Çelik, Mehmet Ali

University of California, Davis

Research Title: The Seventeenth-Century Social Transformation and Emergence of a New Rural Gentry in the Ottoman Empire

Mr. Çelik is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Davis. He completed his minor degree in early modern European intellectual history in his graduate program.
His research focuses on the early modern social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire. His dissertation project analyzes the general transformation of the seventeenth-century Ottoman Empire by emphasizing the significance of the emergence of a new rural landed gentry, the changes in the agrarian economy, property relations, and class structure in several Balkan and Anatolian provinces. The history of the peasantry is an important component of this project. His research also traces the long-term demographic, economic, and social changes throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Besides his specialization in Ottoman history, Mr. Çelik is also interested in the early modern social and economic history of Europe, Safavid Iran, and Mughal India.

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