Dr. Yakoob Ahmed
1 Sept 2013 – 1 Sept 2014
1 Feb 2017 – 31 Dec 2018
Yakoob Ahmed’s specialty of study is in both Late Ottoman history and Middle Eastern Politics. He graduated with a Masters degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies – London (SOAS) in which he specialized in ‘Modern Trends in Islam’ with Dr Kate Zebiri and the ‘End of the Balkans and Ottoman Empire‘ with Professor Benjamin Fortna, and ‘Turkey Continuity and Change’ with Dr George Dedes. His Masters thesis was on ‘The Role of the Ottoman Ulama in opposition to Sultan Abdulhamid II in the coup of 1908’. Since then Yakoob has lived in Damascus-Syria, and was an English language teacher at the American Language Centre in Damascus for 2 years. However, due to the current conditions Yakoob was unable to continue his time there. He has traveled to a host of countries in the hope to better understand the peoples of the ex-Ottoman territories. Of which he has been to Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Yakoob has just completed his MPhil at SOAS and has now started to embark on his Ph.D at the same university. His topic of research is ‘The Role of the Ottoman Ulama in the Second Constitutional Period During the Parliamentary Elections of 1908 and 1912’. He has also given a presentation on this topic at SOAS to a large audience regarding the merits of studying the ulama in the late Ottoman State. The main focus of the research is to identify the narrative of the late Ottoman ulama and attempt to view the parliamentary elections from their viewpoint. However, the study also attempts to view the ulama not only in Istanbul but also Damascus and Jerusalem. A secondary point of the study is to revise the Islamic credentials of the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) as well as study the concept of Islamic constitutional theory based on the Ottoman experience. Yakoob has just returned from the intensive Ottoman summer school programme at the Ottoman Studies Foundation in Cunda, where he was introduced to late Ottoman text both printed and hand written. He is currently still pursuing the study of Turkish and Arabic and is a fluent native speaker of English. He is also a member of the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) as well as a member of the Centre of Islamic Studies (CIS). When not studying, Yakoob in his spare time has been an English teacher for seven years. He is a qualified CELTA certified English teacher and has taught in Syria, Turkey and London as well as keeping up to date with the events of the Middle East. Yakoob’s family is originally from Pakistan but Yakoob is a British citizen who was born and raised in London. The diversity of the London has provided a platform to go explore and study other cultures. It is his hope that he can add to his eclectic experience during his stay at Istanbul Sehir University.
Federico Donelli, Ph.D.
10 Jan 2017 – 1 Oct 2017
Federico Donelli completed his undergraduate studies at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Catholic University of Milan. He obtained his M.A. degree from the Department of Political Science in Politics and Economics of the Mediterranean, at the University of Genoa with a thesis entitled “The Ottoman roots of Contemporary Turkey”. He completed his PhD in History, Political and Languages of Intercultural Relations at the Doctoral School of Social Science, University of Genoa. Currently he is postdoctoral research fellow in Political Science and International Relations, University of Genoa (Genova, Italy). His research fields are International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis with particular focus to the Turkish track two diplomacy and Turkey’s opening to different regions such as the Balkans, Africa and Latin America. He is the author of many articles on ‘new’ Turkey’s pro-active and multi-tracks approach, focusing on the gradual involvement of civil society’ s organizations in the conduct of the foreign policy.
Georg Galtakyan, M.A.
1 Mar 2017 – 30 Jun 2017
Gevorg Galtakyan is currently a visiting researcher at the Center for Modern Turkish Studies, Istanbul Şehir University. After graduating from Yerevan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Oriental Studies, in the field of “Turkish Studies” in 2013 he continued his studies in this field. In 2015 he graduated with a Master of Arts. The title of his thesis is Characteristic features of development of the New Ottoman Turkish and its manifestation in Krikor Zohrab’s lectures of “Hukûk-u Cezâ” (“Criminal Law”). His research interest encompasses social psychology, Ottoman studies, the perception of Armenia and Armenians inside Turkish society as well as the past and future relations between Armenian and Turkish societies. Apart from his mother tongue Armenian, he is fluent in Turkish, English and Russian.
Hrant Dink Vakfı Scholarship
Jad Marcell Harb, B.A.
10 Jul 2017 – 10 Aug 2017
Jad made his undergraduate studies at Corvinus University of Budapest as a Political Science student. From next semester, he is going to continue studying the same programme at Central European University. Meanwhile, he completed the Central European Specialised Programme at Mathias Corvinus Collegium. His main areas include radical right ideology in Europe, comparative politics, and the politics of the Central and Eastern European region, with an interest in Turkish affairs. Besides his mother tongue, Hungarian, he is fluent in English, and has good working knowledge in German and Spanish.
Marie Hoppe, M.Ed.
Oct 2016 – Feb 2017
Marie Hoppe studied Education at the Universities of Dortmund, Bremen and Boğazici University, Istanbul. Since 2015 she is a doctoral candidate in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program Cultures of Participation at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. Her areas of research are education and difference, as well as post-colonial theory and qualitative research methods. In her Ph.D. she investigates the formation of subjects in the space of the school for the case of Turkey by employing a biography-analytical approach.
Agata Karbowska, M.A.
Jun 2017 – Aug 2017
Agata Karbowska is a doctoral candidate of the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Her research interests are focus on Sufism, Islam, Middle East and Turkey.
During her studies she earned a Master’s degree in International Relations in 2014 (specialization: strategic studies), cultural studies in 2015 (specialization: Middle Eastern studies). And in 2016 third Master’s degree in Turkology at the Faculty of Philology at the Institute of Oriental Studies. She also got the Erasmus scholarship and was studying at Istanbul University in Turkey in Faculty of Political Studies in 2012 and one year before took intensive language course at Hacettepe University in Ankara. She already managed to achieve a number of considerable accomplishments, including conference speeches, scholarly articles, publication of the monograph: Kultura strategiczna Turcji za czasów Atatürka (Strategic Culture of Turkey at the time of Atatürk) and a chapters in a monograph such as Porewolucyjny Egipt. Wybranee aspekty społeczne I polityczne (Post-revolutionary Egypt: Selected social and political aspects), or Nacjonalizm. Historyczne i współczesne oblicza (Nationalism. Historical and contemporary faces). The value of her work was appreciated by university president by granting her a Scholarship for Outstanding Students in 2010 and 2014. She was a member of: Middle East Studies Student’s Association, in which she occupied a position of a treasurer.
She also participated in field research in Syria and workshop in Iraq in 2010, in summer school in Amman (Jordan) in 2012 and in Morocco 2015. Apart from scholarly achievements Agata Karbowska was also very active in university’s governing bodies. She was elected by fellow students as their representative to Faculty Council and Faculty’s Students’ Council. She was a member of an advisory body to Faculty Council, the aim of which was to evaluate changes in the faculty’s curriculum. She was a member of Faculty Commission for Research and International Cooperation at the Faculty of International and Political Studies and Institute of the Middle and Far East’s Court.
Semih Patan, M.A.
Semih Patan received his BA from Istanbul Bilgi University in International Relations and graduated from Sabancı University with an MA degree in Turkish Studies. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the department of Political Science. He specializes within the broader disciplines of comparative politics and urban politics, under which he is interested in studying violence in parliaments, authoritarian regimes, and religion and politics. He is now conducting a field research for his dissertation on violent incidents in the Turkish parliament, and their causes and implications for Turkish democracy. In the meantime, he serves as the Vice President of the Graduate Association of Political Science at UIC.