Researchers and cooperation partners of the institute describe the development and findings of their projects and the delights and challenges of conducting research in the humanities. The contributors share an interest in the history, social realities, linguistic, and cultural expressions of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, and its neighboring countries.

What does the grand piano in the corner mean? Classical music in Turkish TV series

22 MAY 2020 | Author: Nevin Şahin

In an elegant fine-dine restaurant, Zeynep Yılmaz (Sevda Erginci) and Alihan Taşdemir (Onur Tuna) are diving into a small talk on their idiosyncratic differences. Alihan, the owner of a big aviation company, is an NYU graduate and the son of a rich family whose sister was once married to the director of the biggest conglomerate, “the King” Halit Argun (Talat Bulut). Alihan tells how much he enjoys being among crowds while Zeynep, an executive assistant who happened to start working for Alihan when he bought the company she was working at, living in a rented apartment with her sister in a rather poor neighborhood of housewives in Cihangir, talks about her way of relaxing alone at home.

Ali Ufuki und die Pest von 1648

8. MAI 2020 | Autorin: Judith Haug

Häufig fragen wir derzeit unsere Mitmenschen und uns selbst, wie wir mit der Pandemie-Situation zurechtkommen, und finden viele unterschiedliche Antworten und Lösungen. Die Informationen, die uns zur Verfügung stehen, sind zahlreich, manchmal widersprüchlich, und oft verwirrend. Aber wie lebte man mit der Bedrohung durch Seuchen zu früheren Zeiten, als das Verständnis von der Entstehung und Verbreitung ansteckender Krankheiten gering war und die Aussicht auf Genesung weniger vom wissenschaftlich nachweisbaren Erfolg der Heilbehandlungen als vom Zufall abhing?

“When you start working on a topic, you feel like swimming in an ocean, and without a boat“ – An interview with Gülşah Başkavak

15 MAY 2020

Gülşah Başkavak, research associate in the research field “Human, Medicine, and Society” at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, started working at the institute in February 20. In her research project, she investigates socio-cultural practices of e-health and self-tracking technologies in Turkey.

Heads Looking for their Bodies: A Report on a Lecture-Performance

30 APRIL 2020 | Authors: Shahrzad Irannejad, Setareh Fatehi

On the 22nd of January 2020, we had the pleasure to present a recapitulation of our artist-researcher collaboration project “Bodiless Heads” at the Orient-Institut Istanbul. Our lecture-performance was invited as part of the lecture Series “Human, Medicine, Society: Past, Present and Future Encounters” organized by Dr. Melike Şahinol. We have grown up in the same city, our passions have led us to different cities and different fields.

Ex Oriente Lux – ein Naturschauspiel lässt den Bosporus türkisfarben erstrahlen

30. APRIL 2020 | Autor: Richard Wittmann

Ein seltenes Naturphänomen bezauberte die Bevölkerung von Istanbul inmitten der anhaltenden Coronavirus-Pandemie – und kam damit wie gerufen für das Titelbild unseres neuen Instituts-Blogs: Mehrere Tage lang in der ersten Aprilhälfte erschienen die Fluten des Bosporus unterhalb des Orient-Instituts Istanbul in einem intensiven, warmen Türkiston.

The Rifa’iyya Sufi Order in South-Western Asia

30 APRIL 2020 | Authors: Hasan Ali Khan, Aliya Iqbal Naqvi

As a Sufi order, the Rifa’iyya is better identified with Iraq, its birthplace, and with parts of Anatolia and the Levant. But, a branch of the order, retaining its pre-modern organizational structure, is also based in the city of Karachi. This particular branch has strong connections to the coastal areas and the hinterland of Pakistani Baluchistan, Iranian Baluchistan, and the northern coast of Oman. In addition, it has followers on the east African coast and in South Africa.

İnsan, Tıp ve Toplum alanındaki “E-sağlık: Türkiye’de Öz-Takip Cihazlarının Pratikleri ve Sosyo-Kültürel Boyutları” başlıklı proje tamamlandı

30 NİSAN 2020 | Yazarlar: Melike Şahinol, Gülşah Başkavak

Enstitümüzün İnsan, Tıp ve Toplum araştırma alanında yürütülen bir proje daha sona erdi. Almanya Federal Sağlık Bakanlığı (#ZMV | 1 – 2517 FSB 016) tarafından desteklenen ve İnsan, Tıp ve Toplum alanından Dr. Melike Şahinol (yönetici) ve Dr. Gülşah Başkavak (yürütücü) tarafından Türkiye sahası gerçekleştirilen “E-sağlık: Türkiye’de Öz-Takip Cihazlarının Pratikleri ve Sosyo-Kültürel Boyutları” başlıklı bu proje, Türkiye’de bu konuda ilk kez araştırılan bir alan ve konu niteliğini taşıyor.

Approaching the mysteries of late-nineteenth century Istanbul: the publicaton of the serial novel ‘Beyoğlu Sırları’ in Karamanlidika Turkish

30 APRIL 2020 | Authors: Evangelia Balta, Sada Payır

The publication of the Karamanlidika translation of the novel Τα Απόκρυφα του Πέρα [The Mysteries of Pera] by Epaminondas Kyriakides is part of a Project launched in 2017 by the Ottoman Studies Programme at the National Hellenic Research Foundation.

“The Medicalization of Bodies Is a Gendered Practice” – Interview with Burak Taşdizen

30 APRIL 2020

Burak Taşdizen, research associate in the research field “Human, Medicine, and Society” at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, started working at the institute in 2020. In the following interview, which was first published on 17 March 2020 by (, he talks about his previous and research.