Dr. Ebru Akcasu

Mail: ebru.akcasu@gmail.com

Dr. A. Ebru Akcasu is a historian of the Modern Middle East who specializes in the Ottoman Empire’s engagement with modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Much of her current research rests at the intersection of gender, confession, identity, and modernity, and examines transnational flows of individuals and ideas. She holds a B.A. (SJSU) and two M.A.s (SFSU and SOAS) in History, and a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (SOAS). Since completing her Ph.D. in 2017, Ebru Akcasu has taught at Charles and Anglo-American universities in Prague.

The research Ebru Akcasu will be carrying out while at the Orient Institute-Istanbul reflects on women’s activism and public visibility from the late Hamidian Era through the early years of the Turkish Republic. In its aim to help reintegrate lost voices into echoes of an Ottoman past, this project will additionally deliberate on how to negotiate historiographical voids with existing narratives about gender in this transformative period. The article that this research will produce will be part of a special issue on life stories from empire to republic she is co-editing for the journal Archiv Orientální (ArOr).





Ottoman legalities

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“Reconsidering the Constituency: Immigrant Inclusivity in the late Ottoman Political Arena,” HISDEMAB International Workshop on Archives, Democracy and Civil Society, org., Nora Lafi, Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient (23-24 May 2022).

“British Islam in the Age of High Imperialism,” European Academy of Religion, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster (2 September 2021).

“Mapping Gender in the Near East: What’s New and What’s Ahead in Ottoman and Turkish Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,” org. Gülşah Torunoğlu and Richard Wittmann, Orient-Institut Istanbul, and Hülya Adak, Sabancı University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence. Online (9-10 December 2020).

“Gender, Piety and Charity in the Late Ottoman Empire,” Religion and State Ideology in the Middle East and Asia, org. Stefano Taglia, Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (11 November 2019).

“Nation and Migration in Late-Ottoman Spheres of Belonging,” Association for the Study of Nationalities – 24th Annual World Convention, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York (3 May 2019).


Abdel Megeed, Maha and A. Ebru Akcasu, “Muslim Woman: The Translation of a Patriarchal Order In-Flux,” in Marilyn Booth and Claire Savina, eds., Ottoman Translations: Circulating Texts from Bombay to Paris (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022).

Akcasu, A. Ebru. “Muslim Woman: a case study in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to gender and class boundaries in the late Ottoman Empire,” in Hülya Adak and Richard Wittmann, eds. Mapping Gender in the Near East, Pera-Blätter 36 (2022): 17-19.

Akcasu, A. Ebru. “Nation and Migration in Late Ottoman Spheres of (Legal) Belonging: A Comparative Look at Laws on Nationality.” Nationalities Papers 49/6 (November 2021): 1113-1131. DOI: 10.1017/nps.2020.79.

Akcasu, A. Ebru.  “Şemsettin Sami’s Women: (Self-) Censored Reflections on Gender, Islam, and Progress – Ženy Şemsettina Samiho: (Auto) cenzurované úvahy o genderu, islámu a pokroku.” Nový Orient 74, (2019/3): 70-78.

Akcasu, A. Ebru. “Migrants to Citizens: An Evaluation of the Expansionist Features of Hamidian Ottomanism, 1876-1909.” Die Welt des Islams 56, Ausgabe 3/4 (2016): 388-414. DOI: 10.1163/15700607-05634p06


“Letters to the Author: Late-Ottoman Debates About Equality Between the Sexes, an Extract from Halil Hamid’s Müsavat-ı Tamme.” A. Ebru Akcasu, trans., SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research 9 (2015/16): 68-72.