Ottoman Revivalism & Political Concepts in the 19th Century, by Alp Eren Topal
Alp Eren Topal is a PhD candidate at Bilkent University (Ankara) and a visiting researcher at University of Basel, Department of Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently working on transformation of Ottoman political concepts from late 18th century to late 19th century. He is particularly interested in temporal concepts such as order, decline, restoration and progress and their political uses by Ottoman bureaucrats. Ottoman conceptions of the past, intellectual roots of modern historical narratives, influence of Ibn Khaldun’s historical work on Ottoman political literature and uses of religious discourse in politics are part of his research agenda.