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Eldem, Edhem

Prof. Edhem Eldem

Honorary Research Associate
– Former Visiting Fellow


Boğaziçi University
Department of History
34342 Bebek/İstanbul

Website: Webprofile (Boğaziçi University)


Edhem Eldem is a professor at the Department of History of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and has taught as visiting professor at Berkeley, Harvard, at the EHESS, EPHE, and ENS in Paris as well as at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin. In February 2015, he joined the Graduate School in Munich as Visiting Research Fellow and was appointed a Honorary Research Associate. 

Professor Eldem has been working on the Levant trade, Ottoman funerary epigraphy, the socio-economic development of Istanbul, the Ottoman Bank, archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, and late Ottoman first-person narratives and biographies.

Among his publications are French Trade in Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century (1999); The Ottoman City between East and West: Aleppo, Izmir and Istanbul (with D. Goffman and B. Masters, 1999); A History of the Ottoman Bank (1999); Pride and Privilege. A History of Ottoman Orders, Medals and Decorations (2004); Death in Istanbul. Death and its Rituals in Ottoman-Islamic Culture (2005); Consuming the Orient (2007); Un Ottoman en Orient. Osman Hamdi Bey en Irak, 1869-1871 (2010), Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (with Z. Bahrani and Z. Çelik, 2011).


  • Visiting Research Fellow of the Graduate School in Munich, February 2015