Ottoman Summer Program (OTSP)

: 6 July – 14 August 2020

Place: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Application Deadline: 9 March 2020 

Because of the global pandemic, 2020 Ottoman Summer Program revised to a concentrated four-week online program

Organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), this 6-weeks intense summer program, aims 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 program is designed to accommodate the needs of participants coming with different levels of Ottoman literacy. Ottoman classes, which are conducted at two levels at intermediate and advanced levels, are supported by Persian and Arabic lessons.

The language of the program is English and Turkish. For more information about the program and how to apply please see down below.

1. Requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a MA or a PhD program.
  • Applicants must have had at least half an academic year of Ottoman instruction. Complete beginners are not eligible to apply. It is essential that you give details about your prior Ottoman instruction on the application form.
  • The participants should be aware that instruction will be partly or completely in Turkish with some explanations in English. Therefore, a solid knowledge of modern Turkish grammar is a necessity. We understand that some students are not conversant in Turkish, but can read and follow when spoken to; which is acceptable.
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Persian is preferable, but not necessary.

2. Classes & Activities


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

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 for Modern Arabic: Beginner (Mo–Th; 2:45-3:45 pm); Intermediate (Mo–Th; 4-5 pm). Beginner level Modern Persian meets Mo-Th; 1:30-2:30 pm, and Classical (i.e. pre-19th century) Persian classes are Mo-Th at 2:45-3:45 pm. 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.

3. Materials

All course materials will be provided electronically. Ottoman, Persian and Arabic dictionaries will be available at ANAMED’s study hall reserved for participants.

4. Instructors

Dr. Yaşar Tolga CORA (Boğaziçi University) – Ottoman 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 assistant professor in the Department of History at Boğaziçi University, teaching courses on the late Ottoman Empire, the Turkish Republic and the Modern Middle Eastern history.

Dr. Ferenc CSIRKES (Sabancı University) – Ottoman Instructor

Dr. Csirkés received his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and is currently 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 and Persian Instructor

Gheis Ebadi is research assistant at the Institute for The Asian and African Studies at Berlin Humboldt University. He is working on Qizilbash tribes and their effects on Ottoman and Iranian administrations, 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. Hale Eren (Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf Üniversitesi) – Persian Instructor

Dr. Eren received her doctorate degree from Istanbul University’s Department of Turkish Language and Literature in 2014. Her areas of expertise include modern Turkish literature, modern Persian literature, comparative literature, and teaching of Persian and Turkish as a second language. She taught Persian at Boğaziçi University (2011-2012) and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University (2015-now). Dr. Eren spent the academic year of 2018-19 as a visiting researcher at the University of Sussex in UK.

Zainab HAJHASAN (Koç University) – Arabic Instructor

Zainab HajHasan holds a degree in Modern Languages and Literature and is currently enrolled in the PhD program in history at Koç University. Ms. HajHasan is an experienced Arabic instructor specializing in teaching Arabic as a Second Language (ASL). She worked at the prestigious Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan where she served not only as ASL instructor, but also gained invaluable experience as supervisor, volunteer adviser and coordinator and curriculum developer. She also took part in several programs hosted by Qasid, one of which was Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA). Besides being a native speaker of Arabic, Ms. HajHasan is fluent in English, Spanish and Turkish.

Dr. İpek HÜNER-CORA (Boğaziçi University) – Ottoman 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 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 the early modern Ottoman Literature at Boğaziçi University.

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

Dr. Karateke is professor of Ottoman and Turkish Culture, Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. He earned his doctorate degree in Ottoman and Turkish Studies from Bamberg University, Germany (1998), 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.

5. Certificates and transcripts

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

6. Accommodation

  • Participants are expected to stay in single or double rooms in the ANAMED Building. The classes also take place in the same building.
  • Lunch is included 4 days a week. Participants receive vouchers to be redeemed at a restaurant nearby. 

7. Arrangements 

Airfare and visa arrangements and expenses are each participant’s own responsibility.
Travel insurance and health insurance is mandatory for all students. ANAMED does not take any responsibilities.

8. Fees

Tuition for Summer 2020 is $3000 USD. It includes program fee, accommodation at ANAMED, course materials, lunch for four days a week, all expenses of field trips, and full access to the ANAMED Library.

9. Scholarships 

A limited number of scholarships will be given based on need and merit. Please indicate your wish to be considered for a scholarship by adding an additional paragraph to your Statement of Purpose.

The scholarships can be categorized as:

  • Full Scholarships are available only for Koç University students (Total tuition waived. Airfare and personal expenses excluded).
  • Half Scholarships (Half the total tuition waived. Airfare and personal expenses excluded).

The scholarships are provided by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and Koç University,The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities (GSSSH) (only to Koç University students).

10. How to Apply

Before you apply, please do not forget to review “1. Requirements” section and make sure that you are eligible to apply.

To complete your application, please fill in the Application Form and ask from your recommender (preferably from a language instructor) to submit your recommendation letter (preferably in English, especially commenting on the Turkish and Ottoman language skills of the candidate) directly via e-mail to before the deadline. ANAMED does not contact recommenders. It is each applicant’s responsibility to request letters from her/his recommenders.

It is important to underline that, owing to the functionality of the online form, the application must be completed and submitted in one session without closing the browser window. For a list of information required in the application form, click here.

Application Deadline:9 March 2020
The results will be announced before the first week of May.

Please check Frequently Asked Questions.
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