert, eds. Selim Karahasanoğlu and Deniz Cenk Demir, pp. 615-28. Istanbul: İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2016.

“İbrâhîm Müteferrika ve Risâle-i İslâmiyye [in Turkish].” In Kitaplara Vakfedilen Bir Ömre Tuhfe: İsmail E. Erünsal’a Armağan, eds. Hatice Aynur, Bilgin Aydın, and Mustafa Birol Ülker, 2 vols., vol. 1, pp. 515-56. Istanbul: Ülke Yayınları, 2014.

“The Memory of the Mongols in Early Ottoman Historiography.” In Writing History at the Ottoman Court: Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future, edited by Hakkı Erdem Çıpa and Emine Fetvacı, pp. 23-38. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.

      - Turkish translation published as “Erken Osmanlı Tarih Yazımında Moğol Hatıraları,” trans. Dr. Zeynep Nevin Yelçe, Journal of Turkish Studies Türklük Bilgisi Araştırmaları 40 (2013): 385-99.

      - Yelçe’s Turkish translation reprinted in Osmanlı Sarayında Tarihyazımı, eds. H. Erdem Çıpa and Emine Fetvacı, trans. Mete Tunçay (Istanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 2014), s. 27-45.

Law in China or Conquest in the Americas: Competing Constructions of Political Space in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire.” Journal of World History 24 (2013): 107-34.

Courses Taught:

  • MSA 100 – Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives
  • HIS 6 – Introduction to the Middle East
  • HIS 10B – World History, c. 1350-1850
  • HIS 190C – Middle Eastern History III: The Ottomans, 1401-1730
  • HIS 102R – Undergraduate Proseminar in the History of Muslim Societies: Modern Turkey
  • HIS 102X – Undergraduate Proseminar in Comparative History: Holy War in Comparative Perspective
  • HIS 104B-C – Honors Thesis (on such topics as the Armenian Genocide and British Imperialism in Arabia)
  • HIS 201W – Advanced Topics in World History: Race and Color across Time and Space
  • HIS 299D – Reading Course (on late medieval and early modern Middle Eastern history)
  • RST 1A – Topics in Comparative Religion: Pilgrimage
  • RST 60 – Introduction to Islam
  • RST 65C – The Qur’an and its Interpretation
  • RST 162 – Introduction to Islamic Law
  • RST 199 – Special Study (on such topics as contemporary American Muslim women)