Projects and Interests
Current Book Project
Cosmic Sovereignties: The Embodied Turn in Ottoman Religion and Politics
My current book project explores the transformation of early modern Ottoman religio-political and religio-social thought and practice between the late 16th and early 18th century. It shows how, in this pivotal period characterized by economic, political, ecological, and law and order crises in the Ottoman Empire, an increased preoccupation with mystical-occult forms of embodied religion manifested itself at the level of the court in Istanbul, as well as at the level of broader Ottoman society in the Anatolian and Balkan provinces. Whilst until now scholars have used the state archives to shed light on the impact of “the 17th century crisis” on the Ottoman state’s policing and resource extraction efforts, this project uses mystical-occultist texts and talismanic objects to shed light on the complex religious dimensions of this period.