Ottoman Summer Program (OTSP) Online

: 6 July – 1 August 2020

Organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), this 6-weeks intensive summer program (revised because of the global pandemic to a concentrated four-week online program), aims to develop 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 program is designed to accommodate the needs of participants entering with different levels of Ottoman literacy. Ottoman classes, which are conducted at two levels—intermediate and advanced—are supported by modern Turkish classes.

The languages of the program are English and Turkish.

1. Classes 

Ottoman classes are conducted in afternoons Monday through Thursday at two levels. Modern Turkish classes (instead of Arabic and Persian classes in 2020) will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons. (see: updated Program Schedule)

Intermediate-Level Classes (Mo–Th; 16:00-17:00; 17:15-18:15 GMT +03:00, Türkiye Time) assume 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 with some ease by using a dictionary. The class will introduce them to various text and script types. (see: updated Tentative Syllabus)

Advanced-Level Classes (Mo–Th; 16:00-17:00; 17:15-18:15 GMT +03:00, Türkiye Time) require that participants 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: updated Tentative Syllabus)

Turkish Classes (Fri–Sat; 16:00-17:00; 17:15-18:15 GMT +03:00, Türkiye Time) are designed to supplement students’ Ottoman reading skills and will focus on reading literary texts and news reports. (see: Turkish course)

2. Materials

All course materials will be provided digitally. The online platform of the program is to be announced.

3. Instructors

Dr. Yaşar Tolga CORA (Boğaziçi University) – Ottoman Turkish Instructor

Dr. Cora is a historian of social and economic history of the late Ottoman Empire, with a particular focus on Armenian communities in Anatolia. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 and then served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2016–17. Dr. Cora is currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at Boğaziçi University, teaching courses on the late Ottoman Empire, the Turkish Republic, and Modern Middle Eastern history.

Dr. Ferenc CSIRKES (Sabancı University) – Ottoman Turkish Instructor

Dr. Csirkés received his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and is currently an assistant professor of History at Sabancı University. Prior to that, he worked at CEU in Budapest and the University of Tübingen. Straddling literary, intellectual, and cultural history, as well as historical sociolinguistics on the one hand, and Persian and Turkish on the other, his research focuses on the interrelation of the politics of language, confessionalization, and state building in the larger Turko-Persian world during the late medieval and early modern periods.

Gheis EBADI (Berlin Humboldt University) – Ottoman Turkish Instructor

Gheis Ebadi is a research assistant at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Berlin Humboldt University. He is working on Qizilbash tribes and their effects on Ottoman and Iranian administrations and the formation and structure of sects like Alevi and Bektashi. Mr. Ebadi taught at the Department of Turkish Language and Literature at Allameh Tabatabei University of Tehran (2011–2012) and also Classical and Modern Persian courses at Bilkent University (2013–2015).

Dr. İpek HÜNER-CORA (Boğaziçi University) – Ottoman Turkish Instructor

İpek Hüner Cora completed her Ph.D. at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago in 2018. Her research interests include the history of Ottoman literature, gender, and sexuality as well as the history of reading. She has taught Advanced Turkish and Ottoman Turkish courses at the University of Chicago. She is currently teaching courses on Ottoman language and gender and space in early modern Ottoman Literature at Boğaziçi University.

Dr. Hakan KARATEKE (University of Chicago) – Program Coordinator

Dr. Karateke is a professor of Ottoman and Turkish Culture, Language, and Literature at the University of Chicago. He earned his doctoral degree in Ottoman and Turkish Studies from Bamberg University, Germany (1998), and completed his habilitation in the same field at Vienna University. Dr. Karateke has been teaching Ottoman Turkish at various levels and institutions for over two decades. He is the program coordinator of ANAMED’s Ottoman Summer Program.

Zeynep Fahriye GÜR – Turkish Instructor

4. Certificates and transcripts

ANAMED issues digital certificates to all students who successfully complete the program. If you need an officially issued transcript, please get in touch with in timely manner.


5. Fees

The drastically reduced tuition for the 2020 online Ottoman Summer Program is $1000 USD.


6. Scholarships 

Limited scholarships are provided by Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and (for its students) Koç University’s Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities (GSSSH).


Please note that the synchronous (live) classes will not be recorded and daily participation in them is mandatory for all students. Students regularly missing classes will be dropped from the program.

Please kindly get in contact with for further inquiry.