Prof. Dr. Ebru Boyar

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B.Sc. METU; M.Sc. METU; Ph.D. Cambridge University


Research Interests:

Ottoman diplomatic history (particularly propaganda and demonstration of power); Ottoman social history (particularly social order and prostitution); early Turkish Republican social history (particularly public health); early Turkish Republican foreign policy (particularly propaganda and transnational personal networks).

Courses Offered:

IR 101 World History I

IR 102 World History II

IR 247 The Social History of the Modern Middle East

IR 250 The Ottoman Empire: Relations and Perceptions

IR 525 International Propaganda

IR 582 The Ottoman Empire in World Politics

MES 501 The History of the Modern Middle East

IR 680 Empire to Nation State: Transformation of an Ottoman to a Turk


Books and Chapters in Books:

A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul, with Kate Fleet (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) (in Turkish: Osmanlı İstanbul'unun Toplumsal Tarihi, trans. Serpil Çağlayan (İstanbul: İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, 2014); in Chinese: 伊斯坦布尔: 面纱下的七丘之城 [Yisitanbuer: Miansha xia de qiqiu zhi cheng], trans. Yu Guokuan and Gong Yongmei (Shanghai: Cambridge University Press and Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House, 2018)).

Ottomans, Turks and the Balkans: Empire Lost, Relations Altered (London and New York: IB Tauris, 2007).

"Chapter 1: An overview of economic life in Ottoman Anatolia", with Kate Fleet, in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Making a Living in Ottoman Anatolia (Leiden: Brill, 2021), 1-20.

"Chapter 8: The draw of the lottery: Piyango, profit and politics in early twentieth-century İzmir", in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Making a Living in Ottoman Anatolia (Leiden: Brill, 2021), 175-205.

"Chapter 1: Ottoman society through the lens of entertainment", with Kate Fleet, in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Entertainment among the Ottomans (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 1-21.

"Chapter 8: The late Ottoman brothel in Istanbul: heterosexual social space for homosocial entertainment?", in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Entertainment among the Ottomans (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 160-182.

"Chapter 1: Approaching societies in the interwar Middle East and North Africa", with Kate Fleet, in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Middle Eastern and North African Societies in the Interwar Period (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 1-26.

"Chapter 8: Taking health to the village: Early Turkish republican health propaganda in the countryside", in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Middle Eastern and North African Societies in the Interwar Period (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 164-211.

"Chapter 1: Ottoman women in public space: an introduction", with Edith Gülçin Ambros, Palmira Brummett, Kate Fleet ve Svetla Ianeva, in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Ottoman Women in Public Space (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 1-17.

"Chapter 7: An imagined moral community: Ottoman female public presence, honour and marginality", in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Ottoman Women in Public Space (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 187-229.

"Chapter 8: The public presence and political visibility of Ottoman women", in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Ottoman Women in Public Space (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 230-252.

"Türk Mezalimi" ve/veya "Rus Barbarlıkları": 93 Harbi Sırasında İngiliz Basını ve Siyasi Tercihler" ["Turkish Atrocities" and/or "Russian Barbarities": The British Press and Political Considerations during the Ottoman-Russian War of 1877-1878], in İsmail Mangaltepe and Ali Fuat Örenç (eds.), Balkanlar ve Göç. The Balkans and Mass Immigration (Bursa: Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi Yayınları, 2013), 173-187.

"Chapter 15: The Ottoman city: 1500-1800", in Peter Clark (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 275-291.

"Chapter 4: Ottoman expansion in the East", in Suraiya N. Faroqhi and Kate Fleet (eds.), Cambridge History of Turkey, II, The Ottoman Empire as a World Power, 1453-1603 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 74-140 (in Turkish: "4. Doğu'da Osmanlı Genişlemesi", in Suraiya N. Faroqhi and Kate Fleet (eds.), Türkiye Tarihi 1453-1603, trans. Bülent Üçpunar (İstanbul: Kitap Yayınevi, 2016), 113-188).

"Turkish-Bulgarian relations in the early Turkish Republic: the view from Ankara", in Mustafa Türkeş (ed.), Turkish-Bulgarian Relations Past and Present (İstanbul: TASAM, 2010), 57-69.

Edited Books and Special Issues:

Making a Living in Ottoman Anatolia, with Kate Fleet (Leiden: Brill, 2021).

Entertainment among the Ottomans, with Kate Fleet (Leiden: Brill, 2019).

Middle Eastern and North African Societies in the Interwar Period, with Kate Fleet (Leiden: Brill, 2018).

Ottoman Women in Public Space, with Kate Fleet (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

"The Ottomans and wealth: a comparative perspective", with Kate Fleet, Oriens, 37 (2009), 103-269.

The Ottomans and Trade, with Kate Fleet (Oriente Moderno, 25 (86)) (Rome, 2006).


"Great Britain and 'a small and poor peasant state': Turkey, Britain and the 1930 Anglo-Turkish Treaty of Commerce and Navigation", Middle Eastern Studies, 57/6 (2021), 904-919.

"Cities of the Ottoman empire", in Richardson Dilworth (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Urban Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020) (, DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780190922481-0024).

"Medicine in practice: European influences on the Ottoman medical habitat", Turkish Historical Review, 9/3 (2018), 213-241.

"Türk-İngiliz İlişkilerinde Prestij Faktörü (1923-1938)" [The Prestige Factor in Turkish-British Relations (1923-1938)], Belleten, 78/283 (2014), 1157-1194.

"The impact of the Balkan Wars on Ottoman history writing: searching for a soul", in Hakan Yavuz (ed.), Special Issue: The First World War in the Middle East, Middle East Critique, 23/2 (2014), 147-159.

"Fener", with Kate Fleet, The Encyclopedia of Islam Three, fascicle 2013-1 (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 114-115.

"An inconsequential boil" or a "terrible disease"? Social perceptions of and state responses to syphilis in the late Ottoman empire", Turkish Historical Review, 2/2 (2011), 101-124.

"Savaş ve Basın: Türk Ulusal Kurtuluş Savaşı ve İngiliz The Times Gazetesi (1919-1922)" [War and press: The Turkish National Liberation War and the British The Times newspaper (1919-1922)], ODTÜ Gelişme Dergisi, 36/2 (2009), 291-324.

"Profitable prostitution: state use of immoral earnings for social benefit in the late Ottoman empire", Bulgarian Historical Review, 1-2 (2009), 143-157.

"A dangerous axis: the "Bulgarian Müftü", the Turkish opposition and the Ankara government, 1928-1936", with Kate Fleet, Middle Eastern Studies, 44/5 (2008), 775-789.

"The press and the palace: the two-way relationship between Abdülhamid II and the press, 1876-1908", Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 69/3 (2006), 417-432.

"Public good and private exploitation: criticism of the tobacco Régie in 1909", in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), The Ottomans and Trade (Oriente Moderno, 25 (86)) (Rome, 2006), 193-200.

'"Making Turkey and the Turkish revolution known to foreign nations without any expense": propaganda films in the early Turkish Republic", with Kate Fleet, Oriente Moderno, 24 (85)/1 (2005), 117-132.

"Engelhardt from censorship to icon: the use of a European diplomat's history in Ottoman and Turkish historiography on the Tanzimat", Eurasian Studies, 3/1 (2004), 81-88.

"British archaeological travellers in nineteenth-century Anatolia: Anatolia 'without' Turks", Eurasian Studies, 1/1 (2002), 97-113.

Review Articles and Book Reviews:

"Europe and the Ottoman World: Diplomacy and International Relations. Arcadian Library Online ( (London: Bloomsbury, 2019)", Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 83/2 (2020), 350-351.

"Clayer, Nathalie and Xavier Bougarel, Europe's Balkan Muslims. A New History, trans. Andrew Kirby (London: C. Hurst & Co. Ltd., 2017)", Journal of Social History, 52/4 (2019), 1469-1470.

" Köksal, Duygu and Anastasia Falierou (eds.), A Social History of Late Ottoman Women: New Perspectives (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013)", Turkish Historical Review, 9/3 (2018), 323-325.

"Schull, Kent F., Prisons in the Late Ottoman Empire: Microcosms of Modernity (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014)", Journal of Islamic Studies, 27/3 (2016), 404-407.

"Çalış-Kural, B. Deniz, Şehrengiz: Urban Rituals and Deviant Sufi Mysticism in Ottoman Istanbul (Surrey and Burlington: Ashgate, 2014)", International Journal of Turkish Studies, 21/1-2 (2015),


"Yosmaoğlu, İpek, Blood Ties: Religion, Violence, and the Politics of Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia, 1878–1908 (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2014)", The American Historical Review, 120/2 (2015), 749-750.

"Philliou, Christine M., Biography of an Empire: Governing Ottomans in an Age of Revolution (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2011)", The American Historical Review, 117/3 (2012), 973-974.

"Tezcan, Baki, The Second Ottoman Empire. Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern Europe (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010)", Journal of Islamic Studies, 23/3 (2012), 394-397.

"Aksakal, Mustafa, The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War (Cambridge Military Histories) (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008)", The American Historical Review, 114/4 (2009), 1194-1195.

"Hanssen, Jens, Fin de Siècle Beirut. The Making of an Ottoman Provincial Capital (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005)", Journal of Islamic Studies, 18/1 (2007), 128-131.

"Dankoff, Robert, An Ottoman Mentality. The World of Evliya Çelebi, with an afterword by Gottfried Hagen (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2004)", Eurasian Studies, 4/1 (2005), 122-125.

"Concepts, construct and confusion: modern historians and the late Ottoman empire. Review article of Kemal Karpat, The Politicization of Islam. Reconstructing Identity, State, Faith, and Community in the Late Ottoman State (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001) and Benjamin C. Fortna, Imperial Classroom. Islam, the State, and Education in the Late Ottoman Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)", Eurasian Studies, 3/1 (2004), 133-136.

"Ottoman history in a comparative perspective? Review article of Ariel Salzmann, Tocqueville in the Ottoman Empire. Rival Paths to the Modern State (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2004)", Journal of Early Modern History, 7/3-4 (2004), 409-415.

"Behar, Cem, A Neighborhood in Ottoman Istanbul. Fruit Vendors and Civil Servants in the Kasap İlyas Mahalle (New York: State University of New York Press, 2003)", Eurasian Studies, 2/2 (2003), 291-293.

"Berker, Nadire and Selim Yalçın, Tıbbiye'nin ve Bir Tıbbiyeli'nin Öyküsü Osman Cevdet Çubukcu (İstanbul: Vehbi Koç Vakfı, 2003)", Eurasian Studies, 2/1 (2003), 154-156.

"Börekçi, Mehmet Çetin, Osmanlı İmparatorluğu'nda Sırp Meselesi (İstanbul: Kutup Yıldızı Yayınları, 2001)", Eurasian Studies, 1/2 (2002), 300-301.

"Dündar, Fuat, İttihat ve Terakki'nin Müslümanları İskân Politikası, 1913-1918 (İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 2001)", Eurasian Studies, 1/1 (2002), 147-149.

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