Join historian Edhem Eldem in his reflection on the past, multiculturalism, and Orientalism, focusing on the Ottoman Empire.


Edhem Eldem is a professor at the Department of History of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and has taught as visiting professor at Berkeley, Harvard, at the EHESS, EPHE, and ENS in Paris as well as at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin.  He is also the International Chair in Turkish and Ottoman History at the College de France.

Professor Eldem has been working on the Levant trade, Ottoman funerary epigraphy, the socio-economic development of Istanbul, the Ottoman Bank, archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, and late Ottoman first-person narratives and biographies.

Among his publications are The Ottoman City between East and West: Aleppo, Izmir and Istanbul (with D. Goffman and B. Masters, 1999);  Consuming the Orient (2007); Un Ottoman en Orient. Osman Hamdi Bey en Irak, 1869-1871 (2010); Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (with Z. Bahrani and Z. Çelik, 2011).