The Orient-Institut Istanbul is a turkological and regional academic research institute affiliated with the Max Weber Foundation. In close cooperation with Turkish and international scholars, it is dedicated to a variety of research areas. In addition, the Orient-Institut Istanbul is active in the area of academic exchange between Germany and Turkey.
The Institute is located in the Cihangir district of Istanbul, close to Taksim Square, one of the cultural and transportational hubs of the city. Surrounded by numerous archives, manuscript collections, museums, and art galleries, the Institute offers unique opportunities for research on Ottoman, Mediterranean, and Turkish culture, history, and society.
The research library of the Institute, which is currently undergoing a further expansion, is open to the public. The present collection includes some 50,000 volumes and 1,400 periodicals (including 140 ongoing subscriptions) with a thematic focus on Ottoman history and studies concerning contemporary Turkey. Along with its extensive Turkish holdings, the library is a valuable resource for academic literature in German and other foreign languages that is often difficult to find in Istanbul. The Institute holds regular lectures, symposia, and scholarly conferences.
From 1989 to 2008, the Orient-Institut Istanbul was an extension of the Orient-Institute in Beirut. In 2009, the Orient-Institut Istanbul became an independent research institution affiliated with the Max Weber Foundation.
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