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Murat Yasar

Associate Professor

Contact Information

428 Mahar Hall
[email protected]
Murat's website

Office hours

Spring 2024

Tue/Thu 2:30 - 3:30
Prof Yasar can meet in Mahar or Culkin

And By Appointment


Specialty areas:

  • Near and Middle Eastern History
  • History of the Ottoman Empire
  • Ottoman and Islamic Borderlands
  • History of the Caucasus and Eurasian Steppes
  • Ottoman-Russian Relations
  • Minorities in the Middle East
  • Digital History


  • The North Caucasus Borderland: Between Muscovy and the Ottoman Empire, 1555-1605. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022.
  • "The Ottoman Empire and the Crimean Khanate in the North Caucasus: A Case Study of Ottoman-Crimean Relations in the Mid-Sixteenth Century.” Turkish Historical Review 9 (2018): 86-103. [with Chong Jin Oh]
  • "The North Caucasus between the Ottoman Empire and the Tsardom of Muscovy: The Beginnings of an Imperial Rivalry, 1552-1570." Iran and the Caucasus 20 (2016): 105–125.
  • "Ivan Petrovich Novosiltsev." In Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Vol. 7: Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America (1500-1600). Edited by David Thomas and John Chesworth, 426–429. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015.
  • "Evliya Çelebi's Travels in the Circassian Lands: Vampires, Tree Worshippers, and Pseudo-Muslims." Acta Orientalia 67 (2014): 75-96.
  • "Learning the Ropes: The Young Turk Perception of the 1905 Russian Revolution." Middle Eastern Studies 50 (2014): 114-128.
  • "Teaching Middle Eastern History in North America: Challenges and Prospects." Perspectives on History 51 (2013): 33-35.
  • "The North Caucasus in the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century: Imperial Entanglements and Shifting Loyalties." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Toronto, 2011.
  • "The Russians and the Turks: Imperialism and Nationalism in the Era of Empires." In Imperial Rule. Edited by A. Miller and A. J. Rieber, 27–47. New York: Central European University Press, 2004. [with Norman Stone and Sergei Podbolotov]

Current projects

  • Manuscript Project: The North Caucasus Borderland: Imperial Entanglements and Shifting Loyalties, 1555-1650.

Awards and honors

  • Professor Recognition Award/Outstanding Educator, Residence Life and Housing, SUNY Oswego, March 2016 and February 2017
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, SUNY Oswego Committee on Learning and Teaching (COLT), June 2016


  • Ph.D., The University of Toronto, 2011
  • MA, Bilkent University, 2003

Classes taught

  • History of the Ottoman Empire
  • History of the Middle East
  • World History in the 20th Century
  • Digital History: Mapping Islamic Slavery in a Global Context
  • Harems, Bathhouses, and Brothels: Gender and Society in the Islamic World