Baki Tezcan, “Secularist Anxieties Meet Evangelical Ones in Modern Turkish Historiography: The Renegade Father of Muslim Printing, His Treatise on Islam (ca. 1710), and the Competing Arguments on his Christian Past”
February 25, 2013, 4:15 pm, Building 200 (450 Serra Mall), Room 307
Ottoman/Byzantine Worlds Workshop
Baki Tezcan (University of California, Davis), “Secularist Anxieties Meet Evangelical ones in Modern Turkish Historiography: The Renegade Father of Muslim Printing, His Treatise on Islam (ca. 1710), and the Competing Arguments on his Christian Past”
Baki Tezcan is Associate Professor of History, and Director of Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. His research interests include pre-modern Middle Eastern history, Ottoman political history in the 16th-18th centuries, pre-modern ethnic and racial identities in the Islamic world, fiscal and monetary history, Islamic law, and the intellectual tradition of Islam with a special emphasis on the relationship between politics, on the one hand, and philosophy and science, on the other. Among his publications are The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Beyond Dominant Paradigms in Ottoman and Middle Eastern/North African Studies: A Tribute to Rifa’at Abou-El-Haj (ISAM, 2010), and Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman World: A Volume of Essays in Honor of Norman Itzkowitz (University of Wisconsin, 2007). Currently, he is finishing an article entitled “The Many Lives of a Geographical Text: From the New Report to the History of the West Indies,” preparing two other articles for publication (“The Memory of the Mongols in Early Ottoman Historiography” and “Law in China or Conquest in the Americas: Competing Constructions of Political Space in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire”), and writing a book on Ottoman historiography.
[Co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies]