• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course examines the roles of Islam in Turkish history and culture throughout the centuries, starting with the conversion of the Turks in the eighth century. It traces the significant role they played in the spread of Islam, and the broad contributions to Islamic art, culture, and politics that occurred with the Seljukids and especially with the Ottomans. Examined in detail are the ways in which the whole of the Balkans in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa came under the Ottomans' rule, and how they managed to hold Muslims and non-Muslims together in one empire for six centuries. The course also documents the interaction of nationalism and Islam in the War of Independence and in the creation of modern Turkey under Kemal Atatürk. This course thus aims to provide an understanding of Islam's impact on Turkish history, culture, politics and identity. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

 With this course students would: 

  • Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of Islam in the past and present societies and specifically as it is practiced in Modern Turkey.
  • Become familiar with research methods in Ottoman and Turkish Studies.
  • Become acquainted with the sources on Ottoman and Turkish History and politics and be able to examine them critically.

Indicative Assessment


 1 x Major Essay                           60%

 1 x 3 Hr final exam                       40%

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of seminars; and b) 106 hours of online activities, practice exercises, readings and assessment.

Preliminary Reading

1. Ahmad, Feroz: Turkey: The Quest for Identity, Oxford: Oneworld 2003.

2. Gerber, Haim: State, Society, and Law in Islam: Ottoman Law in Comparative Perspective, New York: State University of New York Press 1994.

3. Hanio�?lu, M. �?ükrü: A Brief History of Late Ottoman Empire, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press 2008,

4. Imber, Colin: Studies in Ottoman History and Law, Istanbul: The ISIS Press 1996.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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