Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika

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Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika was appointed in October 2010 as first director of the independent Orient-Institut Istanbul.

In 1992 he graduated with an M.A. from the University of Munich after he studied History and Culture of the Middle East, Political Sciences, Iranian Studies and History at the Universities of Munich, Izmir and Teheran. In 1997 he received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Heidelberg. After working as Hochschulassistent at the University of Heidelberg for several years, he coordinated the international research project „Islamic Education in the Soviet Union and the CIS“ at the University of Bochum (2002-2004) and was appointed as Assistant Professor for Islamic Studies at the University of Berne (2005-2006). In October 2006 he followed a call from the University of Hamburg for the chair of Turkology. Besides he acted as Director of the Heidelberg Centre for Euro-Asiatic Studies at the University of Heidelberg (HECEAS e.V.) and as Speaker of the TurkeyEuropeCentre Hamburg, which was founded by him. Currently he also directs a postdoc research project at the SFB 950 "Manuscript Cultures" at the University of Hamburg.

He authored and edited several books on the modern history of Iran, Caucasia, Central Asia and the Ottoman Empire. In addition to several articles on the history of the Middle East he published numerous contributions about the political and religious situation of the Middle East and Caucasia. His current research concentrates on contemporary Turkey, late Ottoman history and recent religious developments in the Turko-Iranian World and Europe.