May 3, 2012

Deconstructing the Ottoman State

with Emrah Safa Gürkan

hosted by Chris Gratien

Although it is not uncommon when reading about the Ottoman Empire to see it portrayed as a monolithic, rational state apparatus serving a purported state interest, factions with their own interests and agendas played a major role in Ottoman decision-making. In this episode, Dr. Emrah Safa Gürkan explains the importance of disconglomerating state interests and examining factionalism when approaching politics in the Ottoman Empire.

Emrah Safa Gürkan is a recent PhD from the department of history at Georgetown University currently teaching at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul (see
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see

Select Bibliography

Tezcan, Baki. The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Börekçi, Günhan. “Factions and Favorites at the Courts of Sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603-1617) and His Immediate Predecessors.” Ph.D. Diss., Ohio State University, 2011.
Tezcan, Baki. “Searching for Osman: A Reassessment of the Deposition of Sultan Osman II (r. 1618-1622)”. Ph.D. Diss., Princeton University, 2001.
Gürkan, Emrah Safa. “Espionage in the 16th Century Mediterranean: Secret Diplomacy, Mediterranean Go-Betweens and the Ottoman-Habsburg Rivalry.” Ph.D. Diss., Georgetown University, 2012.


Keith Stockless said...

Is it possible you could identify the song played in the beginning of the podcast?

Chris Gratien said...

selda bağcan - şekeroğlan

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