Murat Yasar, Assistant Professor

Ph.D.  The University of Toronto, 2011
M.A.  Bilkent University, 2003
B.A.   Middle East Technical University, 2001

Selected Publications:
"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: The North Caucasus Borderland: Imperial Entanglements and Shifting Loyalties, 1555-1605.
Article: "The North Caucasus between the Ottoman Empire and the Tsardom of Muscovy: The Beginnings of an Imperial Rivalry."

Areas of Specialization:
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
Historical GIS
Digital History

Courses Taught:
History of the Ottoman Empire
History of the Middle East
World History in the 20th Century