Ebru Akcasu, Ph.D.

Ebru Akcasu is a lecturer in the School of International Relations and Diplomacy. She holds a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (SOAS, University of London), an M.A. in the History of the Modern Middle East (SOAS, University of London) and in the History of Modern Europe (California State University, San Francisco) and a B.A. in History (California State University, San Jose). Much of her current research focuses on migration and national identity formation in the late Ottoman Empire. She joined the AAU in 2015 and advises B.A. and M.A. theses relevant to her field and offers courses that introduce students to the history of the Near and Middle East.


History of the Modern Middle East, Nationalism(s), Migration, Gender

Publications & Other Activities

  • Abdel Megeed, Maha and A. Ebru Akcasu. “Muslim Woman: The Translation of a Patriarchal Order In-Flux,” in Marilyn Booth and Claire Savina, eds., Ottoman Translations: Circulating Texts from Bombay to Paris. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022.
  • Akcasu, A. Ebru. “Muslim Woman: a case study in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to gender and class boundaries in the late Ottoman Empire,” in Hülya Adak and Richard Wittmann, eds. Mapping Gender in the Near EastPera-Blätter 36 (2022): 17-19. 
  • Akcasu, A. Ebru. “Nation and Migration in Late Ottoman Spheres of (Legal) Belonging: a Comparative Look at Laws on Nationality.” Nationalities Papers (February 2021). DOI: 10.1017/nps.2020.79.
  • Akcasu, A. Ebru. Review of Istanbul-Kushta-Constantinople: Narratives of Identity in the Ottoman Capital, 1830-1930, by Christoph Herzog and Richard Wittmann, ed., Biography 43/4 (2020): 855-85
  • Akcasu, A. Ebru.  “Şemsettin Sami’s Women: (Self-)Censored Reflections on Gender, Islam, and Progress – Ženy Şemsettina Samiho: (Auto) cenzurované úvahy o genderu, islámu a pokroku.” Nový Orient 74, (2019/3): 70-78.
  • Akcasu, A. Ebru, review of When the War Came Home: The Ottomans’ Great War and the Devastation of an Empire, by Yiğit Akın, Review of Middle East Studies (December 2019): 389-391.
  • Akcasu, A. Ebru. “Migrants to Citizens: An Evaluation of the Expansionist Features of Hamidian Ottomanism, 1876 – 1909.” Die Welt des Islams 56, 3/4 (2016): 388-414.
  • Akcasu, A. Ebru. “Letters to the Author: Late-Ottoman Debates About Equality Between the Sexes, an Extract from Halil Hamid’s Müsavat-ı Tamme.” SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research 9 (2015/16): 68-72.

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