A Re-examination of the Perception of Late Ottoman ʿUlamā within Ottoman Studies (12/3)

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A Re-Examination of the Perception of Late Ottoman ʿUlamā within Ottoman Studies

Dr. Yakoob Ahmed

Sunday, Dec 3rd at 12:30PM CST

No registration required – live on YouTube (see stream below)


This talk will examine how, within the predominate historiography of the late Ottoman Empire, Islam is understood, but more specifically, the interlocutors of Islam – the ʿUlamā. Narratives tend to place the ʿulamā in a binary of either being religious reactionaries or subservient to reform. Primarily, the narrative is one of the ʿulamā being in decline in this late period. In this presentation, I will present how this framing requires scrutiny and that there is a further need to invest in the late Ottoman ʿUlamā to understand their place and the role of Islam in the late Ottoman Empire. 


Dr Yakoob Ahmed is currently an Assistant Professor at Istanbul University’s Islamic Studies Institute, where is a full-time researcher. He also teaches Islamic history at the ilahiyat department at the same university. A PhD graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, Dr Ahmed also specialises in Late Ottoman History, the history of nationalism, and the Turkish Republic. He has been a regular member of podcasts such as the Ottoman History Podcast and the Thinking Muslim Podcast and has also written articles for TRT World and Middle East Eye.

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