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North Central College
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Middle Eastern Studies, Ottoman history, Turkish Literature, Arabic Literature
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A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Esra Tasdelen received her B.A. degree in Social and Political Sciences at Sabanci University in 2003. She received her M.A. degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago in 2005 and her Ph.D degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 2014. Her dissertation, “Literature As A Mirror Of History: A Comparative Study Of The Historical Fictions of Ahmet Hikmet Müftüoğlu (1870-1927) and Jurji Zaydan (1861-1914)” is a comparative analysis of the relationship between literature and history in Modern Turkish and Modern Arab literatures.

Among her areas of research interest are Late Ottoman Intellectual History (Late 19th – Early 20th Centuries), Modern Turkish Literature, Modern Arabic Literature, Print Capitalism in the Middle East, Gender and Sexuality, Comparative Literature, Turkish Nationalism, Arab Nationalism.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
5, 7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Higher Ed, Politics, Religion, World War I