İlber Ortaylı

İlber Ortaylı



  • Eastern and Western Societies in Historical Perspective
  • Cities and Management Since Ottoman
  • Pages from İstanbul
  • Knowing the Past, Understanding the Future

What he offers

Historian and author of a number of important scholarly and popular works, İlber Ortaylı offers fascinating insights into issues concerning Eastern and Western Societies in Historical Perspective. He offers a valuable history of the ideas, people and actions that have brought us to this intersection.

How he presents

A respected voice in history, İlber Ortaylı is an experienced and skilled communicator whose speeches engage audiences keen to hear his unique perspective on a variety of historical issues.

İlber Ortaylı (1947) is a leading Turkish historian, professor of history at Galatasaray University in İstanbul and at Bilkent University in Ankara. He was the head of the Topkapı Museum in İstanbul between the years 2005 and 2012.

Ortaylı attended elementary school and St. George’s Austrian High School in İstanbul and then Ankara Atatürk High School. He graduated from Ankara University and completed his postgraduate studies at the Chicago University under Professor Halil İnalcık and at the University of Vienna. He obtained his doctorate at Ankara University in the Faculty of Political Sciences. His doctoral thesis was Local Administration in the Tanzimat Period (1978). After his doctorate, he attended to the faculty at the School of Political Sciences of Ankara University. In 1979, he was appointed as associate professor. In 1981, his book on the German influence on the late Ottoman Empire was published. In 1982, he resigned from his position, protesting the academic policy of the government established after the 1980 Turkish coup d’état. After teaching at several universities in Turkey, Europe and Russia, in 1989 he returned to the Ankara University and became professor of history and the head of the section of administrative history.

He has published articles on Ottoman and Russian history, particular emphasis on cities and the history of public administration, diplomatic, cultural and intellectual history. In 2001, he collected the Aydın Doğan Foundation Award. He is a member of the Foundation for International Studies, the European-Iran Examining Foundation and the Austrian-Turkish Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Ortaylı has been selected as the Honorary Member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MANU) in 2011.

Selected Publications:

  • Ottoman Studies (2012)
  • Topkapı Palace: Places and Events (2007)
  • Rediscovering the Ottoman Empire – 3 (2007)
  • Europe and Us (2007)
  • On the Way to Westernization (2007)
  • The Last Empire: Ottoman (2006)
  • The Longest Century of the Empire (2004)
  • Studies on Ottoman Transformation (1994)
  • Pages from İstanbul (1986)
  • From Tradition to Future (1982)

Presentation Languages: Turkish, English, German, French

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