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Metin ATMACA

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Department of History
Social Sciences University of Ankara
Ulus, Ankara 06030 TURKEY

metin.atmaca[at]asbu.edu.tr

+90 (312) 5964662

Metin Atmaca received his master’s degree in history at Texas University and doctoral degree in Islamic Studies at Freiburg University. He completed his doctoral study in 2013 on the modern history of the Middle East focusing on the political activities of Kurdish rulers on the Ottoman and Iranian frontier.  He was a visiting scholar and lecturer at Boğaziçi, Bilkent, and Damascus University and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Tehran and EHESS in Paris. He published several articles on the role of religion in Turkish and Iranian politics toward the Kurdish population in Middle Eastern Studies, Oxford Bibliographies Online, Insight Turkey, Muhafazakar Düşünce and Iraniyat.  He is the book review editor for Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, published by Indiana University Press. Besides his academic work he writes for some of major Turkish newspapers and media outlets and he regularly appears on Aljazeera Arabic and English channels. He is currently an assistant professor of Middle East History at the Social Sciences University of Ankara.

EDUCATION

 

PhD in Ottoman and Middle East History, 2013
Islamic Studies,University of Freiburg, Germany
Thesis Title: “Politics of Alliance and Rivalry on the Ottoman-Iranian Frontier: the Babans (1500-1851)”
Supervisor: Maurus Reinkowski
MA in History (Minor in Political Science), 2005
Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin
Thesis Title: “Between Sectarianism and Nationalism: the Case of Sheikh Ubeydullah Movement (1877-1881)”
Supervisor: Kamran S. Aghaie
BSc in Public Administration (Minor in Political Science), 1999
School of Political Science, Ankara University; Turkey

RESEARCH INTERESTS
 

Ottoman History and Historiography, Socio-Political History of Ottoman Iraq,Modern Turkish History, Kurdish History, History of Minorities in the Middle East, Pre-Modern and Modern Iranian History, History of Islam, History of Muslim Intellectuals, Middle East Politics, History of the Sufis, Wahhabis, and Shi’is

PUBLICATIONS

I. Articles and Book Chapters
 

“Fragile Frontiers: Sayyid Taha II and The role of Kurdish Religio-Political Leadership in the Ottoman East during World War I,” Middle Eastern Studies

“Three Stages of Political Transformation in the 19th century Ottoman           
Kurdistan,” Anatoli, Vol. 8 (2017), 43-58.

“Iraq: Past and Present,” Oxford Bibliographies Online (2017)

“Tesewura Kurdistanê ji Hêla Tarîxî: Muqayeseya Çavkaniyên Osmanî û Ewrûpayî,” (Perception of the Kurdistan from a Historical Angle: A Comparison of the Ottoman and European Sources),Derwaze: Kurdish Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities(2017), Issue 1, 38-51.

“Frenk Keygan’ın Çocuları: Babanlar,” (Children of European Keighan: The Babans) Kürt Tarihi, 19 (2015), pp. 36-41

“Osmanlı Zihin Dünyasında Bir Doğu Ülkesi: Diyar-ı Acem yahut İran” (An Eastern Land in the Mental World of the Ottomans: Diyar-ı Acem or Iran), Muhafazakâr Düşünce, 11: 43 (2015), pp. 97-112.

“A New Historiography on the Ottoman Arab and Eastern Provinces,” Insight Turkey, 17: 4 (Fall 2015), pp. 231-240

“Özal’dan Erdoğan’a Kürt Sorununda Çözüm Süreci” (Resolution Efforts in the Kurdish Question: From Özal to Erdoğan) in Hakan Samur and Zelal Kızılkan Kısacık, eds., Türkiye’nin Demokratikleşmesi (Konya: Çizgi Kitabevi, 2014), pp. 19-52

II. Translations

 

Stefan Winter, “Les Kurdes du Nord-Ouest syrien et l’Etat ottoman, 1690-1750” (Turkish translation: Kuzeybatı Suriye’nin Kürt Ağaları: Rüstem Ağa ve Oğulları, 1695-1744), Kürt Tarihi, 19 (2015), pp. 20-27

III. Conference Proceedings

 

“Imperial Power of the Mughal Court through the Accounts of Seydi Ali Reis and Mutribi al-Samarqandi” International Conference of Turkish Historical Society on Turks in India, New Delhi, 26-27 March, 2015, pp. 36-51 (proceedings published by Turkish Historical Society in 2018)

“Şeyh, Şah ve Sultan: Kürtlerde Tasavvuf ve Devlet arasındaki İlişkiler” (Sheikh, Shah and Sultan: Relations between Mysticism and State among the Kurds) International Symposium of Seyyid Taha-i Hakkari, Hakkari University, 24-26 May, 2013,  pp. 231-38 (proceedings published by Hakkari University Press in 2014)

“19. Yüzyıl Batı Seyahatnamelerinde Kürt Kadınının İmgesi” (Images of Kurdish Women in the 19th-Century Western Travelogues), International Kurdish Women’s Conference, Hakkari University, 1-5 October, 2009, pp. 258-64 (proceedings published by Hakkari University Press in 2011)

IV. Book Reviews

 

“I. Mahmud-Nadir Şah Mektuplaşmaları: 3 Numaralı Nâme-i Hümâyûn Defteri,” (Correspondence between Mahmud I and Nadir Shah: Collection of Imperial Letters, Booklet Number 3) The Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA), 2: 2, 2015

“Picknick mit den Paschas: Aleppo und die levantinische Handelsfirma Fratelli Poche (1853-80) by Mafalda Ade,” Insight Turkey, 15: 1, 2014

FORTHCOMING

 

“Osmanlıcı, Konformist ve Liberal Bir Muhalif: Şerif Paşa” (An Ottomanist, Conformist and Liberal Antagonist: Cherif Pasha) in ed.Yalçın Çakmak and Tuncay Şur, Kürt Şahsiyetler, (İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 2018)

 “Baban,” in the Great Islamic Encyclopedia, Tehran, (2018)

“Sherif Pasha’s ‘Memorandum on the Claims of the Kurd People’ to the Conference of Peace in Paris in 6 February 1919,” Sebastian Maisel, ed. The Kurds: an Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2018)

“Report by the British Consul on the Sheikh Ubeydullah Revolt in 1880-1881,” Sebastian Maisel, ed. The Kurds: an Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2018)

“Treaty of Sèvres, 10 August 1920,”Sebastian Maisel, ed. The Kurds: an Encyclopedia(Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2018)

“Ferman el-Sultan boş beyn el-Ekrad: Osmanlı Kürdistanı’nda Şakiler ve Batılı Seyyahlar” (Decree of the Sultan null among the Kurds: Bandits and Western Travelers in Ottoman Kurdistan) in ed. Oktay Özel,   Muhsin Soyudoğan and Aslıhan Sheridan, Eşkıyalığın Kitabı,       (Istanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları,2018)

WORKS IN PROGRESS

I. Books

 

Historical Formation of Kurdish Identity: The Babans and Sulaimaniya (a revised version of my doctoral thesis “Politics of alliance and rivalry on the Ottoman-Iranian frontier: the Babans, 1500-1851”) (in preparation)

A Divergence of Leadership and Boundaries: The Kurdish Delegate to Paris Peace Conference (in preparation)

An Ottoman Bureaucrat between the East and the West: Life and Times of Kurd Şerif Pasha (1865-1951) (in preparation)

III. Projects

 

“Contesting the Naqshbandi-Khalidi Order: a Transborder and Transnational Sufi Network in the 19the Century Ottoman Empire” (University Research Project 2017-18)

INVITED TALKS

 

“Bir Aile, Bir Saray, bir Şehir; Babanlar Dönemi Süleymaniye’sinde Siyasal Güç ve Mekan İlişkisi,” (A Family, A Palace, A City: Political Power and Space in Sulaimaniya during the Babans Period) Ismail Beşikçi Vakfı, III. Kürt Çalışmaları Konferansı, Boğaziçi University, 30 April 2016

“Comment frapper une pièce de monnaie à Téhéran? Une lettre de l’ambassadeur ottoman sur la politique monétaire de l’Iran (1875),” Collège de France, 24 March 2016

“In the aftermath of the Kobani Conflict: Costs and Opportunities for the Kurds in the Middle East,” University of Basel, 4 May 2015

“İki Devlet Arasında Bir Aile: Babanlar, 1784-1851 (A Family between two States: The Babans, 1784-1851)” The Association of History, Ankara, 5 December 2014

“A Social and Political History of Sulaimaniya in the early 19th Century,” American University of Iraq in Sulaimani, 6 November 2014

“Alliance and Rivalry on the Ottoman-Iranian Frontier: the Babanzades (1500-1851),” The Foundation for Science and Arts, Istanbul, 11 October 2013

PRESENTATIONS

 

“An Imperial Social Space with Many Layers: Reconfiguration of Ottoman-      Iranian Frontier by Khalidiyya Sufi Network” The Production of Imperial Space: Empire and Circulations (18th-20th Centuries),” SciencesPo, Paris, 23-24 November, 2017

“So close yet so far: Political Rivalry between The Houses of Ardalan and Baban,” The First International Conference on The Common Heritage of Iran and Iraq, Tehran, 5-7 March 2015

“Change and Continuity in the Perception of Kurdish Lands in Western and Eastern Literature,” On the Outside Looking In: A Kurdish Studies Conference, Orlando, FL, 27 January, 2015

“An Ottoman Kurdish Diplomat in Europe: Şerif Pasha’s Life in Paris and His Opposition to the Committee of Union and Progress,” WOCMES 2014-World Congress for Middle East Studies, Ankara, 18-22 August 2014

“Centralizing the Periphery of the Empire: Tanzimat and the case of Baban Emirate,” Second International Kurdish Studies Conference, University of Exeter, 8-9 September 2012

“Between Two Sects, Between Two States: Sulaimaniya on the Ottoman-Iranian Frontier,” The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), The Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, Istanbul, 1-5 August 2012

“The Case of the Naqshibandi-Khalidiyya Order of the Early 19th-Century Ottoman-Iranian Frontier,” Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) 2008 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.; 22-25 November 2008

“Conflict and Diversity on the Ottoman-Iranian Frontier: The Baban Family and Sulaimaniya in 19th-Century Ottoman Iraq,” Living Together: Plurality and Cosmopolitanism in the Ottoman Empire and Beyond panel, International Summer Academy: Europe in the Middle East/The Middle East in Europe, Istanbul; 21-28 September 2008

“Competing for the Crown of Kurdish Baban Sanjaq: Alliance and Rivalry in 19th-Century Ottoman Baghdad,” Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) 2007 Annual Meeting, Montréal, 17-20 November 2007

“Trouble in School: The Public Education and Resistance in the Late Ottoman Empire,” 21st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference, University of Chicago; 12-13 May 2006

“Between Nationalism and Religion: Revisiting the Sheikh Ubeydullah Rebellion and Question of Ottoman-Iranian Border in the Late 19th-Century,” International JUSUR Conference, University of California Los Angeles; 7-8 April 2004

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2014-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of History, Social Sciences  University of Ankara, August 2014-Present

2016 (August -September 2016): Lecturer for the Ottoman Turkish, l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Amman, Jordan

2013- 2014: Lecturer, Middle East Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland

2007 (Spring): Visiting Instructor, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey; 

2006 (Spring): Teaching Assistant, American History 1492-1865, University of Texas at Austin

2005 (Fall): Teaching Assistant, American History 1865-Present, University of Texas at Austin

2005 (Spring): Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Islam, University of Texas at Austin

2004 (Fall): Teaching Assistant, History of the Arab World, University of Texas at Austin

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

2017-Present: Associate Member, Centre d’études turques, ottomans,balkaniques et centrasiatiques (CETOBAC), EHESS, Paris, France

2016 (August): Member of Selection Committee, UNHRC Educational Fund for Syrian Students in Turkey

2015-Present: Book Review Editor, the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA), Indiana University Press

2015(September-October 2015):  Guest Editor, Journal of Kürt Tarihi

2010-2013: Coordinator, The Bureau of Middle East, Africa and South Asia; Turkey Scholarships Program, Ankara, Turkey

2007 (November 17-20): Chair, Ottoman Provincial Organization panel,    Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Annual Meeting; Montréal, Canada

2006-2007: Project Assistant, Turkish Language Project, McCombs School of Business and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas       at Austin; on location in Ankara, Turkey

COURSES TAUGHT

 

Introduction to Islam

World History

History of Civilizations

Modern History of the Middle East

History of Turkish Republic

Islam and Politics

Ottoman History (Modern Period)

History of Islamic Empires

Middle Eastern Histories and Historiographies

FELLOWHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

 

  • Full Support for Research Abroad by Social Sciences University of Ankara, University of Tehran and the Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia, Summer 2017
  • Travel and Accommodation Grants, l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Amman, Jordan,August-September 2016
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, April 2015-March 2016
  • Travel and Accommodation Grants, The Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC), Pretoria, South Africa, 5-6 November 2013
  • Research Fellow,Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM), EHESS; Paris, France; May 2008
  • Dora Bonham Travel Grant, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2007
  • University of Texas Enhancement Scholarship, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2007
  • Fellow Research Scholar, Bilkent University; Ankara, Turkey; Spring 2007
  • Arabic Language Fellowship, Bilkent University; Ankara, Turkey; Summer 2007
  • Travel Grant, 21st Annual Middle East Conference, University of Chicago, May 2006
  • Professional Development Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2005
  • Iranian Studies Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2004-05
  • Professional Development Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2004
  • Travel Grant, JUSUR Conference, University of California Los Angeles, April 2004
  • Tuition Scholarship, Turkish Ministry of Education, Ankara, Turkey,1994-99
  • Full Scholarship, Finance Bank for Undergraduate Education, Ankara, Turkey, 1995-99

ADVISORSHIP FOR PhD THESIS

 

Bora Altay, Coordination, “Commitment and Contract Enforceability in the Ottoman Empire: The Case of İltizam and Malikane Contracts with Game Theoretic Assessment” (Ankara: Yıldırım Beyazıt University)

Fasih Dinç, “State and Society on the Ottoman- Iranian Frontier” (Ankara: Hacettepe University)

Erdal Çiftçi, “Hüseyin Pasha and Haydaranlı Tribe on the Ottoman-Iranian Frontier,” (Ankara: Bilkent University)

Bilal Altan, “Society for the Advancement of Kurdistan (1918-1921),” (Mardin: Artuklu University)

PEER-REVIEW SERVICES

 

  • Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA)
  • Iraniyat: Journal of Iranian Studies
  • Kürt Tarihi (Journal of Kurdish History)
  • Middle Easter Studies

LANGUAGES

 

Kurmanji Kurdish (Native)

Turkish (Native)

English (Fluent)

Arabic (Fluent)

Persian (Advanced reading and oral)

French (Advanced reading and oral)

German (Advanced reading; Intermediate oral)

Ottoman Turkish (Advanced reading)

Sorani Kurdish (Advanced reading; Intermediate oral)

Russian (Basic reading and oral)

MEMBERSHIP

 

  • Association for Iranian Studies; London, UK, June 2011-present
  • Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA); Tuscon, Arizona; 2005-present
  • Kurdish Studies Network, Jan. 2012-present

REFERENCES

 

Maurus Reinkowski
Chair and Professor, Middle East Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland
Maurus.Reinkowski@unibas.ch
+ 41 (61) 207 28 60

Hamit Bozarslan
Director of Studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, France
Hamit.Bozarslan@ehess.fr
+ 33 (14) 954 23 01

Sabri Ateş
Associate Professor, Department of History, Southern Methodist University; Dallas, TX
sates@mail.smu.edu
+1 (214) 768 29 68

Fatma Müge Göçek
Professor, Department of Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, MI
gocek@umich.edu
+1 (734) 647 42 28

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