About the Program

The Ottoman Summer Program will take place at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. The program is designed to develop the students’ reading and comprehension skills and expertise on a variety of Ottoman sources including archival documents, manuscripts, and epigraphic material. The material will accordingly present a wide array of content and narrative types. The course is designed to accommodate the needs of participants coming with different levels of Ottoman literacy.

The program is open to students enrolled in MA and PhD programs. Students are expected to have had Ottoman instruction at least for half an academic year (see: Requirements).

Date: 2 July - 8 August 2019

Ottoman classes are conducted Monday through Thursday at two levels. Arabic and Persian classes take place in the afternoons. (see: Program Schedule)

Intermediate-Level Classes (Mo–Th; 9am-10:30am; 10:45am-12:00pm) assumes that participants are already familiar with the basics of Ottoman language (orthography, basic vocabulary) and are able to read printed texts of intermediate-level complexity by using dictionary with some ease. The class will introduce them to various text and script types. (see: Tentative Syllabus)

Advanced-Level Classes (Mo–Th; 9am-10:30am; 10:45am-12:00pm) requires that the students feel comfortable taking on the task of deciphering complex Ottoman texts from different periods by using dictionary. The class will cover various text and script types. (see: Tentative Syllabus)

Arabic and Persian Classes are designed to supplement the students’ Ottoman reading skills. Mastery of Ottoman reading and comprehension requires a good familiarity with Arabic and Persian grammar and vocabulary. Afternoon language classes have two levels: Beginner (Mo–Th; 1.30pm-3:45pm); Intermediate (Mo–Th; 2.45pm-5pm). Students may choose to attend any combination of classes. See Arabic and Persian course descriptions.

● Guided trips to the Presidency's State Archives and the Süleymaniye Manuscript Library will introduce the students to two fundamental collections for the study of Ottoman history. Süleymaniye Library houses one of the richest Islamic manuscript collections in the world. Presidency's State Archives is also by far the largest collection of Ottoman state documents.
● ANAMED library holds regular lecture series during the summer. Ottoman Summer Program participants are encouraged to attend.
● A one-time Ottoman miniature class will be conducted on Sunday July 14, at Çiğdem Kabadayı Art Atelier, in Kadıköy as an extra-curricular activity with a small cost (75 TL, materials included). Those who wish to attend, please sign up from info@cigdemkabadayi.com during the first week of the program. Check out the artist’s website.

● All course materials will be provided electronically. Dictionaries will be available at ANAMED’s study hall reserved for participants.

Certificates and transcripts
● ANAMED issues certificates to all students who successfully complete the program. If you need an officially issued transcript, please be in touch in a timely manner with the coordinators.

● Participants are expected to stay in the ANAMED dorms. The classes also take place in the same building. 
● Lunch is included 4 days a week. Students receive vouchers to be redeemed at a restaurant nearby. 

● Airfare and visa arrangements and expenses are each participant’s own responsibility.

● Tuition for Summer 2019 is $3000 USD. It includes accommodation at ANAMED, all course materials, lunch four days a week, all expenses of field trips and full access to the ANAMED Library.

Scholarships will be given based on need and merit. (In order to be considered for the scholarship, you can indicate your wish by adding an additional paragraph to your Statement of Purpose.)