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Murat Yasar

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., The University of Toronto, 2011
MA, Bilkent University, 2003
BA, Middle East Technical University, 2001


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."

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
  • Historical GIS

  • Digital History


  • "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]