Late Ottoman Politics

This presentation covers certain strains of political ideology that defined the direction of Ottoman politics during the final years of the empire and thus shaped the direction of modern Turkish politics to varying degrees up to the present day.

Here is a presentation (linked as PDF) that was given for a course on the history of the modern Middle East over the summer of 2020. It covers certain strains of political ideology that defined the direction of Ottoman politics during the final years of the empire and thus shaped the direction of modern Turkish politics to varying degrees up to the present day. As such, the presentation touched upon some contemporary trends in Turkish political thought.

Averroes and Dante

This project touched on the significance of Averroes’ place in the Inferno while also pointing to further directions of research relating to medieval Islamic philosophy in the works of Dante.

Here is a link to a presentation (formatted as a PDF) that was given on 29 April 2020 for an undergraduate class on Dante’s Inferno.

Due to the length of the project, I was only able to cover the significance of Averroes’ place in the Inferno while also touching on elements of medieval philosophy in the Paradiso, although I believe that there is a significant amount of unexplored content regarding the topic of medieval Islamic philosophy in the works of Dante.

The Reformation’s Relationship with Islam

The presentation discussed the relevance of Islam and the Ottoman empire to the early Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Especially emphasized was the relevance of Middle Ages.

Here is a link to a presentation (formatted as a PDF) I gave at the Abigail Adams Institute on October 26, 2018.

The presentation discussed the relevance of Islam and the Ottoman empire to the early Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Especially emphasized was the relevance of Middle Ages on this critical period spanning the 16th century, including the early Arab conquests in western Europe and the rise of Islam in Anatolia.

Below are the maps and graphs produced for and used in the presentation:overviewmax. arab extentmax turkish advancegraph