Murat Umut Inan

Sessional Lecturer


Fields of Study


I specialize in literary, cultural and intellectual histories of the Ottoman Empire and the wider Islamic World. My teaching and research focuses on the multilingual literary, cultural and intellectual production in the Ottoman world, with an emphasis on the flow and interaction of people, texts and ideas in a region extending from the Balkans through Anatolia into Iran and the Arab lands. I am completing a book manuscript entitled Persian, Persians and the Making of Ottoman Imperial Literary and Intellectual Culture, 1400-1600, which explores the reception of the Persian language and classics in Ottoman cultural and intellectual history during the period of empire building. By examining the relationship between language, culture, identity and imperialism in the Ottoman context, the book aims to bring new insights into Ottoman cultural and intellectual history and to contribute, on a larger scale, to our understanding of early modern imperial systems.


“Imperial Ambitions, Mystical Aspirations: Persian Learning in the Ottoman World” in The Persianate World: The Frontiers of a Eurasian Lingua Franca, ed. Nile Green (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2019), 75–92.;
“Ottomans Reading Persian Classics: Readers and Reading in the Ottoman Empire, 1500–1700” in The Edinburgh History of Reading: Early Readers, ed. Mary Hammond (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), 160–181.;
“Crossing Interpretive Boundaries in Sixteenth-Century Istanbul: Ahmed Sudi on the Divan of Hafiz of Shiraz,” Philological Encounters, vol. 3, no. 3 (2018): 275–309.;
“Imperial Patronage of Literature in the Ottoman World, 1400–1600” in The Empires of the Near East and India: Source Studies of the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Literate Communities, ed. Hani Khafipour (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019), 493–504.;
“Rethinking the Ottoman Imitation of Persian Poetry,” Iranian Studies, vol. 50, no. 5 (2017): 671–689.

Honours/Awards or Grants Received

Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015-2016;
Imam Bukhari Visiting Research Fellowship, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, 2013;
Zukunftsphilologie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Forum Transregionale Studien and Freie Universität Berlin, 2012-2013;
Graduate Student Paper Prize, Middle East Studies Association (MESA), 2010


PhD, University of Washington, Seattle
MA, Bogazici University, Istanbul
BA, Bogazici University, Istanbul